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 have only one word for this book - FABULOUS. It not only shows the futility of segregation it shows how those on either side think, feel and act. It is not one sided, both sides have their villains and heroes. Yes the main thread concerns race issues but there is so much more apart from this. It covers parenting skills good and bad, gender issues of its time and of today and many other social problems.
Each character has it own narrator giving it an added depth that adds extra punch. Every chapter introduced with the name of the individual whose point of view and individual perspective is highlighted.
In short this book is well written, excellently read and relatively easy to listen to. I will definitely be listening to it again.
To have to caracters with three voices makes the book come to life in an extraordinary way
The three different voices
Say something about yourself!
I thought the narrative was fab and really helped tell the story and the story itself really gave an insight into life at the time. I so so enjoyed this work and was sad when the book was over. I cared about all the characters and even the nasty ones I was interested to find out what happened to them. I wish there was a sequel.
Having a different narrator for each of the main character chapters really added to the audio book, and made it easier to know whose perspective you were hearing the story from at anyone time.
I was unsure about listening to this book, as it not a genre I would typically listen to. However, I was so glad I did. I couldn't turn it off, I always wanted to know what would happen to next in their lives, and the writer has a really good way of teasing you with an answer but not giving it when you think your just about to find out.
A little sad it ended, and more gripped that some of the action/crime books I have recently read.
When a book makes you occasionally laugh out loud, has your eyes brimming with tears or has you shouting at the pages through empathy and anger, you know the author has a very rare talent. 'The Help' is one such book.
A thoroughly enjoyable book that is destined to become a classic. I wish I could give it more than five stars.
Absolutely. So well read you slip into the mental pictures painted and don't want to leave. I'd listen again simply to enjoy the accents portrayed and to pick up small details I may have missed the first time around. Would listen more than once again.
I enjoyed the empathy the readers used to portray the characters and the skill employed to bring the written word to life. It's a difficult subject to tackle and I feel it was done very well indeed.
No, haven't heard the narrators before. But this was excellent.
Painful arrogance slayed by truth and respect.
Having grown up in South Africa in apartheid's prime years, I was interested to hear a different perspective, with different behavioural patterns, for an international age-old, complex, raw and volatile subject.
I have already read this book many times as I just love the story but I think I enjoyed the audio version even more. Fantastically well read/acted and I was completely absorbed. I normally only listen to comedy audio books but I am so glad that I took a chance and downloaded this. Cannot recommend highly enough. Brilliant.
Love to read and love to Listen.
Big change from what i normally listern to but i was so drawn in but this.
loved it, recommended.