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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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  • Thomas Forrest

    Nothing short of a Beautiful book. Very captivating! The plot and the narration was so spot on! The very essence of each character was captured just right for the listener. This is not my first listen, but it put others to shame. Highly recommended.

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  • Sarika Gupta

    My first audiobook since Dr Seuss on tape as a little girl and I couldn't be more pleased. The narration was excellent and brought the characters to life. I set aside time daily to listen. I did not want the story to end. Great first listen and highly recommend.

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  • Ashley Peet

    This book was incredible! I was so sad when it ended. It was a page turner, I couldn't get enough. Excellent read!

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  • Robyn Grantham

    Great read! Engaging, thought provoking , & inspiring!

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  • Carolyn Talbot

    Great feel-good, socially conscious (without being too deep) summer read...er, listen. Narration is spot-on.

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  • Cerise Wuthrich

    Still the best audio book I have ever listened to.

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  • Sandy Reed

    I love this book. This is way better than the movie. Although, the movie is also really good.

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  • Beverly Hope

    This is a must "read". Sorry I hadn't read The Help sooner. Superbly engaging, powerful and moving. It was a perfect book for my first "read". The narration and characters added rich depth. I can't wait to watch the movie and start my next audiobook. I'm hooked!

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  • Jessica Kenyon

    Loved it and I can't wait to watch the movie! I'm satisfied with choosing this as my first "read" on audiobooks. I recommend!

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  • Michelle Santangelo

    i love this book and the movie, i think the book is a better representation that the movie which i really appreciate.

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