I came across this quite by accident,and was so so glad i did.I was transfixed and transported by both the narrators and the characters.What a story,totally captivating in a simple yet unputdownable way,i was hooked from the first chapter to the last one and so sorry when it ended.I feel a void as i do when a good book ends,and this comes into that category.Had me laughing in parts (will not spoil the moment,but the Martian (yes,spelt correctly!!)Luther King story as told to the child was one of those simple yet profound moments of genius by the author)and tears of frustration,sadness and happiness in equal proportion in parts.Wonderful,creative,simple yet effective......best book i have read in a long while.Thank you for bringing it to me.
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.
Oh my goodness, just this second finished listening to this amazing book. I already want to listen to it again. I am still in tears.
Beautiful story, wonderfully written and fantastically narrated. First book by this author and narrator for me. An experience which has touched my heart.
I highly recommend this audiobook to you for a fabulous listen. May Mo, Aibi, Minny and Skeeter are fantastic characters, even Constantine and so many more. A funny and sad story which I would love to continue.
Not my normal Martina Cole, Roberta Kray, Kathy Reikes and Patricia Cornwall gangster and murder books or chick lit book.
A heart wrenching story and if you read 'The Colour Purple' and thought that was an amazing book, then stop reading this and order this audio and download ASAP!
I had no expectations for this book, did not read the reviews and I do not write many reviews but this book has got a hold on me. Glad I do not like chocolate pie! Will remember to press my thumb in my own palm and personally proud to have been able to experience this book.
I already want to press play and listen again to make sure I did not miss a single word. Never judge a book by its cover, karma, pride and kindness are my key words for this book. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.
Prize winning book. 5 stars and more.
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!
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.
Very good, courageous women putting everything on the line for the hope of a better life. Details the ignorance of the time. Very thought provoking, looking back it doesn't seem possible that these women were treated so abysmally, this would make very uncomfortable reading for some.
Well written and well read, i will listen again to this recording.
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.