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The Help | [Kathryn Stockett]

The Help

Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Heartwarming book that is touching, funny and insightful. Enjoyed the narration and loved the characters! Worth the listen!

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    This is one of the most entertaining audible books that I have listened to yet. Most of the time I only listen to the audible books when I have long distances to travel. But this one I could not stop myself from listening continuously through-out the day. I LOVE the narrarators FANTASTIC. Such a powerful story Thank You Kathryn Stockett

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    Mary Lampasas, TX, USA 05-13-09
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    "The best book since Water for Elephants"

    Wonderful book! Great character development. This is now one of my top five books ever

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    I loved this book from the moment I started listening. It is well read and is both funny and serious. I did not want it to end. If you liked The Secret Life of Bees, you will love this too.

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    "WONDERFUL read..."

    I loved this book! It was such a great read. The narration was so good as well. I didn't want it to end and just enjoyed the characters so much.

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    Caroline Maser Palo Alto, CA, US 05-12-09
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    I loved every minute of this book. The book, itself, is wonderful. The reading of it perfect. It was like watching a long, beautiful movie in your head.

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    "GREAT BOOK...REALLY GREAT BOOK"

    You will not be disappointed! It starts a little slow but when it gets going you will not want it to end.

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    I was sad to have it end. Wonderful characters, wonderful narration, great story. Don't hesitate if you are debating this download.

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    I've never written a review before but this book needs to be praised. I finished it today and was
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    "A wonderful story"

    This book is one of my new favorites. It's wonderfully narrated and a real eye opener to the way of things in the deep south in the early 60's. Although I'm not from the South, I found myself identifying with the era. I was born in 1961 and found it interesting to think about this time while listening to the book. It's a touching story about women and friendship. I highly recommend it!

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