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Publisher's Summary

Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Aibileen is a black maid raising her 17th white child.

Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is the sassiest woman in Mississippi: a wonderful cook with a gossip's tongue.

Graduate Skeeter returns from college with ambitions, but her mother will not be happy until she's married.

Although world's apart, Skeeter, Aibileen, and Minny's lives converge over a clandestine project that will change the town of Jackson forever.

©2009 Kathryn Stockett (P)2009 Penguin Audio

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  • Narelle
  • Narrabundah, Australia
  • 07-29-11

Great book

I really enjoyed this book and they way it was read. I got really involved with the characters. Well worth a listen.

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  • Damian
  • Blackheath, Australia
  • 07-24-11

The voice acting is first class

This book is worth listening too on the strength of the voice acting alone. The story itself is enjoyable but harmless.

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  • Delma
  • Ormiston, Australia
  • 06-26-11

A Must Read/Listen.

If you never read another book again you HAVE to listen to this marvellous story. Can't remember when I was ever, so upset to hear those two words. THE END! I actually said 'OH NO" out loud!I It was only the high star rating that encouraged me to buy this and thank goodness I did. I laughed and cried, was anxious and relived. I love that there is enough story in there for a sequel or even a saga. PLEASE Kathryn Stockett, don't end it here!

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  • Esther
  • Robina, Australia
  • 05-29-11

Loved this

I see this book has been made into a movie. I can't imagine how the complex characters and emotion could possibly be portrayed in a movie - although I will be tempted to go and see it. Loved the book – loved everything about it.

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Good enough

This is an excellent book. The naivety I initially attributed to the character Skeeter actually characterises the entire book. It is a good book, but it is just too "nice". Where things could & probably would go wrong they are fairly neatly tied up & anything nasty that is happening is tucked away behind the scenes. Perhaps the author intended subtlety, which the book certainly has. We get hints & I don't want things spelled out to me but it just feels lightly sugar coated. The narration is superb.

After reading the reviews I thought this book would be better than it is.

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  • Julie
  • 09-27-16

absorbing story

fab, totally absorbing and so well narrated. thoroughly enjoyed the story. Buy it, you won't regret it !

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  • F. McKee
  • 09-26-16

brilliant book

I bought this book ages ago, completely forgotten about it but decided to listen to it, so had no preconceptions - and wow - what a book!
Brilliant characterisation, really well balanced story, easily one of the best audio books I have ever listened to.

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  • Anna
  • 09-19-16

Wonderful-much better than the film!

Absolutely gripping from start to finish, I would highly recommend. So much more detailed than the film.

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  • Lynette Duxbury
  • 09-08-16

absolutely fantastic!

I listened to this following a recommendation from.a friend. I wouldn't normally have bought the audio copy having read the book some time ago and also watched the film. So glad I did, loved every minute of it. Fantastic narration too. I didn't want it to end

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-04-16

The Help - this powerful story

A powerful story with equally powerful performances by truly amazing narrators. This will stay with me for a long time.

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  • Danielle F.
  • 08-30-16

Best audiobook I've ever listened to

Loved the book, enjoyed the film, adored the audiobook! The vocal performances are so rich they completely bring the characters and the settings to life, you are transported to the time and the place of this fantastic story. Highly recommended, can't praise it enough.

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  • michelle
  • 08-23-16

Fabulous performance and wonderful recount

I have been listening in for days to The Help. Normally I struggle with different voices and stories from varying perspectives but this story entwines so well that I felt I knew them all at the end. Tears and laughter - and I loved every moment.

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  • Alicia
  • 08-21-16

Loved it!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Help to be better than the print version?

No Idea.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Help?

So many scenes - but I don't want to give the plot away!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Almost all of them.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but I stretch out the ones I want to savour. And this is one to savour.

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  • donnelly5673
  • 08-13-16

Lovely Story

Loved the book, performances beautiful. Really adds to the film. You will enjoy this book.

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  • Christina O'Brien
  • 08-02-16

Wonderful story with unbeatable narration

Loved this audiobook so much, am sad to have finished! Perfect. My favourite so far.