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
"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)
This book is so good. I think I enjoyed listening to it because the voice were so familiar. Definitely worth the price.
The end when the church gave the main maid the book with all those signatures.
The part about the cake when the character confronted the maid.
It has been awhile since I listened to it, but the one I liked the most was the maid who had lost her son.
The characters were very real.
The knock at the front door in the rainstorm.
no this was my first audio book
I like the name just fine
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Way better than the movie
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).
All the characters. They were all, everyone, wonderful!
The revelation of the pie!
Ever wondered what would happen if the walls could talk? Now you'll know and they are telling everyone. :)
I love this book. The portrayal is wonderful, I would rather listen to this book again than watch the movie.
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.
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.
All of the narrators were exceptional. Their authenticity was captivating and added to my ability to connect emotionally to each of the characters.
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.
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.
Mini - She speaks her mind.
Different voices. There are several actors used to depict the different voices.
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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