Wednesday, October 23, 2013
The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Audiobook Review)
Abileen is the black maid of one of Skeeter's friends. She has been in the maid business a long time, cleaning homes and caring for the little ones of the white families she worked for. She does as she is told by her employers, yet she is the one who is the backbone to this story.
Minny is Abileen's best friend and another maid. She is younger and much less accepting than Abileen; however, because of her spunky attitude, she has a more difficult time holding down a job. The white folks she works for do not appreciate or tolerate a sassy black maid, whom they deem to be inferior.
These three women are thrown into a world filled with racial tension and hate, but begin a little project that will rock the world -- telling the story of Jackson, Mississippi from the point of view of the help. Their own worlds overlap, turmoil is shared, and the end result is tearfully rewarding.
The Help was my re-introduction to audiobooks and it was the perfect book to get me hooked once again. The story was powerful and unforgettable, a fiction story that I can imagine having more truth than many non-fiction. The narrators were brilliant. The voices of Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and Cassandra Campbell still echo in my head, the power they gave to their characters cutting to the core of my heart. There they will stay with love and as a reminder of what used to be and that should never be again.
If you have yet to read The Help, do it now. Then, do it again. This is one that should be revisited again and again.
Have the voices of Skeeter, Abileen, and Minny broken into your heart and soul? Do they remain with you like they have with me?