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)
This book is so well written! The author adeptly gives us the prespective of each woman in the story. It is a warm and yet heart breaking depiction of a period in our history..absolutely one of my favorite reads after 7 years with audible.
It was with great trepidation that I purchased, then started, this book. However, all my concerns were immediately laid to rest as I heard the first few passages of Abilene's story, which reflected the lives of so many amazing women I have known.
This is not only an exceptionally well-written novel, but the pacing and narration of this book is one of the best I have ever heard. I eagerly await Ms. Stockett's next work, as well as any other audiobooks narrated by Ms. Campbell, Ms. Lamia, Ms. Spencer, or Ms. Turpin.
This was my first download from audible, and I am amazed. The story is wonderful, and the narrators make it even better. A beautiful story that made me laugh and cry. Definitely worth a credit!
I loved listening to this book. I'm sure I would have enjoyed it immensely had I read it, because it is a wonderfully written book. But the women who read it must be commended for their riveting performances. Brava to these talented narrators. May they read and read and read!!!
You will be rooting for the characters in this book. This book provides a fascinating look at the social divide of 1960's Mississippi. The stories of the "Help" are sometimes sad, sometimes hopeful, and sometimes triumphant. The narrators made them come alive. This is one of the best books I've read in the last few years.
A home run in audio books is a great story combined with a great reading. Kathryn Stockett's book The Help is, indeed a home run. It ranks up there with Philip Roth's Operation Shylock read by Ron Silver as a great audiobook. The story is engrossing from the first chapter and the characters are so well presented by the readers that you find yourself driving to work in the right lane so you can hear just a few minutes more of the story.
I enjoy reading a wide variety of books, from epics to mysteries, some fantasy, and even better written chick lit. NO bodice rippers please!
I Can't recommend this book enough. A book that teaches you the lessons of history while being highly entertaining is very rare. This is true historical fiction.
I avidly read reviews before making a purchase. A you have noticed already, "The Help" gets RAVE reviews from almost every reviewer- almost all with female handles!
Well, another RAVE review here, from a male (Reviewer/reader is Judy's husband!). This is a really good story, well written, well read, provocative.
Go ahead, guy (or gal), download it. I expect you will be as enchanted as I was.
One of my all time favorites. I've been an Audible listener for ten years now and this book is close to the top of my list. Water for Elephants and 5 People That You Meet in Heaven and The Help are my top three. Ms. Stockett brings the South of the 60's alive. On my only visit to New Orleans in the late 60's I still saw "whites only" and "colored only" labels on fountains and rest rooms. As a true Yankee this was very new to me and was not right. In The Help I was able to "see" this South again and I didn't like it.
The actresses playing the maids were so real that I was transported back 40+ years to my youth.
I cannot possibly imagine what their working life was like but I learned from Ms. Stockett. She made me want to laugh and scream, get mad and want cry for them. I doubt if anyone will ever be able to tell their story any better ever. Kudos to you, Ms. Stockett and also to all the terrific narrators.
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