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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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    Elizabeth Va Minden, NV, USA 07-20-09
    Elizabeth Va Minden, NV, USA 07-20-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Listen!"

    I just loved it! Hated to have it end and say goodbye to the characters.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Indianapolis, IN, USA 04-03-09
    Kelly Indianapolis, IN, USA 04-03-09 Member Since 2001
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    "Let's Cast This Movie!"

    Ok, OK, we all know this book reads like a classic movie. Let's cast this movie!

    Abileen - Alfre Woodard, Whoopi

    Minny - Octavia Spencer (the narrator for Minny in the book), Oprah, Jennifer Hudson, Monique, Latifah

    Skeeter - Jennifer Garner

    Hillie - Ashley Judd like (I know Ashley's too old for this role, but someone with her "fire" could do this!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    jaimie1805@yahoo.ca jes2370 05-11-09
    jaimie1805@yahoo.ca jes2370 05-11-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Great book with issues"

    I loved most everything about this book. The story was compelling and the characters are well developed. My issue was primarily with the language of the Skeeter character which is at times offensive. Had the language not been an issue for me I would have given this book 5 stars.

    However, a review of this book would not be complete without making mention of the wonderful narrators. While all were excellent, I find Jenna Lamia particularly exemplary despite the aforementioned language issues attributed to her character.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lyle Pincher Creek, AB, Canada 07-30-12
    Lyle Pincher Creek, AB, Canada 07-30-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Borrrring!"
    What disappointed you about The Help?

    What an absolute boring story line


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not this author


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Very good Narrator's.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Sleep


    Any additional comments?

    I couldnt get past the first part 1 its sooo bad.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ella Quent Canada 07-26-12
    Ella Quent Canada 07-26-12 Member Since 2007

    Costume Witch

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    "Truly well worth listening to!"

    The Help is so well written and performed that I found myself listening to it again just days after I finished it the first time. The story touches the heart and the narrators perform it with honesty and feeling. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Pasco, WA, United States 07-24-12
    Jane Pasco, WA, United States 07-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Insightful"
    Would you listen to The Help again? Why?

    I might listen again in the future, but I think I got the jest of it the first time.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene that stands out in my mind is one where an intruder had to be chased off the property.


    Any additional comments?

    This book offers insight into human personalities.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    eesti Haymarket, VA, United States 05-31-12
    eesti Haymarket, VA, United States 05-31-12 Member Since 2005

    Say something about yourself!

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    "good book"
    Any additional comments?

    did not like story of cake made from ... you know what... i understand it is big part of the book, but it is really disgusting, and it ruined my impression from the book ,,, absolutely love Jenna Lamia as a narrator, best woman narrator I have ever heard here, on Audible

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Granbury, TX, United States 05-30-12
    James Granbury, TX, United States 05-30-12
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    "No following the herd here; this is bad literature"

    A whole bunch of white women who can't pour pee out of a boot. The only smart white woman in the book is a female jewish publisher from New York like those the author got to know in her professional career. A black woman "across the bridge" sitting at home, denied an education, after a hard day's work teaching her employer how to boil beans, reading "Walden" that has been bootlegged to her from the local library by some covert do-gooder. Gimme a break. Who ever read "Walden" voluntarily, even being stoked with the thrill of doing so furtively? Granted that white women and the State of Mississippi are not on any of the Congressional lists of people and things it is illegal to hate and speak ill of, doing so nevertheless sends an unproductive signal; i.e., "Relax, you don't have to be very smart to be as smart as or smarter than Southern white folks." That doesn't move the ball at all. Why does the author promote satisfaction with an intellectual status quo instead of promoting aspirations to greatness? What is this supposed to do for society, black and white? No, folks, all white women in the South were not and are not stupid. No, all white folks in the South had or have no clue how to cook a decent meal without outside "Help". In fact, many were legendary, locally and some beyond, in the culinary arts. No, white women in the south were not incapable of doing their share in rearing their children without intellectual guidance from outside "Help". I knew many of them, and lived during this period. They were decent people for the most part; and a few who I knew and could afford to do so had "Help" that was treated with respect. Supply and demand at work; a day's work for a day's wages; some could afford "Help", most couldn't. That was the economic reality of the era and in the place the book covers, but take no sociological lessons from this pap. The book admits to being fiction, and it is, in every way.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandi Hastings, NE, United States 02-18-12
    Sandi Hastings, NE, United States 02-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "FANTASTIC!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Help to be better than the print version?

    I couldn't put it down. Every day I would come home and sit and listen to it. Yes, I would buy the audio of this again as they did a wonderful job. I will tell everyone to get the audio. I laughed and cried. God Bless those Black Women.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Minnie, Skeeter and Aibileen. They were all brave and cared for each other.


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

    There accents, how the words could make you laugh or cry.


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

    Yes, it really brings out what it was really like in MS and in the south. My heart goes out to those who can't see how color blind they are and how much they missed out on having a wonderful friendships and learning from them.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Joseph, OR, United States 02-13-12
    Carol Joseph, OR, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazingly authenic!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this book which I listened to because I had not seen the movie. The narrative was exceptionally well done!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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