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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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    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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    Kimbra Round Rock, TX, United States 02-01-12
    Kimbra Round Rock, TX, United States 02-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As a child growing up in the south during these turbulent times this book fairly shows both sides. I thank God with each passing generation, the racial lines become even more blurred. My hat's of the the author .... bravo, bravo bravo!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I had to listen to it a second time and I enjoyed just as much as the first time I listened to it. I cannot wait to see what the author writes next.


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    Renee Toronto, Ontario, Canada 02-01-12
    Renee Toronto, Ontario, Canada 02-01-12
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    "Great listen, ending lack luster"

    I really enjoyed this listen. Cute, endearing, agrivating at times - the characters are convincing and interesting. The ending however I found disappointing and very dull SPOILER ALERT, would have been nice if we could get stewarts opinion on her book after it came out, and to know that she found love and/or hapiness - seems like she has a promising furture ahead, but the ending is just so blah.

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    Teresa Kirkland, WA, United States 02-01-12
    Teresa Kirkland, WA, United States 02-01-12 Member Since 2009
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    "What a performance!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Help to be better than the print version?

    I imagine this is still a great book to read, but if you have the choice, listen. It's fantastic.


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    Loren NEW HYDE PARK, NY, United States 01-28-12
    Loren NEW HYDE PARK, NY, United States 01-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Phenomenal!"
    Where does The Help rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best books I've listened to this year. Fabulously well written characters. Loved it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    This books makes you laugh and cry because the characters are realistically portraying an ugly period in our history.


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

    Listening to the authenticity behind the southern accents really made the characters alive.


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

    Definitely Minnie. She had so much to sayvu


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley Edison, NJ, United States 01-28-12
    Ashley Edison, NJ, United States 01-28-12
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    "You'll find yourself a new family in Mississippi"

    This was my first audiobook and I have to say I am now afraid that no other can live up to it. The narration was so spot on it felt like I knew these women - like I was sitting at their kitchen table with them everyday. I could not stop listening. It is wonderfully written and there was never a time where I felt it dragged. At the end of the book, I was left wanting more. It was an absolute pleasure.

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    KEVIN United States 01-27-12
    KEVIN United States 01-27-12
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    "A great surprise"

    Based on the trailer for the film I had no interest in this story. After seeing the very high ratings the audio book has received I decided to give it a try and am pleased I did. The story is engrossing from the beginning, beautifully structured and poetically written. Listening to it I am transported completely to another place and time and I developed a great affection for several characters in the story. It is a much more nuanced and sophisticated telling than the film trailer suggests. I am so glad I gave it a chance.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Las Vegas, NV, United States 01-26-12
    Deborah Las Vegas, NV, United States 01-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "That was intense!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a difficult story to tell in a way that has reader rooting for you, but it was accomplished beautifully. I loved that each character's chapters were read by a different narrator. It gave the story even more personality.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story of the workers was told with such dignity and humor and reality.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I especially liked the scene where Minnie and Celia saved each other from the pervert in the back yard. It was a display of respect and affection like a good friendship.


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

    It's a toss up between Aibilene and Minnie, but I think I would choose Aibilene, the story teller. She had a lot left to say and the skill to say it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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