Rating System:

Final Verdict: Rating (x of 5)   Final thoughts, if any
  • Not Recommended  - I had to suffer through this; you shouldn't have to. Item under review plagued by poor production values, poor writing, bad editing, awful presentation or some combination. Nothing here to salvage.
  • Needs Improvement  - There is something here, it's just hamstrung by bad grammer, poor word choice, a noisy production, awkward pacing, miscast actors, etc. If you're feeling charitable, give this rating a shot.
  • Recommended  - Definitely worth a listen. Good story, adequate production values, decent pacing and vocalization. Nothing glaringly out of place. There may not be a soundtrack or website. The audio file may have limited branding embedded.
  • Highly Recommended  - A must listen! Compelling story and characters. Professional level voice work (diction, intonation, characterization). Has a supporting website and show notes. Utilizes a soundtrack. Good branding of the audio files.
  • Outstanding!  - A highly recommended rating plus an extra umpha. The story is especially daring, provocotive or evocative. The production brings something we haven't seen before to light, or shines a different light on an old, familiar topic.

Shorthand Phrases

Standard Caveats Apply
  1. This is simply my opinion, nothing more. It is neither right nor wrong, it just is.
  2. It is not my intent to be offensive. Having said that, if you are offended, get over it.
  3. I have been known to speak with great authority in areas where I have none. You have been warned.
  4. Having said that, I've been known to be reticent regarding things I know a great deal about. Go figure.
  5. My tastes are not necessarily your tastes. I prefer mine, but I'm willing to entertain yours.
  6. If I am waxing on and on about something I clearly know nothing about, or if I'm plainly in the weeds, feel free to ignore me. It happens.
  7. Sometimes, I don't get it.
  8. And sometimes I do.
  9. I do not defend my reviews. They are a snapshot of my opinion the day and place I made them. Time and experience change everything.
  10. Take anything I say with a grain of salt. You'll live longer and enjoy life more.
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Draft Copy
A raw, unedited story likely to be replete with misspellings, questionable grammar, odd phrasing and tenuous logic. Draft copy may or may not appear in a finished product, or it may be substantially changed, altered or edited. In other words, enjoy it while it lasts, it may not come around again.