Great Holiday Read – The Help

As I travel up and down the UK from London to North Wales SO often these days to visit my Mum, who’s really not doing too well, I find I get very bored driving the 5 1/2 hours EACH WAY!

I discovered an economical way of downloading the latest audio books to my iPod so I can now play them through my iPod in the car !


SO, the latest book I’m reading/listening to is The Help and I can honestly say , it’s one of the BEST books I’ve ever read!

The Help



Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Aibileen is a black maid raising her 17th white child.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is the sassiest woman in Mississippi: a wonderful cook with a gossip’s tongue.

Graduate Skeeter returns from college with ambitions, but her mother will not be happy until she’s married.

Although world’s apart, Skeeter, Aibileen, and Minny’s lives converge over a clandestine project that will change the town of Jackson forever.


BySara(LondonUnited Kingdom)Mar 22, 2010
I can’t tell you how sad I was to finish this book, from the first half hour I was wishing it wouldn’t end. The audio recording of The Help is that perfect combination of stellar performances and fantastic story, the kind where you feel like you have your own personal movie in your head.Each character is brilliantly thought-out, Stockett creates people you really care about, plus a vindictive and realistic villain. Set in a transitional time in Mississippi that we?re all familiar with from films and school history lessons, The Help brings to life the challenges met by real people in an American state which isn?t modernising as quickly as New York and Washington, where Martin Luther King is making waves.Uplifting with touches of tragedy, I had tears in my eyes at times at the sheer bravery of people ? whilst these characters may not have lived in real life, you can be sure that there were people facing similar challenges. Kathryn Stockett perfectly weaves a tale combining joy, humour and trials that showed how such an important time in the politics of US history filtered down to the everyday lives of people living through it. I haven?t read the physical book, but I would always recommend this tale as an audio performance as I really felt I gained so much more having the voices in my head than I could imagine reading on a page.

“10 Stars!”

ByNia(Wigton, United Kingdom)Jul 28, 2010
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.



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