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S. A. Sutphin

Manassas, Virginia United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 21 reviews
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  • 434 titles in library
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  • Bitterblue: Graceling, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kristin Cashore
    • Narrated By Xanthe Elbrick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (313)

    Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck's reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle - disguised and alone - to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the 35-year spell of a madman.

    MaChar says: "Not my favorite"
    "great series for all ages"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bitterblue to be better than the print version?

    I have only done the audio version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They were all entertaining


    Which character – as performed by Xanthe Elbrick – was your favorite?

    She does a great job for all


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

    I was very absorbed in the story and when it ended I wanted more by the same author


    Any additional comments?

    The whole series is very good, not quite along the lines of Hunger Games but still a great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1785)
    Performance
    (1633)
    Story
    (1636)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Megan says: "Worth it, 10x over!"
    "Amazing"
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    Loved everything about this story. I have scene the video they talk about in the book and totally see this happening

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charming: Pax Arcana, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Elliott James
    • Narrated By Roger Wayne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (396)

    John Charming isn't your average prince... He comes from a line of Charmings - an illustrious family of dragon slayers, witch-finders and killers dating back to before the fall of Rome. Trained by a modern day version of the Knights Templar, monster hunters who have updated their methods from chain mail and crossbows to Kevlar and shotguns, John Charming was one of the best-until a curse made him one of the abominations the Knights were sworn to hunt.

    Suzanne says: "Charming is Like Dresden in wolves clothing"
    "great book and narrator!"
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    what a great story! I loved the background about John. The narrator brought such life to the character. I will be listening to more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Darkness Splintered: A Dark Angels Novel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Keri Arthur
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    New York Times best-selling author Keri Arthur continues her Dark Angels series as half-werewolf, half-aedh Risa Jones races to save the world from descending into ultimate chaos... Risa has angered several powerful people, and she's starting to feel the pressure from all sides. She also finds herself under the scrutiny of the vampire council, some of whom consider her a monster who should be destroyed.

    S. A. Sutphin says: "great performance"
    "great performance"
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    great story and performance. all the books in this series are well done. love it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sin City Goddess: Secret Goddess, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Barbra Annino
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (106)

    Tisiphone loves spending her days playing poker in the underworld, far away from mortals and all the trouble they cause - and all the terrible mistakes they make. Unfortunately for this goddess, her sister Alecto has vanished in Las Vegas - and the gods of Olympus believe only Tisi can find her and bring her back. To make matters worse, they force her to partner up with a mortal: recently deceased FBI agent Archer Mays. With all these challenges, how can a Fury keep her temper?

    Gayle says: "Awesome New Series!"
    "good except for one thing"
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    not a bad story but the one thing that distracted me about the whole story was the narrator's pronunciation of Hecate. Every time she said Heck-it instead of Hek-a-tay it took me away from the story and its all I can really remember about the book now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winters Heat: Titan, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Cristin Harber
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (221)

    After putting her life on the line to protect classified intelligence, military psychologist Mia Kensington is on a cross-country road trip from hell with an intrusive save-the-day hero. Uninterested in his white knight act, she'd rather take her chances without the ruggedly handsome, cold-blooded operative who boasts an alpha complex and too many guns. Colby Winters, an elite member of The Titan Group, has a single objective on his black ops mission: recover a document important to national security.

    Kim says: "Loved this book!"
    "Hot!!"
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    What did you love best about Winters Heat?

    The story and the narration


    What other book might you compare Winters Heat to and why?

    Any hot military romance


    What does Jeffrey Kafer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is amazing!! His narration brought the story to life and oh my the sex scenes are very steamy with his voice!


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

    Yep!


    Any additional comments?

    I will be getting more in this series as soon as they are released

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Warm Place to Call Home: A Demon's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Michael Siemsen
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Frederick is a demon. Born in Maryland in the early 1980's, he hasn't a clue where he came from or why, but feels an irresistible desire to occupy a human body. Once inside, he finds the previous occupants' consciousness and memories forever erased, an inevitable side effect that gives Frederick pause when switching bodies, but not so much as to truly halt his ongoing enjoyment of human lives. In various bodies, he travels the world for decades - aimless - sampling cultures and experiencing life from the points of view of males, females, young, old, rich, poor.

    Marci says: "I didn't want it to end"
    "A great story"
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    Would you listen to A Warm Place to Call Home again? Why?

    Yes I would. It was very well done and the story was entertianing


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved how "joe" would actually talk to the reader directly at times.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Chase’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't think so but I will certainly listen again


    Any additional comments?

    great original story. Funny and heart warming too

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Wager: Blood Destiny, #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Connie Suttle
    • Narrated By Traci Odom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (723)
    Performance
    (654)
    Story
    (662)

    Lissa's life as a vampire begins on the day her husband is removed from life support. Turned by rogues who wager her life, Lissa is running from her maker who is determined to kill her, hunted by the Council who has branded her a rogue and blackmailed by werewolves, who utilize her newly developed talents for their own gain.

    Robin in Vermont says: "A compelling read!"
    "More Please!"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Blood Wager?

    The story was great


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lissa, she was easy to identify with. Loved her sense of humor.


    Have you listened to any of Traci Odom’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not but she does a fantastic job


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the rest of the series is made into audio books. I will purchase them all.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Opal: Matt Turner, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michael Siemsen
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Matt Turner grew up witnessing firsthand the worst crimes imaginable. At age nine, he discovered his special ability to "read" the emotional imprints people leave on objects. Against better judgment, his police detective father used his son’s talent to help him solve crimes. Now, at 26, Matt tries to keep to himself, but an enemy he thought long gone interrupts his tropical vacation, flying him all over the globe to help track a 3,500-year-old Egyptian opal found sealed in a Cuban tree trunk.

    Daniel says: "Good but really fell apart at the end."
    "Great 2nd book in series!"
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    If you could sum up The Opal in three words, what would they be?

    Action, history, and emotional


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matt, because I love his whole personality


    What does Chris Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Does such an amazing job!! He brings all the people to life!


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

    Yes it was


    Any additional comments?

    Michael Siemsen is great. I am so glad I came across his books and I am now a loyal follower.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Dig

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Michael Siemsen
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (190)

    A mysterious woven metal artifact is found at a paleontological dig in Africa. Mystified experts, confounded by the impossible timeline they get from traditional dating methods, call upon a stubborn young man with a unique talent. Matthew Turner's gift is also his curse: When he touches any object, his awareness is flooded with the thoughts and feelings of those who touched it before him. It is a talent that many covet, some fear, and almost no one understands.

    Jan says: "So I liked it, in a random sorta way..."
    "Really Enjoyed This Book!"
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    What did you love best about The Dig?

    Loved the story, it was very original.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matt was great.


    Have you listened to any of Chris Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't think I have but he did a great job!


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

    nothing extreme but it stuck with me even when I wasn't listening I was thinking about the story.


    Any additional comments?

    What a great surprise and I hope there will be more like this.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8681)
    Performance
    (8053)
    Story
    (8080)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Great story"
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    Where does Steelheart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 20 for the year


    What other book might you compare Steelheart to and why?

    other dystopian society books with a bit of x-men mixed in


    What does Macleod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    he puts life into the character


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    yes but no spoilers


    Any additional comments?

    Very good book

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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