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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.

©2009 Kathryn Stockett (P)2009 Penguin Audio

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  • Global
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un très bon livre et une splendide interprétation

l histoire est très intéressante et l interprétation qui est excellente donne une qualité bien supérieure à la seule lecture.

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  • Global
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Great interpretation of a brilliant novel

J'avais commencé à écrire ce commentaire en Anglais (ci dessous), mais puisque nous sommes sur le site français : c'est le meilleur livre audio que je connaisse mais j'avais déjà lu le livre, assez longtemps pour avoir oublié les détails de l'histoire. L'interprétation est superbe et l'histoire ne m'a pas déçue, revisitée de la sorte.

Splendid story - I was transported by the plot, had read it years ago, kept the book on my shelves ; then recently, listening the audio version moved me equally.

I enjoyed a lot the interpretation. The four narrators are equally good. I was specially moved by Aibileen's voice, full of empathy, so warm, soothing and soft towards her friends needing help and also to the white children she cares for. She is the one who opens and closes the novel.

Everything that happens in between is absolutely thrilling...

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Just Perfect

Both the book and the performances are excellent. This book is full of kindness, intelligence, and it is important.

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Transported to the Deep South of the 1960's

The many voices that narrated this troubling and yet optimistic tale transported me to a time and place I couldn't know.

A beautifully crafted story described chronologically from different viewpoints has left me wanting to know more about this period in history and makes me understand better why there are still problems today.

A recommended 'listen'. I'm sure the audible book, especially for this book is much more powerful than if I'd read the book myself.

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Beautiful

Beautifully written and wonderfully read. Uplifting insight into how a few people can make such a huge difference. I cried, I laughed and just couldn't stop listening.

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  • Global
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  • paul
  • 31/10/2010

Skeptical at 1st, Enjoyed every moment

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.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Steven
  • 23/11/2010

Turned me into a time traveller....

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.

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  • Global
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  • Sharron
  • 16/06/2010

the help

This book is magnificent. It is well read and I didn't want to listen to the last bit because I didn't want it to end.

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  • Global
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  • Lia
  • 04/07/2011

Don't miss this book

Both the writing and the narration were effortless. I totally agree with the person below who said "Time Traveler" - I feel like I've existed in two places at once for the few weeks or so that I've been listening to this novel. This is a compassionate and redemptive story and my only regret is that it's over.

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  • Global
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  • Trish
  • 31/03/2011

Amazing Dramatisation

Apart from the fact that this is a lovely story, I was blown away by the dramatisation of the text... it wasn't a reading at all; it was an artistic production. It was so well done, that I almost felt I was watching a film... the acting was so professional that I could "see" everything that was happening. I just couldn't stop listening, and like any good film, I'll be going to it again and again.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • amyjh98
  • 01/07/2010

The Help

This story was just great. The narraters did a fabulous job, made the characters very beleivable with the accents. I just couldn't stop listening, it really had me enthralled, but i must say i was a little dissappointed with the ending, but mostly just because I wanted to know what happened further down the track, to me it seemed to end quite suddenly. But all in all a great book, very highly recomended.

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  • Global
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  • Theblackersheep
  • 27/07/2011

One of the Best Books I've Ever Read

I dithered for a long while about buying The Help because books so often don't live up to their hype and because I was afraid it was just going to play the emotional card be a tear jerker. This one really does live up to the hype and while it is very emotional in just about every way you can think of, it's in a good way. You come out of it in the end wishing you could meet the characters and either hug them, or give them a piece of your mind and then some. It's a great story, well written and well narrated. I just don't think there's enough good that can be said about this book. Well done Kathryn Stockett. Well done narrators.

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  • Global
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  • Wallen
  • 10/11/2010

One of my favorit reads ever

This is a book which is hard to stop listening to, the type we are all looking for. The story is wonderful and very moving as it describes the different conditions of life and views between black and white people during the civil rights movement in the 60s. The story also pictures the situtation of the white children being cared for by their black nannies, a situation which put them inbetween two different worlds. The characters in the book are read by different voices, which are wonderful to listen to and they all make the book come alive. I envy all of you who have not yet listened to this book.


cared for by the black "Helpers" during daytime, which I found both moving and interesting.

