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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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    Csue Charleston, SC, United States 03-27-09
    Csue Charleston, SC, United States 03-27-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Amazing Book"

    I recommend this book to everyone. Until I moved to the SC low country four years ago, I lived in the north, and I am a caucasian. The South is like a different country. I did not understand the issue regarding the confederate flag flying over the state capitol. Since listening to this book, I have an entirely different perspective regarding both the flag issue and some of the problems black southerners faced in the 20th Century.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elisa Kingston, NY, USA 01-29-10
    Elisa Kingston, NY, USA 01-29-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent readers in a good story"

    I listened to the audible.com version over a number of weeks... a wonderful reading done by wonderful actresses. I can't imagine reading this book without those lovely voices telling the story. And it's a good story, showing women's bravery, white women, black women, abused women, doted upon women. Then there are the truly ugly women, ugly in their souls, in their beliefs, ugly before their gods, ugly to their help, to their children, to each other. And these ugly women are so sure that they're the pinnacle of everything good and right in the world, and they are so sadly mistaken, but hells bells they do a lot of damage. I won't mention any former vice presidential candidates, will I?

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Adrienne Chicago, IL, USA 05-16-09
    Adrienne Chicago, IL, USA 05-16-09
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    "Pleasently Surprized"

    This was a fun "read', reminiscent of an Oprah Book Club pick. I found myself thinking about the characters long after a finished the book.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    kimberly claremont, CA, United States 06-13-10
    kimberly claremont, CA, United States 06-13-10 Member Since 2006
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    "what's the big deal"

    I don't understand the love-fest. Yes the narration is excellent, but the story is simplistic. I found Skeeter to be annoyingly predictable, the "noble white one". Please.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    rebecca weber BELMONT SHORE, CA, US 09-16-09
    rebecca weber BELMONT SHORE, CA, US 09-16-09 Member Since 2006
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    "pure entertainment - an emotional rollercoaster"

    If I could I would give this book 10 stars. It was an insightful look into the past, but in some cases probably still a reality. I found myself walking my dog just to give me time to listen to this wonderfully narrated and written book. I can find nothing negative to say about this book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Va Minden, NV, USA 07-20-09
    Elizabeth Va Minden, NV, USA 07-20-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Listen!"

    I just loved it! Hated to have it end and say goodbye to the characters.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Indianapolis, IN, USA 04-03-09
    Kelly Indianapolis, IN, USA 04-03-09 Member Since 2001
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    "Let's Cast This Movie!"

    Ok, OK, we all know this book reads like a classic movie. Let's cast this movie!

    Abileen - Alfre Woodard, Whoopi

    Minny - Octavia Spencer (the narrator for Minny in the book), Oprah, Jennifer Hudson, Monique, Latifah

    Skeeter - Jennifer Garner

    Hillie - Ashley Judd like (I know Ashley's too old for this role, but someone with her "fire" could do this!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    jaimie1805@yahoo.ca jes2370 05-11-09
    jaimie1805@yahoo.ca jes2370 05-11-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Great book with issues"

    I loved most everything about this book. The story was compelling and the characters are well developed. My issue was primarily with the language of the Skeeter character which is at times offensive. Had the language not been an issue for me I would have given this book 5 stars.

    However, a review of this book would not be complete without making mention of the wonderful narrators. While all were excellent, I find Jenna Lamia particularly exemplary despite the aforementioned language issues attributed to her character.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lyle Pincher Creek, AB, Canada 07-30-12
    Lyle Pincher Creek, AB, Canada 07-30-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Borrrring!"
    What disappointed you about The Help?

    What an absolute boring story line


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not this author


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Very good Narrator's.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Sleep


    Any additional comments?

    I couldnt get past the first part 1 its sooo bad.

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    Ella Quent Canada 07-26-12
    Ella Quent Canada 07-26-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Truly well worth listening to!"

    The Help is so well written and performed that I found myself listening to it again just days after I finished it the first time. The story touches the heart and the narrators perform it with honesty and feeling. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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