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About me: I like action adventures, quality series and movies and good music.
Reading Interests: Action, adventure & humor.

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Movies Extraordinaire (12 titles)
Likely available for viewing and you'll be glad you did.
DVD Series (48 titles)
Great viewing
Humorous (8 titles)
Excellent humor and outstanding novels.
Fantasy (20 titles)
Favorite fantasies. Piers Anthony series best if read in order from top to bottom.
Great Adult Novels (115 titles)
The creme de la creme. Comprised mostly of high adult action and all worthy of a listen or read.

nitetrain's Comments    
Cover ArtAlex [sound recording]
by Lemaitre, Pierre
Very surprised by this French novel in mostly positive ways. My only wish is that the ending would have been strong enough to take it from 8 to 10 stars.   posted Apr 21, 2014 at 6:19PM

Cover ArtCarnal curiosity [sound recording]
by Woods, Stuart.
A quick read with action that is not as good as other Woods works. A couple of his more interesting characters including Herbie Fisher and CIA Fay have small bit parts and with them goes much of the humor and excitement. 6 of 10 stars   posted Apr 19, 2014 at 7:08PM

Cover ArtRobert Ludlum’s the Janson option [sound recording]
by Garrison, Paul
I have grown weary of Somali pirate based stories, especially combined with lack of creativity pinned in this story. This is little more than a rehash of stories and battles read before. 0 of 10 stars   posted Apr 19, 2014 at 12:43AM

Cover ArtWorthy Brown’s daughter [sound recording]
by Margolin, Phillip.
I love the way this story with its litany of characters comes together, especially toward the end. Very well written novel by author Margolin with some historical facts introduced. 10 of 10 stars   posted Apr 18, 2014 at 2:49PM

Cover ArtNever tell [sound recording] : a novel of suspense
by Burke, Alafair
My disappointment with this novel is that it takes us on a sad trip from beginning to end. Ms. Burke is much better with Ms. Hatcher more on the offensive and a stronger finish. 2 of 10 stars   posted Apr 17, 2014 at 7:41PM

Cover ArtOrfeo [sound recording]
by Powers, Richard
I know neither why the author wrote this, nor the issuer published these notes of destruction. 0 of 10 stars   posted Apr 12, 2014 at 4:11PM

Cover ArtThe finisher [sound recording]
by Baldacci, David
Despite my efforts, I could not get into this anti Baldacci like story. This novel is victimization from start to finish. The main character is by and large exploited and mostly in the light of feebleness. 1 of 10 stars   posted Apr 10, 2014 at 4:15PM

Cover ArtThe man in 3B [sound recording]
by Weber, Carl
Lots of inner stories abound in this apartment complex from gossipy neighbors, employments and marital complications. All wrapped up well in the end. 8 of 10 stars   posted Apr 6, 2014 at 6:43PM

Cover ArtConfessions of a wild child [sound recording] : Lucky, the early years
by Collins, Jackie.
This lackluster effort by Ms. Collins is unfitting of her immense creative talent. Much repetition without explanation of how this brat came to be the strong independent character she is today tastes less and is unfulfilling. 1 of 10 stars   posted Apr 5, 2014 at 6:21PM

Cover ArtNeptune’s brood [sound recording]
by Stross, Charles
After a promising, interesting beginning, this story meanders through space as though run out of fuel to its lackluster conclusion. 1 of 10 stars   posted Apr 5, 2014 at 6:12PM

Cover ArtMissing you
by Coben, Harlan
There are several story plots rolled into two by the end. As a result, the novel is unnecessarily long to the point of remindful of a chick flick movie. There, I wrote it. 4 of 10 stars   posted Apr 1, 2014 at 9:52PM

Cover ArtStandup guy [sound recording]
by Woods, Stuart.
While I enjoyed this entertaining story, I didn’t care for some of the plot involving Stone’s stupidity around money and a woman. 7 of 10 stars   posted Mar 31, 2014 at 7:20PM

Cover ArtThe sound and the furry [sound recording]
by Quinn, Spencer.
Although there are a few cute doggy lines, this story woofs along much to slowly for me. 4 of 10 stars   posted Mar 29, 2014 at 6:38PM

Cover ArtSaints of the shadow bible
by Rankin, Ian.
This cigarette smoking deputy inspector is not my cup of tea. 2 of 10 stars   posted Mar 27, 2014 at 12:08PM

Cover ArtInnocent blood [sound recording]
by Rollins, James
Too much fighting, too much religion (funny how they often go hand in hand) and too many characters with less than defined roles to make this novel more than a fair read at best. 4 of 10 stars   posted Mar 25, 2014 at 8:25PM

Cover ArtILL: A dance with dragons
After the first two novels in this series of seven, I could barely contain my enthusiasm for the successive books. However, that exuberance was dashed by the third read and elevated by A Storm of Swords. However, after "A Dance with Dragons," I am left wondering if author Martin will ever accomplish a successful ending. The fifth book introduces more characters that I don’t care about, while leaving relevant characters missing, attacked, brutalized and marginalized. To what end, mayhaps? 6 of 10 stars   posted Mar 22, 2014 at 3:21PM

Cover ArtThe double [sound recording]
by Pelecanos, George P.
I enjoyed my first Spero Lucus read. This complicated character gets the job done in the best way he sees fit. The only negative was a bit of preachiness near the end that is best ignored. 8 of 10 stars   posted Mar 22, 2014 at 9:12AM

Cover ArtILL: A feast for crows
This 4th in the Song of Fire and Ice, aka Game of Thrones is significantly less fulfilling than its 3 predecessors. After the first three, one expects much more than this delivers. 4 of 10 stars   posted Mar 5, 2014 at 6:13PM

Cover ArtFortunately, the milk [sound recording]
by Gaiman, Neil
This excellent, light and quick story emphasizes the mastery Gaiman possesses as a writer. I found myself smiling all the way through. 10 of 10 twinkle stars   posted Mar 3, 2014 at 2:34PM

Cover ArtRed 1-2-3 [sound recording]
by Katzenbach, John.
The tragedy of this novel is its length. Specifically, the maniacal, psychological and explicit persecution of the reds until the end. By then, it is much too late to save and appreciate this story. 4 of 10 stars   posted Mar 3, 2014 at 2:31PM

Cover ArtPrivate L A. [sound recording]
by Patterson, James
This is two separate stories rolled into one. Sometimes that’s a good idea, but in this case not so much. It’s as if Patterson couldn’t decide which story to tell and leaves us with an incomplete mis mash. While there are endings, the results are overall incomplete conclusions. 5 of 10 stars   posted Mar 3, 2014 at 2:16PM

Cover ArtThe last alibi [sound recording]
by Ellis, David
This story would have been better with less courtroom dialogue and drug dependency. Talk and write about major distractions, they stay in the way far too long to reduce a good plot to whinnyness. That’s too bad. 4 of 10 stars   posted Feb 24, 2014 at 9:16PM

Cover ArtILL: A storm of swords
Storm of Swords is master author Martin at his best. Incredible character development and plots of twists and turns left this reader in awe. 10 of 10 stars   posted Feb 24, 2014 at 12:54AM

Cover ArtRobert Ludlum’s the utopia experiment [sound recording]
by Mills, Kyle
This well written story contains interesting leads who contribute significantly to make this techno thriller a good read. 8 of 10 stars   posted Feb 24, 2014 at 12:49AM

Cover ArtA clash of kings [sound recording]
by Martin, George R. R.
This is the second block in a series of seven. Author Martin's incredible imagination is matched with his ability to put pen to paper with amazing story lines. When you're able to write this well, you are only in competition with yourself. Therefore, this well written second in the series is not quite as good as the first. Still a worthwhile read and onto, "A Storm of Swords." 8 of 10 stars   posted Feb 15, 2014 at 9:22PM

Cover ArtILL: A clash of kings
This is the second block in a series of seven. Author Martin’s incredible imagination is matched with his ability to put pen to paper with amazing story lines. When you’re able to write this well, you are only in competition with yourself. Therefore, this well written second in the series is not quite as good as the first. Still a worthwhile read and onto, "A Storm of Swords." 8 of 10 stars   posted Feb 15, 2014 at 7:36PM

Cover ArtSycamore row [sound recording]
by Grisham, John
Even courtroom antics cannot derail this fabulous drama rapped around legalese. John Grisham is a masterful story teller, although he prefers to take the long way around at times. 8 of 10 stars   posted Feb 8, 2014 at 3:38PM

Cover ArtCommand authority
by Clancy, Tom
The late Tom Clancy’s books continue to be longer than necessary. It’s too bad Mr. Clancy was unable to find a good editor to delete numerous unnecessary words. The ongoing 30 year time jump flash is more annoyance than contributory, even at the end. 4 of 10 stars   posted Feb 3, 2014 at 3:18PM

Cover ArtThe family business 2 [sound recording]
by Weber, Carl
Fairly decent yarn of family involved in illegal activities. Except for a few highly predictable situations, the story is alright with one major exception that has to do with a child. 5 of 10 stars   posted Jan 27, 2014 at 4:19PM

Cover ArtA game of thrones
by Martin, George R. R.
I read this after watching the HBO series and thoroughly enjoyed the first of seven. Outstanding writing. Onto the Clash of Kings. 10 of 10 stars   posted Jan 24, 2014 at 6:07PM

Cover ArtA game of thrones [sound recording]
by Martin, George R. R.
I read this after watching the HBO series and thoroughly enjoyed the first of seven. Outstanding writing. Onto the Clash of Kings. 10 of 10 stars   posted Jan 24, 2014 at 6:06PM

Cover ArtRobert B. Parker’s Bull River [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Knott, Robert
A less than average effort on behalf of the late Robert B. Parker by Robert Knott in this western yarn. 3 of 10 stars   posted Jan 21, 2014 at 3:30PM

Cover ArtThe Rosie project
by Simsion, Graeme C.
Incredibly entertaining novel of a nerd professor who starts off with a wife project that advances into humorous social interactions. 10 of 10 stars   posted Jan 14, 2014 at 1:52PM

Cover ArtThe prince of risk [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Reich, Christopher
This excellent thriller holds interest throughout. It posits a highly plausible theory and works its way through to a fairly decent conclusion. It could have ended better though. 8 of 10 stars   posted Jan 11, 2014 at 3:49PM

Cover ArtThe kill list [sound recording]
by Forsyth, Frederick
This interesting well done novel holds interest throughout. I only wish the ending were a bit more expanded. 9 of 10 stars   posted Jan 9, 2014 at 7:02PM

Cover ArtI wear the black hat [sound recording] : grappling with villains (real and imagi
by Klosterman, Chuck
Author Klosterman narrates his book on cd perfectly. He has many collections of essays and communicates them well to listeners and readers I presume. I enjoyed this. 8 of 10 stars   posted Jan 4, 2014 at 8:59PM

Cover ArtThe gods of guilt [sound recording]
by Connelly, Michael.
This story would have been better with less "Haley," whining and without a senseless death. I’m not exactly sure how justice was served in the courtroom and why a villain could just walk out. 6 of 10 stars   posted Jan 3, 2014 at 4:19PM

Cover ArtBalance of power [sound recording]
by Huston, James W.
At the end of this novel, author Huston thanks his editor....hmmmm. I believe his editor could have used a much sharper pencil with a giant eraser to condense this story and make it better. There is too much redundancy around battle conflicts and not enough between the legislative and executive branches. 4 of 10 stars   posted Dec 29, 2013 at 4:32PM

Cover ArtBleeding edge [sound recording]
by Pynchon, Thomas.
Its a shame J. Berlin is the narrator of this story. The high nasaly monotone twang made it impossible to listen. 0 of 10 stars   posted Dec 26, 2013 at 6:57PM

Cover ArtDoing hard time [sound recording]
by Woods, Stuart.
An enjoyable novel about bad men getting what they deserve and decent people reaping the benefits they earn. 9 of 10 stars   posted Dec 26, 2013 at 4:04PM

Cover ArtSilent night [sound recording] : a Spenser holiday novel
by Parker, Robert B.
Helen Brann, Wow! Thanks for finishing the late Robert B. Parker’s holiday novel. I could not tell where the late Mr. Parker left off and where agent, novelist Ms. Brann begins. Quite a testament to her own writing ability. I can only hope she continues the Spenser series. 9 of 10 stars   posted Dec 18, 2013 at 7:14PM

Cover ArtKing and Maxwell [sound recording]
by Baldacci, David
As with many good stories, the second half revs up and ties most of the confounding first half together. My major agitation is the repeated explanation of the villain’s reasoning for his actions. It doesn’t need to be restated ten times. They need Edgar. 7 of 10 stars   posted Dec 14, 2013 at 9:43AM

Cover ArtNever go back [sound recording] : a Jack Reacher novel
by Child, Lee.
As for the Jack Reacher series this story only okay. Sure, Reacher gets to bust to a few bad guys, but the story seems overly drawn with a disappointing end. At best, 5 of 10 stars   posted Dec 3, 2013 at 6:00PM

Cover ArtDoomed [sound recording]
by Palahniuk, Chuck
Great story if you want to follow a fat, snarky 13 year old brat, otherwise, a waste of time. 0 of 10 stars   posted Nov 28, 2013 at 10:43PM

Cover ArtPlugged [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Colfer, Eoin.
I found this story interesting, moving and with bits of humor. Overall, 7 of 10 stars   posted Nov 28, 2013 at 4:44PM

Cover ArtOutlaw [sound recording]
by Dekker, Ted
The conclusion of this novel left me feeling this is one strange story. There is a little interest throughout and lots of brutality, too much so. Between the deaths and the sprits author Dekker has an odd way of expressing "tough love." 3 of 10 stars   posted Nov 21, 2013 at 4:01PM

Cover ArtThe quest [sound recording]
by DeMille, Nelson
A disjointed back and forth story that is more about a sadistic tribal leading butcher than the quest of a so called religious relic. The best character in this story is severely underutilized and the rest of the characters are unworthy. 2 of 10 stars   posted Nov 19, 2013 at 7:19PM

Cover ArtRobert B. Parker’s Damned if you do [sound recording]
by Brandman, Michael
The late Robert B Parker could never write a story as awful as this. It actually gets worse the further it goes on. Fortunately, this story is a rather short complete waste of time and not even worth that. 0 of 10 stars   posted Nov 14, 2013 at 7:48PM

Cover ArtStorm front [sound recording]
by Sandford, John
Loved this story and this is the first "Virgil Flowers" novel I have enjoyed. I found this well written and interesting start to finish. 10 of 10 stars   posted Nov 13, 2013 at 2:18PM

Cover ArtThe lovers [sound recording]
by Connolly, John
Its a shame that the first half of this novel is so long and gruesome. But I suppose some was needed to reach the second half which was better paced. 7 of 10 stars   posted Nov 13, 2013 at 2:09PM

Cover ArtThe circle [sound recording]
by Eggers, Dave
This novel takes George Orwell’s 1984 into today’s 21st century. This interesting, well written story holds the reader’s interest throughout. 8 of 10 stars   posted Nov 10, 2013 at 6:12PM

Cover ArtRedshirts [sound recording] : a novel with three codas
by Scalzi, John
I don't usually like reading pure science fiction. However, after a bit of a odd sci-fi (what did I get myself into) type beginning, I found this story interesting and well written. This was my first Scalzi and there will be more. 8 of 10 stars   posted Nov 3, 2013 at 4:38PM

Cover ArtThe cuckoo’s calling [sound recording]
by Galbraith, Robert
It took a while for this story to get going after the somewhat overlong introductions to some of the characters, but the second half is much better moving and more interesting. As a result, this leads to an acceptable if not surprising conclusion. 7 of 10 stars   posted Nov 1, 2013 at 6:02PM

Cover ArtGone [sound recording]
by Patterson, James
If you are into diabolical murders, kids, kidnap efforts and torture, this novel is for you! For me this is a sickening waste of time. 1 of 10 stars   posted Oct 30, 2013 at 6:24PM

Cover ArtThe boyfriend [sound recording]
by Perry, Thomas
This story begins by looking into a murder by the victims family and expands across a trail of connected murders. As with most of Perry's work, this is well thought and well written. 8 of 10 stars   posted Oct 12, 2013 at 12:02PM

Cover ArtHidden order [sound recording] : [a thriller]
by Thor, Brad.
Scot Harvath is one of my favorite characters, except when he does not get to do what he does best, which is put down bad guys. He left the Secret Service because he didn’t want to play defense. This story is about chasing vicious murders after they occur instead of preventing them. There is little redeeming value here unlike most of Brad Thor’s novels. Easily my least favorite Horvath read to date. 2 of 10 stars   posted Sep 23, 2013 at 8:18PM

Cover ArtThe ocean at the end of the lane [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Gaiman, Neil
I like Neil Gaiman, but I did not care for this novel much at all. For me only 3 of 10 stars   posted Sep 22, 2013 at 3:36PM

Cover ArtPoseidon’s arrow [electronic resource]
Perhaps if you have the need for mayhem, chases and murder every few chapters, you will find this to your liking. However, I find this contrived, boring and redundant. 2 of 10 stars   posted Sep 7, 2013 at 7:59PM

Cover ArtShadow prey [sound recording]
by Sandford, John
My only complaint about the Lucas Davenport character is how easily he is trusted as a cop, despite his shady dealings with his informants. The second half of this is much better than the first. Some of the victims get what they deserve. 7 of 10 stars   posted Sep 7, 2013 at 7:46PM

Cover ArtThe great deformation : the corruption of capitalism in America
by David A. Stockman
The great Ponzi scheme a.k.a. the greed of the wealthy. Capitalism is being ruined by government bailouts of Wall St, bankers, automobile companies and at the expense of the shrinking middle class taxpayers. Mr. Stockman confirms this through his historical analytical description of the corruption of capitalism since the 1980s. Capitalism is unsustainable long term in the U.S. Its demise is inevitable and only a matter of time. I strongly recommend you read for yourself. 8 of 10 stars   posted Aug 24, 2013 at 7:29PM

Cover ArtJoyland [sound recording]
by King, Stephen
One of the main characters of this story is young boy. But its once you get past the whining sniveling adult that this novel becomes worthwhile. The editor could have easily dispensed of the first half, resulting in a much more interesting story. 4 of 10 stars   posted Aug 22, 2013 at 9:09PM

Cover ArtThe two minute rule [sound recording]
by Robert Crais
After a rather drawn out and slightly confusing beginning, this novel picks up the pace and gets very interesting. Its too bad the ending didn’t fully match this pace by ending too abruptly and leaving some unadressed issues. Nevertheless, 8 of 10 stars   posted Aug 17, 2013 at 1:18PM

Cover ArtWithout fail [sound recording] : [a Jack Reacher novel]
by Child, Lee.
Unfortunately, Reacher spends his time on defense for practically the whole story. As a result, we are left with tedium of guesses and what ifs that often leaves the reader or listener frustrated and drained throughout this chase. 4 of 10 stars   posted Aug 8, 2013 at 6:49PM

Cover ArtCertain prey [sound recording]
by John Sandford
This well written "Prey" story features a strong hit woman along with good plots. 8 of 10 stars   posted Aug 6, 2013 at 6:07PM

Cover ArtFirst Sight (Audiobook on CD)
by Steel, Danielle
Danielle Steel has gone down the same road as Nora Roberts who once was a decent writer a decade ago. Now everything Steel writes is a regurgitation of words she’s rewritten, mixed in with much more death, sadness, infidelity and lies. 0 of 10 stars   posted Aug 5, 2013 at 6:19PM

Cover ArtTripwire
by Lee Child
As a big fan of Jack Reacher, I found this story excessively and unnecessarily tedious and long. For example, there is nearly a chapter on bones that would put a physical anthropologist to sleep. The sadistic nature of one of the main characters gets excused so he can be hailed as a hero? Not in my eyes. This is my lowest Reacher rate to date. 2 of 10 stars   posted Aug 3, 2013 at 8:47PM

Cover ArtThe wrath of angels [sound recording]
by Connolly, John
Personally, I would have enjoyed this more with fewer innocent deaths. Some were unnecessary and did not contribute to the novel in any meaningful way. Nevertheless, this is a mostly interesting novel with the second half stronger than the first. 7 of 10 stars   posted Jul 29, 2013 at 1:33PM

Cover ArtChoke point [sound recording]
by Pearson, Ridley
I don’t care for stories based on brutality with victims unable to defend and care for themselves. Child abuse and victimization sums up this story in a nut shell. 1 of 10 stars   posted Jul 27, 2013 at 3:00PM

Cover ArtShattered trident [sound recording]
by Bond, Larry.
Except for the end of this novel, there is not much to like. The rest of this story is full of characters and nations that just do not appeal to the reader. In this case, I listened to the novel, at least most of it and even hall of fame narrator Dick Hill could not save this from putting me to sleep. (Good thing I wasn’t driving.) In addition to being much too long, the bickering, whining and deceptions are nauseous. Mr. Bond is a better author than this and I hope he is not headed on the same severe down spiral of Tom Clancy who wrote much better many years ago. 3 of 10 stars   posted Jul 26, 2013 at 4:06PM

Cover ArtSilken prey [sound recording]
by Sandford, John
While this is another fairly decent "Prey" novel, there is an inconsistency at the beginning with negative and unsettling ramifications at the end. Also, there is a "glove" left mostly unresolved. Sanford has written better. 7 of 10 stars   posted Jul 26, 2013 at 4:03PM

Cover ArtBlack Fridays
by Michael Sears
There are some likes and dislikes with this story. The dislikes contribute to frustration and the urge to get on with it from this reader. At least some of the ending provides a measure of redemption. 5 of 10 stars.   posted Jul 26, 2013 at 4:01PM

Cover ArtBad monkey [sound recording]
by Hiaasen, Carl
There’s a lot going on in this novel. Some funny, some tragic and some puzzling. As a fan of Carl Hiaasen, this is not one of his better works as he is unable to cleanly put all this jumbled hodgepodge together in a rewarding way. 4 of 10 stars   posted Jul 18, 2013 at 8:52PM

Cover ArtHeart of the hunter [sound recording] : a novel
by Meyer, Deon
After a captivating and intriguing summary about this novel, imagine my surprise to find this story severely lacking and unable to back such claims. The freedom fighting assassin plays a limited role while we are filled with more extraneous actions of others to HotH’s detriment. 3 of 10 stars   posted Jul 18, 2013 at 8:43PM