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  • Global
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  • annetta
  • 14/09/2010

Utterly engrossing

This is one of the best books I have heard, the narration by four actors is simply beautiful and the story so gripping I couldn't stop listening.

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  • Global
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  • edel
  • 28/08/2011

The Help was fantastic!!

I cannot praise this book highly enough!!
Each character was read so well that I was both thrilled and amazed. I did not think before buying it that all the characters would be played out as well but I was pleasantly surprised. I warmed to the characters from the opening lines. I went through a series of emotions while reading this as it is so thought provoking and touching and funny and awful at the same time. When I say it is awful I mean details of the way people were treated were awful but I recommend everyone to read this.I had read the book previous to this and I can say this book told the story very well.The character of Minnie is hilarious and you cant help smile listening to her being portrayed on here. I could just picture her in my head so easily as she sarcastically answered back .In fact all the main characters are really great. Please go buy this book as it is a really really great story .

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  • Eske Wright
  • 02/01/2012

Men, go ahead and buy this book!

Yes, as one reviewer of this book rightly points out, 'The Help' lacks any mention of sunken submarines and jungle exploration. It is extremely weak in the field of mountain climbing. I didn't feel put off by this exclusion. Instead, I discovered a terrific description of social life in the South. Stockett paints portrays of the characters which are vivid, multi-faceted and rarely stereo-types. Little wonder she has seen this book awarded and filmed. The narration does this great piece of literature every justice. Naturally, I not only listened right to the end - I'd be happy to listen to it again, and again.

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  • Global
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  • Maria White
  • 22/04/2010

wunderbares Hörbuch

Ich hatte mir die CD-Version gekauft, bevor das Buch bei Audible erhältlich war.
Ausgezeichnet gelesen: die einzelnen Sprecherinnen runden "The Help" zu einem umfassenden Gesamt-Erlebnis ab.
Man meint, direkt in die Südstaaten der USA vor nicht allzu langer Zeit einzutauchen und hautnah mitzuerleben, wie mit den Dienstboten umgegangen wurde, wie verschieden das Leben der weißen und schwarzen Bevölkerung verlief und wie selbstverständlich die scharfe Trennung hingenommen wurde.
Ein sehr persönliches Buch, das berührt und mitnimmt. Ich kann es nur bestens empfehlen - nicht umsonst hat es so viele gute Kritiken bekommen.

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  • Global
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  • Demsky
  • 06/03/2013

grotesque normality discribed in a prosaic poetry

Begging your pardon for my may-be-non-correct English within my comment , since it is an alien language to me, as if it would be Klingonian. To get rid of that alien-feeling, I listen and read English and US-American literature in the first place.

My comment:

I bought this book, after I read the comments published at this web-page already. The difference in them, drawing a fat line between male and female listeners even stronger forced me (male) to get it.

This truely is a wonderfull book, getting an extra spice of poetry to it, just by the voices reading it. Especially Bahni Turpin and Cassandra Campell are that good choosen, unbelievable good. It is, as if I can smell the cotton farm, the laundry work, the heat-sweat produced by the people riding the scheduled-bus.

I can't follow the former male-made comments, bellyache about the "cake-issue". I can assure you, this is not a book showing some women diskussing with each other over and over again, how to bake cakes and how to do laundry and how to raise kids and so on and so on.

It is a book about surviving in an environment that takes the best of you by underpayment and overwork and disrespect at a tine when one wrong word or doing even said or made by others like the female boss, her husband or a fellow passenger in a bus could seriously harm or kill.

In German we have the therm of "grotesque normality", wenn baking cakes or discussing the laundry, eating an apple, taking a bus-ride, when all this ordinary every-day-work has to be done for living, while life is at stake.

Kathryn Stockett places the story in the early sixctees' USA's southern states, when churches burned, black people got beate to death in front of a police station, whem human races' equality raised its head. And she is sending the colored house-maids (in white houses) through that.

Of course she had them to discuss the laundry. That strengenth the story.
If a listener doesn't understand that, well, don't give up. To get the sense of prosaic poetry is something that comes with practicing reading or listening. This book is a very good starter for that.

Finally: even it is a novell, written in a poetic prosa, Kathryn Stockett truelly is an amazing outstanding dramatist.

