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Lori Trisler

Wichita, KS USA | Member Since 2006

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  • 20 reviews
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  • 14 purchased in 2015
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  • Here, There Be Dragons

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By James A. Owen
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (439)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (287)

    An unusual murder brings together three strangers, John, Jack, and Charles, on a rainy night in London during the first World War. An eccentric little man called Bert tells them that they are now the caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica: an atlas of all the lands that have ever existed in myth and legend, fable and fairy tale.

    David says: "Rich Imaginative Fantastic World"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I wanted so badly to like this book. It came highly recommended by my sister and nephews. I will always be a sucker for anything connected to Tolkien. Every problem/conflict was wrapped up far too quickly. We went from meeting the characters to the battle of the end of the world in a few chapters. The characters seemed shallow. That could come from the narrator's voice inflections since I haven't read the text myself.

    The author drew on many fantasy stories written by Tolkien, Lewis, and others. If the book was going to draw from so many other fantasy stories, it needed to be more "tongue-in-cheek." I found myself wondering many times throughout the book, "When is this going to end?" I never could suspend disbelief enough to believe that stealing a person's shadow was so horrible.

    I like many fantasy books, and I like many children's books as an adult reader. This just wasn't one of them.

    20 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Islands of Rage & Hope: Black Tide Rising, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Tristan Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (369)

    With human civilization annihilated by a biological zombie plague, a rag-tag fleet of yachts and freighters known as Wolf Squadron scours the Atlantic, searching for survivors. Within every abandoned liner and carrier lurks a potential horde, safety can never be taken for granted, and death and turning into one of the enemy is only a moment away. Yet every ship and town holds the flickering hope of survivors. One and two from lifeboats, a dozen from a fishing village, a few hundred wrenched by fury and fire from a ship that once housed thousands....

    Stephen Clark Harkess says: "Best Yet"
    "Great"
    Overall
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    As usual with John Ringo, a rollicking good time. Narration was good. It's bloody but its military sci fi! Keep 'em coming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sector 64: Ambush

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Dean M. Cole
    • Narrated By Mike Ortego
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    What happens to present-day Earth if friendly aliens take humanity under their wing? What happens when their enemy becomes ours? X-Files meet Independence Day when incredible events thrust Air Force Captains Jake Giard and Sandra Fitzpatrick into a decades-long global conspiracy to integrate humanity into a galactic government. However, as Jake finishes indoctrination into the program, it renders present-day Earth a disposable pawn in a galactic civil war. Unknown aliens with a dark secret raid the planet. Within and even below Washington DC, Jake fights through a post-apocalyptic hell, struggling to comprehend the enigmatic aftermath of the first attack. On the West Coast, Sandra's squadron smashes against the invading aliens. Thrown to ground, Sandy wades through blazing infernos and demented looters in a desperate attempt to save her family. Finally, with the fate of the world in the balance, both captains must take the battle to the enemy--humanity's very survival hanging on their success.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "highly imaginative action packed apocalyptic..."
    "What a ride!"
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    Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The action sequences were exciting. The beginning grabbed me, and I couldn't wait to get back to it. Narration was well done. I was not happy with the development of the main female character, but I could live with it. If you like space battles, and the "what if" scenario, I highly recommend this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Infinite Battle: Star Hounds, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David Bischoff
    • Narrated By Bryan Reid
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Laura Shemzak. Irreverent, rebellious, beautiful. A woman with an impossible mission: to rescue her beloved brother, the most brilliant physicist of the Galactic Federation, from the clutches of alien invaders, the Jaxdron. To succeed, Laura must gain control of a top-secret Mak XT "blip-ship". And to do that, she is forced into an uneasy alliance with the notorious space pirate, the bitter, cynical Captain Tars Northern.

    med c says: "Sci-Fi"
    "The Ending Was Very Good"
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    I struggled with the beginning because it was difficult to decide who the hero/heroine was in the book. I started out thinking it was one character. Then, maybe a different one. Or was it the third one we're introduced to? The main characters were very flawed. I didn't find myself really rooting for any of them. I had convinced myself that I wasn't going to read anything else in the series. Then, the ending was so intriguing that I found myself thinking, "Maybe....."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guardian: Jack Sigler: Continuum, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jeremy Robinson, J. Kent Holloway
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Jack Sigler, Callsign: King, has been a lot of things in his life. A soldier, a father, a hero. But now he's taking up a new title: guardian. After a life fighting billionaire madmen, terrorists, and unnatural threats, he's stuck thousands of years in the past, using his knowledge of history and modern warfare to right wrongs and stand up for those in need.

    K. Allenby says: "Fantastic!"
    "More Please!"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. From the first few minutes I was drawn into ancient Babylonia with Jack Siglar. The story was action packed. Although I'm tempted to go back and read the series that leads up to this one it wasn't necessary for enjoyment of this book. Looking forward to the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Superheroes in Prose: Welcome to Prose

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Sevan Paris
    • Narrated By Bryan Reid
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    "Imagine you have the power to fly. Pretty awesome, right? Imagine you have the power to levitate or crush something the size of a Winnebago. Equally awesome. Now ... here's the catch: having the power means you are bonded irreversibly to a smartass, sociopathic alien life form. Not so awesome. So, what would you do with all of that power? The way I figured it, I had one of two options: Option #1) Use it to commit crime or Option #2) Use it to fight crime. My name is Gabe Garrison and I chose Option #2."

    A. Kessel says: "Supers are...SUPER!"
    "Wish I had approached this differently"
    Overall
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    Another reviewer mentioned this was like a comic book. I think that's exactly right. I was expecting more story and less comic qualities. I was probably not the target audience for this book. I think someone who enjoys superhero comic books would enjoy this story. The narrator did a good job bringing the characters to life.

    0 of 0 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
    (4391)
    Performance
    (4037)
    Story
    (4057)

    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"
    Overall
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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
    (52)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    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
    (1620)
    Performance
    (1487)
    Story
    (1483)

    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!"
    Overall
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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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2375)
    Performance
    (2152)
    Story
    (2167)

    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"
    Overall
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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
    (2506)
    Performance
    (2260)
    Story
    (2270)

    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

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