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!
I get bored quickly so take ages choosing my books. Preferred authors incl Sanderson, Rothfuss, PBrett, ....tho' C Harris makes me laugh too
Beautifully written, with the humour lifting the moments of tragedy. Tears, laughter....this book has it all. I know this book would be equally fabulous if just read, but the wonderfully colourful Southern accents make this audio version a joy. A really uplifting story - so glad I downloaded it.
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.
I wasn't sure about this purchase but I am so glad I went ahead ... It is a great story - and brilliantly well read by the various readers. (Its also a good long read - enough to while away two very long car journeys - in fact, when I pulled into various service stations, I was delayed by the need to keep listening.....).
Not only did I enjoy the story, I also learned a lot - at time shockingly so ... about the reality of being black in the southern USA. But what makes it one of my all time favorites are the feelings it evoked - sometimes dread, sometimes laughter, and one time an unexpected and unconscious gasp aloud - I was so enthralled by, and engaged with, the story. If a book (any book) makes me involuntarily react emotionally, its a winner. I highly recommend this audio book - you will not regret 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!