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 have listened to hundreds of books and this is one of the best I have ever listened to. The story is great and the production is fantastic. The readers really make the story. This is a must read!
Here's the thing... I enjoyed the book and always enjoy hearing Jenna Lamia narrate, however there are some things about the book that stick out to me as an african american who can tell when it is a white perspective of "black folks"! Why is it that white authors always feel the need to describe a black person's skin tones, color hues if you will, but never the color hues of the white counterpart or characters in their novels? This is a phenomenon in the black community and something I would love to get an answer to!
Don't get me wrong, the story is interesting yet there are unbelievable scenarios that are difficult for me to digest. One, when Ms. Celie has her miscarrige, the "helper", Millie, with all her children would not have responded the way she did, by acting as if she did not know what to do and that the unborn baby was somehow not human, unclean. This scenario is unbelievable for someone with children. Second Millie also would not have done something so hateful as what was written in the climatic ending. This to me is almost a sub-conscious method of the author insinuating, african-american's are pretty disgusting individuals...
Overall, I did enjoy the story line, I just could not swallow some of the areas that I knew were just too unrealistic.
Better luck next time..
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A wonderful, heart breaking, hopeful story. A very good read. Difficult to put down. Excellent characters, story line and and narration. Enjoy.
This book would be a great read on paper or on Kindle, but the audible version is incomparable, and sets a standard for best incarnation of the author's intended voices. I have listened to 2 books a month for the past 5 years, and no narration even comes close to this one in capturing reality of the characters.
I absolutely urge anyone considering to just "read" this book the old-fashioned way, to get the audio version instead! Heck, if you did "read" it you should give it a "listen" to a second time, I think you will find it a whole different book! Hands down the best book I have ever listened to! The narrators sell the entire story! The content is educational and very engrossing as well. Very likable characters. You will want to listen to the entire thing straight through. I always hesitate to say that about a book because I don't want people to go in with too high expectations. So please download this book and see for yourself! I don't think you'll regret it!
I am fairly new to the concept of audio books. I loved this book, the characters and the narrators. I only listen on my long commute days and I looked so forward to each trip. Only problem being I was moved to tears too many times during my driving!
This novel has outstanding readers and wonderful character development, describing the incipient civil rights movement from the view of both black and white women from Jackson Mississippi. In turns disturbing and funny, this book was thoroughly engaging and uplifting. Looking forward to more from Kathryn Stockett - plus I'll miss the characters from The Help.
'The Help' is a fantastic book to listen to, and I was instantly absorbed by the story and the wonderful representation of each character that the actresses portrayed. I highly recommend this book!! Both as a highly absorbing listening experience as well as the wonderful and prevalent content of this inspired, uplifting and worthwhile piece of literature and history.
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