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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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    Susan Rock Hill, SC, United States 05-19-09
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    This book is a small slice of my childhood. The narrators are excellent and the story is riveting. This is definitely one of my audible favorites. Hope they make it into a movie.

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    The story shows the bravery of those that were willing to struggle for the change that was so slow in coming. The characters were very real and visible as I listened.

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    kathyd Chicago 05-18-09
    kathyd Chicago 05-18-09 Member Since 2009

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    great story and narration - i am not a writer as is obvious and i never leave reviews - but, this one deserves glowing recommendation.

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    Deborah rocky point, NY, USA 05-17-09
    Deborah rocky point, NY, USA 05-17-09
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    Excellent book - could not put it down. Love the characters and the picture of way slavery carried over into the 50's.

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    Denise Glenwood Springs, CO, United States 05-16-09
    Denise Glenwood Springs, CO, United States 05-16-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Delightful Dialog"

    This is a thought-provoking and yet fun book to listen to. The author does an amazing job of bringing the characters to life and the readers were very easy on the ears.

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    Barbara New Hartford, NY, USA 05-16-09
    Barbara New Hartford, NY, USA 05-16-09
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    "I agree."

    I concur with the high assessments written by others. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book.

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    Nancy Patterson 05-15-09
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    The best!

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    Carol Thomson, GA, USA 05-15-09
    Carol Thomson, GA, USA 05-15-09
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    "Outstanding!"

    I can't say anything about this audiobook that hasn't already been said. I loved it! The BEST listen I have ever had. I think I actually enjoyed listening to the audiobook more than I would have reading it for myself. Couldn't put it down--I listened through most of a weekend till I got to the end. Just wonderful--I highly recommend this listen! You won't be disappointed, except for the fact that you won't want it to end!

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    Katie Arlington, WA, USA 05-15-09
    Katie Arlington, WA, USA 05-15-09
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    "Deserves 5 stars"

    Heartwarming book that is touching, funny and insightful. Enjoyed the narration and loved the characters! Worth the listen!

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    T. Lowry 05-14-09
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    "Outstanding- BRAVO"

    This is one of the most entertaining audible books that I have listened to yet. Most of the time I only listen to the audible books when I have long distances to travel. But this one I could not stop myself from listening continuously through-out the day. I LOVE the narrarators FANTASTIC. Such a powerful story Thank You Kathryn Stockett

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