Cover ArtThe innocent [sound recording]
by Baldacci, David
Outstanding. Very well written with great intrigue. 10 of 10 stars   posted Jul 17, 2013 at 8:38PM

Cover ArtSecond honeymoon [sound recording]
by Patterson, James
Although this story is fairly interesting throughout, the ending left this reader unfulfilled. 6 of 10 stars   posted Jul 17, 2013 at 6:43PM

Cover ArtHit me [sound recording]
by Block, Lawrence.
Its hard for Keller to decide if he only wants to be a family man, a killer, or a stamp collector as each circumstance in this novel revolves around these issues. The balance is intriguing and the question remains unanswered. 7 of 10 stars   posted Jul 14, 2013 at 6:55AM

Cover ArtBest kept secret [sound recording] : a novel
by Archer, Jeffrey
After the major disappointment of this trilogy’s predecessor, I decided to take the book by the spine and discard it. I tried, but was unable to be motivated enough to finish this incredibly slow moving story. My rating is based on what I read. There are too many good stories to get to than waste my time on those unworthy. 1 of 10 stars   posted Jul 13, 2013 at 5:04PM

Cover ArtThe Marseille caper [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Mayle, Peter.
I tried but was unable to be motivated enough to finish this incredibly slow moving story. My rating is based on what I read. There are too many good stories to get to than waste my time on those unworthy. 2 of 10 stars   posted Jul 13, 2013 at 5:00PM

Cover ArtIndiscretion [sound recording] : a novel
by Dubow, Charles
While this story is mostly interesting, the disappointing conclusion leaves an unsatisfactory taste that derails this novel. 4 of 10 stars   posted Jul 8, 2013 at 9:16PM

Cover ArtNight moves [sound recording]
by White, Randy Wayne.
Another disappointing RWW novel. It is hard to understand what point if any the author is conveying. I’m unsure I will bother with any more of his stories as they appear to be rapidly trending down. 2 of 10 stars   posted Jul 6, 2013 at 7:12PM

Cover ArtThe Eye of God : A Sigma Force Novel (Audiobook on CD)
by Rollins, James
Seldom does a story with such an intriguing premise collapse so mightily into the abyss as this tale. This work is too long and unnecessarily violent for a good read, unless you are into some type of apocalypse. 1 of 10 stars   posted Jul 2, 2013 at 10:06PM

Cover ArtEnd game [electronic resource]
I’m not sure what Dale Brown is up to with this story and its timeline of 1998. The ending left me unfulfilled and with more questions than answers. Therefore, this is hardly the "end game." 4 of 10 stars   posted Jul 1, 2013 at 12:00PM

Cover ArtSleight of hand [sound recording] : [a novel of suspense]
by Margolin, Phillip.
The beginning and end are the best parts of this story. While Margolin is and excellent author, this story is not one of his bests. It is too long and heavy in violence and body counts. 4 of 10 stars   posted Jun 29, 2013 at 11:09PM

Cover ArtThe hit
by Baldacci, David
After a bit of a puzzling beginning, Baldacci ramps this novel up big time. 9 of 10 stars   posted Jun 20, 2013 at 10:57AM

Cover ArtA good day to die hard [videorecording]
Terrible! I’m glad I wasn’t "On Vacation" to watch this loser. A complete waste of time.   posted Jun 13, 2013 at 1:19PM

Cover ArtMan in the empty suit [sound recording]
by Ferrell, Sean
A disappointing story with an empty ending unless you like alcoholism and endings with more questions than answers. 3 of 10 stars   posted Jun 11, 2013 at 1:31PM

Cover ArtPiranha [sound recording] : a Dreamland thriller
by Brown, Dale
This story is based around 1997. It’s a bit choppy and slow for a Dale Brown thriller and for some reason deals around lots of human emotions. Brown is better with combat than dealing with personalities. 5 of 10 stars   posted Jun 8, 2013 at 7:18PM

Cover ArtThe third bullet [sound recording]
by Hunter, Stephen
Absolutely my least favorite Hunter novel to date. Probably because the story is full of redundancy and much too long. The author writes of his characters being bored and I assure you the same is true of his readers. Only the end is worthwhile and all else is overfill. 2 of 10 stars   posted May 23, 2013 at 8:28PM

Cover ArtThe monkey’s raincoat [sound recording]
by Crais, Robert
This Cole novel is not up to par with other Cole stories with much better plots. There is nothing redeeming here. 1 of 10 stars   posted May 23, 2013 at 8:20PM

Cover ArtSpycatcher [sound recording]
by Dunn, Matthew
I enjoyed this duel of stories turned into one. Mr. Dunn writes with much interest and intrigue for his audience and he demonstrates that repeatedly throughout this novel with the hero chasing the villain before being chased himself. The twists are there and your mind is exercised. 8 of 10 stars   posted May 15, 2013 at 5:31PM

Cover ArtPolitical suicide [sound recording]
by Palmer, Michael
An interesting story of an interesting commando squad. The nature of this novel makes it difficult for this reader to enjoy much, although it is well written with a decent ending. 7 of 10 stars   posted Apr 30, 2013 at 1:52PM

Cover ArtPhantom [sound recording] : an Alex Hawke novel
by Bell, Ted.
With the exception of the tortuous graphic beginning, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Get past the beginning to reap the rewards of two stories woven into one. 8 of 10 stars   posted Apr 28, 2013 at 8:50PM

Cover ArtSimple genius [sound recording]
by Baldacci, David
I did not care for this in the least. Baldacci has written much better and he used much of the exact opening in The Hour Game. 2 of 10 stars   posted Apr 24, 2013 at 1:56PM

Cover ArtVoodoo River [sound recording]
by Crais, Robert
Free Fall is better. This story is more tedious to the point of boredom. 4 of 10 stars   posted Apr 16, 2013 at 2:10PM

Cover ArtFree fall [sound recording]
by Crais, Robert
7 of 10 stars   posted Apr 16, 2013 at 2:08PM

Cover ArtWhiplash [sound recording]
by Brown, Dale
I thought this story was certainly as good, if not better than his other novels. I like many of the characters and good lines were written for the less than admirable enough so the reader would not like them as well. Well paced in my judgement. 9 of 10 stars   posted Apr 12, 2013 at 8:36PM

Cover ArtPrivate Berlin [sound recording]
by Patterson, James
This is an excellent and well done novel of suspense with a heinous villan. The only drawback for me is the whiney 9 year old. 8 of 10 stars   posted Apr 5, 2013 at 11:50AM

Cover ArtHour game [sound recording]
by Baldacci, David
Not at all one of his better works and is much too long. 4 of 10 stars   posted Mar 31, 2013 at 7:51PM

Cover ArtSunset express [compact disc]
by Crais, Robert
This novel is too long and doesn’t get going meaningfully until its end. 4 of 10 stars   posted Mar 31, 2013 at 7:37PM

Cover ArtThe forgotten man [sound recording]
by Crais, Robert
Really, it was too long and negative for my taste. It’s a good thing author Crais develops his characters better in his other works with more emphasis on the positives with less mental and physical torture on his main guys. 4 of 10 stars   posted Mar 29, 2013 at 12:25PM

Cover ArtSpy [sound recording] : [a thriller]
by Bell, Ted.
This story is a good example of extremely poor editing. It is much too long and detrimental to the overall enjoyment of the novel. The ending is much better than the rest of the story, but it takes too long to get there. 3 of 10 stars   posted Mar 27, 2013 at 8:01PM

Cover ArtOne rough man
by Taylor, Brad
This high body count novel is an alright read. The excessive human toll and the petty U.S. security department squabbles to the detriment of American lives does little to endear this reader to enjoy this story. The ending, while better is not strong enough to mask all the misery and deaths. 4 of 10 stars   posted Mar 24, 2013 at 1:21PM

Cover ArtInsane City (Audiobook on CD)
by Barry, Dave
After a drawn out beginning this novel goes on a good run of humor to its hectic conclusion. Mr. Barry ends his novel too quickly and leaves his fans confused and a bit let down. Nevertheless, 7 of 10 stars   posted Mar 22, 2013 at 1:52PM

Cover ArtTrunk music [compact disc]
by Connelly, Michael
I found the second half of this novel much more interesting and moving through its conclusion. The first half was a bit too dark for my taste. 7 of 10 stars   posted Mar 19, 2013 at 6:46PM

Cover ArtThe intercept [sound recording]
by Wolf, Dick.
A very interesting story around terrorists and their crafty, deceiving, conniving ways. 8 of 10 stars   posted Mar 17, 2013 at 1:30PM

Cover ArtThe secret servant [compact disc]
by Silva, Daniel
I found this novel repetitive, predictable and boring. Silva has written much better. 3 of 10 stars   posted Mar 9, 2013 at 11:33AM

Cover ArtSuspect (Audiobook on CD)
by Crais, Robert
This hard hitting riveting story of a cop and his doggedness is well worth the read or listen. Mr. Crais is a master of suspense and a true writer of thrills. 9 of 10 stars   posted Mar 6, 2013 at 5:51PM

Cover ArtEmpire and honor [sound recording]
by Griffin, W. E. B.
2/3 of this novel is interesting and well written. As for the other third, it’s so trite that I couldn’t wait to get through it. This is no more than an average story for Mr. Griffin and is a bit of a letdown. 6 of 10 stars   posted Mar 3, 2013 at 9:46PM

Cover ArtThe Blood Gospel (Audiobook on CD)
by Rollins, James
While this novel holds interest throughout, the ending or leading into the next novel in the series is a letdown. Here’s hoping the next portion addresses all the remaining issues. 6 of 10 stars   posted Feb 27, 2013 at 2:53PM

Cover ArtA memory of light [sound recording]
by Jordan, Robert
I wasn’t expecting 900 pages of war between dark and light. While the end is okay, time could have been better spent and I lack motivation to read the rest of the series. 3 of 10 stars   posted Feb 27, 2013 at 2:48PM

Cover ArtCollateral Damage (Audiobook on CD)
by Woods, Stuart.
This story is full of deaths as a clever revenge terrorist strikes with much mayhem. 6 of 10 stars   posted Feb 21, 2013 at 10:07PM

Cover ArtArctic fire
by Frey, Stephen W.
This story was interesting. The body counts are huge. Arnold in his heyday couldn’t slaughter so many. I originally rated this story a "2" star, but it deserves a "1" due to numerous victims and the ending. You wonder if the author is as schizophrenic as his characters...Disappointed and unfulfilled. 1 of 10 stars.   posted Feb 15, 2013 at 2:25PM

Cover ArtThe defector [sound recording]
by Silva, Daniel
Very disappointed with this novel. I was expecting an enticing thriller and instead got murders and deaths, followed by dreams of murders and deaths. The best part is by far the revenge end. 3 of 10 stars   posted Feb 14, 2013 at 7:51PM

Cover ArtThe last man : a thriller
by Flynn, Vince.
When your main character spends half the novel with amnesia, a supposed thriller is more yawner. Vince Flynn is a better author than this. 5 of 10 stars   posted Feb 14, 2013 at 7:05PM

Cover ArtStorm of visions [sound recording]
by Dodd, Christina
It’s okay if you like lots of violence, bombings and death with a little romance thrown in. Not exactly my cup of tea. 4 of 10 stars   posted Feb 13, 2013 at 12:21PM

Cover ArtVoid moon [sound recording]
by Connelly, Michael, 1956-
Michael Connelly at his best this side of Harry Bosch. 9 of 10 stars   posted Feb 9, 2013 at 10:35AM

Cover ArtThe scarecrow : a novel
by Connelly, Michael, 1956-
Easy to understand why this thriller’s atop the NY Times bestseller list. The well paced plot of twists and turns is worthy for any lover of good suspense. 9 of 10 stars   posted Feb 8, 2013 at 9:59PM

Cover ArtThe first rule [sound recording] : [a Joe Pike novel]
by Crais, Robert
A good story of what happens when criminals mess with the wrong people. Although a bit longer than necessary, the ending is well written. 9 of 10 stars.   posted Feb 7, 2013 at 5:33PM

Cover ArtThe devil's bed
by Krueger, William Kent.
If you like the way Vince Flynn used to write before he ran out of ideas, then you should enjoy Devil’s bed. It picks up where Flynn should have headed. It’s well written and features a hero and nemesis, the government and a good plot. 8 of 10 stars.   posted Feb 7, 2013 at 3:36PM

Cover ArtThe bricklayer
by Boyd, Noah
A decent suspense yarn about a former rogue FBI agent helping the agency nail extortion murderers. This also shows how one individual is able to accomplish more than bureaucratic agencies. 8 of 10 stars   posted Feb 7, 2013 at 3:06PM

Cover ArtStrip
by Perry, Thomas, 1947-
Very interesting story about the seedy side of police, bars, thieves, murders, strip clubs and bigamists. 9 of 10 stars   posted Feb 6, 2013 at 4:18PM

Cover ArtSplit image [sound recording]
by Parker, Robert B., 1932-2010
If this was the late Robert B. Parker’s final novel, he did it with style and a very good story. He will be greatly missed. 10 of 10 stars   posted Feb 6, 2013 at 3:50PM

Cover ArtSmall town
by Block, Lawrence.
Very interesting and well developed novel by this master writer centered around the aftermath of 911. 9 of 10 stars   posted Feb 6, 2013 at 3:38PM

Cover ArtSnow crash [sound recording]
by Stephenson, Neal
Excellent computer-fi thriller! 9 of 10 stars   posted Feb 6, 2013 at 3:12PM

Cover ArtRules of deception [sound recording]
by Reich, Christopher, 1961-
8 of 10 stars for this techno spy thriller. Read BEFORE Rules of Betrayal   posted Feb 6, 2013 at 3:10PM

Cover ArtRollback
by Sawyer, Robert J.
Very well written novel focussed on human interaction with a bit of sci-fi. 9 of 10 stars   posted Feb 6, 2013 at 3:06PM

Cover ArtRules of betrayal [sound recording]
by Reich, Christopher, 1961-
This novel is much better than I expected it would be. Some very good action and well conceived plots. 8 of 10 stars Read AFTER Rules of Deception   posted Feb 6, 2013 at 3:05PM

Cover ArtThe hot kid [sound recording]
by Leonard, Elmore
A pretty good western by the incomparable Mr. Leonard. This story always moves forward and holds interest throughout. 7 of 10 stars   posted Feb 6, 2013 at 10:39AM

Cover ArtPrepared for rage [sound recording]
by Stabenow, Dana
Very well done and a worthwhile read. 8 of 10 stars   posted Feb 5, 2013 at 6:45PM

Cover ArtPlay dead
by Coben, Harlan, 1962-
Excellent story of plots and thrills that leaves the reader wondering what will happen next. This is one wild ride and story and you don’t have to be a basketball fan to enjoy it. 9 of 10 stars   posted Feb 5, 2013 at 6:31PM

Cover ArtFiddle game [sound recording]
by Thompson, Richard A. 1942-
This is a well written story with plenty of local area (St. Paul) ties. 8 of 10 stars.   posted Feb 5, 2013 at 1:02PM

Cover ArtExecutive intent [sound recording]
by Brown, Dale, 1956-
An excellent story, although with all the issues it’s hard to believe that much good happens. But, it’s still worth a read. 9 of 10 stars   posted Feb 5, 2013 at 12:38PM

Cover ArtDown to the wire [sound recording] : a thriller
by Rosenfelt, David.
Even with all the brutality, this well written novel is bound to keep your interest. 8 of 10 stars   posted Feb 5, 2013 at 12:08PM

Cover ArtBorn to run [sound recording]
by Grippando, James, 1958-
Interesting and well written. 8 of 10 stars   posted Feb 4, 2013 at 8:14PM

Cover ArtBody of lies [sound recording] : a novel
by Ignatius, David, 1950-
Fairly well done. 8 of 10 stars if you like authentic cia operative stories.   posted Feb 4, 2013 at 8:10PM

Cover ArtBloodmoney : a novel of espionage
by Ignatius, David, 1950-
Well written espionage novel with a world balance approach. 8 of 10 stars   posted Feb 4, 2013 at 8:04PM

Cover ArtBlood oath [sound recording] : [the president's vampire]
by Farnsworth, Christopher
This is an excellent and well thought plot, resulting in an exciting read. 9 of 10 stars   posted Feb 4, 2013 at 7:59PM

Cover ArtAmerican gods : a novel
by Gaiman, Neil
Although a bit longer than necessary, it's still good enough to merit 9 of 10 stars.   posted Feb 4, 2013 at 6:41PM

Cover ArtAbuse of power
by Savage, Michael, 1942-
Interesting with good excitement. 8 of 10 stars   posted Feb 4, 2013 at 6:30PM

Cover ArtA heartbeat away
by Palmer, Michael, 1942-
A good story with well thought plots. 9 of 10 stars   posted Feb 4, 2013 at 6:09PM

Cover Art212 : a novel
by Burke, Alafair
This is a very interesting mystery due to various plots employed by Burke. This novel does what a novel should do and that is hold the reader’s interest!   posted Feb 4, 2013 at 5:44PM

Cover ArtDamage [sound recording] : a novel
by Lescroart, John T.
This novel was too long, depressing and uninspiring for my taste. 3 of 10 stars   posted Feb 4, 2013 at 5:12PM

Cover ArtHouse rules [sound recording]
by Lawson, Michael
It takes three quarters of the story before it gains some valid traction after the murders and mayhem. By far the best part of this novel. 6 of 10 stars   posted Feb 3, 2013 at 12:41PM

Cover ArtThe spymasters [sound recording] : a men at war novel
by Griffin, W. E. B.
As far as novels go about WWII, this one is not up to par with a number of Mr. Griffin’s stories. 4 of 10 stars   posted Jan 27, 2013 at 7:49PM

Cover ArtPrivate London [sound recording]
by Patterson, James
I expect those waiting to read or hear this novel will be as disappointed as I. Patterson has written much better than this predictable plot and I hope this Private line is not headed in a worthless, global direction. 4 of 10 stars   posted Jan 22, 2013 at 8:25PM

Cover ArtA prisoner of birth [sound recording]
by Archer, Jeffrey
Lots of outragiousness around plots and too much courtroom dialogue until the last word. 5 of 10 stars   posted Jan 12, 2013 at 10:51AM

Cover ArtThe last man [sound recording]
by Flynn, Vince.
When your main character spends half the novel with amnesia, a supposed thriller is more yawner. Vince Flynn is a better author than this. 5 of 10 stars   posted Jan 8, 2013 at 9:51PM

Cover ArtCollateral damage [sound recording] : a dreamland thriller
by Brown, Dale
This drawn out snoozer of sabotage and flight pilots does not provide much entertainment and I do not recommend. 2 of 10 stars   posted Jan 8, 2013 at 9:48PM

Cover ArtSnow crash [sound recording]
by Stephenson, Neal
Although this novel has more religion and violence (connection) than necessary, I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent, entertaining story. 8 of 10 stars   posted Jan 4, 2013 at 4:15PM

Cover ArtSkios [sound recording]
by Frayn, Michael.
Extremely tedious story made worse by bland narrator, Robin Sachs. Sum it all up, 0 of 10 stars.   posted Jan 3, 2013 at 2:20PM

Cover ArtThe forgotten [sound recording]
by Baldacci, David
While longer than necessary, this Baldacci novel eventually hits solid ground as a worthwhile read. 7 of 10 stars   posted Jan 1, 2013 at 10:05PM

Cover ArtOn the grind [sound recording]
by Cannell, Stephen J.
I didn’t care too much for this story about police corruption at the expense of defenseless peoples. Even the hero gets the snot beat out of him. 3 of 10 stars   posted Dec 17, 2012 at 4:51PM

Cover ArtThe storm
by Cussler, Clive
Same old Cussler formula with lots of diabolical scheming and destruction by a maniac. A bit too much for my taste without enough emphasis on a particular underutilized island group. 4 of 10 stars   posted Dec 14, 2012 at 8:03PM

Cover ArtThe panther [sound recording] : [a novel]
by DeMille, Nelson
This novel would be much better if it were half as long than it is. There is too much minutia to care about with some obvious plots before slowly and finally gotten to. 4 of 10 stars   posted Dec 7, 2012 at 8:00PM

Cover ArtThe devil colony [sound recording]
by Rollins, James
Too long and tedious. Better editing could have made this much better. 4 of 10 stars   posted Dec 3, 2012 at 7:09PM

Cover ArtTiger’s claw [sound recording]
by Brown, Dale
I found this novel interesting because of the characters and the subject. Not always easy with this author who has written some clinkers, especially around latino immigration. 7 of 10 stars   posted Nov 9, 2012 at 3:23PM

Cover ArtZoo [sound recording]
by Patterson, James
This story cries for a better ending. In fact, the whole second half could be better. Matter of fact, the whole story could be better by this better than average author. 5 of 10 stars   posted Oct 26, 2012 at 8:46PM

Cover ArtPoor little bitch girl [sound recording]
by Collins, Jackie.
This is nowhere near Jackie Collins best. 1 of 10 stars   posted Oct 26, 2012 at 8:40PM

Cover ArtThe assassin [sound recording]
by Coonts, Stephen
Disappointing. 2 of 10 stars   posted Oct 22, 2012 at 12:08PM

Cover ArtRobert B. Parker’s lullaby [sound recording] : [a Spenser novel]
by Atkins, Ace.
This is a better version of the late Robert Parker with sensible story connections. 7 of 10 stars   posted Oct 20, 2012 at 2:44PM

Cover ArtA wanted man [sound recording] : a Jack Reacher novel
by Child, Lee.
Those of us who have become accustomed to the "Reacher Way," will be greatly disappointed by this story. Too much time is spent in automobiles and driving around the country in effort to come up with twists at the expense of a solid Reacher novel. 2 of 10 stars   posted Oct 8, 2012 at 3:51PM

Cover ArtDark of night [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Brockmann, Suzanne.
A slow, boring and uninteresting novel with little if anything of note. 0 of 10 stars   posted Sep 22, 2012 at 9:04AM

Cover ArtBlack list [sound recording] : a thriller
by Thor, Brad.
For freedom lovers, this describes the scary scenario affecting our daily lives by the government and other forces. If you aren’t worried, you should be. 7 of 10 stars   posted Sep 21, 2012 at 8:26AM

