Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid, Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.
Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her 17th white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.
Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.
Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.
In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.
This edition now includes the afterword "Too Little, Too Late - Kathryn Stockett in Her Own Words", as read by the author.
Bonus Audio: Hear an exclusive interview with Kathryn Stockett.
©2009 Kathryn Stockett, Cover Art: (c) 2011 DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC (P)2009 Penguin
"This heartbreaking story is a stunning debut from a gifted talent." (Atlanta Journal)
“It's graceful and real, a compulsively readable story of three women who watch the Mississippi ground shifting beneath their feet as the words of men like Martin Luther King Jr. and Bob Dylan pervade their genteel town. When folks at your book club wonder what to read next month, go on and pitch this wholly satisfying novel with confidence.” (Entertainment Weekly)
"[A] wise, poignant novel...You'll catch yourself cheering out loud." (People Magazine)
Before purchasing this book, I thought I would never again find an audio performance on par with Roots - one year later, I have found such a performance. These readers (and the story they read) are captivating, engaging, and bewitching. As soon as you get your next audible credit, download this book!
I throughly enjoyed listening to this book. It held my attention every afternoon for 2 weeks while my grandchildren napped.
Growing up as a child in Oregon during the 50's and 60's I was unaware of the treatment of people in the south. I was a little more than surprised to hear an account of the lives depicted in this book. I aligned myself with skeeter. Truly enjoyable and enlightening.
This is one of the best books I have experienced in almost 8 years of Audible. I was raised in the South, on the periphery of the experiences of these women. This is a moving, emotional account that will open your eyes to the trials of incredible people. Please don't miss it.
I actually feel a bit sorry for anyone who simply reads this book. As an audio version, it was not merely "read" but rather, "performed". Great characters, wonderful story, and, as I said, just a wonderful performance by all 3 narrators. I haven't enjoyed a book as much in a long time. P.S. - Audible - if you are reading this - let me know the minute this author writes another book!!
As a young white women, this book is both eye-opening and sad. I cannot believe it has only been some 45+ years since this book was set. I cannot believe people thought this way, and I would hope (if I'd been alive) I'd been on the right side of the issues. This book is wonderful, entertaining, heartfelt and heartbreaking. It's a part of our recent history....we all need reminded of. The narration is one of the best I've heard. Don't miss out on this gem.
This book was a wonderful story about a group of black maids working in Jackson, MS. I was moved to tears at times, and laughed my head off at other times. It is well written and theatrically read. The book stimulated my thought on how I have treated people and who has been instrumental in my development. Can I give unconditional love? I highly recommended it for this summer's read.
I loved the characters and the narrators were wonderful.
It was funny at times, but rang true about racism in the 60's.
Everyone should read this book.
This is a remarkable novel, wonderful in every regard. I thought I was tired of Southern writers and bored by their cliched material, but there is nothing cliched or boring about this novel. It kept me awake all night and glued to my iPod for an entire weekend. The suspense was so great and the characters so compelling that I absolutely could not turn the iPod off. THE HELP was sheer delight! The women who performed for the audiobook are superb, enhancing the stunning prose and filling it with genuine, authentic-sounding emotion. I loved this audiobook. Thank you, Ms. Stockett!
~ Alexis Masters, author of THE GIULIANA LEGACY
In order, the things I look for in an audio book are 1) literary value, 2) engrossing entertainment and 3) good vocal performances. Bonus points are given if I learn something in the process.
"The Help," by Kathryn Stockett probably doesn't deserve any special note -- for or against -- on the first score. It's well-enough written, but it won't be added to anyone's great books series next century.
However, it makes up for a lack of literary pretension with engaging characters, a unique view point, and extraordinary performances. What's more, I feel I learned something about American society that I didn't know before.
I've hit a few clinkers in my Audible subscriptions lately: enough to turn me off the genre. "The Help" was a pleasant way to turn me right back on.
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