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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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    lee Baton Rouge, la, United States 02-12-12
    lee Baton Rouge, la, United States 02-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved the book and loved the audio tape"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The audio tape brings this story to life. The voices were cast perfectly. A true Mississippi woman, I love the way the author knows all of those southern rules, and some that were before my time.


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    Kaitlyn United States 02-12-12
    Kaitlyn United States 02-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved the book as well as the movie. Both were great. The narrators pull you in, each did a wonderful job. Just a great story all around.


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    linda augusta, west virginia, United States 02-11-12
    linda augusta, west virginia, United States 02-11-12

    I am a hairstylist that enjoys the outdoors. I love listening to books as I fall asleep. I rode a Harley, Drive na RV, and cut beautiful flowers to put in my home. Give me piece and quiet, Give me friends and fun. I choose to be happy and enjoy life.

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    "Awesome Listening"
    What made the experience of listening to The Help the most enjoyable?

    The voices of the characters made it so real. Listening to them tell their story made you feel their pain, shame, and glory. You forget this book is fiction.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The movie left out some of the best parts in this book. When you listen to this book you are in the kitchen baking the pies, you are on the side walk laughing at all the commodes. You are there as it happens


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book makes you feel the shame and glory of what some people had endured in the past. Although it is fiction we all know it tells the story of what some maids had endured.


    Any additional comments?

    Way better than the movie

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    RNeill 02-11-12
    RNeill 02-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Amazing Story!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Help to be better than the print version?

    I love the advantage of having the book version performed for me. It's like a movie, but it's the book and the book is always better then the movie. I love the fact that I can read while I clean, drive and work(on Saturdays when alone in the office).


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the characters. They were all, everyone, wonderful!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The revelation of the pie!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Ever wondered what would happen if the walls could talk? Now you'll know and they are telling everyone. :)


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    Amazon Customer Glenwood Springs, CO, United States 02-11-12
    Amazon Customer Glenwood Springs, CO, United States 02-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful"
    Any additional comments?

    I love this book. The portrayal is wonderful, I would rather listen to this book again than watch the movie.

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    Amazon Customer ventura, CA, United States 02-10-12
    Amazon Customer ventura, CA, United States 02-10-12
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    "One of my favorites"
    What did you love best about The Help?

    This is an excellent story, with excellent characters. The narration was wonderful. I usually only listen to audio books in my car, but I really looked forward to listening to this.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I cannot pick a favorite character. I loved them all. Of course, Miss Skeeter's coming of age type tale was wonderful, but all of the maids were wonderful too. The author takes you on a journey of empowerment with each woman. You love each one of them as you come to understand their history, struggles, and the incredible amount of courage they each have and the sacrifices they each make. The movie leaves out so much of the character development which is so rich in this book. I especially loved the relationship between Minny and Miss Celia.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    All of the narrators were exceptional. Their authenticity was captivating and added to my ability to connect emotionally to each of the characters.


    If you could take any character from The Help out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would love to go to dinner with Aibileen. She has such strength and kindness. I would hope her patience and wisdom would rub off on me. However, a night out with all the women would be wonderful, as the honesty of each character would make for truly entertaining dinner conversation.


    Any additional comments?

    Even if you saw the movie, read the book. I found them to be very different experiences. In the film I found Skeeter to be depicted as more of a rebel; whereas, the book describes a sweet, demure girl who wants to fit in, but sacrifices everything that means most to her for an opportunity to be an honest journalist with an important truth to tell. The movie is cute and fun, but I was sad to see the depths of the stories including Stuart, Miss Celia and Johnny cut short. As I followed the narrators through the book I found myself laughing, rooting for each of the characters, and even crying at times.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elyse PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL, United States 02-03-12
    Elyse PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL, United States 02-03-12
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    "Excellent!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mini - She speaks her mind.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Different voices. There are several actors used to depict the different voices.


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    Heike Grebenstein 02-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful story, beautifully acted"
    What did you love best about The Help?

    This book is read by fantastic actors with regional accents who bring the book to life and give it a real sense of place.


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    Nancy DALLAS, TX, United States 02-03-12
    Nancy DALLAS, TX, United States 02-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Entertaining and expertly performed"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! I listen during my commute to work and find myself taking the


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Help?

    The emotional performances by the actors/readers.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I liked the multiple narrators - it helped me get into the story and the action felt more real.


    If you could take any character from The Help out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I enjoy so many of the characters, this is difficult to answer. Probably Celia, because I think she could use a friend in town.


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    Donna Plano, TX, United States 02-03-12
    Donna Plano, TX, United States 02-03-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A Must Read for all Southern Women"
    If you could sum up The Help in three words, what would they be?

    The Help is true, heart-breaking and hilarious.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The best thing about this story to me, was the truth behind the smiling faces. I actually grew up in this Southern atmosphere and sadly still know of towns that underneath the facade of tolerance, the racism still runs deep. It is still extremely relevant.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrators bring the flavor of the South to life. You can actually SEE them from their voices, along with the pain, humiliation, and great humor.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    One of the more memorable moments in the book was when a lady who had cared for children all of her life, had to walk away from a crying (bereft) white child because she had been fired for nothing. She LOVED those children, and knew she had no choice but to walk away. As she had so many times before.


    Any additional comments?

    The Help should be a must read in High School in conjunction with history. Our younger generations can't understand why African-Americans feel the way they do about our white culture. It seems this book could enlighten students of all races.

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