Cover ArtThe silent man [sound recording]
by Berenson, Alex.
Interesting and sad in parts, but gets the job done. 7 of 10 stars   posted Sep 15, 2012 at 11:29PM

Cover ArtThe technologists [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Pearl, Matthew.
Too long, too stale and too agitating as you wait for this novel to spark some interest that never happens. 0 of 10 stars   posted Sep 13, 2012 at 8:42AM

Cover ArtFriends forever [sound recording] : a novel
by Steel, Danielle.
Friends forever is not a long time in this tragic yarn with lots of misery. Ms. Steel use to be better than this. 1 of 10 stars   posted Sep 13, 2012 at 8:38AM

Cover ArtStolen prey [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Sandford, John
A fairly standard Sanford "Prey" novel complete with an ok story line and Richard Ferrone mispronunciations on audio. 7 of 10 stars   posted Aug 1, 2012 at 7:27PM

Cover ArtI, Michael Bennett [sound recording]
by Patterson, James
Thankfully, few of the stories I read are as depressing as this novel. 2 of 10 stars   posted Jul 28, 2012 at 2:34PM

Cover ArtThe long Earth [sound recording]
by Pratchett, Terry.
An interesting scifi novel of exploration that begs for a sequel. Although everyone may not find this to their liking, its worthy of 7 of 10 stars.   posted Jul 27, 2012 at 9:43PM

Cover ArtMarine One
by Huston, James W.
This political thriller really turns up after a slow and somewhat tedious start. You won’t want to stop once you get to the second half. 8 of 10 stars   posted Jul 24, 2012 at 5:51PM

Cover ArtHorns
by Hill, Joe.
Quite an interesting story. I like what the author did with this more than I expected. My only criticism is that I wish the ending were better. 8 of 10 stars   posted Jul 24, 2012 at 5:44PM

Cover ArtThe night monster : a novel of suspense
by Swain, James.
Another better novel than I thought it would be. James Swain is an excellent author. Any writer who can make a kidnapping story interesting without dwelling on the macrabe is worth their talent in writing. 8 of 10 stars   posted Jul 24, 2012 at 5:42PM

Cover ArtStand-in groom
by Brockmann, Suzanne.
Excellent story. Great prose, interesting start to good finish. 9 of 10 stars   posted Jul 24, 2012 at 5:38PM

Cover ArtKane and Abel
by Archer, Jeffrey, 1940-
After a slow, lengthy and graphic start, this novel hits home with riveting precision through its conclusion. The story is of riches, losses, families and opportunities both missed and realized. 9 of 10 stars   posted Jul 24, 2012 at 5:36PM

Cover ArtThe wild zone [sound recording]
by Fielding, Joy.
A very interesting story that keeps you riveted to the varying characters and their machinations. 9 of 10 stars   posted Jul 24, 2012 at 5:34PM

Cover ArtWWW. Wake [sound recording]
by Sawyer, Robert J.
The first of this trilogy is well conceived and written. 9 of 10 stars   posted Jul 24, 2012 at 5:29PM

Cover ArtThe mark of the assassin [sound recording]
by Silva, Daniel, 1960-
Exciting and well written. My only issue is that the ending could have been better. 9 of 10 stars   posted Jul 24, 2012 at 5:20PM

Cover ArtBite me : a love story
by Moore, Christopher, 1957-
This is another well written novel of humor and guileby the crafty Moore. Better if read after You Suck and Blood Sucking Fiends. 9 of 10 stars   posted Jul 24, 2012 at 5:17PM

Cover ArtThe hot box [sound recording] : a novel
by Zane.
This adult graphic novel picks up steam and does not let up after a bit of a slow start to identify the charactors. Erotica lives through Zane. 9 of 10 stars   posted Jul 24, 2012 at 5:09PM

Cover ArtHeaven's fury [sound recording]
by Frey, Stephen W.
One of the best novels of 2010 if you like drama and plots. Very well written and holds interest throughout. 9 of 10 stars   posted Jul 24, 2012 at 5:05PM

Cover ArtLost empire [sound recording]
by Cussler, Clive
One of Cussler’s best stories in years! An exciting adventure through history to the present with a plausible well crafted plot. 9 of 10 star   posted Jul 24, 2012 at 5:02PM

Cover ArtStar Island
by Hiaasen, Carl
This is a great novel of intrigue, humor, superb writing all mixed with suspense. One of the best novels of 2010 earns, 10 of 10 stars   posted Jul 24, 2012 at 4:59PM

Cover ArtWarlord
by Bell, Ted.
Wow! There is so much action in this novel that at times it gets daunting just to try to keep up. In fact, there may me one too many plots that cause muddling, especially the beginning. The second half of the novel makes up for this big time. Hawke and Stokes are GREAT characters. 9 of 10 stars   posted Jul 24, 2012 at 4:57PM

Cover ArtThe third gate [sound recording]
by Child, Lincoln.
Exciting novel of archaeological premise. 7 of 10 stars   posted Jul 24, 2012 at 2:16PM

Cover ArtBloodline [sound recording]
by Rollins, James
Although a bit too long, this novel holds attention and gets better with few dull moments. 7 of 10 stars   posted Jul 20, 2012 at 2:14PM

Cover ArtThe brass verdict [sound recording]
by Connelly, Michael
I’m glad I reread this novel. 7 of 10 stars   posted Jul 17, 2012 at 1:36PM

Cover ArtBad faith [sound recording] : a Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi mystery
by Tanenbaum, Robert.
2012 must be the year of the religious writers, which does not a good novel make. Even when wound around the fear of terrorism there is no saving grace if you will. 0 of 10 stars   posted Jul 12, 2012 at 11:53AM

Cover ArtMortal [sound recording]
by Dekker, Ted
A complete waste of time unless you like religious based yarns. 0 of 10 stars   posted Jul 12, 2012 at 11:50AM

Cover ArtNeed you now [sound recording]
by Grippando, James
Another interesting and well done novel by this true master story teller. The second half is better so be prepared to not be wowed til then. 8 of 10 stars   posted Jul 1, 2012 at 5:30PM

Cover ArtThe sins of the father [sound recording] : a novel
by Archer, Jeffrey
Too bad an excellent story is muddled by too many charactors and a poor, boring ending. 6 of 10 stars   posted Jun 16, 2012 at 10:51AM

Cover ArtFull black [sound recording]
by Thor, Brad.
Brad Thor’s Scott Harvath is much better on the offensive and solid ground as apposed to being duped. I did not find this novel as exciting and interesting as previous ones. 5 of 10 stars   posted Jun 11, 2012 at 10:35PM

Cover ArtCalico Joe [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Grisham, John
Too predictable and not that interesting. Comes off as whiny and whoa is me with too many victims. 3 of 10 stars   posted Jun 9, 2012 at 12:25AM

Cover ArtPecking order : a novel
by Tyree, Omar.
I love this exciting, positive story of life, fortune and love! 10 of 10 stars   posted Jun 6, 2012 at 12:05AM

Cover ArtUnnatural acts [sound recording] : a Stone Barrington novel
by Woods, Stuart.
Outstanding novel that could have benefited without a bit too much product filler. It helps to be familiar with the Herbie Fisher character. Overall, an excellent read. 9 of 10 stars   posted Jun 4, 2012 at 11:16PM

Cover Art11th hour [sound recording]
by Patterson, James
A pregnant detective, her dog and a bickering department does not a good novel make. 4 of 10 stars   posted Jun 4, 2012 at 10:54PM

Cover ArtHarbor nocturne [sound recording]
by Wambaugh, Joseph.
This is another fine Wambaug novel. It holds interest, especially after after one gets past the racist comments. 8 of 10 stars   posted May 28, 2012 at 11:18PM

Cover ArtAn accidental affair [sound recording]
by Dickey, Eric Jerome.
First class edit. All stories should be this tight and well crafted. Outstanding writer. This is an excellent novel! By the way, not for you if you can’t handle course language. 10 of 10 stars   posted May 25, 2012 at 11:48PM

Cover ArtGuilty wives [sound recording]
by Patterson, James
The ending is far and away the best part of this novel. 6 of 10 stars   posted May 13, 2012 at 10:04PM

Cover ArtSacre bleu [sound recording] : [a comedy d’art]
by Moore, Christopher
This is a difficult story to evaluate based on other of Moore’s stories. It’s disjointed and not easy to follow. It barely rates as a comedy d art as claimed. 6 of 10 stars   posted May 11, 2012 at 2:45PM

Cover ArtBetrayal [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Steel, Danielle.
After a very slow, tedius start, about halfway through Ms Steele finally gets it together with some decent story telling. 7 of 10 stars   posted Apr 28, 2012 at 2:27PM

Cover ArtPrivate games [sound recording]
by Patterson, James
This story is nearly ruined with the unnecessary inclusion of young children for victimization. Nonetheless, the rating is lowered substantially because of it. 6 of 10 stars   posted Apr 25, 2012 at 2:18PM

Cover ArtFall from grace [sound recording]
by Patterson, Richard North.
This book shows how family problems do not necessarrily make for good reading. Even a mostly favorable outcome leaves the reader exhausted and less than fulfilled. 5 of 10 stars   posted Apr 18, 2012 at 11:18AM

Cover ArtD. C. dead [sound recording]
by Woods, Stuart.
I too am disappointed with this novel, but not for the sex or language. Instead, I found this novel disjointed and lacking focus. The most interesting character is the CIA trained turned not all bad guy. But a worse, real bad person is a serial killer, along with a rogue attempted killer. Huh? 4 of 10 stars   posted Apr 17, 2012 at 8:15PM

Cover ArtSon of Stone [sound recording] : [a Stone Barrington novel]
by Woods, Stuart.
This story would have been perfect except for one unnecessary and despicable act. 9 of 10 stars   posted Apr 17, 2012 at 8:09PM

Cover ArtChasing midnight [sound recording]
by White, Randy Wayne.
I agree totally with Curly’s comments. Any more of these types of RWW stories and I’ll dispatch them like some bad and smelly fish. Novels are much better with interesting characters instead of eco terrorism scares. 3 of 10 stars   posted Apr 17, 2012 at 7:53PM

Cover ArtPoison flower [sound recording] : a Jane Whitefield novel
by Perry, Thomas
Jane Whitefield is better when she is on the offensive as opposed to spending much of this story on the defensive, quite brutally at times and not necessary. 5 of 10 stars   posted Apr 13, 2012 at 2:54PM

Cover ArtCall me Fitz. The complete second season [videorecording].
by Priestley, Jason
juvenile   posted Apr 12, 2012 at 2:06PM

Cover ArtStay close [sound recording]
by Coben, Harlan
I agree totally with Lorhu’s comment. 5 of 10 stars   posted Apr 11, 2012 at 6:04PM

Cover ArtEarthbound [sound recording]
by Haldeman, Joe W.
Nowhere near as good as the Accidental Time Machine. This story is much too long and depressing to recommend. 1 of 10 stars   posted Mar 30, 2012 at 11:24AM

Cover ArtIllusion [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Peretti, Frank E.
Even the author is unsure of exactly what this story is about. One thing for sure is that it is unnecessarily much too long. 4 of 10 stars   posted Mar 26, 2012 at 7:16PM

Cover ArtThe good thief’s guide to Vegas [sound recording] : [a mystery]
by Ewan, Chris
This story starts with a good premise that is interesting and rapidly falls from there. 2 of 10 stars   posted Mar 25, 2012 at 11:07PM

Cover ArtOath of office [sound recording]
by Palmer, Michael
This is not Michael Palmer at his best. I don’t even know why he chose this subject to write about. This is a most distressful story. 2 of 10 stars   posted Mar 19, 2012 at 7:48PM

Cover ArtAll I did was shoot my man [sound recording]
by Mosley, Walter
Walter Mosely has written some good novels. Unfortunately, this is not one of them. 1 of 10 stars   posted Mar 15, 2012 at 1:30PM

Cover ArtRaylan [sound recording]
by Leonard, Elmore
Interesting with a few good plots and some mean justice. 7 of 10 stars   posted Mar 14, 2012 at 11:03AM

Cover ArtThe sentry [sound recording]
by Crais, Robert.
Joe Pike is a bad man and a good guy. This exciting story is well worth the read. I wish it were longer. 9 of 10 stars   posted Mar 3, 2012 at 7:41PM

Cover ArtThe jaguar [sound recording]
by Parker, T. Jefferson.
This is an odd novel. 3 of 10 stars   posted Feb 25, 2012 at 9:38AM

Cover ArtMarriage retreat [videorecording]
Describe in 3s - WORST movie EVER! 0 of 10   posted Feb 5, 2012 at 2:14AM

Cover ArtThe drop [sound recording]
by Connelly, Michael
Depressing, unfinished and empty best describes this Bosch novel. 4 of 10 stars   posted Feb 2, 2012 at 9:03PM

Cover ArtThe secret soldier [sound recording]
by Berenson, Alex.
I was not thrilled by this thriller. 5 of 10 stars   posted Feb 1, 2012 at 12:02PM

Cover ArtBreaking point [sound recording]
by Haynes, Dana
While this novel is full of twists, there is too much gore for my taste and that results in a lower rating. 5 of 10 stars   posted Jan 27, 2012 at 1:20AM

Cover ArtLocked on [sound recording]
by Clancy, Tom
A very long time ago, Clancy would write a good novel. Typical with his recent works, this story is too long with uninteresting and extremely predicable plots from the completely clueless ignorant gullible terrorist defense lawyer to the everyday murder and mayhem of the middle east. 3 of 10 stars   posted Jan 22, 2012 at 11:50AM

Cover ArtVigilante [sound recording]
by Cannell, Stephen J.
Vigilante, the sequel is no "Prostitutes Ball." In fact, it is only about half as good and therefore worthy of 5 of 10 stars.   posted Jan 21, 2012 at 10:52AM

Cover ArtGoddess of vengeance [sound recording]
by Collins, Jackie.
Excellent! 10 of 10 stars   posted Jan 20, 2012 at 9:02AM

Cover ArtMicro [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Crichton, Michael
Micro has too much minutia for this reader and consequently is too long and boring. I’m sure this will make a better movie because they will cut to the chase. 1 of 10 stars   posted Jan 19, 2012 at 2:02AM

Cover ArtHotel Vendome [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Steel, Danielle.
I enjoyed the first half much more than the second half of this novel. It’s never a good sign when you can’t wait to finish because the story goes a predictable and boring way. 6 of 10 stars   posted Jan 18, 2012 at 8:31PM

Cover ArtA darkness more than night [sound recording]
by Connelly, Michael
After a slow beginning the last half of this novel excels. It’s just too bad it takes so long to get there. 7 of 10 stars   posted Jan 16, 2012 at 10:12AM

Cover ArtThe betrayal [sound recording]
by Jenkins, Jerry B.
6 of 10 stars   posted Jan 14, 2012 at 9:16AM

Cover ArtZero day [sound recording]
by Baldacci, David
Its as though Baldacci was being paid by the word as apposed to writing a tight cohesive novel that I’ve grown accustomed to reading. The rest of this story is unnecessarily long and only the crisp ending raises this novel to 5 of 10 stars   posted Dec 15, 2011 at 7:46PM

Cover ArtReamde [sound recording]
by Stephenson, Neal
Nowhere near interesting or exciting enough to justify its length. 1 of 10 stars   posted Dec 15, 2011 at 7:42PM

Cover ArtThe gentlemen’s hour [sound recording]
by Winslow, Don
I’m not a surfer and this story does not pique my interest. This novel is more of a splashdown down for me. 3 of 10 stars   posted Dec 13, 2011 at 3:17PM

Cover ArtZone one [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Whitehead, Colson
Only for those interested in virus diseases and zombies, which leaves me out. 2 of 10 stars   posted Dec 13, 2011 at 12:56PM

Cover ArtDouble Dexter [sound recording]
by Lindsay, Jeffry P.
Believe it or not, the television series is better and more exciting than the book. 4 of 10 stars   posted Dec 11, 2011 at 6:55PM

Cover ArtThe vault [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Morrison, Boyd
This novel is too long and their is not enough unforced excitement to make it worthwhile. 3 of 10 stars   posted Dec 8, 2011 at 7:57PM

Cover ArtThe gravedigger’s ball [sound recording] : [a Coletti novel]
by Jones, Solomon
I found this story uninspired. 2 of 10 stars   posted Dec 4, 2011 at 7:20PM

Cover ArtRobert B. Parker's Killing the blues [sound recording] /
by Brandman, Michael.
I found this novel tight, interesting and a fun read. I think it is well worth your time. Since there is a contrasting opinion, judge for yourself and let fellow readers know. 9 of 10 stars   posted Dec 2, 2011 at 3:48PM

Cover ArtRobert B. Parker’s Killing the blues [sound recording]
by Brandman, Michael.
I found this novel tight, interesting and a fun read. I think it is well worth your time. Since there is a contrasting opinion, judge for yourself and let fellow readers know. 9 of 10 stars   posted Dec 2, 2011 at 3:43PM

Cover ArtThe detachment [sound recording] : a John Rain thriller
by Eisler, Barry.
Too long. 5 of 10 stars   posted Nov 27, 2011 at 9:02PM

Cover ArtMayday : a novel /
by DeMille, Nelson
The only thing that could have made this novel better was more emphasis and punishment on the criminals who conspired against the survivors. 9 of 10 stars   posted Nov 20, 2011 at 10:51PM

Cover ArtThick as thieves [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Spiegelman, Peter.
This story is too slow and boring for my taste and not worth the time. 1 of 10 stars   posted Nov 18, 2011 at 3:30PM

Cover ArtSon of Stone [sound recording] : [a Stone Barrington novel]
by Woods, Stuart.
One death too many nearly ruins this otherwise outstanding novel that is much better than Bel-Air Dead. It should have been a 10 star instead of only 8 of 10 stars.   posted Nov 12, 2011 at 7:33PM

Cover ArtMiracle cure [sound recording]
by Coben, Harlan
While the author may feel this is one of his good works, I disagree. Gratuitus violence does not a good novel make. 2 of 10 stars   posted Nov 12, 2011 at 10:08AM

Cover ArtImmoral [sound recording]
by Freeman, Brian
I did not care for this novel much. 1 of 10 stars   posted Oct 31, 2011 at 1:45PM

Cover ArtAct of deceit [sound recording] : [a Harlan Donnally novel]
by Gore, Steven
Awful. 0 of 10 stars   posted Oct 31, 2011 at 1:36PM

Cover ArtHeat rises [sound recording]
by Castle, Richard
Cuteness, instead of substance is the name of this made for tv yarn. Perhaps it will play better on the idiot box. 1 of 10 stars   posted Oct 31, 2011 at 1:35PM

Cover Art13 million dollar pop [sound recording] : a Frank Behr novel
by Levien, David.
This is my first and last Frank Behr novel. When one has to resort to killing off innocent, pregnant women, it’s sickening. 0 of 10 stars   posted Oct 30, 2011 at 10:26PM

Cover ArtAbuse of power [sound recording] : [a thriller]
by Savage, Michael
Interesting with good excitement. 8 of 10 stars   posted Oct 30, 2011 at 10:24PM

Cover ArtFlashback [sound recording]
by Simmons, Dan
Much too long and negative for my taste. 2 of 10 stars   posted Oct 30, 2011 at 10:22PM

Cover ArtDead aim [sound recording]
by Perry, Thomas
This novel is slow and long at the beginning. The ending saves it.. 7 of 10 stars   posted Oct 27, 2011 at 9:32PM

Cover ArtInto the storm [sound recording]
by Anderson, Taylor.
While this story begins interestingly enough, it does not maintain it. 2 of 10 stars   posted Oct 18, 2011 at 7:00PM

Cover ArtTrackers [sound recording] : a novel
by Meyer, Deon
Not going on this trek.   posted Oct 18, 2011 at 12:47PM

Cover ArtForbidden [sound recording]
by Dekker, Ted
A well crafted novel that my only wish was for more positivity at the ending. 7 of 10 stars   posted Oct 18, 2011 at 12:46PM

Cover ArtThose across the river [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Buehlman, Christopher
Pass   posted Oct 18, 2011 at 12:45PM

Cover ArtVery bad men [sound recording]
by Dolan, Harry
Extremely boring. 2 of 10 stars   posted Oct 8, 2011 at 4:05PM

Cover ArtAttachments [sound recording] : a novel
by Rowell, Rainbow
I cannot recommend this yarn about nothing important at all. 3 of 10 stars   posted Oct 8, 2011 at 4:03PM

Cover ArtField gray [sound recording] : [a Bernie Gunther novel]
by Kerr, Philip
My first Bernie Gunther and my last. 0 of 10 stars   posted Oct 6, 2011 at 12:44PM

Cover ArtThe prefect [sound recording]
by Reynolds, Alastair
Not interesting enough. 1 of 10 stars   posted Oct 4, 2011 at 12:40PM

Cover ArtThe kingdom [sound recording]
by Cussler, Clive.
Another average Cussler yarn. 5 of 10 stars   posted Oct 3, 2011 at 12:36PM

Cover ArtBloodmoney [sound recording] : a novel of espionage
by Ignatius, David
Well written espionage novel with a world balance approach. 8 of 10 stars   posted Sep 29, 2011 at 11:16AM

Cover ArtPortrait of a spy [sound recording]
by Silva, Daniel
7 of 10 stars   posted Sep 19, 2011 at 12:07PM

Cover ArtHall pass [videorecording]
by Farrelly, Peter.
Mostly slow, stupid and predicable. 3 or 4 funny scenes is it. 3 of 10 stars   posted Sep 15, 2011 at 7:23PM

Cover ArtThe roommate [videorecording]
Absolutely worthless and a complete waste of time   posted Sep 8, 2011 at 3:42PM

Cover ArtA drop of the hard stuff [sound recording]
by Block, Lawrence.
Very best way to sum up this novel is depressing inspite of the fact the main character manages to stay sober for a year. Congrats on that, but the rest of the novel takes a bender. 1 of 10 stars   posted Sep 6, 2011 at 12:15PM

Cover ArtOne summer [sound recording]
by Baldacci, David.
This story of family is softer than many of his previous novels, yet Baldacci holds interest. 7 of 10 stars   posted Sep 3, 2011 at 6:49PM

