The Help

The Help

Audiobook CD - 2009 | Unabridged ed
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Be prepared to meet three unforgettable women.

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 seventeenth 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. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Audio, p2009
Edition: Unabridged ed
ISBN: 9780143144182
Branch Call Number: CD BK F STO
Characteristics: 15 sound discs (ca. 18 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Lamia, Jenna


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May 27, 2018

I loved the film, could manage the written word, but I simply cannot listen to the speech without trying to correct it. I firmly believe this is typical behavior, often still in practice in areas. Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis & Chastain were exceptional. Much of it was hard to watch, I wanted to reach in & harm several of the characters. Sad to realize this behavior still exists. 4-7-2020 I tried this again and find the recording so garbled it's impossible to listen. I'll stick to the DVD for preference.

May 15, 2018

This is an outstanding book, but the narration really shines! Octavia Spencer, Bahni, Turpin and Jenna Lamia really bring the story to life.

Dec 10, 2016

This is one of the most enjoyable audio books. Various actors read the parts so it's more like listening to a radio play than a book. The story is outstanding but the performance really sets this apart from other books.

Aug 04, 2016

3rd time to read this book! So true to life in the South at that time! Made me miss (with all my heart) my wonderful Ethel and Mary, without whom I would have never survived my childhood or known what love is. Hope Stockett has another book in the works and won't be like Margaret Mitchell or Harper Lee

Mar 19, 2015

The audiobook is so good. It is one of the best I have ever heard. I listened to it in my car while driving. The voice actresses are all amazing. I had not read this before listening to it, and although I think I would have enjoyed reading it, I liked listening to it way more. I can't believe how amazing it was. As for the story, it is so well written. The author really understands how people think. She is a wonderful writer. I recommend this book for anyone. My husband also listened to the audiobook and really liked it.

Oct 02, 2014

I listened to the audiobook in my car on the way to work and LOVED this book! The characters are well developed and their respective speakers add so much to their dialogue. I found it very easy to distinguish the various characters and found that I actually looked forward to my long drive to work so I could hear about Miss Skeeter, Abeline and Minnie. The story is set against the time of 1962-1964 in Mississippi and I believe it presents a realistic portrayal of the time. I would definitely recommend this book!

Jan 08, 2014

This is one of the best books that I have read/listened to in years. The characters are so vivid and the the story reveals important truths.

Dec 17, 2013

I seriously could not stop listening to this book. It is much better than the movie, which I also love and have watched countless times!

Jan 20, 2013

January 2013 - I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book while listening to the book on CD. I have to agree with my sister M. A., this was a terrific book. Doctor-at-Bass! T. A. ---February 2013 - I concur with my children M. A. and T. A. as I too thoroughly enjoyed reading this book while listening to a CD of the book superbly narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and Cassandra Campbell. This was a great way to gain a deeper appreciation of the writer’s talents. While one could read the book in perhaps half the time because of the many pauses included to add affect to given conversations; it was well worth the extra time. This is a masterpiece and will surely be considered some day as a classic like Harper E. Lee’s ‘To Kill A Mockingbird.’ A must read book. Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

Apr 18, 2012

Set in the troubled deep south of the sixties where racism is rampant, the story of a group of white women and their black maids is told through the perspective of three different individuals, both black and white. You will cringe as well as laugh out loud as this brilliant story unfolds and plunges you into the world of the domestic help that is so deeply involved in the everyday life of their employers yet treated so shabbily.
The narration couldn’t have been better. The southern accents of the 3 women telling the story added that much more to an already rich narrative. Great story, well done, absolutely loved it !

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