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)
One of the best books I have ever read or listened to. The story telling is innovating, intelligent and captivating. The writing is fast paced and not too descriptive. The narrators do a wonderful job and make the story come alive. This is a book that will stay with me, and I can not wait for Kathryn Stockett to write another book.
This was really enjoyable listening. It is a human story of the South. I loved the characters, some of them nasty as heck and others sweet as honey. I had to research the author to see if she's black. I think it's great that a book can fool me into assuming it must have been written by a black author. Not a predictable story either. I feel like I really got my money's worth with this one. I also loved the narrators who brought the story to life.
"The Help" is one of the best stories I've listened to in years. I'm not quite sure why anyone would give it less than 5 stars in my opinion. The characters are wonderful and the storyline flows perfectly. This story will make you laugh out loud, cringe, cry, and cheer. I was on the edge of my seat many times wondering what would happen next! The narrators are exceptional. I'd recommend this story very highly and I'm looking forward to another novel by Kathryn Stockett.
This is one of those rare books that when you put it down (shut it off) you can't get it off your mind. I enjoyed this book so much! I found myself embarrassed by our past and feeling helpless as I contemplated the messages in this book. This story is thought provoking and emotion stirring. It will passionately stimulate your mind and your heart. A must read!
I've tried to write three reviews but there's an error when it's submitted so the review goes somewhere out into webspace never to be seen again. So this one will be short and to the point:
THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I'VE EVER READ. Get it, read it, be transformed by it. I promise you, you'll be both surprised and blessed by it.
Growing up in Alabama in the 60s, I remember so much of what this book is about. My family had a "housekeeper" who came one day a week, but I sense she felt much the same way as the characters in the book. I hope our family was one of the "good families". This book captures the tone and the struggles of this time in history in way that is riveting and enlightening. This is the first audio book I have reviewed, even though I probably have read at least 40 over the past couple of years. I recommend this listen and know I learned a few things while listening to this excellent book. The narrators are the best I have ever heard and have made this book even better to listen to than to read.
This book deserves the 5-star rating that it gets in all of the reviews. It's a very enjoyable listen-- I think this is one of those books that is enhanced by audible. It's such an eye opener and reminder of how some of our United States lagged so far behind in their attitudes about black people -- but to put it in context of housekeepers and the women of the houses they keep -- makes it a more light hearted read than might be otherwise. It is also a very hopeful type of book.
The voices of the characters were so well written and performed that I felt like I was a part of the story. I became so engrossed while listening that for 18 hours every free moment became about "The Help". This story was very moving and touched a very special place in my heart! I can't wait for the next book that Ms. Stockett writes.
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