This was my first Audible download and it was definitely a good choice. I'm still only part-way through this story, but I look forward to those idle moments when I am free to listen uninterrupted - if I ever have to concentrate on something else as well, such as driving in traffic, I lose the thread of the narrative and have to rewind.
The Southern US accent transports me to Mississippi in a way I couldn't do if I was reading the text myself, and I'm loving it. The narration is tender, insightful and compassionate. I suspect the storyline is going to give me a few jolts along the way that will bring tears to my eyes, but the wonder of the audiobook is that I cannot cheat and jump ahead to see what is going to happen. With some electronic books I find this frustrating, but with this one I think it keeps you in the moment.
I shall certainly write an update when I've finished it, but I don't expect to drop my 5-stars, already so well-deserved!
This is a rich, complex story about life in 60s Mississippi, politics and race relations, but more even than those grand themes, it is an intelligent and moving story of the relationships between women. The narrators are great, bringing such warmth and heart to the characters they portray.
I would recommend this book to anyone, but I think perhaps female readers will the most from it.
It's been a long time since I heard anything as wonderful as this book is. The narration is superb, delivered with convincing performances of each of the book's characters. The story was completely engrossing and frequently had me wishing I had not watched the movie first. The film was good but the book (as usual) has no much more depth and texture. I cannot recommend this highly enough.
This book is without doubt the very best audiobook I've ever bought. It had me hooked from the beginning to the end. The narrators are simply brilliant; they really bring the characters to life. The subject is also fasinating - to think that just 50 years ago this was the way of life for a lot of black women, men and children. Seems like the story should be from the 1860's instead!
I cannot recommend this book highly enough - I'm on the lookout for more books / audiobooks by the same author.
A pleasure to listen to. Some inconsistent accents but otherwise really great.
I usually listen to the books in the car, but I was so wrapped up in this one that I had to set it up in my flat and listened to the last half all in one evening. Great story.
I have been enjoying listening to audio books as I cant hold a book to read it.I have read over 60 books and some I have read more than once
The Help was ok but I think that because I had watched the film before the book it spoiled it. I still enjoyed it very much.
Wow! This is where audible really comes into its own. The readers brought this book alive in a way that reading it myself could never have done. The whole thing is so vibrant and full on that I could have been there. I love a book that makes you think as well as entertains, and I learned such a lot from this. The characters are so well drawn that you're on side from the first page, willing things to change and desperate for the "baddies" to get their come-uppance. This book will make you angry, it'll make you sad, and even make you laugh. I highly recommend it to anyone who'll listen!
This was a bit of a shot in the dark for me, so I was really pleased that the book was so enjoyable. An interesting comment on the social attitudes and racism that was inherent in this period, it does show the glimmer of light that not everyone held the same bigoted views. In turn funny and serious, it's definitely one to listen to.
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.