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This has been my favourite Audible download yet and has been the cause of a lot a tired days at work due to my having to listen to 'just another 15 minutes', and another, and another! You can read the plot above. I had not heard of this writer before, but she is a natural storyteller, and all of the narrators are excellent. For me it ticked all the boxes. It drew me in from the very start, made me laugh, made me sad, made me angry, made me want more. They are bound to make a film of this, so read it now!
38 of 38 people found this review helpful
I would like to give this book 10 stars.
'The Help' is the best book I have listened to (or read) in years. It is one of those books that will stay with me, one of a handful that I remember with pleasure and will listen to again.
The characters are so real, I feel like I've met and come to know them. The three heroines of the book are wonderful and multi-facited. The villain is a horror.
It is a book that made me think; 'What would I have done?' 'Would I have been that brave?' It is a book which looks back to a time and place in history so alien that I was both appalled by the behaviour of some of the characters and warmed and inspired by others. Amazingly, given the issues at the core of this story, it is also a witty and humourous book.
This audiobook is so beautifully acted out by the readers, I don't think I would have heard the voices as well in my head if I had read the book, the audiobook brings the accents alive and makes it wonderful to listen to.
35 of 35 people found this review helpful
i only listened to this book cos my wife wanted me to, but i love every minute of it. simple story with real heart written brilliantly.... i dare anyone not to enjoy this book.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
I really felt I was living in Mississippi in 1962 while I was listening to this book. If I didn't have my earbuds in the story was going round and round in my head, my family lost me for about a week. The story flows really well and the narration is the most beauiful thing about the book. I want Aibileen in my life and I want to have a baby just so I can call her Maymobili and I want someone to call me "Baby" just the way that Stuart Whitworth calls Skeeter "Baby", but I am so glad that I live in a, hopefully, more enlightened age. I also loved that the ending was hopeful without being sugary. This book is an amazing listen.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful