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The Help Audiobook

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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    Donna Todd 07-15-09
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    "Insightful book"

    I loved the style in which the book was written. Very intertaining. For once I couldn't guess the "end". The readers were perfect. Hope to listen to more books read by these readers.

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    Effelle 07-15-09
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    "Mesmerizing!"

    This was one of the best books I have read since My Sister's Keeper. All of the narrators bring the book to life. It's as if the maids are sitting with me and telling me their story. I was sorry when it was over, and hope to see more books by Kathryn Stockett.

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    sheila mcfarlane 07-15-09
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    "Best book of the year"

    This was truly a page turner, the best book this year, MS Stockett does an amazing job of bringing these characters to life, a must read for history buffs.

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    Nicole Las Cruces, NM, USA 07-15-09
    Nicole Las Cruces, NM, USA 07-15-09
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    "The Help"

    this was an AMAZING read...i am a tough sell, and i was hooked from the start and it just got better and better. not only a terrific story and narrators, it is a real socialogical look at a time in american history that we should really reflect upon. i felt like it was true, because of the writer's attention to the historical details that are enmeshed in the story. Jenna Lamia is simply mezmerizing as the voice of the main character, just as she was in "The Secret Life of Bees". i just loved this book, it truly moved me...

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    Michele English Benton, AR United States 07-14-09
    Michele English Benton, AR United States 07-14-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Best book in five years of listening"

    I've been an Audible member for over five years, and this is hands down the best book I've listened to so far. The narration is just excellent...I'm thankful I didn't read a hard copy of this book but listened to it instead.

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    Janet New York, NY, USA 07-14-09
    Janet New York, NY, USA 07-14-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Couldn't stop listening"

    This narration reflects beautifully on the legacy of southern storytelling. The readers are amazing as they capture a turning point in the history of our country. I've listened to many books and this is my first review, written because I feel this is what listening to a book should be - oral tradition revisited.

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    Sarah austin, TX, United States 07-14-09
    Sarah austin, TX, United States 07-14-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Couldn't Tear Myself Away"

    This book is beautifully written. Out of all my audio books, I loved the narration on this one the best. The characters each had their own voices and the accents were wonderful. The book takes you through all emotions and makes you look hard at what our country was like, and where we are now, and how far we need to go. Loved it, and highly recommend it.

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    Gwendolyn Virginia Beach, VA, USA 07-14-09
    Gwendolyn Virginia Beach, VA, USA 07-14-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Captivating"

    Kathryn Stockett will draw you into a world that since forgotten but true in the minds of many. It starts out a little slow but give it some time and you will not be disappointed. I love the way the story line builds and the underlying bits of humor will leave you with an unforgettable experience.

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    Joan brooklyn, NY, USA 07-14-09
    Joan brooklyn, NY, USA 07-14-09
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    "Amazing!"

    This one is not to be missed. Stockett's use of language is astonishing; the narrators are all brilliant. I could not stop listening.

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    Lisa Henderson La Canada Flintridge, CA, US 07-14-09
    Lisa Henderson La Canada Flintridge, CA, US 07-14-09 Listener Since 2007
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    "Top 10 Best Audio Book!!"

    Wow!! The narrators were absolutely brilliant! Pitch perfect voices. The story, too, made me listen late into the evening & early morning. The narrators made the book even better than reading it. I will certainly follow this author.

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