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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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    Mikel A. Lawson 04-22-09 Listener Since 2006
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    "Was sad it ended"

    This was truly a great book, with very real characters, and the narrators were excellent. I've done a review before but wanted to take the time for this books. If you haven't listened to it yet you are missing out!

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    Claudia 04-22-09
    Claudia 04-22-09
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    "Why did the book have to end????"

    A fantastic book, beautifully written to make me feel like the characters were part of my life. The readers/actors were brilliant and I am so glad I listened to this one because I would have never been able to hear their unique way of speaking in my head. I had to take a few days of silence after finishing the book to say goodbye. I more than highly recommend this audiobook.

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    Phyllis South Riding, VA, USA 04-21-09
    Phyllis South Riding, VA, USA 04-21-09 Member Since 2008
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    "I loved this book!"

    I didn't want it to end. It was so wonderfully narrated with rich voices and the story (and stories within it) were so amazing...that this is the world we used to live in, and in some places, unfortunately, still do.

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    Gloria Long Beach, CA, USA 04-20-09
    Gloria Long Beach, CA, USA 04-20-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Can't help but love it!"

    The different readers were excellent and the story flowed seamlessly. I was completely engaged throughout, even at times getting so angry at the injustices which to me means its a good book since I am in the story. Definitely a strong recommendation.

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    Jennifer Leawood, KS, USA 04-19-09
    Jennifer Leawood, KS, USA 04-19-09 Member Since 2009
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    "A delight!"

    The narrators enhance the text of this engaging novel. I felt like the characters were good friends, and I didn't want this book to end.
    I highly recommend The Help!

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    Malinda Lexington Park, MD, United States 04-19-09
    Malinda Lexington Park, MD, United States 04-19-09 Member Since 2008
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    "The Help"

    It took a little bit to get into this book but after the first hour...I was hooked. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was disappointed when it was done. I highly recommend!

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    Cheryl Lafayette, CA, USA 04-19-09
    Cheryl Lafayette, CA, USA 04-19-09
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    "amazing"

    Brilliant characters, fantastic story, they became my friends

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    Deborah D. Craggs 04-18-09 Member Since 2007

    Enjoying life by the sea in St. Augustine FL. Started listening to books on cassette and in 1995 over the radio, hooked ever since!

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    "Sorry to get to the end.."

    I laughed and cried and enjoyed every minute of this thought provoking and entertaining read.
    So many great life lessons.. some very basic, but all very true. Well done. Hope my book club picks this one!

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    Denise Valencia, CA, USA 04-17-09
    Denise Valencia, CA, USA 04-17-09 Member Since 2007
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    "3 Reluctant Heroes in the Battle of Bigotry"

    I knew almost immediately that I was going to like, no make that love, this book. First off, as this is an audible book, the narrators can make or break a story. Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, & Jenna Lamia gave life to the story. I so enjoyed the emotion and life they brought to the book. As far as the story, a stunning debut novel. I will eagerly await her future books.

    The story takes place in 1962 in Jackson Mississippi, just prior to the Civil Rights demonstrations. Segregation is alive in Mississippi. The novel goes back and forth btwn the 3 characters lives and how they are brought together and bond with a common cause....their stories. I only give 5 star scores to books that I will read again. I would even say it is in my top 10 reads. And you will have to read it just to find out Minnie's "PIE" story! I laughed my a** off and giving her air high fives!

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    Carolyn Salt Lake City, UT, United States 04-15-09
    Carolyn Salt Lake City, UT, United States 04-15-09 Member Since 2003
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    "One of the best ever"

    What a great book. I can't believe this was going on in my lifetime. Although I'm not from Mississippi, so much rang true. Great writing, great readers.. Not a "performance" book so don't let the multiple narrators put you off. Listen to this and think about what it means to be brave in our day and age.

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