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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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    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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    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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    "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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    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.

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    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 12-19-10
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    This is such a beautiful and IMPORTANT story. This is a superb book and the cast of readers are amazing. I have 2 favorite books, in my life. Now I have another. The Help is unforgettable. I miss Ms Milly and Ms Celie already!!
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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?

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    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.

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