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Phyllis Staff

Phyllis Staff, PhD

Dallas, Texas USA | Member Since 2005

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  • The Spy Wore Red

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Aline, Countess of Romanones
    • Narrated By Grace Conlin
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    When Aline Griffith was born in Pearl River, New York, in 1923, one might have guessed from her exceptional beauty that a career as an actress or model might be in her future. Few would have imagined that twenty-one years later, she would find herself in Spain as a deep-cover OSS agent, infiltrating the highest levels of Spanish society, or that five years later still, she would marry a Spanish grandee and become one of the most watched, most admired, most fascinating women of international society. This is the story of Aline, Countess of Romanones, a story of courage, beauty and success that is far more exciting than any fictionalized thriller.

    Phyllis Staff says: "The Narration of this Book Was So Poor I Quit"
    "The Narration of this Book Was So Poor I Quit"
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    What would have made The Spy Wore Red better?

    The narration was flat and uninspired, so poor, in fact, that I was unable to finish listening to the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs: An Inspector Felse Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (47)

    A vacation in Cornwall embroils the Felse family in the beguiling 18th-century legend of Jan Treverra and his beloved Morwena. When Felse assists a famous scholar in exhuming their bodies, he pulls away the stone on an even greater mystery.

    Phyllis Staff says: "Not Your Run-Of-The-Mill Mystery"
    "Not Your Run-Of-The-Mill Mystery"
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    What did you love best about A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs?

    I was never quite certain where the story was going. I love it when a mystery is unpredictable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I had no favorites -- they were all entertaining!


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

    No tears but quite a few giggles.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deeper Water: The Tides of Truth Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert Whitlow
    • Narrated By Suzy Jackson
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (86)

    Christy Award winner Robert Whitlow’s legal thrillers draw favorable comparisons to the works of best-selling author John Grisham. Here, Tammy Taylor, a young law student working for a firm in Savannah, becomes immersed in a deadly conspiracy. After Tammy learns dark secrets about her client, her continuing investigation uncovers sinister truths about her superiors as well.

    Teresia says: "Unexpected"
    "Did Not Provide What the Sales Page Promises"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Clearly, this book was written for the Christian literature audience.


    What was most disappointing about Robert Whitlow’s story?

    It was dull, stilted, and the main character was very shallow.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Not sure how to improve the performance when you're working with such a limited book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    It was so dull and disappointing that I could not make it through the entire book.


    Any additional comments?

    Please fix Audible sales page for this book to clearly indicate that this is Christian literature and not to be confused with a thriller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (8718)
    Performance
    (6832)
    Story
    (6864)

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "Touching, Satisfying, One of Audible's Best Books!"
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    Death keeps a diary. Not every story is recorded in his diary, just the special ones, and the book thief wove a very special story of her life. Tears, laughter, sorrows, joys -- all were the weft of her tale as told by Death.

    I found a treasure when I found The Book Thief. Filled with characters I really cared about, situations so distressing I stopped to reflect on humanity and how we, as humans, could do such terrible things to our children. But all was not dark for the book thief. Adopted by a couple whose children were already grown, she came to love her new parents and a special friend.

    I highly recommend this book, one of Audible's best!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2868)
    Performance
    (2562)
    Story
    (2548)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "This One Will Be a Favorite for Many Listeners"
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    Matthew serves as clerk for a magistrate. He's not only a clerk but a remarkable thinker. What makes Matthew unique among so many literary heros is that Matthew's thoughts don't always lead him to the right conclusion, but always to conclusions that will interest the listener.

    McCammon offers listeners well fleshed out characters, characters you will come to appreciate. In addition, he spins a tale worth listening to and listening to again.

    Although his tale is set in a time of hardship and superstitions, McCammon touches many of the weaknesses and strengths of people of any era. Greed and murder are balanced by love and tenderness in a timeless story.

    I highly recommend "Speaks the Nightbird."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Click-Clack the Rattlebag: A Free Short Story Written and Performed by Neil Gaiman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (1983)
    Performance
    (1818)
    Story
    (1821)

    "Click-Clack the Rattlebag", a subtle, witty, deceptive little tale, is your Halloween treat from Neil Gaiman and Audible, FREE through October 31. It's not available anywhere else, and for a limited time, each download from Audible benefits educational charities at DonorsChoose.org. Lock the doors, turn off the lights, and enjoy!

    Daryl says: "WHY WHY WHY"
    "Pure Neil Gaiman!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    In fact, I have recommended this audiobook to a friend who loved "The Graveyard Book" and "Chivalry." Gaiman's sense of humor makes us both very happy. And times are such that a good chuckle is the best of medicine!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Click-Clack the Rattlebag?

    Definitely the end.


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

    I had to laugh out loud.


    Any additional comments?

    Was this a scary story? Well . . . . perhaps.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Source Field Investigations: The Hidden Science and Lost Civilizations behind the 2012 Prophecies

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By David Wilcock
    • Narrated By David Wilcock
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (293)

    A stunning synthesis of hidden science and lost prophecies, The Source Field Investigations exposes many great secrets: DNA transformation, consciousness science, wormholes, stargate travel, sacred geometry, ancient conspiracies, multidimensional time, the Maya calendar, and a stunning new model of galactic energy fields triggering mental, biological, and spiritual evolution.More than two million people have seen David Wilcock’s incredible tour of the 2012 prophecies in his Internet documentary, The 2012 Enigma.

    guidry says: "A masterfull read"
    "Too Dense for an Audible Book"
    Overall

    Normally, I prefer listening to books rather than reading them, but, this book, so dense in scientific references and theories, needs to be read rather than heard. With a book, you can jump back to something you need to reread to understand, but this is very difficult to accomplish in an audio book.

    Content is amazing, so it's not the book that deserves a three star rating; however, I suggest reading as the best way to get the most out of the book.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1812)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (690)

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    Melvin says: "Terror from all sides."
    "A Remarkable Thriller"
    Overall

    The best read of 2008 -- but wait, 2008 isn't over yet! True, but if there's a novel out there better than Child 44, it will have to be the best read of the decade. Child 44 is that good!

    Add to that the fact that this is a debut novel, and I'm left in astonishment. Where does an author go when he's this good out of the starting gate?

    The story of Child 44 is the story of Leo, an agent of the security police in Russia at the end of the Stalinist and the beginning of the Krushchev periods. It is the story of his wife, Raisa, and it is the story of Russia during a time when she feared her own people more than any other. The story would have been fascinating in any setting, but in the stark world of Russian communism, it is riveting.

    Truly the best of 2008!

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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