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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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    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.


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    Angie 01-25-12
    Angie 01-25-12
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    "Amazing - Must Read!"

    This book was absolutely wonderful! I haven't read one so good in years. I didn't want it to end, yet I didn't want to turn it off. I hope to see more books by Ms. Stockett in the future.

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    Rachel Los Angeles, CA, United States 01-23-12
    Rachel Los Angeles, CA, United States 01-23-12
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    "EXCELLENT"
    Would you listen to The Help again? Why?

    Wonderful characters, compelling and beautiful story!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration from all the actors was superb. I felt like I really knew these characters and loved them. And the actual story and the way it's written is wonderful and inspiring.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are too many to choose from, there really are. There were moments when I was so involved with the story that i stood with my hand over my mouth gasping at something, or actually talked back or commented on what was happening, as if the readers were right there with me telling me the story!


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

    Abilene, because she is the BEST.


    Any additional comments?

    LOVED it! I will miss those characters. I want a second book!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kriss Hollister, CA, United States 01-15-12
    Kriss Hollister, CA, United States 01-15-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Makes you look at yourself"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Funny, sad, thought provoking all in one. This book really opened my eyes to how sheltered I was growing up in California. But what was interesting, was this story made me really look at how I deal with all people. How unawared and presumptious I can be sometimes. It made me take a look at myself. I hope that if and when a challenge arises, I can be as brave as some of these women were.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were so real. Many were like people I know.


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

    Miss Celia. She was a nice person.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Altadena, CA, United States 01-11-12
    Jennifer Altadena, CA, United States 01-11-12

    Audible Newbie! But lovin' it! What a Godsend! I now have the time (and desire) to read a good book!

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    "Soul Stirring Story of Overcoming Oppression!"
    What did you love best about The Help?

    This was an excellent story of struggle, strength and ultimate success. Although classified as fiction, it depicts real life stories of what individuals faced (and are still facing to some degree) in everyday life in the south back in the 60's. But the best part is how creatively the characters are depicted as they worked together to overcome the oppression they had grown accustom to, but longed (and worked even harder) to escape.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Favorite Character - Minnie...so real, so complex, so...Minnie


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

    If I could take one of the characters from the book out to dinner, it would be Abeline...she was such a woman of quiet strength and dignity...even in the face of Oppression...aka Hilly Hollbrook.

    Abeline is the type of woman from whom you could learn valuable life lessons, just by sitting across the table from her having


    Any additional comments?

    My first Audible read...I'm hooked!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stacey Crossville, AL, United States 01-10-12
    Stacey Crossville, AL, United States 01-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Absolutely Amazing!"
    What did you love best about The Help?

    The one thing that really makes this book stand out is the people who narrate the books chapters. If feels like you are in the very room listening to these women's darkest secrets.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The comedy in the middle of the drama helped to keep the emotion balanced.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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