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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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    Carolyn Salt Lake City, UT, United States 04-15-09
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    "One of the best ever"

    What a great book. I can't believe this was going on in my lifetime. Although I'm not from Mississippi, so much rang true. Great writing, great readers.. Not a "performance" book so don't let the multiple narrators put you off. Listen to this and think about what it means to be brave in our day and age.

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    "Best Audible.com Listen in a Long Time!"

    Exquisite narration serves to enhance Stockett's impeccable writing style. After nearly 20 hours of listening, I was saddened that The Help had to end! Don't miss this one!

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    Kim zebulon, NC, USA 04-15-09
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    awesome book! Definately a favorite

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    "History with a sense of humor"

    This is a true classic! I loved listening to the the stories thru the eyes of the different woman of the south. Although the topic of the Civil Rights movement and the cruelty that African Americans endured during that time in history was awful the author has you laughing at times and other times crying. I would recommend this book to all my friends, I didn't want it to end.

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    This is the best audiobook in my library. I wish I could give this 10 stars. Excellent writing and narration. What an eye opener, I couldn't put it down. RATED MOST ENJOYABLE!!!

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    Chris newark, DE, USA 04-13-09
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    This one went to the top of the favorites list! It is not too many audio books I will listen to outside commuting time but this one was so enjoyable I listened all weekend.

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    "One of the BEST!"

    I have enjoyed audible.com for several years and listened to many amazing stories. This is one of the best I've listened to. The narrators were incredible. The story line pulled me in and wrapped around me like a soft warm blanket. This book was simply delicious, I didn't want it to end!

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    "amazing! best book lately"

    I "listen" alot to audio books and this one is my recent favorite. I loved it. Was tremendous on several different levels! Highly recommend.

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    MoxyIdeas Spring, TX, United States 04-12-09
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    "Wonderful story and narrators"

    I loved every minute of this book. Excellent characters, really wonderful narration. Highly recommended!

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    Kathy Laguna HIlls, CA, United States 03-28-09
    Kathy Laguna HIlls, CA, United States 03-28-09 Member Since 2007
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    "THE HELP"

    There is so much I could say, but it's all been said...To sum it up in one word; EXCELLENT!

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