This story is captivating and tells of a time long ago told in the words of each of the characters. I would strongly recommend this to anyone. I made the mistake of buying the film afterwards to watch with my family and it doesn't do the book justice. Definitely worth listening to.
I've read the book, seen the film, and listened to the audio book. The audio book was by far my favourite experience - the voices of all the narrators were a pleasure to listen to. I am aware that there have been criticisms of the book ("white people cure racism") but for me it was a real eye opener. I was a child in the 60s and find it incredible that this was happening in my lifetime. Heartwarming and positive.
This was my first fiction audiobook purchase. Having no idea where to start, picked one with lots of 5 star reviews. At first I wondered why as initially I found the accents irritating, but once I got to know the characters they enhanced it. I appreciate also the different narrators , rather than just one putting on different voices. It was an interesting portrayal of life for both black people and women in general at that time in America
This story absorbed me so much that I found myself listening to it for long periods unable to stop despite dreading it ending well before I was half way through. The narrators were version well chosen and their accents from the southern USA aided my transportation to 1960s struggles and discrimination of black people told through the lives of black maids and the White women they work for. Full of insight, suspense and frankly unmissable.
From the minute I started listening to this book I was hooked! The narrators were perfect: easy to listen to and they really drew you in, bringing each character to life. I truly did not want this book to end. One of the best books I've read in years and it will defnitely stay with me for years to come.
I purchased this book because of practical reasons. I wanted to learn the American Southern accent. I started analysing, practicing it, but the recording was so captivating that I kept forgetting what I was doing and was just enjoying the story. It's very well written with amazing performances. I liked the film as well, but the audiobook I simply adore.
My daughter said the film was good so I thought I would give it a go.
I couldn't turn it off!!! The characters are so real, so believable, so heart rending. Even the one's you want to dislike come across as victims of the system that gave them their cockeyed attitudes and you pity them for their lack of understanding and all they missed out on. I marveled at the way each character was written in a unique way peculiar to that character's personality, as though each one of these widely differing people had written their chapters themselves.
The descriptive writing was out of this world and I could almost feel the sweat running down my neck in those hot and humid southern summers and this is the coldest winter England has seen for some time! The way she described the minutia of each scene rivalled Dickens, from the sweet gentle portraits of the relationship of Abilene and her small charge to the heart stopping moments of danger of being found out.
This is so well written and performed and it will live in your heart and memory for a long time, if not forever. I have but one more thing to say 'Thank you Kathryn Stockett'.
This was my first book through Audible and on the strength of it I can't wait for my next one. The story is beautifully told; set around the time of the Civil Rights Movement in 1960s Mississippi it documents the lives of women in a small town, weaving the narratives of black maids and white women and their relationships. It was incredibly moving and inspirational and I loved how it highlighted that anyone in any position in life can be truly brave and that this can have a knock-on effect of inspiring bravery in others, and eventually attitudes, and lives can change for the better.
I found the sound quality to be perfect. The voices of the narrators brought the whole story to life especially the lady narrating the character of Aibileen. It was like having my own personal play staged for me! I found myself trying to ration myself with how often I listened as I didn't want it to end. A marvellous book, superbly narrated.
If you loved Gone With the Wind or The Color Purple this amazing debut novel by Kathryn Stockett will be perfection tor you. I have previously read the book twice and couldn't wait to listen to the audio version. The readers make the story come alive, by putting on different voices and the accents to resemble the characters. Once you are listening to it, you feel lost in the book, and the lives that you become part of. You meet, Abileen, Minny and Skeeter as they find friendship in the unlikely place of their time. The story is about ''Colored'' maids who work for the white families, slave all day, raise their children but cannot be trusted to not steal the silver or to use the bathroom in the house. This story is so powerful, and much more in audio. Even if it seems long, to me, it isn't enough. I have listened to it twice, as once you begin, you make three best friends that will stay with you forever.