Cover ArtA death in summer [sound recording] : a novel
by Black, Benjamin
The best way I can describe this story is sigh and say lame. 1 of 10 stars   posted Aug 26, 2011 at 12:26PM

Cover ArtHappy birthday [sound recording]
by Steel, Danielle.
While this story is better than many of her more recent yarns, it also proves how difficult it is to tell the same story repeatedly with slight variations. 6 of 10 stars   posted Aug 26, 2011 at 12:16PM

Cover ArtBuried secrets [sound recording]
by Finder, Joseph.
This novel is too long and in dire need of a sharp editor. There are some good moments if you can get through the boring and the brutality. Its just not worth all the required effort. 3 of 10 stars   posted Aug 22, 2011 at 4:34PM

Cover ArtThe last werewolf [sound recording]
by Duncan, Glen
Its too bad the reader of this story sounds so boring it detracts from the novel. Nonetheless, I found this to be too long and boring for my taste. 2 of 10 stars   posted Aug 21, 2011 at 3:45PM

Cover ArtYou’re next [sound recording] : a novel
by Hurwitz, Gregg Andrew.
3 of 10 stars because the ending is well done.   posted Aug 21, 2011 at 3:42PM

Cover ArtBuried prey [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Sandford, John
Too long and too murderous. If the author focused more on the main characters successes instead of their failures and the loss of innocent lives, it would be more fulfilling. 5 of 10 stars   posted Jul 23, 2011 at 10:10PM

Cover ArtFidelity [sound recording]
by Perry, Thomas
Well written, although it could have concluded better. 7 of 10 stars   posted Jul 8, 2011 at 1:06PM

Cover ArtBel-Air dead [sound recording]
by Woods, Stuart.
This character has fallen so far that I couldn’t wait to finish this trash. Stuart Woods used to care, but he clearly doesn’t anymore unless you enjoy spoiled Barrington who earns millions for nothing and can sleep with whomever, even lesbians if he sets his mind to it. 1 of 10 stars   posted Jul 6, 2011 at 9:24PM

Cover Art10th anniversary [sound recording]
by Patterson, James
Awful. Dear authors and prospective novelists. Courtroom dialogue is boring and tiresome. Include such drivel at your peril. This story is not for me. 1 of 10 stars   posted Jun 27, 2011 at 8:45PM

Cover ArtAfraid of the dark [sound recording]
by Grippando, James
First, this novel is too long. Second, the granpa character is unnecessary and distracting. Next, because Grippando knows how to write, there are some exciting plots. Unfortunately, there are just as many short comings. 4 of 10 stars   posted Jun 26, 2011 at 12:09PM

Cover ArtThe devil’s light [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Patterson, Richard North.
Too much religion, or religious connotations to be taken as a serious suspense novel. Plus, it’s too long with uninteresting characters. 2 of 10 stars   posted Jun 23, 2011 at 6:15PM

Cover ArtThe sixth man [sound recording]
by Baldacci, David.
Another well written thriller by this master novelist. My only complaint is that its too heavy on the violence. 8 of 10 stars   posted Jun 21, 2011 at 10:02PM

Cover ArtThe president’s vampire [sound recording]
by Farnsworth, Christopher
Not nearly as good as the first story. Too much negative violence against main characters as if to prove criminals are smarter. They always are, until they’re caught and forced to pay the piper. 5 of 10 stars   posted Jun 18, 2011 at 10:25AM

Cover ArtA time for patriots [sound recording] : a novel
by Brown, Dale
If you enjoy watching mounting innocent victims body count rise, then you may like this story. Unfortunately, Dale Brown is a much better novelist when he writes about people we care about positively, instead of this pile. 2 of 10 stars and that’s generous.   posted Jun 14, 2011 at 2:47PM

Cover ArtThe informant [sound recording] : [a Butcher’s boy novel]
by Perry, Thomas
Another excellent, exciting adventure involving the mafia, a hit man and the Justice department. Great pace 10 of 10 stars Thomas Perry novel around   posted Jun 11, 2011 at 11:07AM

Cover ArtTotal control [sound recording]
by Baldacci, David.
I think this novel is too long and loses steam because of it. 6 of 10 stars   posted Jun 1, 2011 at 12:24AM

Cover ArtThe informant
by Perry, Thomas, 1947-
Exciting adventure involving the mafia, a hit man and the Justice department. Great pace 10 of 10 stars   posted May 28, 2011 at 11:26PM

Cover ArtDie trying
by Child, Lee.
Jack Reacher novel 7 of 10 stars   posted May 28, 2011 at 7:55AM

Cover Art44 Charles Street [sound recording]
by Steel, Danielle.
Lame. 3 of 10 stars   posted May 26, 2011 at 9:25PM

Cover ArtStrategic moves [sound recording]
by Woods, Stuart.
This is a good story the first 80% before it gets muddled. The ending is disappointing and the last bit is cluttered and confusing as to why the auther chose the finale the way he did. 7 of 10 stars   posted May 26, 2011 at 11:59AM

Cover ArtThe complaints [sound recording]
by Rankin, Ian.
blah   posted May 23, 2011 at 9:05PM

Cover ArtThe Mozart conspiracy [sound recording] : a novel
by Mariani, Scott
This excellent and exciting story is nearly ruined by two individuals and the ending which makes little sense. Read for yourself and see if you agree. 8 of 10 stars   posted May 23, 2011 at 9:01PM

Cover ArtBreach of trust [sound recording]
by Ellis, David
Tough to write a good story about corruption and a snitch, but Ellis does a pretty good job considering. 6 of 10 stars   posted May 22, 2011 at 12:49PM

Cover ArtThe fifth witness [sound recording]
by Connelly, Michael
Some great interesting well thought plots and dialog, even for a court room trial. Too much panning for the ex knocks this down to 8 of 10 stars.   posted May 19, 2011 at 12:55PM

Cover ArtGideon’s sword [sound recording]
by Preston, Douglas J.
This character is supposed to be smart and he does do some clever things. He also does some bonehead things that detracts from some good plot lines. 7 of 10 stars.   posted May 16, 2011 at 8:50PM

Cover ArtThe Judas gate [sound recording]
by Higgins, Jack
This story has a boring middle and lame ending. 2 of 10 stars   posted May 11, 2011 at 12:25PM

Cover ArtThe inner circle [sound recording]
by Meltzer, Brad
This story is longer than necessary. There are interesting conspiracy plots , but the main characters are not strong and become distracting. 6 of 10 stars   posted May 9, 2011 at 9:27PM

Cover ArtDoctor Who. Dead air [sound recording]
by Goss, James
8 of 10 stars for this short Dr Who story.   posted May 8, 2011 at 7:33PM

Cover ArtThe sentry [sound recording]
by Crais, Robert.
Joe Pike is a bad man and a good guy. This exciting story is well worth the read. I wish it were longer. 9 of 10 stars   posted May 8, 2011 at 7:30PM

Cover ArtA heartbeat away [sound recording] : a novel
by Palmer, Michael
A good story with well thought plots. 9 of 10 stars   posted May 8, 2011 at 7:28PM

Cover ArtThe border lords [sound recording]
by Parker, T. Jefferson.
It’s hard to understand what Jefferson’s point is with this Charlie Hood novel. Is it that peace is spurned by the violence caused by the drug war and that drugs should be legal for the economic and peace benefit it would provide? You decide if you want. 2 of 10 stars   posted May 1, 2011 at 12:46PM

Cover ArtPersuader [electronic resource] : [a Jack Reacher novel]
This is a good Reacher novel. 8 of 10 stars   posted Apr 26, 2011 at 7:53PM

Cover ArtEcho burning
by Child, Lee.
This is not as good as most Reacher novels because it is longer than necessary. It is though, typical of a Reacher story in many aspects. 7 of 10 strs   posted Apr 26, 2011 at 7:46PM

Cover ArtThe panic zone [sound recording]
by Mofina, Rick.
Too much about a mom and her son, but a lot of good drama around that. The rating would be higher had Mofina emphasized that part less. 7 of 10 stars   posted Apr 26, 2011 at 7:28PM

Cover ArtThe simple truth [compact disc]
by Baldacci, David.
Another winner, indeed. 8 of 10 stars   posted Apr 24, 2011 at 8:03AM

Cover ArtCut, paste, kill [sound recording]
by Karp, Marshall.
Too lame for my tastes and not that enjoyable a read. The humor is forced and not that funny. Even the twist is unable to save the novel. The best part of this story is the semi-justice, so that boosts it to 4 of 10 stars.   posted Apr 21, 2011 at 1:52PM

Cover ArtKilling floor
by Child, Lee.
This is not one of my favorite Reacher stories. Lots of sadness overall and I don’t do well with that. Neither does Lee Child on this one of my lowest rated Jack Reacher novels 5 of 10 stars   posted Apr 17, 2011 at 2:46AM

Cover ArtThe bone house [sound recording]
by Freeman, Brian
This novel takes too long to get through the plots in my opinion. Because of creativity, 5 of 10 stars.   posted Apr 13, 2011 at 4:21PM

Cover ArtNight vision [sound recording]
by White, Randy Wayne.
Pretty interesting and well done story after a longer than necessary beginning. Stick with this and you will be rewarded with 7 of 10 stars.   posted Apr 10, 2011 at 7:11PM

Cover ArtStone cold [compact disc]
by Baldacci, David.
An excellent story with good writing and action. 8 of 10 stars.   posted Mar 31, 2011 at 6:31PM

Cover ArtDead or alive [sound recording]
by Clancy, Tom
Too long, too predictable, too boring and much to long to finish or care about. Perhaps, elsewhere in my lifetime I’ll give it another try, but I doubt it. There are too many GOOD stories to read or listen to first! 0 of 10 stars   posted Mar 15, 2011 at 9:11PM

Cover ArtOne shot [compact disc]
by Child, Lee.
Jack Reacher is a very bad man, but a good one. Glad he’s on the side of the good guys. 7 of 10 stars   posted Mar 12, 2011 at 4:41PM

Cover ArtDead zero [sound recording] : a Bob Lee Swagger novel
by Hunter, Stephen
Stephen Hunter is a very good author when he wants to be. Unfortunately, he did not want to be very much in this much too long tale of the aging sniper and Cruz. This is a perfect example of less being more because there are dispicable characters readers don’t care about and it detracts from the novel and gets innocents killed for no good reason. Perhaps to have twice as many die as the bad guys...who knows? Only the Hunter. He’s better than this, but not in this tale. 6 of 10 stars   posted Feb 28, 2011 at 7:16PM

Cover ArtThe outlaws
by Griffin, W. E. B.
Wow! There are some incredible scenes written in this novel. If you like action, you should love this story that is more political than military. 10 of 10 stars   posted Feb 20, 2011 at 2:46PM

Cover ArtCrescent dawn [sound recording]
by Cussler, Clive.
Too long, too depressing, too uninspiring, too many smart criminals, too few clever good guys, too much death, too much destruction, too many murders... 2 of 10 stars   posted Feb 11, 2011 at 3:03PM

Cover ArtGreen zone [videorecording]
Absolutely Awful. 0 of 10 stars   posted Feb 6, 2011 at 12:38PM

Cover ArtAmerican assassin [sound recording]
by Flynn, Vince.
After the first quarter of this novel, which is much too long, the book gets significantly better. It’s good to finally see Vince Flynn back in form with his Mitch Rapp character after a long lull. 9 of 10 stars   posted Feb 5, 2011 at 3:15PM

Cover ArtHollywood Hills [sound recording]
by Wambaugh, Joseph.
An ok cop drama and a decent read. 6 of 10 stars   posted Feb 5, 2011 at 3:09PM

Cover ArtBlood oath [sound recording] : [the president’s vampire]
by Farnsworth, Christopher
This is an excellent and well thought plot, resulting in an exciting read. 9 of 10 stars   posted Jan 30, 2011 at 7:07AM

Cover ArtHell’s corner [sound recording]
by Baldacci, David.
A bit long with complicated plots. Still, a good read if you enjoy conspiracy adventures. 7 of 10 stars   posted Jan 25, 2011 at 8:59PM

Cover ArtPrepared for rage [sound recording]
by Stabenow, Dana.
Very well done and a worthwhile read. 8 of 10 stars   posted Jan 24, 2011 at 4:18PM

Cover ArtFade away [compact disc]
by Coben, Harlan
A pretty decent story with a good whodunit plot or two spanning a couple decades. Not his best, but not his worst either. 6 of 10 stars   posted Jan 23, 2011 at 8:38PM

Cover ArtPersuader : a Jack Reacher novel
by Child, Lee.
This early Jack Reacher novel begins the infancy of Reacher’s character. While this story is nowhere near my favorite, it shows there was plenty of room for growth that occurs later in other stories. This one of nearly dual stories rates 6 of 10 stars   posted Jan 23, 2011 at 11:03AM

Cover ArtSaint [electronic resource]
This premise is strange and not that thrilling to this reader. I could not get into this and found a lot of it disappointing. Dekker is a much better writer than this novel. 3 of 10 stars   posted Jan 15, 2011 at 7:41PM

Cover ArtWorth dying for : a Reacher novel
by Child, Lee.
I absolutely love this Jack Reacher novel. Great writing and the bad guys get what they deserve, 10 of 10 stars   posted Jan 13, 2011 at 3:37PM

Cover ArtNaked heat [sound recording]
by Castle, Richard
Wow. This is incredibly lame compared to the tv series. Usually, but not always its the other way around. I commend the tv writers and condem this novel. Very lame. 1 of 10 stars   posted Jan 11, 2011 at 3:24PM

Cover ArtAmerican assassin [sound recording]
by Flynn, Vince.
After the first quarter of this novel, which is much too long, the book gets significantly better. It’s good to finally see Vince Flynn back in form with his Mitch Rapp character after a long lull. 9 of 10 stars   posted Jan 8, 2011 at 11:51AM

Cover ArtPlay dead [sound recording]
by Coben, Harlan
Excellent story of plots and thrills that leaves the reader wondering what will happen next. This is one wild ride and story and you don’t have to be a basketball fan to enjoy it. 9 of 10 stars   posted Jan 3, 2011 at 11:39PM

Cover ArtSanibel flats [sound recording]
by White, Randy Wayne.
This is an excellent adventure that’s a tad overdone on some of the violence, especially against innocents. All in all, still a good story. 8 of 10 stars   posted Jan 3, 2011 at 11:37PM

Cover ArtThe confession
by Grisham, John.
This novel picks up steam after the first quarter and doesn’t stop. It’s about Texas and faulty capital punishment attitudes and actions that permeate the state, claiming innocent and mentally unstable victims. A very good novel. 9 of 10 stars   posted Dec 28, 2010 at 11:49AM

Cover ArtThe prostitutes' ball [sound recording]
by Cannell, Stephen J.
This is the way to write an exciting novel around police work. Excellent characters, plots and with bits of humor. 10 of 10 stars   posted Dec 28, 2010 at 11:43AM

Cover ArtThe glass room [sound recording] : a novel
by Mawer, Simon.
Total rubbish. 0 of 10 stars   posted Dec 24, 2010 at 7:51PM

Cover ArtEdge [sound recording]
by Deaver, Jeffery.
I found this novel tedius, boring, long and with limited excitement. Jeff Deaver has written much better. 3 of 10 stars   posted Dec 24, 2010 at 5:43PM

Cover ArtWarlord [sound recording] : an Alex Hawke novel
by Bell, Ted.
Wow! There is so much action in this novel that at times it gets daunting just to try to keep up. In fact, there may me one or too many plots that cause muddling, especially the beginning. The second half of the novel makes up for this big time. Hawke and Stokes are GREAT characters. 9 of 10 stars   posted Dec 23, 2010 at 6:01PM

Cover ArtWorth dying for [sound recording] : [a Reacher novel]
by Child, Lee.
My favorite Reacher novel of them all! Not for the faint of heart, or those who don't believe in an eye for an eye. 10 of 10 stars   posted Dec 21, 2010 at 1:24AM

Cover ArtFirst thrills [sound recording] : high-octane stories from the hottest thriller
by Child, Lee.
While there are a FEW good stories, the majority leave something to be desired to this reader. Frankly, I thought most stories would be better than they turned out. Overall, definately NOT the hottest thrillers. For the few excellent stories, 5 of 10 stars   posted Dec 16, 2010 at 3:08PM

Cover ArtNemesis [sound recording]
by Roth, Philip.
Blah, unless you like disease stories of children in the 1940s. I don’t. 3 of 10 stars   posted Dec 16, 2010 at 3:04PM

Cover ArtThe confession [sound recording]
by Grisham, John.
This novel picks up steam after the first quarter and doesn’t stop. It’s about Texas and faulty capital punishment attitudes and actions that permeate the state, claiming innocent and mentally unstable victims. A very good novel. 9 of 10 stars   posted Dec 12, 2010 at 11:46PM

Cover ArtFamily ties [sound recording] : a novel
by Steel, Danielle.
Lame. Unfortunately, Danielle Steel seems to be following in some of the same footsteps as Nora Roberts in that there’s too much reduncancy and not enough creativity by retelling the same story repeatedly. This is a good example. 3 of 10 stars   posted Dec 11, 2010 at 8:49AM

Cover ArtRhialto the Marvellous [sound recording]
by Vance, Jack
No magic in this yarn. 0 of 10 stars   posted Dec 10, 2010 at 9:09PM

Cover ArtLegacy [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Steel, Danielle.
Lame, long, weak and that describes the characters. 2 of 10 stars   posted Dec 9, 2010 at 9:47PM

Cover ArtThe vigilantes [sound recording]
by Griffin, W. E. B.
This novel gets better after the first quarter and has plenty of action, drama, tragedy and even humor. 7 of 10 stars   posted Dec 9, 2010 at 3:19PM

Cover ArtThe reversal [sound recording]
by Connelly, Michael
I expected this to be much better because Michael Connelly has written some excellent novels....this aint one. 4 of 10 stars   posted Dec 7, 2010 at 9:55PM

Cover ArtCapitol betrayal [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Bernhardt, William
Nothing too special in this novel that will prove a worthwhile read for some 5 of 10 stars   posted Dec 7, 2010 at 9:53PM

Cover ArtOur kind of traitor [sound recording]
by Le Carre, John
This story is too boring for this reader and the characters are so uninteresting that you don’t care what happens to them. 3 of 10 stars   posted Dec 5, 2010 at 6:39PM

Cover ArtSavages [sound recording]
by Winslow, Don
An interesting story about the tragedy and cost of lives around the drug war. There are some good plots in this story, but too much gore in the needless deaths therein. 5 of 10 stars   posted Dec 4, 2010 at 8:04PM

Cover ArtMurder in Vegas [sound recording] : [new crime tales of gambling and desperation
by Connelly, Michael
Overall, I expected the short stories to be of better quality than they were. While there are a handful of good stories, more than a fair share lack top notch interest and far less interesting than novels because some stories are too short. 5 of 10 stars   posted Dec 4, 2010 at 6:48AM

Cover ArtOpen and shut [sound recording]
by Rosenfelt, David.
Fairly interesting, but a tad long winded with court testimony. I know, Carpenter is an attorney afterall. Best of all, some justice prevails but not for the man falsely doing 7 years while others roam free. 6 of 10 stars   posted Nov 27, 2010 at 9:53PM

Cover ArtStar Island [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Hiaasen, Carl
This is a great novel of intrigue, humor, superb writing all mixed with suspense. One of the best novels of 2010 earns, 10 of 10 stars   posted Nov 25, 2010 at 11:35AM

Cover ArtStar Island [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Hiaasen, Carl
This is a great novel of intrigue, humor, superb writing all mixed with suspense. One of the best novels of 2010 earns, 10 of 10 stars   posted Nov 25, 2010 at 11:34AM

Cover ArtDon’t blink [sound recording]
by Patterson, James
Typical Patterson novel with a bit more gruesomeness than normal and required. Interesting throughout for the most part. 8 of 10 stars   posted Nov 25, 2010 at 11:30AM

Cover ArtFirst degree [sound recording]
by Rosenfelt, David.
The only problem with this story is that is too long! The author apparently ran out of good ideas and stretched this too boring before concluding with a decent ending. 5 of 10 stars   posted Nov 21, 2010 at 4:53PM

Cover ArtDexter is delicious [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Lindsay, Jeffry P.
Easily my least favorite of the Dexter series to date. Too much immediate family hijinks. The only person of interest is his cop sister, the others are just boring fillers. This is not a good story. 2 of 10 stars   posted Nov 18, 2010 at 8:57PM

Cover ArtThe dead republic [sound recording]
by Doyle, Roddy
Pace too slow. Too boring for my taste. I tried to get through this, but I kept falling asleep.   posted Nov 18, 2010 at 8:52PM

Cover ArtThe cobra
by Forsyth, Frederick, 1938-
Fantastic! One of 2010s very best! Outstanding! 10 of 10 stars   posted Nov 18, 2010 at 2:54PM

Cover ArtThe cobra [sound recording]
by Forsyth, Frederick
One of 2010s very best! Outstanding! 10 of 10 stars   posted Nov 18, 2010 at 2:52PM

Cover ArtOne day [sound recording]
by Nicholls, David
I can’t recommend this novel because it is too slow for my taste. 3 of 10 stars   posted Nov 13, 2010 at 9:58PM

Cover ArtLost empire [sound recording]
by Cussler, Clive.
One of Cussler’s best stories in years! An exciting adventure through history to the present with a plausible well crafted plot. 9 of 10 stars   posted Nov 7, 2010 at 8:43PM

Cover ArtHeaven’s fury [sound recording]
by Frey, Stephen W.
One of the best novels of 2010 if you like drama and plots. Very well written and holds interest throughout. 9 of 10 stars   posted Nov 7, 2010 at 4:42PM

Cover ArtThe moonlit earth [sound recording] : a novel
by Rice, Christopher
Very, boring.   posted Oct 31, 2010 at 12:01AM

Cover Art212 [sound recording] : a novel
by Burke, Alafair.
This is a very interesting mystery due to various plots employed by Burke. This novel does what a novel should do and that is hold the reader’s interest! 7 of 10 stars   posted Oct 28, 2010 at 11:41PM

Cover ArtThe hot box [sound recording] : a novel
by Zane.
This adult graphic novel picks up steam and does not let up after a bit of a slow start to identify the charactors. Erotica lives through Zane. 9 of 10 stars   posted Oct 22, 2010 at 1:34PM