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  • Global
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  • nfischer0502
  • 15/12/2011

Einfach wunderbar!

Ein traumhaft schönes Hörbuch mit ernstem aber dennoch unterhaltsamem Inhalt, hervorragend gesprochen. Der Südstaatenakzent rundet das ganze ab. Ein absoluter Hörgenuss!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • M.H.
  • 14/05/2011

Eine Südstaatengeschichte, die ans Herz geht.

Wie schon mehrmals in anderen Rezensionen erwähnt, eine sehr schöne Geschichte, die von mehreren Frauen erzählt wird, deren Leben sich auf wunderbare und nicht immer vorhersehbare Weise kreuzt. Anfangs wegen der starken Akzente vielleicht nicht immer hundertprozentig verständlich, aber mit der Zeit kann man sich gut in die Geschichte "hineinhören" und kennt auch schon die sprachlichen - und liebgewonnenen - Eigenheiten der Charaktäre.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • stefanies
  • 16/03/2010

Loved it!

A beautiful story of strong, brave women that help each other through terrifying times. Wonderfully narrated.

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  • Global
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  • BikerJoe
  • 26/10/2015

The True Side of Gone with the Wind

This is not just a good book, it is a great book, but even more, it is an important book.

Kathreen Stockett tells the story of three courageous women, who fight racism and hypocrisy in their own way. In the 60s, when the young generation tried to change the world and the Civil Rights movement gained momentum in the US, time seemed to be at a standstill in Mississippi. In the South, segregation of the races was defended and maintained and in its cruelty, it was not much different from the Apartheid in South Africa.

Skeeter, a young woman, home from college and without a real job and the black servants Abileen and Minny have a plan, they want to tell the story of black maids, raising the children of white women. An endeavor, which has to be kept in complete secrecy, because the risk is incredibly high. It is not just the social shunning, their lives might be at risk.

The stories, the maids have to tell, make you laugh and cry. There is incredible arrogance, cruelty and hypocrisy, but there is also love, tenderness and compassion. There is no false romanticism or beautifying, but when you watch the love and devotion, the black maids give to their little white children, you will be deeply moved.

Kathreen Stockett has the right touch, when she describes the relationship between the white Skeeter and the black Abileen and Minny. There is initial distrust and caution, but over time, real friendship and respect grows between them.

The speakers do an outstanding job. They add so much color to the characters, you sooner or later think, you know all the maids personally.

The book is honest and sincere. Perhaps it is not a literary masterpiece, but it is the best book I read in a long time.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon-Kunde
  • 27/05/2015

Großartige Story mit großartigen Sprechern

Eine wundervolle Geschichte, angesiedelt im amerikanischen Mississippi der 60er -Jahre. Eine Geschichte über das Umdenken, Emanzipation und Erwachsenwerden, eingebettet in die politisch nicht einfache Zeit, als es noch schwarze Haushaltshilfe gab.

Durch die Gestaltung der unterschiedlichen Charaktere mit unterschiedlichen Sprechern gewinnt diese fiktive Erzählung enorm an Authentizität - man kann sich fast vorstellen, dass es sich genau so zugetragen hat zu der Zeit.

Manchmal muss man bei den Figuren Minnie und Aibeleen zurückspulen, um sich den einen oder anderen Satz erneut anzuhören, wenn man nicht gerade an die Sprechweise von Jackson, Mississippi gewöhnt ist, aber das erneute Anhören lohnt sich.

Mit soviel Witz, Romantik und Tragik ist diese Geschichte eine Freude!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Martina
  • 09/04/2012

Heiter und tragisch- ein sehr schönes Hörbuch

Ich bin immer noch ergriffen von dem Buch. Mit welcher Leichtigkeit diese Lebensgeschichten geschrieben worden sind! Eine Zeit der Rassentrennung, der Ignoranz und gar des dumpfen Hasses versteckt im Alltag von farbigen Housemaids und einer jungen weissen Frau. Wundervoll wie dies in unterschiedlichen Sprachweisen und Slangs erzählt wird. Authentisch. Ein Hörgenuss.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Mihere Lima
  • 09/07/2011

Beautiful

I can highly recommend that book (or audio-book) You really believe to be part of the 50s/60s.

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