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The Help

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Jenna Lamia, Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer

18 Hours 9 Minutes

Penguin Audio

February 2009

Audio Book Summary

Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.
Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid, Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her 17th white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

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  • Patti Allen

    Such a powerful and thought-provoking book! This book transports you back to another time. I have fallen in love with the characters.

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  • MaryAnn Vana

    I've loved this and I always imagine the narrator like she it.

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  • ledona morrison

    Still listening. my friend lent me the book a year a go and have not taken the time had the time. To read it. I am so excited. I am just loving this book. I have so missed reading.

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  • Hannah Bolen

    The best book I've read in a long time... A story that makes you laugh, cry, sometimes get just plain frustrated and at the end, beam with joy over their triumph.

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  • Debbie Farrow

    Brilliant! This is one of the best audio books I have \"read.\" The narration is wonderfully done and engaging. Of course, the message of this work is important and I think is a \"must read\" for everyone to understand the history of civil rights.

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