Cover ArtBetrayed [sound recording] ,Betrayed [sound recording]
by Tanenbaum, Robert.,Tanenbaum, Robert.
Robert Tanenbaum is a much better writer when he sticks less with black muslims and more with, "fixers, blackmailers, torettes syndrome, murderers and vigilantes!" Too bad to much emphasis is placed on muslims and not enough on the other excellent plots. 5 of 10 stars   posted Oct 20, 2010 at 3:02PM

Cover ArtThe postcard killers [sound recording]
by Patterson, James
Don’t understand the attraction the author has with a person with bad hygene and a bad temper. Yet, there’s even a woman who’s attracted somehow. As for the story, its interesting for the most part. At best, 7 of 10 stars   posted Oct 15, 2010 at 1:49PM

Cover ArtThe last lie [sound recording]
by White, Stephen
Way too much negativity directed at Kobe Bryant. This author’s unabashed bias does himself a disservice in this tale to its detriment. 4 of 10 stars for a novel that could have been much more and much better without his unhidden aspersions. I repeat. 4 of 10 stars   posted Oct 14, 2010 at 1:04PM

Cover ArtZero history [sound recording]
by Gibson, William
To wierd for my taste. Zero stars   posted Oct 12, 2010 at 4:56PM

Cover ArtThe Rembrandt affair [sound recording]
by Silva, Daniel
Second half MUCH BETTER than the first. Author Silva gets to wrapped up in the holocaust that does little to add to the intelligence thriller and in fact, it distracts from the main plot. 7 of 10 stars   posted Oct 8, 2010 at 7:39PM

Cover ArtIn harm’s way [sound recording]
by Pearson, Ridley.
Interesting story with twists and turns that gets a bit conveluted but manages to be saved by ending. Personality of angry divorced sherrif wanting nothing but his father’s praise is more than necessary. 7 of 10 stars   posted Oct 7, 2010 at 1:01PM

Cover ArtStories [sound recording] : all-new tales
by Gaiman, Neil.
The fantasy stories are much better than the stories that are not. Overall, 7 of 10 stars   posted Sep 29, 2010 at 3:07PM

Cover ArtBoneMan’s daughters [sound recording]
by Dekker, Ted
Too bad Ted Dekker didn’t finish this novel thoroughly. Too many questions still unanswered regarding the law and proof. Interesting and well paced novel that could have been better with truer ending. 7 of 10 stars   posted Sep 24, 2010 at 1:43PM

Cover ArtPrivate [sound recording]
by Patterson, James
A very well written novel of intrigue by this master, though I could have done with less personal drama in the life of the main charactor. That aside, the other plots are well crafted and handled expertly. 9 of 10 stars   posted Sep 12, 2010 at 12:53PM

Cover ArtRules of betrayal [sound recording]
by Reich, Christopher
This novel is much better than I expected it would be. Some very good action and well conceived plots. 8 of 10 stars   posted Sep 12, 2010 at 12:51PM

Cover Art61 hours [sound recording] : [a Reacher novel]
by Child, Lee.
Lee Child must have been paid by the word in this much too long novel of kidnapping, extortion, mayhem and murder. So many innocent citizens are violated and killed that this reader was more frustrated. The best portion by far is the ending. While there is some good writing, overall, no better than 5 of 10 stars   posted Sep 4, 2010 at 6:30PM

Cover ArtSolar [sound recording]
by McEwan, Ian.
The author appears conflicted between writing a novel aobut global warming and extra marital affairs of the main charactor. The result is pretty much a disaster which is unfortuanate because the original premise regarding global warming was interesting. The affairs not. 3 of 10 stars   posted Aug 30, 2010 at 10:30PM

Cover ArtThe spy [sound recording]
by Cussler, Clive.
blah   posted Aug 29, 2010 at 7:12AM

Cover ArtInside out [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Eisler, Barry.
Pretty good story of politcal intrigue and manipulation despite the violence. Anxious to see where this goes in subsequent novels. 7 of 10 stars.   posted Aug 29, 2010 at 7:11AM

Cover ArtThe eyes of the dragon [sound recording]
by King, Stephen
Ho hum   posted Aug 29, 2010 at 7:09AM

Cover ArtForeign influence [sound recording] : [a thriller]
by Thor, Brad.
While Brad Thor is a great writer, this story is clunky and irritating. There are some excellent plots overshadowed by religion, torture and violence that appears to serve no point, but death and destruction. And this is only part 1. Lowest rating to date. 5 of 10 stars   posted Aug 29, 2010 at 7:08AM

Cover ArtThe burning wire [sound recording] : a Lincoln Rhyme novel
by Deaver, Jeffery.
This story is much longer than necessary, unless you enjoy listening to innocent people get tortured to death by electric shock. Shorter would have been much better without all the mayhem. 5 of 10 stars   posted Aug 19, 2010 at 1:57PM

Cover ArtInnocent [sound recording]
by Turow, Scott.
I did not care for most of this story. While there are some good parts, it is generally an unsatisfying novel in my opinion. 3 of 10 stars   posted Aug 14, 2010 at 10:08AM

Cover ArtIntercept [sound recording]
by Robinson, Patrick
This novel is a much better second half than first. Personally, I’m not interested in the religious beliefs of conspirators and murderers and the author could have spent much less time on this and more on other interesting aspects of the novel. 7 of 10 stars   posted Aug 13, 2010 at 7:10PM

Cover ArtReckless [sound recording]
by Gross, Andrew
This story would have been even better with less emphasis on sweetheart relationships not germane to the story. In fact, the ill placement irritates more than contributes and that’s the only complaint I have. 8 of 10 stars   posted Aug 10, 2010 at 7:12PM

Cover ArtSplit image [sound recording]
by Parker, Robert B.
If this was the late Robert B. Parker’s final novel, he did it with style and a very good story. He will be greatly missed. 10 of 10 stars   posted Aug 7, 2010 at 8:46AM

Cover ArtThe nearest exit [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Steinhauer, Olen.
A pretty crummy and depressing novel of a CIA spy with crimes of violence. 1 of 10 stars   posted Aug 7, 2010 at 8:44AM

Cover ArtThe charm school [sound recording]
by DeMille, Nelson.
I really despised this story. But I’ll be lenient. 1 of 10 stars   posted Aug 6, 2010 at 6:44PM

Cover ArtIn the name of honor [sound recording]
by Patterson, Richard North.
Disappointing long novel about family, murder, war veterans and their defense lawyer. See note below about courtroom dialogue is extremely boring. 4 of 10 stars   posted Aug 4, 2010 at 9:17PM

Cover ArtThe passage [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Cronin, Justin.
Too long and boring. 1 of 10 stars   posted Aug 4, 2010 at 8:03PM

Cover ArtExecutive intent
by Brown, Dale
An excellent story, although with all the issues it’s hard to believe that much good happens. But, it’s still worth a read. 9 of 10 stars   posted Aug 2, 2010 at 5:33PM

Cover ArtThe Lion [sound recording]
by DeMille, Nelson.
I found this story unnecessarily long, tawdry and graphic. An expert terrorist running around wily nilly murdering Americans and innocent families does not excite me. The novel could have been less negative and a lot more positive without the tortuous violence. 6 of 10 stars   posted Jul 23, 2010 at 1:44PM

Cover ArtFalcon seven [sound recording]
by Huston, James W.
Not one of his better novels by a long ways. Authors should always remember that courtroom dialogue is extremely boring. So are weak spineless Presidents, in this case Obama when dealing with international crisis. At best, 5 of 10 stars   posted Jul 23, 2010 at 1:28PM

Cover ArtThe rule of nine [sound recording]
by Martini, Steve
Part two of trilogy finds the hero Madriani weakend by women, incompetence and his own stupidity in some instances. Yet, this story manages to save some face, little at the end. The reader will be saying, how can you be so dense at times. Because Martini is a better writer than this, 7 of 10 stars   posted Jul 21, 2010 at 2:41PM

Cover ArtThe cross gardener [sound recording]
by Wright, Jason F.
If you like torture, tragedy and death, this is the novel for you. If you’re like the 95 percent of us who don’t you’ll avoid this novel. 0 of 10 stars.   posted Jul 10, 2010 at 6:25PM

Cover ArtEight white nights [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Aciman, Andre.
Boring   posted Jul 10, 2010 at 6:08PM

Cover ArtThe bell ringers [sound recording]
by Porter, Henry
Dull   posted Jul 10, 2010 at 6:07PM

Cover ArtStrip [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Perry, Thomas
Very interesting story about the seedy side of police, bars, thieves, murders, strip clubs and bigamists. 9 of 10 stars   posted Jul 10, 2010 at 12:57PM

Cover ArtBlue-eyed devil [sound recording]
by Parker, Robert B.
Adequate, just not as good as some of his other westerns with the same cast of characters. 6 of 10 stars   posted Jul 9, 2010 at 12:28PM

Cover ArtTrue blood. The complete second season [videorecording]
Even better than season 1. 10 of 10 stars   posted Jun 29, 2010 at 5:52PM

Cover ArtThe 9th judgment [sound recording]
by Patterson, James
This novel holds interest until the surprisingly weak and disappointing ending. It’s almost as if some other author threw together an ending to let the reader down. This rating should have been higher, 7 of 10 stars   posted Jun 29, 2010 at 4:00PM

Cover ArtBite me : a love story
by Moore, Christopher, 1957-
This is another well written novel of humor and guileby the crafty Moore. Better if read after You Suck and Blood Sucking Fiends. 9 of 10 stars   posted Jun 26, 2010 at 7:45PM

Cover ArtDown to the wire [sound recording] : a thriller
by Rosenfelt, David.
Even with all the brutality, this well written novel is bound to keep your interest. 8 of 10 stars   posted Jun 23, 2010 at 9:13PM

Cover ArtDeliver us from evil [sound recording]
by Baldacci, David.
Excellent story with unfortunately a less than steller ending. Nevertheless, 8 of 10 stars   posted Jun 23, 2010 at 9:09PM

Cover ArtInfamous [sound recording]
by Atkins, Ace.
I didn’t care for this, even though Dick Hill narrated.   posted Jun 20, 2010 at 7:10PM

Cover ArtThe temporal void [sound recording]
by Hamilton, Peter F.
Too bad the author didn’t void some of the length of this novel. While there are good moments of writing, interest and excitement wanes over the length and parts of tediousness. 5 of 10 stars   posted Jun 18, 2010 at 7:11PM

Cover ArtA mighty fortress [sound recording]
by Weber, David
A mighty long BORING fortress of fighting militias. 0 of 10 stars   posted Jun 13, 2010 at 10:31PM

Cover ArtElegy for April [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Black, Benjamin
Any novel where the primary focus appears to be autos, waiting and takes forever to get anywhere is not worth my time. 2 of 10 stars   posted Jun 13, 2010 at 2:43PM

Cover ArtThe mark of the assassin [sound recording]
by Silva, Daniel
Exciting and well written. My only issue is that the ending could have been better. 9 of 10 stars   posted Jun 12, 2010 at 9:45AM

Cover ArtCaught [sound recording]
by Coben, Harlan
Pass. I recommend you do also.   posted Jun 9, 2010 at 5:51PM

Cover ArtLucid intervals [sound recording] : a Stone Barrington novel
by Woods, Stuart.
Partly through this novel, one begins to wonder if Stone Barrington has been played out. He has. Even the good ending does not save the rest of this novel from being too long and predictable. The only surprise is Herbie contributes something positive for a change. 4 of 10 stars   posted Jun 1, 2010 at 7:52PM

Cover ArtVanishing act [sound recording]
by Perry, Thomas
The beginning and the end are the best parts of this novel by far. It’s a shame that the rest is not nearly as good. 5 of 10 stars   posted May 29, 2010 at 12:36PM

Cover ArtImpact
by Preston, Douglas J.
Creative, exciting and well written. Recommended for all. 10 of 10 stars   posted May 26, 2010 at 4:05PM

Cover ArtBreaking bad. The complete second season [videorecording]
One word best describes Season 2, INTENSE! 10 of 10 stars   posted May 24, 2010 at 1:44PM

Cover ArtWWW. Wake [sound recording]
by Sawyer, Robert J.
The first of this trilogy is well conceived and written. 9 of 10 stars   posted May 22, 2010 at 6:48PM

Cover ArtTreasure hunt [sound recording]
by Lescroart, John T.
Did not care for this. If I want to read about Clue, I’d buy and play the game. 1 of 10 stars   posted May 18, 2010 at 10:53PM

Cover ArtUnion Atlantic [sound recording]
by Haslett, Adam.
Uninteresting as it takes too long to reach anything exciting and the charactors uninspiring.   posted May 18, 2010 at 10:24PM

Cover ArtThe pallbearers [sound recording] : [a Shane Scully novel]
by Cannell, Stephen J.
Cannell has written far better stories than this tale headed by orphans doing a lot of whining. 1 of 10 stars   posted May 16, 2010 at 7:57PM

Cover ArtThe bricklayer [sound recording]
by Boyd, Noah
A decent suspense yarn about a former rogue FBI agent helping the agency nail extortion murderers. This also shows how one individual is able to accomplish more than bureaucratic agencies. 7 of 10 stars   posted May 15, 2010 at 12:11PM

Cover ArtMad men. Season three [videorecording]
After two seasons of floundering, this series finally finds some heart and soul. In fact, I would recommend skipping season one and two and just start with three as it's that much better. 9 of 10 stars   posted May 14, 2010 at 6:15PM

Cover ArtWeeds. Season five [videorecording]
Season 5 is pretty well done. 8 of 10 stars   posted May 13, 2010 at 6:03PM

Cover ArtThe first rule [sound recording] : [a Joe Pike novel]
by Crais, Robert.
A good story of what happens when criminals mess with the wrong people. Although a bit longer than necessary, the ending is well written. 8 of 10 stars.   posted May 13, 2010 at 5:09PM

Cover ArtBig girl [sound recording]
by Steel, Danielle.
Do you like bullies? Do you like people who cower before family memebers? Do you like people who lack self respect? Do you cherish envy? Then you’ll love Big Girl. 1 of 10 stars.   posted May 7, 2010 at 10:03PM

Cover ArtMoney to burn [sound recording]
by Grippando, James
An excellent well written story about 21st century Wall Street, including the moral-less greedy venturers whose only god is money. 8 of 10 stars   posted May 4, 2010 at 4:50PM

Cover ArtThe wild zone [sound recording]
by Fielding, Joy.
A very interesting story that keeps you rivitted to the varying characters and their machinations. 9 of 10 stars   posted May 4, 2010 at 4:43PM

Cover ArtPoint Omega [sound recording]
by DeLillo, Don.
Don’t Point Omega, No Point Omega and Gross Point Omega. 0 of 10 stars   posted May 4, 2010 at 4:35PM

Cover ArtThe red door [sound recording]
by Todd, Charles.
aka The Red Bore. Unfortunately, I could not find this mystery imaginative enough to read. 0 of 10 stars   posted May 2, 2010 at 12:48PM

Cover ArtBeautiful assassin [sound recording] : a novel
by White, Michael C.
Not to me. 0 of 10 stars   posted May 2, 2010 at 12:38PM

Cover ArtLast snow [sound recording]
by Lustbader, Eric.
In a word, Disappointing. 2 of 10 stars   posted May 1, 2010 at 4:38PM

Cover ArtLive free or die [sound recording]
by Ringo, John
This should be a better movie than novel because the pace is excruciatingly slow to the point of boredom. 3 of 10 stars   posted May 1, 2010 at 10:01AM

Cover ArtThe ask [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Lipsyte, Sam
Don’t ask   posted Apr 29, 2010 at 6:47PM

Cover ArtDeep shadow [sound recording]
by White, Randy Wayne.
This underwater novel sucked. Easily my least favorite Doc Ford story to date. I suggest you don’t waste your time with it. 0 of 10 stars   posted Apr 28, 2010 at 10:44PM

Cover ArtPanic
by Abbott, Jeff.
Well done exciting story of intrigue and espionage. 9 of 10 stars   posted Apr 28, 2010 at 10:38PM

Cover ArtKane & Abel [sound recording]
by Archer, Jeffrey
After a slow, lengthy and graphic start, this novel hits home with riveting precision through its conclusion. The story is of riches, losses, families and opportunities both missed and realized. 9 of 10 stars   posted Apr 27, 2010 at 8:05PM

Cover ArtUR [sound recording]
by King, Stephen
This good story is too short, unlike most of King’s novels. It’s interesting. 7 of 10 stars   posted Apr 25, 2010 at 2:54PM

Cover ArtFun with problems [sound recording] : [stories]
by Stone, Robert
Not Fun with problems would be a better titile for these people and their constent problems for which apparently their are no remedies. My suggestion fix is to skip these "Not Fun" yet very trying tales. 1 of 10 stars   posted Apr 20, 2010 at 2:58PM

Cover ArtDoors open [sound recording]
by Rankin, Ian.
Too long, boring and even childish in numerous instances for my taste. The juvenile grade school taunts are more reminiscent of grade school bullying than an adult novel. Consequently, the story is boring. 2 of 10 stars   posted Apr 19, 2010 at 8:35PM

Cover ArtThe midnight house [sound recording]
by Berenson, Alex.
This could have been more interesting and exciting had the author and editor not chosen to be repetiitive throughout. As a result, the story bogs down in the middle. 5 of 10 stars   posted Apr 19, 2010 at 1:16PM

Cover ArtStand-in groom [sound recording]
by Brockmann, Suzanne.
Excellent story. Great prose, interesting start to good finish. 9 of 10 stars   posted Apr 16, 2010 at 1:22PM

Cover ArtThe night monster [sound recording] : [a novel of suspense]
by Swain, James.
Another better novel than I thought it would be. James Swain is an excellent author. Any writer who can make a kidnapping story interesting without dwelling on the macrabe is worth their talent in writing. 8 of 10 stars   posted Apr 16, 2010 at 1:20PM

Cover ArtHorns [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Hill, Joe.
Quite an interesting story. I like what the author did with this more than I expected. My only criticism is that I wish the ending were better. 8 of 10 stars   posted Apr 14, 2010 at 2:56PM

Cover ArtEven [sound recording]
by Grant, Andrew
An interesting story from start to finish although the ending is left totally unresolved and thus incomplete. Still, 7 of 10 stars   posted Apr 8, 2010 at 1:25PM

Cover ArtBulletproof love [sound recording]
by Black, Sonny F.
An urban African American story told from the hood of the streets, reminiscent of The Wire. 7 of 10 stars   posted Apr 4, 2010 at 5:01PM

Cover ArtThe Venona cable [sound recording] : [a thriller]
by Ghelfi, Brent.
While this novel claims to be a thriller, it is not that exciting. It’s a rather long boring chase story. 3 of 10 stars   posted Apr 4, 2010 at 4:58PM

Cover ArtThe blueprint 3 [sound recording]
Excellent CD music. 10 of 10 stars   posted Apr 4, 2010 at 4:54PM

Cover ArtSecret justice [sound recording]
by Huston, James W.
Fantastic espionage thriller combined with the politics of our times. 10 of 10 stars   posted Mar 29, 2010 at 10:38PM

Cover ArtBest served cold [sound recording]
by Abercrombie, Joe
This novel would have been better if it were half as long as it is. You’d think the author was getting paid by the word. An interesting story that is simply too long. The rating would have nearly doubled with proper length. 5 of 10 stars   posted Mar 28, 2010 at 10:31PM

Cover ArtWorst case [sound recording]
by Patterson, James
One of the Worst novels written. The little bit of decent writing of some social ills is trumped by kidnaps, murders and betrayal. 1 of 10 stars   posted Mar 24, 2010 at 9:48PM

Cover ArtSecret justice [sound recording]
by Huston, James W.
Outstanding military suspense thriller. This novel draws you in through it’s exciting conclusion. 10 of 10 stars   posted Mar 18, 2010 at 1:03AM

Cover ArtMarine One [sound recording]
by Huston, James W.
This political thriller really turns up after a slow and somewhat tedious start. You won’t want to stop once you get to the second half. 8 of 10 stars   posted Mar 11, 2010 at 8:07PM

Cover ArtHater [sound recording]
by Moody, David
Dreadful. 0 of 10 stars   posted Mar 8, 2010 at 9:01PM

Cover ArtShadows of war [sound recording]
by Bond, Larry.
This fan of military thrillers enjoyed this novel which keeps the audience riveted in suspense after a slow start. 8 of 10 stars   posted Mar 8, 2010 at 6:10PM

Cover ArtDance for the dead [sound recording]
by Perry, Thomas
Old (1996), long, whiney and perhaps outdated to some extent in comparison to later Whitefield stories. 3 of 10 stars   posted Mar 3, 2010 at 9:09PM

Cover ArtTime travelers never die [sound recording]
by McDevitt, Jack.
This scifi novel begins with an itneresting and well tempered pace. Unfortunately, it is unable to sustain that tempo resulting in a serious crash and burn. 3 of 10 stars   posted Mar 1, 2010 at 4:26PM

Cover ArtI, sniper [sound recording]
by Hunter, Stephen
It’s a shame that writer Hunter wastes most of this story with innocent murder and boring sniper trivia until the end. This is my least favorite because it’s much too long and tedious. While Hunter does manage to salvage the ending, it’s too late. 4 of 10 stars   posted Feb 27, 2010 at 9:02PM

Cover ArtNothing but the truth [sound recording]
by Lescroart, John T.
Another good example of why female victims, virtual kidnapping, extortion, courtroom dialogue and story much too long doesn’t work. 2 of 10 stars   posted Feb 23, 2010 at 10:51AM

Cover ArtThe disciple [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Coonts, Stephen
Disappointing start to long drawn out finish. 1 of 10 stars   posted Feb 22, 2010 at 8:45PM

Cover ArtThe honor of spies [sound recording] : [an honor bound novel]
by Griffin, W. E. B.
Two words. Too long. 2 stars   posted Feb 21, 2010 at 9:53PM

Cover ArtThe mercy rule [sound recording]
by Lescroart, John T.
Although this story is much longer than necessary, the last 1/3 saves it from becoming a disaster. This is a rescue Houdini would be proud of. 7 of 10 stars   posted Feb 21, 2010 at 6:35PM

