I really enjoyed the characters and situations in this gentle but powerful read. The story just wraps you up in its location and characters and is beautifully narrated. I knew very little about the USA during this era and the books was brilliant at really bringing the situations to life and touching the listener.
It was stayed with me since I finished it as well. A fantastic story irrespective of your background. I have never seen the film, knew nothing about the book and adored it.
The characters were so beautifully crafted-the good, the bad and the ugly ones. One moment I laughed and then I cried.
They were all great - I loved Minnie and Skeeter's mum for being so annoying.
listen to it - its great!
The narration by all was very good and the stories from the characters engaging
All narrators were very good
If it had been possible yes.
Well, well worth a listen.
This was a really engrossing story set in early 1960s Mississippi. It looks at the lives of the female black 'Help' who work in the white households, raising the white children, and often forming close bonds with their charges. And yet casual everyday racism is woven into this society, setting the black families forever apart.
There are three central characters, two of the black women who work as help, and a young white woman who begins to write the stories of their lives in an attempt to show the racism that pervades their society. This is all set against the backdrop of the civil rights movement.
It is a wonderful study of character and of friendhip, and the three main readers all make excellent jobs of voicing their characters. I couldn't stop listening! I did feel that it went on slightly too long and the ending felt a little dragged out, but this was possibly because the tension was held for so long that it was bound to lose some of it's momentum as the various issues were resolved.
I've also heard it described as a book for women but although it deals mostly with the lives of the women in this society I would recommend it to anyone.
Absolute joy...had me gripped from start to finish. Most enjoyable read so far. Don't think it's beat able...LOVED this book. Noticed there's a film out of it. Will watch it but already know it couldn't possibly beat the book.
Say something about yourself!
The Characters, the voices, the suspense, the injustice
never read anything like it
no never, will do though
many, inaction with the children, the worry whether they woukld be found out
Must see the fim
The book is of course, nearly always better than any film. As this is narrated by several actresses, it is almost a dramatization anyway. Flawlessly read. I thoroughly enjoyed the film and would give that 5 stars. However, for me this is, as the title says, superior.
I found myself thinking about the book when I wasn't listening to it and couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. I really cared about the characters. Loved the narrators.
I have not read the print version but would imagine the audio is better as it was so well narrated that it came to life.
Minnie. She is outrageous and feisty.
The chocolate cake episode
The story of Abileen's son death.
This is one of the best books I have ever read. The fact that there was a different narrator for each character made it even better and really brought it to life. I laughed out loud and I cried.
Everything about this audio book was excellent. Each characters' story was compelling and given life by the narration. This book is worth the good reviews given!
It's a compelling story, great characters and a reminder of a very important chapter of recent American history. I absolutely loved this book, and the unusual choice of having three narrators worked brilliantly.