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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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    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
    AED chicago,il 05-21-09 Member Since 2013
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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
    Cindy Boulder, CO, USA 05-20-09
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    "Captivating"

    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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    Kristine corona del mar, CA, USA 05-20-09
    Kristine corona del mar, CA, USA 05-20-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Reading or Listening?"

    'The Help' was a wonderful read. An honest and
    unique approach to the Sixties...and the naration of the audible book made it even better.

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    A. Scott New York 05-20-09
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    "Best audiobook I've ever heard"

    I cried when this book ended, because I wasn't going to get to hear anymore about the lives of the amazing characters, whom I'd grown to feel like I knew and loved. The story was amazingly written, sad, hopeful, inspiring, and humbling. The actors who portrayed the women in the book were fantastic, and I feel lucky that I listened to this book, rather than read it in print, because I really think something magical would have been lost without being able to hear the voices of the women. I still miss this story, weeks after finishing it--it was one of the most moving books I've read to date. Do not hesitate to download this book!

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    Kelley Missouri Valley, IA, United States 05-20-09
    Kelley Missouri Valley, IA, United States 05-20-09 Member Since 2015
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    "New favorite book of all time"

    I know I will listen to this book again and again. Not only for the incredible story but for the awesome narration. These three women are forever in my heart and I am still thinking about Minnie and Abilene after finishing the book two days ago. I laughed and cried listening to their stories. I hope one day we can find out how things turned out for them.

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    Melinda Alewine 05-19-09
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    "What a Great Listen!!!"

    As someone who grew up in the 70's in Mississippi, these things hit home. The narration brought it to life, and gave a voice to this era of oppression in the South. I could not stop listening. One of my favorite listens from Audible.

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    Jo Ann Turner 05-19-09 Member Since 2002
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    "Very very good."

    It was good from the very start. No slow places. The readers did great jobs [ perfect for their part ] I would tell anyone to get this audio book.

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