Yesterday morning I finally finished the audio of The Help by Kathryn Stockett. 15 cds takes a long time, even when you're in the car for 2+ hours 4 days a week. The story was as amazing as everyone has been saying for the past two years and I am SO glad I listened to it, rather than reading it for the first time. I got a whole lot more out of this listening experience than I have with any other audiobook and I fell totally in love with Stockett's writing at the same time.
Voiced by three readers, Jenna Lamia, Octavia Spencer, Cassandra Campbell, and Bahni Turpin, I became invested in these women like I never would have been able to through reading the physical book. Their voices, accents, dialects, and manner of getting a point across came through so incredibly clearly and realistically that I could picture these women as they were speaking and could visualize their mannerisms.
The raw emotion that pours off the pages of this novel (and a debut novel at that) had me laughing and crying, almost simultaneously. I felt like I was in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1960's, the narration was just that good. If you haven't picked this one up yet...and believe me, I know I'm one of the last...you should definitely grab it in audio.
Now that I've finished the book, I can go see the movie! Excited!