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Lori Trisler

Wichita, KS USA | Member Since 2004

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  • 15 reviews
  • 355 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 37 purchased in 2014
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  • A Carrion Death: Introducing Detective Kubu

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Michael Stanley
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    Smashed skull, snapped ribs, and a cloying smell of carrion. Leave the body for the hyenas to devour - no body, no case. But when Kalahari game rangers stumble on a human corpse midmeal, it turns out the murder wasn't perfect after all. Enough evidence is left to suggest foul play. Detective David "Kubu" Bengu of the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department is assigned to the case.

    Robert says: "Hot and Arid"
    "Simply Fabulous"
    Overall

    I was initially drawn to this book because of the setting in Botswana. I found the start to a wonderful detective series. I can't wait to hear more about detective David "Kubu" Bengu.

    I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys The Number One Ladies' Detective Agency. It's also a good mystery in its own right.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Heir of Novron: Riyria Revelations, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3302)
    Performance
    (3037)
    Story
    (3053)

    On the holiday of Wintertide, the New Empire plans to burn the Witch of Melengar and force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian finally locating the Heir of Novron—or the pair’s desire to wreak havoc on the New Empire’s carefully crafted scheme.

    Ron says: "Spectacular fantasy series"
    "Everything I love in a Fantasy"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved the characters. I find myself wondering what Hadrian and Royce are up to now. The narration was terrific. My one complaint is that on occasion I really wished the description would wrap up and get back to the action.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In Dog We Trust

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Neil S. Plakcy
    • Narrated By Kelly Libatique
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    After a bad divorce and a brief prison term for computer hacking, 42-year-old Steve Levitan has returned to his home town of Stewart's Crossing and taken a part-time job as an adjunct professor of English at his alma mater, Eastern College. While walking around his gated community, he becomes friendly with his next-door neighbor, Caroline Kelly, and her golden retriever, Rochester. When Caroline is shot and killed while walking Rochester, Steve becomes the dog's temporary guardian. Together, these two unlikely sleuths work to uncover the mystery behind Caroline's death.

    Danielle says: "A Cute, Fun, Mystery, Especially for Dog Lovers"
    "A Good Story"
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    Overall I enjoyed this book.

    Pluses: I enjoy anything that has a dog as one of the characters. The mystery was well done. I was sure I had it all figured out and suddenly I didn't.

    Minuses: The main character spends too much time reliving his past. I was ready for him to get on with it already and to quit telling me about his wife in particular.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1119)
    Performance
    (1010)
    Story
    (1009)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "Fantastic!"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had the right mix of police procedural, mystery, and fantasy. It was fun. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith was perfect and made the book come alive for me. I know some reviewers had problems with his American accents, but he was so entertaining that I just really didn't care. I quickly snapped up the next two books in the series and polished them off within the week as well. I am sad that I now have to wait on the next one. However, I think I'll go see what else Holdbrook-Smith has at Audible. I think I'd like anything that he read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rithmatist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (1345)
    Performance
    (1238)
    Story
    (1245)

    More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings - merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

    Brandon says: "Beware of the chalk!"
    "Another winner"
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    Brandon Sanderson has done it again. This was a great book that pulled me in from the very beginning. The world building and magic system were both unique. It's intended audience is young adult but I enjoyed it as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gate Thief: Mithermages, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Rankin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1985)
    Performance
    (1804)
    Story
    (1810)

    Here on Earth, Danny North is still in high school, yet he holds in his heart and mind all the stolen outselves of 13 centuries of gatemages. The Families still want to kill him if they can’t control him - and they can’t control him; he is far too powerful. On Westil, Wad is now nearly powerless - he lost everything to Danny in their struggle. Even if he can survive the revenge of his enemies, he must still somehow make peace with the Gatemage Daniel North, for when Danny took that power from Loki, he also took responsibility for the Great Gates.

    Benjamin says: "Flashes of Great, Ok, and Bad. Overall: Meh."
    "Not what I'd hoped for"
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    I read The Lost Gate and really liked it. So, I was waiting anxiously for this book. Things take forever to develop. The author spends a lot of time dealing with teenage angst. I think what it boils down to is a whole lot of talk and not a lot of action.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • My Sparkling Misfortune, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Laura Lond
    • Narrated By A. T. Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    Lord Arkus of Blackriver Castle readily admits that he is a villain and sees no reason why it should stop him from being the protagonist of this book. After all, Prince Kellemar, an aspiring hero, has defeated him in a rather questionable way.

    Gaele says: "most unique and clever middle grade fantasy"
    "Fun Little Book"
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    What a fun little book! It was filled with everything you want an adventure to have. I'm going to recommend this to my 5th grade students. I think they will enjoy reading about the reluctant hero.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3158)
    Performance
    (2714)
    Story
    (2716)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Most fun I've had with an audiobook!"
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    I had so much fun listening to this book. The story was great. The narrator was spot on. He was exactly what I'd expect a Hollywood agent to sound like. The wise cracking alien was an additional bright spot.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Iron Gray Sea: Destroyermen, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (691)
    Performance
    (622)
    Story
    (627)

    In Taylor Anderson's acclaimed Destroyermen series, a parallel universe adds an extraordinary layer to the drama of World War II. Now, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, the crew of the USS Walker, and their allies battle an ever-growing host of enemies across the globe in a desperate battle for freedom.

    Casey Ferrell says: "I want longer books!"
    "Good but..."
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    I am going to give this series one more shot. However I need some closure with some of the plot lines. Anderson keeps adding and adding without giving closure or even a measure of satisfaction to the reader.

    I enjoy the characters and the world that the author has created. I'd like to feel that we're getting somewhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Until Tuesday

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Luis Carlos Montalvan
    • Narrated By Luis Carlos Montalvan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (699)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (547)

    A highly decorated captain in the U.S. Army, Luis Montalvan never backed down from a challenge during his two tours of duty in Iraq. After returning home, however, the pressures of his physical wounds, traumatic brain injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder began to take their toll. In constant physical pain, he soon found himself unable to climb a simple flight of stairs or face a bus ride to the VA hospital. He drank; he argued; he cut himself off from those he loved. Then Luis met Tuesday, a beautiful and sensitive golden retriever....

    Char says: "Very Good Book"
    "A Great Dog Story and Then Some"
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    I originally picked this book up because I???ve always been crazy about dogs. I learned a lot more about service dogs as well as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and brain injuries. I was fascinated by Luis and Tuesday???s story. The things dogs can learn to do still amaze me. I was appalled at finding out the amount and kind of discrimination that disabled people and their service animals face. This is something our country needs to change. I'm not sure yet what I'll do with all of that information. For now, I'll keep my eyes open for opportunities to make a difference.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9524)
    Performance
    (8489)
    Story
    (8464)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Just not my type"
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    I bought this book based on recommendations, but it just wasn't my type. I love science fiction and fantasy, but this didn't do it for me. Too much anti Christian. It made me uncomfortable. I'm glad I only spent $4.95.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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