Cover ArtBreathless [sound recording]
by Koontz, Dean R. 1945-
Talk about a letdown. After a great and interesting start this story takes a nosedive. I don’t understand why Koontz could not keep it together as he drifts further away from the topic of interest as the story goes along. 3 of 10 stars   posted Feb 21, 2010 at 6:33PM

Cover ArtBad things happen [sound recording] : a novel
by Dolan, Harry
Such as publishing this novel. 1 of 10 stars   posted Feb 15, 2010 at 10:13PM

Cover ArtJob [sound recording] : a comedy of justice
by Heinlein, Robert A. 1907-1988.
It’s too bad this story continues after the first several chapters where it’s best by far compared to the staggering letdown of the rest. 2 of 10 stars   posted Feb 15, 2010 at 9:58PM

Cover ArtThe death trust [sound recording]
by Rollins, David
Unless you’re into blood, gore and death, not recommended. 0 of 10 stars   posted Feb 15, 2010 at 8:19PM

Cover ArtThe copper bracelet [sound recording]
by Deaver, Jeffery.
The beginning is better than the end. 3 of 10 stars   posted Feb 14, 2010 at 9:27PM

Cover ArtHollywood moon [sound recording] : a novel
by Wambaugh, Joseph.
This was a very good novel until Wambaug decided to break out the butchery, death and misery at the end. That cost this story a couple stars. 7 of 10   posted Feb 14, 2010 at 6:58PM

Cover ArtUnited States of Tara. The first season [videorecording]
Fabulous! 2009 Emmy award winner Toni Collette demonstrates amazing acting versatility. 10 of 10 stars   posted Feb 12, 2010 at 6:15PM

Cover ArtUp in the air [sound recording]
by Kirn, Walter
This novel is so boring that the movie has to be better. 2 of 10 stars   posted Feb 8, 2010 at 10:28PM

Cover ArtKisser [sound recording]
by Woods, Stuart.
Stuart Woods has written some good stories in the Stone Barrington series, but Kisser aint one of em. This story of the spoiled, pompous and petulant does not sit well with your average reader and is as detestable as the uncooked animal Barrington refused to eat. 2 of 10 stars   posted Feb 8, 2010 at 8:09PM

Cover ArtBattlestar Galactica. The plan [videorecording]
Better than normal for this series, meaning viewable through the end for a change. 7 of 10 stars   posted Feb 7, 2010 at 10:12PM

Cover ArtMore Than A Game (DVD)
More than a sports story. Well done documentary. 10 of 10 stars   posted Feb 7, 2010 at 9:40PM

Cover ArtThe Tudors. The complete third season [videorecording]
by Weber, John
Dreadful compared to seasons 1 and 2. 3 of 10 stars   posted Feb 6, 2010 at 2:39PM

Cover ArtExtract [videorecording]
by Rotenberg, Michael
Awful. 0 of 10 stars   posted Feb 6, 2010 at 2:37PM

Cover ArtThe face changers [sound recording] : a Jane Whitefield novel
by Perry, Thomas
The least favorite of the Whitefield novels finds a redundant tale of bore. 2 of 10 stars   posted Feb 6, 2010 at 2:31PM

Cover ArtSouthern lights [sound recording] : a novel
by Steel, Danielle.
Danielle Steel has apparently run the gamut on good creative writing and storytelling. The repeat formula does not work as well with this south based novel. 2 of 10 stars   posted Feb 2, 2010 at 9:25PM

Cover ArtAngels & demons [videorecording]
by Grazer, Brian
While the Da Vinci code was a much better novel than movie, Angels and Demons is a much better movie than novel. Ron Howard did a great job with directing and pace. Where the novel bores, the movie excites. 9 fo 10 stars   posted Feb 2, 2010 at 8:06PM

Cover ArtThe Invention of lying (DVD)
by Gervias, Ricky
Ricky Gervias is funnier than this tawdry trash. Absolutely nothing unique or inspiring and an incredible disappointment. 1 of 10 stars   posted Feb 2, 2010 at 8:01PM

Cover ArtAll about Steve [videorecording]
Much to the dismay of many critics, I found this movie funny and much better than expected. Sandra Bullock reached and did a great job except for those who don’t appreciate humor and good acting. 9 of 10 stars.   posted Feb 2, 2010 at 7:56PM

Cover ArtSweet St. Louis [sound recording]
by Tyree, Omar.
Too bad that after the first quarter of this novel, it continues on. Too much teasing and negativity. 3 of 10 stars   posted Jan 16, 2010 at 4:55PM

Cover ArtRed storm rising [sound recording]
by Clancy, Tom
Awful, boring overlong story of war and rape. The only good portion of this novel aside from the victim finding love is the end which should have ocurred one third of the way through this travesty. 2 of 10 stars   posted Jan 11, 2010 at 10:19PM

Cover ArtBlack ops [sound recording]
by Griffin, W. E. B.
A typical Griffin presidential novel of interest and intrigue, which means it’s good. 8 of 10 stars   posted Jan 8, 2010 at 7:50PM

Cover ArtThe associate [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Grisham, John.
This story lacked a decent ending and consequently leaves an empty taste. Nowhere near the effort of his best works. 4 of 10 stars   posted Jan 8, 2010 at 7:41PM

Cover ArtPanic [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Jeff Abbott
Well done exciting story of intrigue and espionage. 9 of 10 stars   posted Jan 3, 2010 at 6:50AM

Cover ArtLife on Mars Series 1 (DVD)
Apparently, my expectations were too high as I was very disappointed with this series. I should not have presumed there would be a positive point with a guy back stepping 25 years. Instead, you get chauvinism, police brutality and tactics reminiscent of the Minnesota Strike Force gang. 1 of 10 stars   posted Dec 31, 2009 at 5:58PM

Cover ArtTrue blue [sound recording]
by Baldacci, David.
After rereading this story I found it interesting and a worthwhile read. There turns out to be a bit to enjoy in this novel. 8 of 10 stars.   posted Dec 30, 2009 at 11:51AM

Cover ArtLook at the birdie [sound recording] : unpublished short fiction
by Vonnegut, Kurt.
There are some good stories here for any Vonnegut reader. Of course, some are much better than others. 7 of 10 stars   posted Dec 26, 2009 at 2:01PM

Cover ArtThe Hadrian memorandum [sound recording]
by Folsom, Allan.
Way too long and negatively impacting this novel, irritatingly so. 3 of 10 stars   posted Dec 26, 2009 at 1:58PM

Cover ArtGenghis [electronic resource] : bones of the hills
This novel is better than Lords of the Bow and of course not as good as Genghis as few could be. 8 of 10 stars   posted Dec 24, 2009 at 6:16PM

Cover ArtG.I. Joe. The rise of Cobra [videorecording]
by Di Bonaventura, Lorenzo
Much better than I expected and far better than Transformers. 9 of 10 stars   posted Dec 23, 2009 at 6:47PM

Cover Art24 : the unofficial guide
by Sangster, Jim.
Again, the DVD series currently unavailable through Hennepin county, but elsewhere. Start with season 1 if you like excitement and well crafted story lines.   posted Dec 19, 2009 at 2:38PM

Cover ArtLost : a novel
by Robotham, Michael, 1960-
The ABC DVD series. Begin with season 1. For some reason not currently available in Hennepin county, but available elsewhere and worth it.   posted Dec 19, 2009 at 2:35PM

Cover ArtThe Atlantis code [sound recording]
by Brokaw, Charles
4 of 10 stars   posted Dec 18, 2009 at 10:28PM

Cover ArtState of the union [sound recording]
by Thor, Brad.
Brad Thor is a better author when he writes on the offensive instead of defensive like this story. Easily my least favorite to date. 3 of 10 stars   posted Dec 17, 2009 at 4:22PM

Cover ArtGenghis : lords of the bow
by Conn Iggulden
Half as good as Genghis, hence half the score. 5 of 10 stars   posted Dec 16, 2009 at 2:34PM

Cover ArtPursuit of Honor (Audiobook on CD)
by Flynn, Vince.
Vince Flynn used to write interesting, exciting novels. That time has passed. If you’ve read the first several interesting ones, you’ve read them all...minus the Interest. 1 of 10 stars   posted Dec 13, 2009 at 3:49PM

Cover ArtFord County [sound recording] : [stories]
by Grisham, John.
Yikes, pretty bad unless you’re into boring and grusome stories. It’s a good thing his works got better with time. Admittedly, I’m not a lover of the old South. 0 of 10 stars   posted Dec 12, 2009 at 11:18AM

Cover ArtStar trek [videorecording]
by Abrams, Jeffrey
10 of 10 stars for this remake masterpiece.   posted Dec 7, 2009 at 6:42PM

Cover ArtThe second opinion [sound recording]
by Palmer, Michael
First opinion, skip. No need for a Second.   posted Dec 2, 2009 at 11:29PM

Cover ArtRed to black [sound recording]
by Dryden, Alex
Bored by the narrator....and the story.   posted Dec 2, 2009 at 7:53PM

Cover ArtHeat wave [sound recording]
by Castle, Richard
Too bad the story doesn’t live up to the title. The most exciting is when Detective Nikki wards off her attacker, providing the book’s only steam. This cooler gets 2 of 10 stars.   posted Nov 29, 2009 at 1:35AM

Cover ArtThe twelve [sound recording] : a novel
by Gladstone, William
Talk about a letdown, this is it. After an interesting start this novel plods through a less than satisfactory journey to the dismal end of supposedly saving humanity from distruction by materialism and into utopia. 2 of 10 stars   posted Nov 27, 2009 at 7:36PM

Cover ArtThe gunslinger [compact disc]
by Stephen King
Don’t waste your time unless you’re a preteen male. Otherwise, there is little to enjoy with this novel. 4 of 10 stars   posted Nov 26, 2009 at 6:16PM

Cover ArtGhetto Superstar [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Turner, Nikki.
This novel was good up until the depressing ending. Done right and starring someone like Beyonce this wound be a good movie. All they need to do is fix the ending. 7 of 10 stars   posted Nov 26, 2009 at 10:18AM

Cover ArtVoid moon [sound recording]
by Connelly, Michael
Michael Connelly at his best this side of Harry Bosch. 9 of 10 stars   posted Nov 25, 2009 at 6:25PM

Cover ArtChronic city [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Lethem, Jonathan.
Insufferably boring and without point. The NY Times differs and picks their hometown author as one of the top 100 of 2010. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/25/books/review/Cowles-t.html?_r=1 This Minnesotan disagrees.   posted Nov 25, 2009 at 2:56PM

Cover ArtThe professional [sound recording]
by Parker, Robert B.
Incredibly lame effort unworthy of Robert Parker. Spencer without Hawk is like Batman without Robin, Sonny without Cher, Laurel without Hardy and Abbot without Costello. 0 of 10 stars.   posted Nov 24, 2009 at 8:25PM

Cover ArtPrimeval. Volume two [videorecording]
by Henshall, Douglas
Repetitive and boring. How many times can you tell the same unimaginative story repeatedly? If you’ve seen one show, you’ve seen them all. 1 of 10 stars   posted Nov 20, 2009 at 11:42PM

Cover ArtTrue blood. The complete first season [videorecording]
Interesting, exciting and well done. 9 of 10 stars   posted Nov 11, 2009 at 10:34PM

Cover ArtThe cleaner. The first season [videorecording]
by Semel, David.
Reeks. 0 of 10 stars   posted Nov 11, 2009 at 10:30PM

Cover ArtShutter Island [sound recording]
by Lehane, Dennis.
I found no enjoyment in this depressing story at all. What is there to like about this? Nothing I could see. 0 of 10 stars   posted Nov 8, 2009 at 8:36PM

Cover ArtPlum Island [compact disc]
by Nelson DeMille
Lame, long and boring in comparison to his better works. 2 of 10 stars   posted Nov 8, 2009 at 8:14PM

Cover ArtNine dragons [sound recording]
by Connelly, Michael
70 year olds murdered, mother of young child murdered and extortion attempts doom this Bosch story. 2 of 10 stars   posted Nov 8, 2009 at 1:54PM

Cover ArtPractical demonkeeping [sound recording]
by Moore, Christopher
This story gets better after a slow start with a with a growing tale and a strong finish. 8 of 10 stars   posted Nov 7, 2009 at 4:26PM

Cover ArtSpartan gold [sound recording]
by Cussler, Clive.
Not a bad search story as Cussler keeps it interesting and the action flowing. 7 of 10 stars   posted Nov 7, 2009 at 4:00PM

Cover ArtThe IT crowd. The complete third season [videorecording]
by Boden, Richard.
Too juvenile, boring and unfunny for my taste. 0 of 10 stars   posted Nov 7, 2009 at 3:29PM

Cover ArtRescue me. Season five, volume one [videorecording]
by Leary, Denis.
Excellent. Possibly the best season so far. 10 of 10 stars.   posted Nov 1, 2009 at 9:16PM

Cover ArtBlood and bone [sound recording]
by Lashner, William.
Incredibly lame, boring and not worth the time. 1 of 10 stars   posted Oct 29, 2009 at 9:09PM

Cover ArtDeath benefits [sound recording] : [a novel of suspense]
by Perry, Thomas
Blah. Pursuit, Blood Money, Runner and Night Life are MUCH BETTER than this poor chase effort. Uninteresting characters result in 2 of 10 stars.   posted Oct 26, 2009 at 8:30PM

Cover ArtDexter. The third season [videorecording]
Excellent well done 3rd season. 9 of 10 stars   posted Oct 24, 2009 at 8:02PM

Cover ArtDexter by design [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Lindsay, Jeffry P.
It would appear the Dexter phenomenon has run its course with this installment. Tame, lame and too much emphasis on kids and family compared to Dexter predecessors. Perhaps Showtime will do a better job than the book. 2 of 10 stars   posted Oct 21, 2009 at 8:19PM

Cover ArtLotusflow3r [sound recording] ; MPLSound
Awesome. Prince at his best and Bria Valente is fabulous. 10 of 10 stars   posted Oct 17, 2009 at 8:08PM

Cover ArtStorm front [sound recording]
by Jim Butcher
Yawn. I didn’t care for this at all. From my perspective, 1 of 10 stars   posted Oct 17, 2009 at 7:59PM

Cover ArtWatchmen [videorecording]
by Gordon, Lawrence
SuperZEROs not superheroes plague this story of violence, mayhem, attempted rape and cold blooded murder of a pregnant woman. The final 1/4 is the only portion worth viewing. 3 of 10 stars   posted Oct 16, 2009 at 11:40PM

Cover ArtSmall town [sound recording]
by Lawrence Block
Very interesting and well developed novel by this master writer centered around the aftermath of 911. 9 of 10 stars   posted Oct 15, 2009 at 7:08PM

Cover ArtKiller summer [sound recording]
by Pearson, Ridley.
This is a good story for teens...not that good for adults. 5 of 10 stars   posted Oct 15, 2009 at 6:50PM

Cover ArtThe lost symbol [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Brown, Dan
Lost thimble is no Da Vinci code. The gruesome plot is too unfathomable to lend any credence. Novel not worth the hype nor the bother. 2 of 10 stars   posted Oct 9, 2009 at 10:40PM

Cover ArtThe Da Vinci code : a novel
by Brown, Dan, 1964-
A fabulous novel with a lot of good history speculation and well thought twists and turns. Truly awesome. 10 of 10 stars   posted Oct 8, 2009 at 9:00PM

Cover ArtRogue forces [sound recording]
by Brown, Dale
How many times can a story be told featuring weak politicals, whiney pacifists leading to the loss of American lives and devious Arabs? Dale Brown has certainly overplayed that hand. 2 of 10 stars   posted Oct 6, 2009 at 2:58PM

Cover ArtTorchwood [videorecording] : children of earth
by Davies, Russell T.
It’s not good enough that they kill off half the cast in series 2. They then waste what is supposed to be a scifi series on children a gay affair and green gobs of goo. Talk about a lack of creativity. Don’t waste your time. 0 10 10 stars   posted Oct 5, 2009 at 7:21PM

Cover ArtState of play [videorecording]
Russel Crowe has peaked and is on the steep slide down. At least Ben Affleck is decent. At best 6 of 10 stars.   posted Oct 5, 2009 at 6:11PM

Cover ArtStarvation Lake [sound recording]
by Gruley, Bryan.
This novel of child porn proves that you shouldn’t go home again nor write about it. 0 of 10 stars   posted Oct 4, 2009 at 5:43PM

Cover ArtInherent vice [sound recording]
by Pynchon, Thomas.
Incredibly senseless story of nothing purporting to represent the 60s. This pointless story is soft and tasteful as milquetoast. 3 of 10 stars   posted Oct 4, 2009 at 3:09PM

Cover ArtThe hunted [sound recording]
by Haig, Brian.
While it’s difficult to feel much compassion for the Russian capitalist victim, the conclusion nearly saves this too long novel by justice served. 4 of 10 stars   posted Oct 2, 2009 at 8:40PM

Cover ArtThe Ghostway [sound recording]
by Hillerman, Tony.
This novel is too slow for my taste and I chose not to finish.   posted Oct 2, 2009 at 6:53PM

Cover ArtTo the death [sound recording]
by Robinson, Patrick
Even with recycled lines regarding sniper weapons still a fair read. And it’s not his best. 7 of 10 stars is accurate.   posted Oct 1, 2009 at 7:22PM

Cover ArtBlack [compact disc] : [a novel]
by Christopher Whitcomb
This excellent novel is exciting until a rushed and anticlimactic ending. Whitcomb could have and should have ended this better. Nonetheless, 8 of 10 stars   posted Oct 1, 2009 at 4:21PM

Cover ArtVanished [sound recording]
by Finder, Joseph.
Sad to write this story of mostly bitter, kidnapped, family struggles is a waste of time. There is little here to inspire the reader unless you’re into family bickering and victimization. Vanished should be banished. 1 of 10 stars   posted Sep 29, 2009 at 5:32PM

Cover ArtGet real [sound recording]
by Westlake, Donald E.
While the premise is decent, the story delivers less than expected and thus reads slow, long and tedious. For real, 4 of 10 stars   posted Sep 28, 2009 at 9:11PM

Cover ArtBurglars can’t be choosers
by Lawrence Block
Or can they? Bernie makes a lot of choices in order to defend himself and ferret out the truth. 6 of 10 stars   posted Sep 24, 2009 at 5:31PM

Cover ArtHot pursuit [sound recording] : a novel
by Brockmann, Suzanne.
The Dentist, the women, the torture, the victims. The Verdict.... 4 of 10 stars   posted Sep 24, 2009 at 2:06PM

Cover ArtKnowing [videorecording]
I thought this would be MUCH better, but it isn’t. 2 of 10 stars   posted Sep 22, 2009 at 2:06PM

Cover ArtTerminator, the Sarah Connor chronicles. Season one [videorecording]
by Nutter, David.
Blows. I’m surprised it took them 2 seasons to cancel this unimaginative turkey. Yuck. 0 of 10 stars   posted Sep 21, 2009 at 9:43PM

Cover ArtWhere the dead lay [sound recording] : [a Frank Behr novel]
by Levien, David.
AKA read the dead get dead. This is for you if countless deaths turns your crank. Not for me. 0 of 10 stars   posted Sep 19, 2009 at 2:56PM

Cover ArtA reliable wife [sound recording]
by Goolrick, Robert
Gross story of rage, bitterness, illness, lousy living and death. 0 of 10 stars   posted Sep 17, 2009 at 8:16PM

Cover ArtSidney Sheldon’s Mistress of the game [sound recording]
by Bagshawe, Tilly.
This story is about women, money, power and classism. If that floats your boat this is for you. This anchored sailor is unimpressed. 2 of 10 stars   posted Sep 17, 2009 at 7:20PM

Cover ArtHear no evil [sound recording]
by James Grippando
Groppando is a very good author, but this is not one of his better novels. 4 of 10 stars   posted Sep 17, 2009 at 5:50PM

Cover ArtBorn to run [sound recording]
by Grippando, James
Interesting and well written. 8 of 10 stars   posted Sep 17, 2009 at 5:22PM

Cover ArtThe lust lizard of Melancholy Cove [sound recording]
by Moore, Christopher
A great author when he’s on.. Dirty Job, Blood Sucking Fiends and You Suck. A fair novelist when he’s not Lust Lizard. 5 of 10 stars   posted Sep 17, 2009 at 4:27PM

Cover ArtRules of vengeance [sound recording]
by Reich, Christopher
He has written much better. 2 of 10 stars   posted Sep 17, 2009 at 4:24PM

Cover ArtThe traffickers [sound recording]
by Griffin, W. E. B.
Disappointing.   posted Sep 17, 2009 at 4:23PM

Cover ArtGrifter’s game [compact disc]
by Block, Lawrence.
Interesting premise that turns depressing. Easy to tell this is a 50 year old story. 4 of 10 stars.   posted Sep 11, 2009 at 10:48PM

Cover ArtBurn notice. Season two [videorecording]
Burn. No one should notice. 1 of 10 stars   posted Sep 11, 2009 at 6:57PM

Cover ArtSwimsuit [sound recording]
by Patterson, James
If you like remorseless, senseless, pain inflicting invincible serial killers this novel’s for you. I don’t. 3 of 10 stars   posted Sep 10, 2009 at 1:35PM

Cover ArtThe color of magic [videorecording]
Feeble. 1 of 10 stars   posted Sep 10, 2009 at 1:22PM

Cover ArtThis American life. Season 2 [videorecording]
by Glass, Ira.
Is there a point? 2 of 10 stars   posted Sep 5, 2009 at 9:05AM

Cover ArtStephen Hawking and the theory of everything [videorecording]
Disappointing and shallow for such a brilliant man. 3 of 10 stars   posted Sep 5, 2009 at 9:02AM

Cover ArtFlight of the Conchords. The complete second season [videorecording]
by Clement, Jemaine.
Lame humor. 2 of 10 stars   posted Sep 5, 2009 at 9:01AM

Cover ArtThe angel’s game [sound recording] : a novel
by Ruiz Zafon, Carlos
This novel started okay, then took a steep decline. It’s full of gore, sadness and dispair for successful charactors. A true tragedy. 1 of 10 stars   posted Sep 3, 2009 at 9:11PM

Cover ArtRelentless [sound recording] : a novel
by Koontz, Dean R. 1945-
This is not one of Koontz better works because the main family that includes a genius kid and his dog spend too much time being victims before the dad grows a pair and decides to fight back. The mom is more man than dad and a good initial plot outline is wasted. 3 of 10 stars   posted Sep 2, 2009 at 8:12PM

Cover ArtThe triggerman’s dance [sound recording]
by Parker, T. Jefferson.
Unless you are into excessive and ridiculous violence this novel is awful. 0 of 10 stars   posted Aug 30, 2009 at 9:41AM

Cover ArtFirst family [sound recording]
by Baldacci, David.
Compared to some of Baldacci’s other works, this is weak. The first 3/4 is ittitating and only the last 1/4 should have been published. It would have made for a far more interesting novel. 4 of 10 stars   posted Aug 29, 2009 at 7:17PM

Cover ArtShatter [sound recording]
by Robotham, Michael
Take an interesting idea of psychological control and intertwine it with kidnapped women, children, death and a handicap lead and you get 0 of 10 stars.   posted Aug 28, 2009 at 12:48AM

Cover ArtCapitol threat [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Bernhardt, William
I did not care for this story because of the subject matter. 1 of 10 stars   posted Aug 28, 2009 at 12:43AM

Cover ArtApt pupil [sound recording]
by King, Stephen
2 of 10 stars   posted Aug 25, 2009 at 7:31PM

Cover ArtIsland of the sequined love nun [sound recording]
by Moore, Christopher
Chistopher Moore is an excellent author. Not a lot of humor here. Unfortunately, this is nowhere near his great works of A Dirty Job, You Suck and Bloodsucking Fiends. Island is worthy of only 3 of 10 stars.   posted Aug 25, 2009 at 3:36PM

Cover ArtSpencerville [compact disc]
by DeMille, Nelson.
This long novel is 6 of 10 stars.   posted Aug 23, 2009 at 8:17PM

Cover ArtThe genius club [videorecording]
The few good points made overshadowed by whiney poor acting cast with added dose of tokenism. $99 spent on the set. Kinda crappy. 2 of 10 stars   posted Aug 23, 2009 at 7:32PM

Cover ArtGuardian of lies [sound recording]
by Martini, Steve, 1946-
Fabulous story of intrigue, suspense and terrorism. 10 of 10 stars   posted Aug 23, 2009 at 10:18AM

Cover ArtNip/tuck. Season 5. Part 1 [videorecording]
by Murphy, Ryan.
Good solid story lines replaced with a baby, teenagers, lesbians, family, blackmail and meth addictions. What a waste. 3 of 10 stars   posted Aug 17, 2009 at 5:44PM

Cover ArtStardust [videorecording]
Excellent 10 of 10 stars   posted Aug 15, 2009 at 9:40PM

Cover ArtThe Devil’s punchbowl [sound recording]
by Iles, Greg.
Mortal Fear and True Evil are his best works. By comparison, this one is too long, too brutal, too bloody and too tedious. 4 of 10 stars   posted Aug 15, 2009 at 6:28PM

Cover ArtMad men. Season two [videorecording]
As usual... OVERrated! Too much kids, priest and the usual smoking and drinking. Not enough Mad men Madmenning. A better title would be the travails of Ken and Barbie. 5 of 10 stars   posted Aug 13, 2009 at 12:34PM

Cover ArtDiamondhead : a new novel
by Robinson, Patrick, 1939-
After the first 20 percent of this novel the following 80 percent is some of the very best action I have come across. Stick with this story and you will be thrilled if you enjoy good suspense. Only because the story could have done without the drawn out beginning, 9 of 10 stars   posted Aug 12, 2009 at 10:53PM

Cover ArtThe shimmer [sound recording]
by Morrell, David.
An interesting story of various plot lines that wraps up fairly well. Unfortunately, some of the writing feels a bit forced and redundant. Although the rating could have been higher with tighter editing and better ending. 7 of 10 stars   posted Aug 11, 2009 at 2:55PM

Cover ArtAmerican gods [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Gaiman, Neil.
Although a bit longer than necessary, it's still good enough to merit 9 of 10 stars.   posted Aug 7, 2009 at 8:33PM

Cover ArtVisioneers : [videorecording] did you ever feel you were about to explode?
Boring, unimaginative and not funny. 1 of 10 stars   posted Aug 7, 2009 at 8:10PM

Cover ArtCapture [sound recording] : a novel
by Tanenbaum, Robert.
Ridiculously and unecessarily long past the point of irritation. Butch Karp and family are played out. Kidnapping, multiple personalities and terrorism threats can’t save this turkey. 1 of 10 stars of frustration!   posted Aug 5, 2009 at 2:10PM

Cover ArtEntourage. The complete fifth season [videorecording]
Much better than the season 4 catastrophe, although you’d never know Vince Chase is a supposed actor since he seldom does any. 9 of 10 stars   posted Aug 4, 2009 at 5:53PM

Cover ArtStone’s fall [sound recording] : a novel
by Pears, Iain.
Unless highly interesting and this is not, moving a story backwards in time is not beneficial for action seekers. 2 of 10 stars   posted Aug 1, 2009 at 5:42PM

Cover ArtDestiny kills [sound recording]
by Arthur, Keri.
A decent premise wasted, No Doze required for this pointless tale. 2 of 10 stars   posted Aug 1, 2009 at 4:32PM

Cover ArtThe dark wind [sound recording]
by Hillerman, Tony.
This story moves too slowly for my taste. 2 of 10 stars   posted Aug 1, 2009 at 2:14PM

Cover ArtFugitive [sound recording] : a novel
by Margolin, Phillip.
The reason this novel is not as good as some of Margolin’s others is that one of the main characters is a person of such ill repute that you just don’t care about. Therefore, 50 percent of this story is trite and unfulfilling. 4 of 10 stars   posted Aug 1, 2009 at 1:02PM

Cover ArtThe apostle [sound recording]
by Thor, Brad.
As great a thriller writer as he is, even Brad Thor can’t do it every time out. The apostle is not up to par with the Last Patriot or Takedown. 5 of 10 stars   posted Jul 29, 2009 at 8:06PM

Cover ArtPaul Blart [videorecording] : mall cop
by Carr, Steve.
Surprisingly bad. 2 of 10 stars might be too generous.   posted Jul 27, 2009 at 9:00PM

Cover ArtWeeds - Season 4 (DVD)
Weeds, season 4 is about everything else BUT to the detriment of this once fine promising series. Unfortunately, season 4 does not come anywhere close to being as good as seasons 1, 2 or 3. Like skank weed, far too much negative drama. Appropriately, 4 of 10 stars at best.   posted Jul 27, 2009 at 7:17PM

Cover ArtCritical conditions [sound recording]
by White, Stephen
Fact is, this is not that exciting of a story until the end. It’s mostly trite, mundane and centered around teenage girls. The pursuit of defenseless teenage victims through Denver International is not enough to make for a riviting novel. 3 of 10 stars   posted Jul 25, 2009 at 8:42PM

Cover ArtThe scarecrow [sound recording]
by Connelly, Michael
Easy to understand why this thriller’s atop the NY Times bestseller list. The well paced plot of twists and turns is worthy for any lover of good suspense. 9 of 10 stars   posted Jul 24, 2009 at 5:46PM

Cover ArtThe curious case of Benjamin Button [videorecording]
by Kennedy, Kathleen
Fabulous. 10 of 10 stars   posted Jul 22, 2009 at 7:51PM

Cover ArtNight and day [sound recording]
by Parker, Robert B.
This Robert Parker fan did not care for this story at all.   posted Jul 22, 2009 at 5:15PM

Cover ArtCold choices [sound recording]
by Bond, Larry
While this follow up to "Dangerous Ground" (10 stars) contains lots of excitement, it is simply too long. The lack of editing slows, clogs, diminishes and nearly sinks the plot. The loosely termed editor should be informed that its ok to trim and cut to sharpen a novel. 7 of 10 stars   posted Jul 21, 2009 at 10:12PM

Cover ArtVanished [videorecording] : in the twinkling of an eye
Yuck. Your time is more valuable than this trash. Don’t waste it. 0 stars   posted Jul 18, 2009 at 4:01PM

Cover ArtThe Bancroft strategy [compact disc] : [a novel]
by Ludlum, Robert
Apparently, I don’t have a lot of patience for long espionage plots of violence. While the plot itself seems interesting, the lack of character development means this would be a better movie than read in my view. No rating   posted Jul 9, 2009 at 7:25PM

Cover ArtThe dangerous days of Daniel X [sound recording]
by Patterson, James
Part of the problem of this story for me is the 15 year old main charactor. In light of my age bias, I will leave this unrated.   posted Jul 9, 2009 at 6:15PM

Cover ArtWhat doesn’t kill you [videorecording]
by Yari, Bob
This movie may do the job. YUCK 1 of 10 stars   posted Jul 5, 2009 at 11:19PM

Cover ArtThe increment [sound recording] : a novel
by Ignatius, David
The Increment is an apt description of the snail pace of this novel. Not a thriller with murderous, boring and disinterested charactors. 2 of 10 stars.   posted Jul 5, 2009 at 4:01PM

Cover ArtAnansi boys
by Gaiman, Neil
This is an incredible novel of fantasy that I strongly recommend for all. 10 of 10 stars   posted Jul 4, 2009 at 9:57PM

Cover ArtMedusa [sound recording]
by Cussler, Clive
Why this novel is on the NY Times best sellers list is a better mystery than this snoozer. 2 of 10 stars   posted Jul 3, 2009 at 10:01PM

Cover ArtMounting fears [sound recording]
by Woods, Stuart
This trite political yarn is NOT Suart Woods at his best and reads like a poor soap opera. 2 of 10 stars   posted Jun 30, 2009 at 10:17PM

Cover ArtRunner [sound recording]
by Perry, Thomas
This adult novel features a person who helps runners escape their tormentors. While there is some good writing, the story is longer than necessary, causing some interest to wane. This rating would have been higher with better editing. 7 of 10 stars   posted Jun 29, 2009 at 11:22PM

Cover ArtThe International [videorecording]
Because I like and agree with the story's political truths, 10 of 10 stars for the International thriller.   posted Jun 23, 2009 at 4:34PM

Cover ArtYou suck [compact disc] : [a love story]
by Moore, Christopher, 1957-
This follow up tp Bloodsucking fiends is as good or better. Again, still the only vampire stories I personally enjoy. 10 of 10 stars.   posted Jun 21, 2009 at 10:01PM

Cover ArtRollback
by Sawyer, Robert J.
Very well written novel focussed on human interaction with a bit of sci-fi. 9 of 10 stars   posted Jun 21, 2009 at 9:39PM

Cover ArtLucky streak [sound recording]
by Phillips, Carly
While this novel starts fast furious, it degenerates almost as quickly. Too bad a good premise is wasted by dwelling on negativity, missed and lost opportunities. 2 of 10 stars   posted Jun 17, 2009 at 8:39PM

Cover ArtMr. Paradise [compact disc]
by Elmore Leonard
A lousy story when compared to some of Leonard’s good works. Don’t waste your time. 2 of 10 stars   posted Jun 17, 2009 at 3:04PM

Cover ArtTaken [videorecording]
Action, revenge, just cause. I loved this movie! 10 of 10 stars   posted Jun 16, 2009 at 11:15PM

Cover ArtGroundhog Day [videorecording]
by Albert, Trevor
Easily Bill Murray’s second best movie after What About Bob. 9 of 10 stars   posted Jun 16, 2009 at 7:22PM

Cover ArtFriday after next [videorecording]
by Ice Cube (Musician)
Crazy funny in parts. 7 of 10 stars   posted Jun 16, 2009 at 7:20PM

Cover ArtA do right man [sound recording]
by Tyree, Omar
A very good story that would have been better if Bobby were less of a pansy. Nonetheless, there are some truly excellent moments in this novel with only the timidness of the main character preventing the highest rating. 9 of 10 stars.   posted Jun 16, 2009 at 7:16PM

Cover ArtUltimatum [sound recording]
by Glass, Matthew
The first 3/4 of this novel set in 2032 is 5Ts. Too Tedius, Too Trivial, Too long. It’s infuriatingly slow and redundant with a major irritating pissing contest thoughout between two cabinet members. In the end of this far fetched farce, nuclear strikes result in a climate accord. Ridiculous. 0 of 10 stars.   posted Jun 11, 2009 at 8:53PM

Cover ArtThe boxer and the spy [sound recording]
by Parker, Robert B.
Teen story with adults on the side.   posted Jun 8, 2009 at 9:21PM

Cover ArtRoad dogs [sound recording]
by Leonard, Elmore
A couple of ex cons friendship put to the test by the plans of others. 8 of 10 stars.   posted Jun 8, 2009 at 9:06PM

Cover ArtThe reader [videorecording]
Even more entertaining than the novel. 10 of 10 stars   posted Jun 7, 2009 at 1:42PM

Cover ArtIn the electric mist [videorecording]
Whoever thought it was a good idea to put this on film does not know about the word entertainment. 1 of 10 stars   posted Jun 7, 2009 at 1:10PM

Cover ArtGone tomorrow [sound recording]
by Child, Lee
My theory about authors who write stories like this is that they spend too much time playing violent video games and then transfer that violence of kill, kill, kill to their novels. Such is the case here. And the story is needlessly too long with more kills. 2 of 10 stars   posted Jun 2, 2009 at 6:48PM

Cover ArtThe Reapers [sound recording]
by Connolly, John
Another dreadful story of mayhem and violence. A death trap of bullets and murder. 1 of 10 stars   posted May 31, 2009 at 2:12PM

Cover ArtNobody move [sound recording]
by Johnson, Denis
A strange novel of violence with abrupt and quirky changes. The lack of focus, save for the angling to get two million dollars does more harm than good. 3 of 10 stars.   posted May 31, 2009 at 2:08PM

Cover ArtThe riches. Season 2 [videorecording]
It’s too bad this series veered into numerous negative directions after such a promising 1st season including a pathetic kidnap ending. You won’t miss much bypassing the Riches 2nd Season...as I should have. Fagetaboutit   posted May 27, 2009 at 7:43PM

Cover ArtUp to no good [sound recording]
by Weber, Carl
This novel is a bit whiny at times, a bit psycho at times, a bit syrupy at times and far too tragic of an ending. The result is a terrible and ridiculous finish. 6 of 10 stars   posted May 25, 2009 at 8:37PM

Cover ArtCemetery dance [sound recording]
by Preston, Douglas J.
You may feel cemetery dead after dancing through this zombie of a novel. 3 of 10 stars.   posted May 24, 2009 at 1:37AM

Cover ArtWicked prey [sound recording]
by Sandford, John
A fairly typical Sanford "Prey" novel that I found a bit more disjointed than most. The most exciting portion of this story that centers around the Republican convention is the ending and even thats left incomplete. I’m sure there will be more about it in a forthcoming "Prey." 7 of 10 stars   posted May 19, 2009 at 9:42PM

Cover ArtHunter’s moon [compact disc]
by White, Randy Wayne
Randy Wayne White has written better, less dis-jointed stories. Overall, 6 of 10 stars.   posted May 17, 2009 at 7:24PM

Cover ArtIntent to kill [sound recording]
by Grippando, James
This heart wrenching story is as well written as most of James Grippando novels with a twist of autism added. Well done for some tough topics. 7 of 10 stars   posted May 16, 2009 at 9:56PM

Cover ArtOn Basilisk Station [sound recording]
by Weber, David
Some of this novel is very well written, such as the dialogue between the main characters. Other times there is too much space war intracies. The characters are interesting enough to care about over this bit too long story. The captain is the best part. 7 of 10 stars   posted May 15, 2009 at 11:16PM

Cover ArtThe renegades [sound recording] : a novel
by Parker, T. Jefferson.
Not good at all. 0 of 10 stars   posted May 15, 2009 at 11:06PM

Cover ArtDead or alive [sound recording]
by McGarrity, Michael
This story is about a serial murderer being chased by the police. It has a few well thought out characters and a twin brother who should have been fleshed out more, especially at the end when the opportunity is wasted on minor types. 7 of 10 stars   posted May 11, 2009 at 7:50PM

Cover ArtFiddle game [sound recording]
by Thompson, Richard A. 1942-
This is a well written story with plenty of local area (St. Paul) ties. 8 of 10 stars.   posted May 9, 2009 at 11:51AM

Cover ArtFool [sound recording]
by Moore, Christopher
There are a few good parts to this story. Unfortunately, it’s too uninterestingly long and not as funny as Moore is capable of. 4 of 10 stars   posted May 8, 2009 at 11:37PM

Cover ArtPale horse coming : a novel
by Hunter, Stephen, 1946-
Just fabulous! 10 of 10 stars   posted May 8, 2009 at 5:53PM

Cover ArtPoint of impact
by Hunter, Stephen, 1946-
Done as motion picture, "The Shooter." And if you liked it as I did, you'll be pleased to know the novel is even better. 10 of 10 stars.   posted May 8, 2009 at 5:52PM

Cover ArtMaking money
by Pratchett, Terry
This sequel is not as good as Going Postal. There are too many characters that negatively impact the plot. Fewer would have meant more and more positivity would have resulted in a far better story. 5 of 10 stars at best.   posted May 8, 2009 at 5:45PM

Cover ArtCash McCall [videorecording]
Well done 40 year old movie starring young James Garner and Natalie Wood. 9 of 10 stars   posted May 5, 2009 at 5:51PM

Cover ArtLush life [sound recording]
by Price, Richard
While I’m a big fan of the Wire, I cannot say the same of this novel. The title Lush Life is an oxymoron and this novel ends unfinished. 0 of 10 stars.   posted Apr 26, 2009 at 3:02PM

Cover ArtRevolution [sound recording]
by Brown, Dale
Despite the fact Dale Brown has written a few very good novels, I found this story boring and over political. I cannot recommend it at al. 1 of 10 stars   posted Apr 25, 2009 at 9:31PM

Cover ArtThe devil’s bed [compact disc]
by Krueger, William Kent
If you like the way Vince Flynn used to write before he ran out of ideas, then you should enjoy Devil’s bed. It picks up where Flynn should have headed. It’s well written and features a hero and nemesis, the government and a good plot. 8 of 10 stars.   posted Apr 25, 2009 at 1:16PM

Cover ArtLong lost [sound recording]
by Coben, Harlan
As a Myron Bolitar fan I was very disappointed with this effort. It seems that Coben has gotten more dire in his recent writings at the expense of wit, good plots and levity...formerly highlights of the Bolitar series.,, Not anymore. Too bad. I could even see the tricky ending coming. 1 of 10 stars   posted Apr 23, 2009 at 9:02PM

Cover ArtDark justice
by William Bernhardt
William Bernhardt has written better. This is not a good novel unless you don’t mind being irritated and want to waste your time. 3 of 10 stars at best.   posted Apr 20, 2009 at 6:39PM

Cover ArtStorm from the shadows [sound recording]
by Weber, David
Have to admit I lost patience with this sci-fi novel. It is too slow, too detailed, too long, too distructive and too depressing. 2 of 10 stars   posted Apr 19, 2009 at 10:31PM

Cover ArtDay of wrath
by Larry Bond
An excellent story full of intrigue, excitement and precursor to 911. 9 of 10 stars.   posted Apr 19, 2009 at 12:50PM

Cover ArtIn the dark [sound recording]
This story is for you if you like plots, twists and 30 year old mysteries to solve. Oh yea, and Duluth. 6 of 10 stars   posted Apr 19, 2009 at 12:36PM

Cover ArtWeeds. Season 2 [DVD]
Even better than season 1. 10 of 10 stars   posted Apr 14, 2009 at 8:14PM

Cover ArtWeeds. Season 1 [DVD]
Well worth watching. 9 of 10 stars.   posted Apr 14, 2009 at 8:13PM

Cover ArtDoctor Who. The complete third series [videorecording].
by Davies, Russell T.
Fantastic season series. 10 of 10 stars   posted Apr 14, 2009 at 8:10PM

Cover ArtBreaking bad. The complete first season [videorecording]
by Cranston, Bryan
10 of 10 stars, especially if you enjoy Weeds, the Wire and the Riches series.   posted Apr 14, 2009 at 7:53PM

Cover ArtNemesis [sound recording] : [the final case of Eliot Ness, a novel]
by Bernhardt, William
To enjoy this novel, it helps to be a fan of Elliot Ness as the author undoubtedly is. The story follows the last case of Ness with a few added surmises from the author. If the pace could have been faster like at the end this would have been better. 4 of 10 stars   posted Apr 13, 2009 at 3:27PM

Cover ArtCorsair [sound recording]
by Cussler, Clive
Clinkerville.   posted Apr 12, 2009 at 10:09PM

Cover ArtAbove the law [sound recording]
by Green, Tim
Too bad an excellent plot and premise is wasted on this tedious, boring story. 2 of 10 stars   posted Apr 12, 2009 at 8:01PM

Cover ArtA darker place [sound recording]
by Higgins, Jack
Incredibly crude, depressing, poor and boring story. 0 of 10 stars   posted Apr 12, 2009 at 8:59AM

Cover ArtBloodsucking fiends : a love story
by Moore, Christopher
Well developed characters, plot and humor. The only vampire read I’ve personally enjoyed. 9 of 10 stars   posted Apr 11, 2009 at 10:19PM

Cover ArtThe lords of corruption [sound recording]
by Mills, Kyle
Too much senseless violence and kidnapping detract from a interesting plot line. As a result, the story is too long, whiney, preachy and irritating in points. 6 of 10 stars.   posted Apr 9, 2009 at 10:39PM

Cover ArtThe lost witness [sound recording]
by Ellis, Robert
Graphic, sexist, annoying, belittling and only the ending saves it from being a complete waste of time. 2 of 10 stars.   posted Apr 7, 2009 at 8:19PM

Cover ArtFault line [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Eisler, Barry
Too much sibling rivalry and family tragedy nearly ruin what could have been an excellent novel. Instead, we’re left with bickering and fighting one another instead of their real enemies. Consequently, 6 of 10 stars...Shoulda, coulda much higher.   posted Apr 6, 2009 at 11:23PM

Cover ArtDead silence [sound recording]
by White, Randy Wayne
I like the Doc Ford character, but after the first scene this story is a complete waste of time. 1 of 10 stars   posted Apr 4, 2009 at 6:28PM

Cover ArtDon’t look twice [sound recording]
by Gross, Andrew
Depressing and boring. Clinker. 1 of 10 stars   posted Apr 4, 2009 at 6:27PM

