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The Help

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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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    This was the first audiobook that I have tried, and it was a great one. The story is one that will keep the listener engrossed. Great job by the readers. I really recommend it.

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    Listening to it was an absolute plus. The characters came alive. Great story and fantastic narration

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    L. Denison Georgia 02-21-10
    L. Denison Georgia 02-21-10 Member Since 2009

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    This was my first Audible book and I loved it. The story is so good and the characters are so well developed. The readers really give each character her own voice and made the story come to life even more. Like a previous reviewer said, I missed them when the book was done. I can certainly see this being made into a movie, hopefully a good one.

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    "Flawless Narration.... Compelling storty!"

    I enjoyed it even more than I expected--and I expected it to be good based on the reviews. I hated for it to end. As an reader since I was 3 I have read so much that I often forget now that I am in my 50's some of the books I have read and enjoyed. What I love about audio books is I can listen to books I have previously enjoyed.

    I will never forget this story. I will certainly listen to it again.

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    Jan Provo, UT, USA 02-20-10
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    Well written, well read, a great story so far.

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    Angela Frisco, TX, USA 02-20-10
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    This is an excellent book

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    "engaging and sensitive"

    Tremendous treatment of domestic help in the '60's south and a great story.

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    Angela atlanta, GA, USA 02-17-10
    Angela atlanta, GA, USA 02-17-10 Member Since 2008
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    not my usual kind of book, but i very much enjoyed it. the narration is superb....possibly the best i've ever heard. this audio book is well worth the credits.

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    Stephen T. Coomes Louisville, Ky. 02-17-10
    Stephen T. Coomes Louisville, Ky. 02-17-10 Member Since 2011

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    "Couldn't have enjoyed The Help more"

    Brilliant book, brilliantly told and brilliantly narraated. I write for a living and scrutinize books pretty harshly, and I couldn't find so much as a syllable out of place in this text. I loved it and recommend it highly.

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