LISTENER

Hershmeister

Rochester, NY
  • 7
  • reviews
  • 7
  • helpful votes
  • 17
  • ratings
  • The Hundred-Foot Journey

  • A Novel
  • By: Richard C. Morais
  • Narrated by: Neil Shah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,068
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,062

Born above his grandfather’s modest restaurant in Mumbai, Hassan first experienced life through intoxicating whiffs of spicy fish curry, trips to the local markets, and gourmet outings with his mother. But when tragedy pushes the family out of India, they console themselves by eating their way around the world, eventually settling in Lumière, a small village in the French Alps.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Amazed that this is fiction....

  • By Janie on 08-15-14

I enjoyed the book but...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-14-14

What did you love best about The Hundred-Foot Journey?

Neil Shah, the narrator was exceptional. I loved all the different voices he used. That is what I loved the most.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hundred-Foot Journey?

Madame Mallory sitting outside waiting.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was when Madame Mallory realizes how good a chef Hassan really is.

If you could take any character from The Hundred-Foot Journey out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Papa. His character made me laugh and I think he would have some great stories.

Any additional comments?

I thought some of the dialogue about butchering was too graphic for me. Being a vegetarian, I really didn't need to hear about it. Although, anyone interested in being a chef would probably find it interesting.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Invention of Wings

  • A Novel
  • By: Sue Monk Kidd
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,700
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,705

From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!

  • By Jan on 01-09-14

I loved this book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-14

Where does The Invention of Wings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is in the top 10 for sure. The book is narrated by two different women who both did an excellent job. They did not just read the story, they brought it to life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Invention of Wings?

There were too many to specify one but I was as anxious to hear Handful's story as much as I was Sarah's. Each time they switched narrators, I wanted to hear what they each had to say. Sometimes, you feel more affection for one over the other but not in this case. l liked both characters equally.

Which scene was your favorite?

I enjoyed the ending of the book which I will not say what it was here because that obviously would be giving it away. There is nothing worse than reading a good book or in this case, listening to a great book and then the ending just fades away. This ending put a smile on my face and although I was sad the story was over, I could let it go with satisfaction and not disappointment.

If you could take any character from The Invention of Wings out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Handful because she is smart, strong, caring and brave. We could all learn lessons from her. I would hope she would bring her friend Sarah with her.

Any additional comments?

I did not realize that Sarah and Angelina Grimke were real people until I heard the author's remarks. They were abolitionists and helped lead the fight for women's rights. I love reading books about strong independent women and this was a great one.

  • Sycamore Row

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,303

Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham at his best (again)

  • By Brock on 10-23-13

Another great John Grisham book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Sycamore Row to be better than the print version?

I love listening to really good books but I also read lots of books too. I listen to my books in the car on the way to work and even at work sometimes when I want to drown out the noise around me. I listen to books when I'm puttering around in the kitchen. It helps to make whatever chores I'm doing less tedious.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, pretty much because I know that John Grisham books always have lots of twists and turns in them so you can always expect a surprise here and there. I could not stop listening to it.

Which character – as performed by Michael Beck – was your favorite?

Jake. I could picture Matthew Mcconauhey in the role again.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. If I had the time to listen to it and not have to do anything else.

Any additional comments?

I hope they make this into another movie with the same actors that were in A Time To Kill.

  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,255

It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I took a chance.

  • By Robert on 08-20-11

I loved this book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-14

What made the experience of listening to The Book Thief the most enjoyable?

The narrator made this book so enjoyable to listen to. He was brilliant at doing the different voices. I now want to listen to some of his other books.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Book Thief?

When Rosa came to the school to tell Liesel that Max woke up. Plus, the snowball fight.

Which character – as performed by Allan Corduner – was your favorite?

Rosa. I liked all the different voices but hers was so distinct. He made me laugh out loud sometimes with the way she spoke.

Any additional comments?

I grew up in a German speaking city in Canada and even though I don't speak German, I understood a lot of the words. They were very familiar to me. I grew up listening to stories about the war and watching war movies with my father so I was very interested in this book . I also saw the movie which was good but it barely scratched the surface of the book. There was a lot left out just for timing. Don't skip the book for just the movie, you will miss out on a great story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Chaperone

  • By: Laura Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth McGovern
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,836

> The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection.

  • By Amanda on 06-07-12

This was a nice story. Not bad but not great.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-28-12

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I listened to it on a long drive to visit my family in Canada so it helped make the time go by faster.

Would you be willing to try another book from Laura Moriarty? Why or why not?

Not sure. It would depend on the story.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I like Elizabeth McGovern as an actress but her reading was a little one dimensional. I'm used to listening to the fabulous Davina Porter who acts out all the voices when she reads a book so it's hard for anyone to beat her. However, Juliette Mills comes pretty close to it.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I didn't know until I listened to the book that Louise Brooks lived and died here in Rochester, NY. I found out where she's buried and plan to go visit her grave soon.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Moggach
  • Narrated by: Juliet Mills
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 202

When Ravi Kapoor, an overworked London doctor, reaches the breaking point with his difficult father-in-law, he asks his wife: “Can’t we just send him away somewhere? Somewhere far, far away.” His prayer is seemingly answered when Ravi’s entrepreneurial cousin sets up a retirement home in India, hoping to re-create in Bangalore an elegant lost corner of England. Several retirees are enticed by the promise of indulgent living at a bargain price, but upon arriving, they are dismayed to find that restoration of the once sophisiticated hotel has stalled....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved every minute of this book!

  • By susan on 03-20-12

I loved this book!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-30-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a good laugh especially anyone close to retirement age. Juliet Mills was terrific.

What other book might you compare The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel to and why?

I can't think of any. This was unique.

What about Juliet Mills’s performance did you like?

I loved how she did all the different voices. She did an excellent job on her Indian accents.

Any additional comments?

I so enjoyed the book that I wanted to see the movie. That was a big mistake. What a huge disappointment. The only thing similar was India and a few elderly people move to India! Don't watch the movie. It will ruin any wonderful memories of this story. The only good thing in the movie was watching Judi Densch. She is one of my favourite actors. This book was very entertaining.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Rob Lowe
  • Narrated by: Rob Lowe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,039
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,992
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,950

A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book and Great Story

  • By Natalie J. Belle MD on 04-30-11

Rob Lowe did a great job!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-30-12

Would you listen to Stories I Only Tell My Friends again? Why?

Maybe be in a few years because I already know the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Stories I Only Tell My Friends?

I liked when he impersonated the people he was talking about.

Which character – as performed by Rob Lowe – was your favorite?

Carey Grant.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I wouldn't say I had any extreme reactions but I did laugh a few times.

Any additional comments?

I thought the book was well written. It moved along at the right pace. It could have had a few more stories about other stars he interacted with but on the whole, I really enjoyed listening to this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful