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Gail Wurmstein

DEL RIO, TX, US | Member Since 2004

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  • 6 reviews
  • 10 ratings
  • 0 titles in library
  • 21 purchased in 2014
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  • Once Upon a River

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Bonnie Jo Campbell
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (41)

    A finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, Bonnie Jo Campbell is a rising star in contemporary fiction. Hailed by Booklist as a female Huckleberry Finn, Campbell’s heroine is 16yearold Margo Crane. Complicit in her father’s death, Margo flees home for the Stark River. And as she follows the current, she learns the ways of the world from the eccentric characters she meets.

    Catharine says: "Will There Be More?"
    "Makes me think of "Battling Banjos""
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    The reader was very good and provided most of the positive aspects of this book. but the story caused me to have to struggle to stick to it to the bitter end. The main character was obviously boreingly dysfunctional, and I consider the book a wasted audible credit.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26027)
    Performance
    (12682)
    Story
    (12723)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Revisiting the Past"
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    I was born in 1940 in Atlanta Georgia. I grew up a white child in the same culture that was the norm at that time in Jackson Mississippi. We were lower middle class in the era of Jim Crow. No house servents for us,but since we were white we were still members of the ruling class. Fortunately for me my parents were kind, honest people and what is now referred to as the "n" word, was not used in our house, but we were still southern racists This book took me back on a journey to my past as I saw my own change Slowly I went from a confused little white girl to a 21st century adult. My first memory of strange adult behavior was my Mother calling me inside the house because I was playing with two little black girls who, unlike me, had a tricycle. Her explanition that, "the neighbors wouldn't like it if they saw us", made no sense at all to me at 4 years of age. I accepted the racist behavior of my extended family because that was just the way things were. Thanks to the USAF and my Minnesota born husband, I have shed most of those attitudes prevelent in the South at that time.

    I highly recommend The Help because it sheds light on a part of American culture that is difficult to understand if you didn't grow up believing it was normal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Own a Human: A Collection of Writings about Cats and for Cats

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 19 mins)
    • By Rudyard Kipling, Lytton Strachey, Edward Lear, and others
    • Narrated By Ellen Dryden, Brian Hewlett
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    How To Own a Human is a selection of writings about cats and for cats. As well as stories and poems, it also includes rhymes, proverbs, fables and quotations, plus instructions for cats on how to train their humans - a sort of "Open Mew-niversity" course for felines. READERS: Ellen Dryden is an actor, writer and director working mainly for the stage and radio. She read English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and after graduating she won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

    Gail Wurmstein says: "Must Read for CAT people"
    "Must Read for CAT people"
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    If you love cats, don't miss this one! You will laugh and you will cry and and you will remember the cats you have loved and have had the honor of being tolerated,acepted, or sometimes even loved by. I will listen to this one again and again and will think of Matilda, Willamina, Chester, Bunyip, Arlene, Albert and all the other furry friends (more than 30) who have shared my life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (55 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (768)
    Performance
    (642)
    Story
    (649)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts?

    Jennifer says: "Great story, not thrilled with production"
    "A big improvement!"
    Overall

    This version is a BIG improvement over the version done by Scott Brick. I still prefer Kate Reading's version, but I certainly count the Christopher Hurt version as a close second. Audible, spend the money and purchase the Kate Reading version from Books on Tape. If you offer a book for download, make it the one done by the best reader.

    38 of 40 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (4902)
    Performance
    (2894)
    Story
    (2901)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "Kate Reading was a much better reader"
    Overall

    I have a cassette recording narrated by Kate Reading from Books on Tape that I have had for several years.Since I don't care forScott Brick but wanted to get a version I could load on my iphone I went ahead and wasted a credit on the Audible version. I am now considering buying a cassette player so I can listen to Ms Readings much better version. Audible, please consider purchasing the BOT version. It is MUCH better.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Everything Is Illuminated

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Scott Shina
    Overall
    (575)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (214)

    Jonathan is a Jewish college student searching Europe for the one person he believes can explain his roots. Alex, a lover of all things American and unsurpassed butcher of the English language, is his lovable Ukrainian guide. On their quixotic quest, the two young men look for Augustine, a woman who might have saved Jonathan's grandfather from the Nazis. As past and present merge, hysterically funny moments collide with great tragedy, and an unforgettable story of one family's extraordinary history unfolds.

    Chris says: "Heartfelt, fun, but slightly plodsome."
    "Listen before you give!"
    Overall

    I really loved this book. It is charming and funny, but I certainly wouldn't recommend it for young teens. For older teens and adults yes, younger teens no! I gave it a single star rating as a kids book but as an adult book it deserves 4 stars. Mentioning certain sexual practices and specific descriptions of the size of anatomical features were very funny for me as an older adult, but perhaps aren't something the average 13 year needs to be reading quite yet.

    7 of 18 people found this review helpful

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