Every now and again one comes across a book that stays with you for days after you've finished it and that leaves one deeply moved by the powerfulness of the story. This is such a book: it had me laughing and holding back tears by turns and eager to find out what happens next. It is narrated by different voices that bring the characters to life better, I think, than reading the book on the page. The stories of the black maids and their selfish, racially prejudiced employers vividly illustrates the terrible things that happened in the Deep South of the States until relatively recently. I'm old enough to remember the early 60s, the Klu Klux Klan lynchings, the historic speech by Martin Luther King and the assassination of President Kennedy that occur during the time in which the book is set.
It's an astonishing first novel. I don't know anything about the authoress but she has created a wonderfully sympathetic story that should make any remaining racists fell ashamed.
I've never been moved to write a review before but this audiobook was so utterly gripping, touching and wonderfully narrated that I felt I had to. I usually listen to audiobooks while doing menial lab work or while training but this book gripped me so much that I could not stop listening. I went for walks just as an excuse to have it on, I shunned my workmates to listen to it over lunch, I finally finished it in the middle of the night with tears rolling down my face.
It is beautifully narrated, the characters are delightful, the story is riveting. Buy this audiobook!
LISTEN TO THIS BOOK - IT IS BRILLIANT!!!!!!It had been recommended to me by so many people that I had been put off it, to be honest. I thought that it would be 'worthy' and 'dry' and would take considerable attention to appreciate. I couldn't have been more wrong. In the end I was cornered into listening to it by the fact that it was on the list for my reading group....
I can't answer the questions required of me to review it. I enjoyed every aspect of this book, it made me laugh and cry - I found all the characters interesting and believable and learned a lot in listening to it.
Great read, realistic and I could have actually been a character in the book as It drew me in I felt part of it.
I had already read this on my kindle, but loved the story so wanted to listen to it too. The voices and accents were good and added to the story. I loved it just as much as the written version, it still horrifies me that people could behave as the whites in the book did, and I am sure that it is based on a very real set of values and attitudes prevalent not so very long ago.
This book is amazing! It's told by actors with velvety voices and takes you right in to the lives and homes of the characters. I honestly think I have been spoilt after hearing this book, I don't think any other audio book will come anywhere close to how soothing, exciting and gripping this story was.
This was a brilliant book, with superb narrators. I had struggled to read the book as I didn't find the local dialect used by some of the characters very accessible. What a difference listening to the story made.It was gripping, moving and had a lot to say about segregation. It was a story that I didn't want to end and I was sad to say goodbye to Abilene, Minnie and Skeeter.
Being American, you grow up listening to stories like The Help. Being in the UK though, it doesn't happen as often. I've missed these stories, these reminders of our dark history and our triumphs over racism. The Help is one of these reminders that in our not so distant past our fellow man struggled without the basics. It makes me want to give thanks again for the pain endured so I can now live in a more tolerant world. Not perfect but absolutely on the right path.
Thank you to the Abilenes and Skeeters of the this world!
I was so sorry to come to the end of this fantastic book. Definitely one of the best audio books I have ever listened to. The characters were so perfectly written, I began to feel as if I actually knew them. I could barely turn it off. I hope there will be a sequel. I would love to know what happens next.
This is, by far the best audiobook I have ever heard. The story was so well written and then so expertly told by the narrators that I was hooked from the very first chapter, I couldn't put it down.
The nature of the multiple narrators each telling you their stories as the main narrative progresses is brilliant and the story is so well written that you feel swept away on the tide of change that was sweeping the USA at that time.
I would wholly recommend this book to everyone, in fact it should be on the National curriculum! It will uplift your heart and allow you a escape, if only brief into a world where the rules were shifting by the minute.
Dont miss this