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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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    Elaine 05-24-09
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    "Glad I found this one!"

    When I first downloaded this book, I only moved the first two parts to my listening device, and was beginning to regret the story's end as Part 2 neared conclusion. What a pleasant surprise when I realized my error! The characters in the book grow over time in the way that friendships grow, and I will miss them when it is done. I am thoroughly enjoying this book.

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    Kathy Bridges 05-23-09

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    Great book! The plot held my interest from beginning to end. The characters were almost real. This book made me realize how far we have come in the past 50 years.

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    Margaret Libertyville, IL, USA 05-23-09
    Margaret Libertyville, IL, USA 05-23-09 Member Since 2007
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    This story was very well written and engaging.

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    Kramerpad 05-22-09
    Kramerpad 05-22-09 Member Since 2007

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    "Beautiful writing, perfect narration"

    I have listened to hundreds of audio books but this is one of the few that compelled me to write a review. I was captivated from the first by the subject, the writing and the narration. Rarely do I come across a book that magically blends the three as this one does. For me, this was a "sit in the car the keep listening" book. I know that my 5 star rating won't change the overall rating of the book but I just had to put down in writing how wonderful this book is.

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    Jean Bloomington, IN, United States 05-22-09
    Jean Bloomington, IN, United States 05-22-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Highly recommended"

    This was a thoroughly enjoyable book to listen to. The readers were excellent and really made it that much more enjoyable. Something I never thought I'd ever write: I don't think I would have enjoyed the book in print as much as the audible version. This is because of the readers who really brought all the characters alive. I highly recommend this book!

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    Mobilis saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada 05-21-09
    Mobilis saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada 05-21-09
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    "Surprised me"

    I bought this book based solely on the length; I had a long car trip coming up, and needed a good, long distraction.

    The Help absolutely surprised me; once I figured out exactly what was going on, I enjoyed it thoroughly.

    The book is set in mid-century Mississippi, and is kind of hard to quantify. It's just a great book; it's at turns funny and sad and horrible and hilarious, and sometimes it's all four at once.

    As well as being a great book, it was also a wonderful listen; there are different narrators for the three main characters, which helps keep things straight, and each narrator does a phenomenal job of bringing her character to life.

    I highly recommend it.

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    Jen Petersburg, KY, United States 05-21-09
    Jen Petersburg, KY, United States 05-21-09 Member Since 2002
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    "Phenomenal writing -- and reading"

    This is a writer's read, wonderful characterizations, dialects delightfully read, details perfectly accurate, an unpredictable plot with interesting twists and turns. As a Yankee who moved to Lexington in '78 and was shocked by "the help", racism and friends with "mammys" this makes it all fit perfectly. Insightful...don't miss it. It's a shame it ended so soon. Hope she writes more.

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    AED chicago,il 05-21-09
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    "I couldn't stop listening"

    Usually I listen to audiobooks when I'm on the bus, doing chores, or something else that doesn't take my undivided attention. Then I'll listen to music when I need to concentrate on work that uses a bit more brain power. However, with this audiobook, I've had one bud in my ear for days. I can't stop listening. It's truthful, raw, personal, inspiring, disturbing, and entertaining. In 2009, we forget sometimes that only 1 generation ago this type of racism and complete lack of civil rights existed and flourished. And we forget how much courage it took just to break through the smallest barriers. The characters are well rounded and the narrators do a wonderful job.

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    JJReader 05-20-09
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    "Don't miss this!"

    I've listened to many books and this may be the best. Excellent story with 3 narrators who are second to none. Enjoyed every minute.

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    Cindy Boulder, CO, USA 05-20-09
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    This audio book is stunningly captivating. The writing is elegant and the four voice actors make the characters come alive. I did not want to stop my iPod. Buy it!

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