Audio of ‘The Help’

Our friend, Robin Whitten of AudioFile is not prone to gushing, but she wrote to say she loves, loves, loves the audio of The Help by Kathryn Stockett, a first novel that is getting buzz (we wrote about it last week). Libraries show it on order (some have just received it) with reserves building.

After hearing from Robin, we asked the publisher, Penguin Audio, if they would be willing to make some copies available to EarlyWord readers. They agreed immediately. For all you readers advisors, it’s a great way to preview the book — consider it an “audio galley.”

First, here’s what Robin has to say about the audio:

The best, really best way to enjoy The Help is with the audio version. I reviewed it last week and it’s a Hot Pick on the AudioFile site (we’ve also posted an audio clip).

It is brilliantly cast, with each of three main “voices” — the storytellers of the book — read by a different actress. The lyrical Southern speech and rhythms are perfectly done—and just fit Miss Skeeter, Aibileen, and Minny.  This audiobook really shows what listening can do to enhance a book. I don’t usually gush—but this is so worth it and I am recommending it madly!

To enter to win a copy, just send an email to EarlyWord, with “The Help Audio Giveaway” in the subject line, by 11:59 p.m, Wednesday, Feb. 25th. Don’t forget to include your mailing address (specific rules for this giveaway appear  below).


The Help
Stockett, Kathryn

  • Hardcover: $24.95; 464 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (February 10, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0399155341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399155345
  • Audio CD: $39.95, Unabridged
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio; (February 10, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0143144189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143144182



The giveaway is open only to librarians residing in the 50 United States.

HOW TO WIN: Winners will be randomly selected from all entries by the staff of EarlyWord. Entries must be received before 11:59 p.m. ET on February 25th.

EarlyWord is not responsible for entries lost or delayed or not received for any other reason.

PRIZES: EarlyWord will notify the randomly selected winners. Each winner will receive:

An unabridged audio version of The Help by Kathryn Stockett

HOW TO ENTER: Send an email to EarlyWord, with “The Help Audio Giveaway” in the subject line.

Be sure to include your name and address so we know where to send it!

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY: 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 25th.

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