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
"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)
I spent 18 hours with these beautiful women and was left empty handed by the ending. Good story. AMAZING narration!!! Poor ending.
Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.
The perfect audio book... the perfect book of any kind but especially in audio. The book is over the top in every respect. Maybe one of the best books ever. You'll laugh; you'll cry. You won't want to put it down.
...and that it was on my wife's book club list, I went ahead and listened. Guys you will like this, too. Great choice of three narrators. Moving and poignant without being "preachy". Fresh and enjoyable listen taking one believably right into the life of Jackson, Mississippi in the 60's.
"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them." --Lemony Snicket
...how great this performance is, but I'm going to anyway. The Help is an essential listening experience because of Bahni Turpin. And Octavia Spencer. And Jenna Lamia. These three gifted performers elevate the art of narration to a new level with their impeccable Southern drawl and illuminating portrayals of maids and the white families they work for in 1960s Mississippi. It's no surprise that rave reviews from listeners have made The Help our highest-rated audiobook of all time, and propelled Octavia Spencer into an Academy Award winner for her portrayal of Minny.
The only reason I did not give this book a 5 star was because some of the characters could have used more development. A technicality you can dismiss.
My mother was raised in the south on a farm but my grandmother had "help".Her name was Cora. In my mother's family the bond was tight between Cora and her children and my mom and her siblings. My mom moved north to PA to marry and I met Cora on one of our frequent trips south when I was about 5 years old.She introduced herself to me as my "chocolate mammy". Having grown up in a small PA town she was the first black person I ever met.
Although I observed both the harsh racial discrimination in the south and the love and respect of my mothers family(they were never allowed to use the word nigger)to Cora and her family I could never explain with credibility to my northern born and raised friends the unusual love/hate relationships to blacks that existed in the south.
These Yankees all professed a strong belief in racial equality but felt very uncomfortable around blacks and did not include any in their close social circle.
This book says it all and illustrates the situation I have been trying to explain to my friends my whole life.The characters are real and I could put different names to all of them from the roster of my southern family and their friends and acquaintances.
I have listened to 20-25 books through audible, and this may have been my favorite in terms of the listening experience. This is one of those books that is perhaps better in the audible format. Deciding to use multiple narrators to fit the characters was an excellent choice. The performance flew by and kept the listener entertained throughout. I would thoroughly recommend this book!
The only dissapointment here is the fact that eventually the book ended. I loved it from cover to cover and will definately listen again and again. Narration was phenomenal as well.
I'm a 24-year-old woman who loves to read. The longer the book, the better. The Stand, The Help and The Hunger Games are my favorites.
When I first heard about this book a few months ago, I will admit I wasn't sure I'd like it. Well, once the tournament of audio books started, I decided to at least give it a try. I'll tell you this, the characters are so believable, and the narators bring this story to life. I laughed, cried, got mad, and every other emotion in between. I started this book Monday night and just now finished it, and I've not regretted one moment I spent reading.
This book taught me so much. I'm visually impaired, and so I know what it is like to be judged on something you can't help, or to have people think that I am so different from them. I lived with that for years. What I didn't realize, and this book pointed that out to me very clearly, is that I do the same thing. I may not be racist, but I judge people. This book might've been set in the early nineteen sixties, but to me, the message in its pages is still just as important now as it was back then. Thank you Kathryn Stockett for writing such an awesome novel, and thank you audible for sharing it with us.
I listen to mysteries and thrillers primarily and normally prefer male narrators. This bood was neither and and still one of the best books I have listened to this year. Terrific story, great characters, brilliantly narrated and worth every minute I spent listening. DO NOT shy away from this book if it is not your usual genre, listen and enjoy.
I was so engrossed in the story that I don't want it to end. In addition to the book being a great read, the narrators really brought the story to life. It was almost equivalent to watching a really good movie.
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