Run, don't walk to your nearest libary and check out this book on audio cd. The narration is simply beautiful and brings each character to life. My car was filled with the voices of Aibileen, Minny and Miss Skeeter for weeks as they told me of their lives in Jackson, Mississippi. Set in 1962, this one of the best novels I've experienced in recent years.
I often borrow books on cd and listen during my daily commute. It's helpful because I have so little time to sit and read a hardcopy of a book. However, my praise for the audio edition of this novel has nothing to do with multitasking. The three extraordinarily talented narrators turn Kathryn Stockett's prose into music. I'm still humming the quiet melody of her characters' lives.
If you are looking for a treat for your ears and your soul disguised as a thought-provoking story of women questioning and confronting Jim Crow, help yourself to this novel. I'm very glad I did.