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.
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.
Written in three voices, this novel is perfect for audio. The three readers are excellent - easy to listen to and bring the story alive. I didn't favour one character over another as they are all equally good. I can't really add more to what the other reviewers have said but I've been a member of audible for over 3 years now, downloading at least 24 books a year and this is my second favourite listen after 'Restless'.
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 enjoyed listening to The Help as it was brilliantly read but I did sometimes get a little confused with who was speaking! The story is very original, poignant and charming, lovely accents and a joy to listen to.
I found this book very disappointing and find it hard to understand the enthusiasm of some other reviewers. I thought the plot was pretty unoriginal and the characters stereotypical with no depth (e.g. uncaring white boss who does not care for her child, black maid who is kind and loving, ungainly white girl whose mother wishes her to marry but who wants to be a writer). I do agree that it was well read though.
I really enjoyed this book but the final chapters seemed to let it down. The ending is not so convincing and I felt that it was "wrapped up" far too neatly. Certainly worth a read, but do not expect the unexpected as you reach the final chapters!
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 read and 'listen' to a wide variety of genres but particularly enjoy crime, historical and contemporary writing.
if you have managed to miss this one then you are in for a treat as the audio version is excellent.
It is the story of the maids who are the 'help' to white women in 1950's Alabama. Each maid's story is poignant and different with their individual attitudes and history influencing their ability to put up with degrading treatment from their employers.
As a story this is funny but gripping and takes you in from the first few pages. It is also quite a statement on the treatment of these women and the state of racism during that time.
The audio version is extremely well-done and as a result I have listened to it several times over.
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.