Cover ArtILL: And eternity; 12 cds #9010677 (CD)
The seventh installment of the Incarnation of Immortality does not disappoint. 10 of 10 stars   posted Apr 4, 2009 at 6:26PM

Cover ArtILL: For love of evil; incarnations of immortality bk. 6 #9010756 (CD)
Book 6 is another excellent adventure in the tales of the incarnations of immortality. 10 of 10 stars.   posted Apr 4, 2009 at 6:23PM

Cover ArtILL: Being a green mother #9010674 (CD)
Number 5 of the Incarnations of Immortality is well done. 8 of 10 stars   posted Mar 28, 2009 at 11:44PM

Cover ArtILL: Wielding a red sword; 9 cds #9010680 (CD)
This 4th Incarnation of Immortality is proof that less is more. An excellent story. 10 of 10 stars   posted Mar 27, 2009 at 11:20PM

Cover ArtILL: With a tangled skein #9010690 (CD)
The 3rd Incarnation of Immortality is not as good as the first two in my opinion. Nonetheless, it’s still worth a listen and some may enjoy it more than I. 7 of 10 stars.   posted Mar 27, 2009 at 8:53PM

Cover ArtILL: Bearing an hourglass #9010746 (CD)
Book 2 of the Incarnations of Immortality is just as riveting as the first. 10 of 10 stars   posted Mar 27, 2009 at 8:36PM

Cover ArtILL: On a pale horse; 11 cds #9010687 (CD)
Number 1 of 7 of immortality series. Outstanding fantasy. 10 of 10 stars   posted Mar 27, 2009 at 5:44PM

Cover ArtRun for your life [sound recording]
by Patterson, James
This story has some incredibly exciting scenes. I guess the over inclusion of family and kids is to tone down some of the excitement and unfortunately it does to some effect. Nonetheless, it would have been better if Patterson would have stuck more with the "Teacher." 8 of 10 stars   posted Mar 23, 2009 at 7:08PM

Cover ArtA Matter of Justice (Audiobook on CD)
by Todd, Charles
Personally, I don’t care for mysteries of this type as I found this boring, uninspired and predictable. No stars for this story.   posted Mar 23, 2009 at 7:06PM

Cover ArtAngels flight [sound recording]
by Connelly, Michael
There are a few good Harry Bosch novels, but this isn’t one of them. It’s never a good sign when you know what the author is going to write before you read or hear it. This tale written after the OJ trial is not one of Connelly’s best at all. 2 of 10 stars.   posted Mar 18, 2009 at 11:00PM

Cover ArtGenghis [sound recording] : birth of an empire : a novel of Genghis Khan
by Iggulden, Conn
Wow. After a slow start this historical fictional account of the early times of Genghis Khan is filled with both fascination and parts of horror. Nonetheless, I recommend it if you’re not faint of heart. 9 of 10 stars.   posted Mar 17, 2009 at 10:03PM

Cover ArtLucky you : a novel
by Carl Hiaasen
This is a great humorous novel! 10 of 10 stars   posted Mar 12, 2009 at 9:56PM

Cover ArtBlack and white and dead all over [sound recording]
by Darnton, John
A whodunnit featuring a newspaper in steep decline due to the internet and shrinking ad revenues. Sound familiar Strib? Murders are committed it’s hard to care much about the characters... Perhaps if you work for a newspaper the story might sound better. 3 of 10 stars   posted Mar 12, 2009 at 9:45PM

Cover ArtEagle eye [videorecording]
by Crowley, Patrick Timothy
Great action flick featuring artificial intelligence. 9 of 10 stars.   posted Mar 9, 2009 at 7:04PM

Cover ArtAngel’s tip [sound recording]
by Burke, Alafair
While I tried listening to this novel, I for one do not get off on tortured and murdered women to quench some sadist’s manic desires. Fortunately, this novel rescues itself toward the end. 6 of 10 stars.   posted Mar 5, 2009 at 9:40PM

Cover ArtBeat the reaper [sound recording] : a novel
by Bazell, Josh
A very interesting and disturbing novel that’s excessive on violence, especially toward some good and undeserving characters. 7 of 10 stars that would have rated higher with fewer innocents killed.   posted Mar 3, 2009 at 10:36PM

Cover ArtUniversal mind control [sound recording]
Music CD. Common is one of my favorite artists. This 10 song disc is full of great music! One star for each. 10 of 10 stars.   posted Mar 1, 2009 at 4:11PM

Cover ArtDrama city [compact disc]
by George P. Pelecanos
I did not care for this story at all. It was too slow with too many depressing characters. The combination of ex cons, drugs and animals did little to contribute in an interesting way. 0 of 10 stars.   posted Mar 1, 2009 at 1:20PM

Cover ArtQuantum of solace [sound recording] : [the complete James Bond short stories]
by Fleming, Ian
While the movie version may be exciting, I cannot say the same of the audio. Apparently, a lot is lost without visuals and is actually quite boring. 1 of 10 stars   posted Feb 26, 2009 at 4:52PM

Cover ArtLifeguard [compact disc]
by James Patterson and Andrew Gross
Even with the gratuitous unnecessary violence this story is exciting and well done. Superb ending. 9 of 10 stars   posted Feb 26, 2009 at 4:47PM

Cover ArtGoing postal [compact disc]
by Terry Pratchett
Very well written and creative. My first Terry Pratchett read and I’ll read more. 9 of 10 stars.   posted Feb 25, 2009 at 9:30PM

Cover ArtAll rebel rockers [sound recording]
Music!!! Outstanding! Michael Franti is the bomb when it comes to music. Do yourself a favor and listen.... My favorite is "Hey World." You won’t be disappointed. 10 of 10 stars!   posted Feb 23, 2009 at 11:35AM

Cover ArtThe Tudors. The complete second season [videorecording]
by Howsam, Gary
Very well done series. 9 of 10 stars   posted Feb 11, 2009 at 12:13AM

Cover ArtMortal fear [audio cassette]
by Greg Iles
A bit longer than necessary. 8 of 10 stars   posted Jan 14, 2009 at 7:18PM

Cover ArtBody of lies [sound recording] : a novel
by Ignatius, David
Fairly well done. 8 of 10 stars if you like authentic cia operative stories.   posted Jan 8, 2009 at 8:51PM

Cover ArtExit music [sound recording]
by Rankin, Ian
Unfortunately, this story lacked interest over a pace too slow for my liking. I did not finish this novel because I kept falling asleep.   posted Jan 7, 2009 at 11:31PM

Cover ArtArctic drift [sound recording]
by Cussler, Clive
Cussler’s best story in some time. At least this one is intersting. 8 of 10 stars.   posted Jan 7, 2009 at 11:31PM

Cover ArtThe reader [sound recording]
by Schlink, Bernhard
Interesting and well paced. Before I listened to this, I could not imagine myself caring for a story of this nature, but I did. 7 of 10 stars.   posted Jan 7, 2009 at 11:26PM

Cover ArtThe Amber Room [compact disc]
by Berry, Steve
While this story is fairly well written, its pace is too slow for my taste. The faint of heart will have no problem with this in contrast to myself. I can give it only 3 of 10 stars.   posted Jan 7, 2009 at 11:22PM

Cover ArtExpelled [videorecording] : no intelligence allowed
Yuck. 0 of 10 stars   posted Jan 2, 2009 at 3:09PM

Cover ArtBag of bones [compact disc]
by Stephen King
Some Stephen king novels are good, but this is not. It is too long and boring to hold this reviewer’s interest. 0 of 10 stars   posted Dec 23, 2008 at 7:19PM

Cover ArtYour heart belongs to me [sound recording]
by Koontz, Dean R. 1945-
Chris-EP is right about working hard to finish this novel.... In fact, I couldn’t. Koontz stories used to be exciting, but now most are just boring. 0 of 10 stars for this former great writer.   posted Dec 23, 2008 at 7:04PM

Cover ArtKilling rain [sound recording]
by Barry Eisler
If you’re into frustrating stories this novel is for you. While the set up of a hit man may sound interesting the story drags on and on and lacks excitement. 0 of 10 stars   posted Dec 23, 2008 at 4:46PM

Cover ArtDowntown Owl [sound recording] : a novel
by Klosterman, Chuck
A novel so completely without interest that will put the most die hard insomniac to sleep. 0 of 10 stars.   posted Dec 21, 2008 at 2:29PM

Cover ArtLucky charm [sound recording]
by Phillips, Carly
Too bad this Lucky Charm isn’t as magically delicious as the cereal. 0 of 10 stars   posted Dec 18, 2008 at 10:56PM

Cover ArtA most wanted man [sound recording]
by Le Carre, John
Too slow and boring for my taste. I can’t recommend this to anyone with a pulse.   posted Dec 18, 2008 at 6:41PM

Cover ArtDivine justice [sound recording]
by Baldacci, David
A betrayed American hero earns 8 of 10 stars for this latest Baldacci novel.   posted Dec 18, 2008 at 6:03PM

Cover ArtDying for revenge [sound recording]
by Dickey, Eric Jerome
It’s too bad this story is exceedingly and unnecessarily long. Too much about kids and violence aplenty earns a 6 of 10 stars that should have been at least a nine.   posted Dec 9, 2008 at 6:47PM

Cover ArtThe visitor [videorecording]
Kim B is right. An excellent tragedy regarding friendship. 9 of 10 stars only because I prefer happier endings.   posted Dec 6, 2008 at 3:37PM

Cover ArtThe turnaround [sound recording]
by Pelecanos, George P.
This novel was too boring and nonsensical for me to even finish. I even have a 3 disc minimum rule that I had to break after disc 2. Therefore, not rated. And if I did rate it, it would be very low.   posted Dec 5, 2008 at 11:34PM

Cover ArtExtreme measures [sound recording] : a thriller
by Flynn, Vince
Another disappointing novel from this used to be good author. I was a Mitch Rapp fan, but this latest rendition reeks. The first half of this story should have been edited out. Then, there would be no need for the torture, mayhem, death and Extreme Measures of crap. 1 of 10 stars.   posted Dec 5, 2008 at 11:25PM

Cover ArtIndignation [sound recording]
by Roth, Philip
Pass. I find this author and this story incredibly boring.   posted Dec 2, 2008 at 1:19PM

Cover ArtThe widows of Eastwick [sound recording] : a novel
by Updike, John
Pass. I tried listening, but I was too bored.   posted Dec 2, 2008 at 1:15PM

Cover ArtHarold & Kumar escape from Guantanamo Bay [videorecording]
by Kahane, Nathan
This sequel is better than their first with lots of sex and drugs. Not for the easily offended and I suggest viewing the unrated version.   posted Dec 1, 2008 at 8:50PM

Cover ArtNight of thunder [sound recording]
by Hunter, Stephen
Stephen Hunter has written great novels like Point of Impact (movie the Shooter), 47th Samurai and Pale Horse Coming... Night of Thunder is not in that class, but is better than Havana. 5 of 10 stars at best.   posted Nov 30, 2008 at 8:34PM

Cover ArtHot mahogany [sound recording] : [a Stone Barrington novel]
by Woods, Stuart
Stuart Woods is a prolific writer with broad range. This novel involves antique furniture, a difficult subject to make exciting even for Woods until disk 7, the last. It saves and moves the rating to 6 of 10 stars.   posted Nov 29, 2008 at 4:13PM

Cover ArtA good woman [sound recording]
by Steel, Danielle
Another disappointing novel featuring an incredibly weak woman filled with self doubt. She is unable to fulfill her dreams until its too late. At best 3 of 10 stars.   posted Nov 28, 2008 at 7:36PM

Cover ArtForced out [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Frey, Stephen W.
This convoluted story is one of the most difficult novels I have rated. It’s unfortunate that too many characters ruin what could have been an outstanding novel. Nonetheless, 7 of 10 stars.   posted Nov 27, 2008 at 7:44PM

Cover ArtRough weather [sound recording]
by Parker, Robert B.
After a rather slow and violent start the second half really gets going. The dialog is much better when Hawk is included than when he is not. The ending is incredibly well done as I had no idea how this great writer would wrap this up. 7 of 10 stars.   posted Nov 21, 2008 at 4:49PM

Cover ArtWatchers [compact disc]
by Dean R. Koontz
This novel is from the time Koontz was a great writer in the late 80s and early 90s with Mr. Murder and Ticktock. 10 of 10 stars!   posted Nov 19, 2008 at 11:28PM

Cover ArtTorchwood. The complete second season [videorecording]
by Barrowman, John
There are some good stories here and some heartbreaking. 7 of 10 stars.   posted Nov 19, 2008 at 11:08PM

Cover ArtMad men. Season one [videorecording]
With all the hype, I thought this would be better than it is. What’s with all the smoking 24x7? 6 of 10 stars for the first season.   posted Nov 19, 2008 at 10:59PM

Cover ArtThe gate house [sound recording] : a novel
by DeMille, Nelson
His best novel in many years! Great humor in contrast with some of his past sophomoric efforts. 10 of 10 stars!   posted Nov 19, 2008 at 9:56PM

Cover ArtHeat lightning [sound recording]
by Sandford, John
Since I didn’t care for Dark Side of the Moon, it’s no surprise I didn’t like Heat Lightening. I should just stick with the "Prey" series. 2 of 10 stars   posted Nov 12, 2008 at 6:08PM

Cover ArtSpaced [videorecording] : the complete series.
by Park, Nira
Not my cup o tea. 2 of 10 stars   posted Nov 11, 2008 at 10:31PM

Cover ArtGrosse pointe blank [videorecording]
by Armitage, George
7 of 10 stars   posted Nov 11, 2008 at 10:07PM

Cover ArtThe brass verdict [sound recording]
by Connelly, Michael
This novel is longer than necessary. One of the things I can’t stand is courtroom dialogue. It bores me and is only a unnecessary filler. Connelly has written better such as the Lincoln Lawyer, but this average story is 5 of 10 stars.   posted Nov 11, 2008 at 8:57PM

Cover ArtThe bank job [videorecording]
This movie started slowly, got better and I liked it at the end. 8 of 10 stars   posted Nov 11, 2008 at 8:52PM

Cover ArtThe downhill lie [sound recording]
by Hiaasen, Carl
The only reason I watch golf is to see Tiger Woods. I chose this book because I’ve liked a number of Hiassen’s books, especially Lucky You. As far as this golf book goes...as I said, I like Tiger Woods and this book aint no Tiger Woods. 1 of 10 stars.   posted Nov 2, 2008 at 10:21PM

Cover ArtJonathan Creek. Season one [DVD]
by Renwick, David
This would have been a better series if it were condensed into 1/2 hour slots. There is too much useless unproductive time wasted material. 5 of 10 stars.   posted Nov 1, 2008 at 8:14PM

Cover ArtEscape [sound recording]
by Tanenbaum, Robert
Mr. Tanenbaum is not nearly the novelist he was in the 90s. There are story subjects other than radical Islamists and left wing feminists. The Karp series has been in decline for years. Do yourself a favor and escape from Escape. 2 of 10 stars for this long complete waste of time.   posted Nov 1, 2008 at 7:51PM

Cover ArtDamages. The complete first season [videorecording]
by Close, Glenn
Well done. 9 of 10 stars   posted Oct 30, 2008 at 8:30PM

Cover ArtThe broken window [sound recording] : A Lincoln Rhyme novel
by Deaver, Jeffery
7 of 10 stars.   posted Oct 26, 2008 at 4:28PM

Cover ArtDead even [sound recording]
by Meltzer, Brad
This novel is too long with too much murder and mayhem. 4 of 10 stars for this less than fulfilling story.   posted Oct 26, 2008 at 4:13PM

Cover ArtThe last patriot [sound recording]
by Thor, Brad
9 of 10 stars for this thriller.   posted Oct 25, 2008 at 11:52AM

Cover ArtHit and run [sound recording]
by Block, Lawrence
Outstanding! 10 of 10 stars.   posted Oct 20, 2008 at 9:41PM

Cover ArtThe book of lies [sound recording]
by Meltzer, Brad
This is an extremely poor story based on an disastrous father son relationship and the victims that cross their paths. 1 of 10 stars.   posted Oct 20, 2008 at 8:01PM

Cover ArtExtras [videorecording]: the extra special series finale
by Hanson, Charlie
A better title would have been NOT extra special at all. 2 of 10 stars.   posted Oct 15, 2008 at 6:38PM

Cover ArtThe wire. The complete fifth season [videorecording]
by Simon, David
Then it was over. After 5 seasons the end is here. Perhaps it is just in time or even a bit too late. The final season is my least favorite, followed closely by season 4. The previous 3 seasons were much, much better. Perhaps its the fact that negativity reigns and I prefer positive. Therefore, season 5 rates only 3 of 10 stars for what was once clearly the best show on television.   posted Oct 15, 2008 at 6:36PM

Cover ArtEntourage. The complete fourth season [videorecording]
by Farino, Julian
Not as good as the previous 3 seasons. 5 of 10 stars for this possibly washed up series.   posted Oct 15, 2008 at 6:22PM

Cover ArtA case of exploding mangoes [sound recording]
by Hanif, Mohammed
I could not stand this story and chose not to finish it. 0 of 10 stars   posted Oct 10, 2008 at 2:20PM

Cover ArtLeopards kill [compact disc]
by DeFelice, James
I found this novel extremely irritating. I feel there is too much whining and drunkenness by the main character who shows little backbone until the end. By then, its too late and the story is unfulfilling. 3 of 10 stars.   posted Oct 10, 2008 at 2:19PM

Cover ArtCashback [videorecording]
Even though this film is a bit long and whiney in places, I enjoyed it because the good outweighs the shortfalls. 8 of 10 stars.   posted Sep 17, 2008 at 6:56PM

Cover ArtThe closer. The complete third season. Discs 3-4 [videorecording]
by Sedgwick, Kyra
All the immediate family dealings distracts and negatively impacts the quality of this series. A good cast is wasted in the third season by not sticking to serious police stories. Instead, it’s more like a daytime soap. 3 of 10 stars.   posted Sep 12, 2008 at 6:40PM

Cover ArtSensitive skin. The complete seasons one and two [videorecording]
by Blick, Hugo.
The series gets better as it progresses and the beginning is completely unspectacular. Nonetheless, persistence pays off as the shows improve significantly through the first two series. 7 of 10 stars.   posted Sep 8, 2008 at 9:44PM

Cover ArtMoscow rules [sound recording]
by Silva, Daniel
Wish I could say I thought this one of the better works, but I don’t. Not too interesting, slow, dull and unrewarding. 3 of 10 stars at best for me.   posted Sep 7, 2008 at 12:49PM

Cover ArtRobert Ludlum’s the bourne sanction [sound recording] : a new Jason Bourne novel
by Lustbader, Eric
Half of this novel is fantastic! 1/4 of it is unnecessarily graphic and violent with maiming and torture. Still, hard not to like this story overall. 8 of 10 stars.   posted Sep 6, 2008 at 1:30PM

Cover ArtFirst daughter [sound recording]
by Lustbader, Eric
Not even the narration of Richard Ferone can save the first half of this whiney, child beating, dyslexic bating, religious zealots, mutilation, mayhem and death torture story. That is until Lustbader’s excellent description of religion’s role in society. Too bad the first half made it to publication and the second part is not worthy enough to salvage this novel. 3 of 10 stars.   posted Sep 1, 2008 at 9:07PM

Cover ArtOdd hours [sound recording]
by Koontz, Dean R. 1945-
After this, I’m done with Koontz "odd" series. The best is only the last 1/7. 3 of 10 stars.   posted Sep 1, 2008 at 5:31PM

Cover ArtThe assassin [sound recording]
by Coonts, Stephen
Not much here but excessive violence. 2 of 10 stars.   posted Aug 31, 2008 at 2:08PM

Cover ArtIllegal action [sound recording]
by Rimington, Stella
This story reeked. 1 of 10 stars.   posted Aug 30, 2008 at 8:19PM

Cover ArtWire in the blood. The complete fourth season [videorecording]
by Leach, Phil.
This is for you if you’re into torture and violence against women. 4th season means a good number of people are. I am not. 0 of 10 stars.   posted Aug 26, 2008 at 12:04PM

Cover ArtNip/tuck. The complete fourth season [DVD]
by Murphy, Ryan
Just when you wonder where the show will go, along comes the fourth and best season so far! 9 of 10 stars.   posted Aug 22, 2008 at 9:25PM

Cover ArtRules of deception [sound recording]
by Reich, Christopher
8 of 10 stars for this techno spy thriller.   posted Aug 13, 2008 at 11:21PM

Cover ArtThe ambassador [videorecording]
by Lau, Patrick
Once you get past the snotty son, not too bad. 7 of 10 stars   posted Aug 12, 2008 at 2:44PM

Cover ArtThe hammer of God [compact disc]
by Clarke, Arthur C. 1917-2008
The Light of Other Days is MUCH better. 5 of 10 stars at best.   posted Aug 12, 2008 at 2:41PM

Cover ArtThe coffee trader [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Liss, David
Not my cup o joe. 2 of 10 stars for this trader novel.   posted Aug 10, 2008 at 2:51PM

Cover ArtResolution [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Parker, Robert B.
Solid, good pace and well written western. 10 of 10 stars for this master novelist.   posted Aug 9, 2008 at 11:55PM

Cover ArtNothing to lose [sound recording]
by Child, Lee
7 of 10 stars.   posted Aug 9, 2008 at 10:37AM

Cover ArtSilence [compact disc]
by Perry, Thomas
Much better 2nd half than first. 7 of 10 stars.   posted Aug 9, 2008 at 10:35AM

Cover ArtDeep black. Conspiracy [sound recording]
by Coonts, Stephen
Uninspiring. 4 of 10 stars   posted Aug 9, 2008 at 10:32AM

Cover ArtFight Club [sound recording]
by Palahniuk, Chuck
Not my cup of tea. 1 of 10 stars.   posted Aug 3, 2008 at 12:35PM

Cover ArtLove my way. Series 1, [videorecording] : growing up can take a lifetime
Sexist, racist, Awful. 0 of 10 stars.   posted Aug 3, 2008 at 12:19PM

Cover ArtPsych. The complete first season [videorecording]
Acting wasted by weak plots and over the top zaniness. 4 of 10 stars   posted Aug 3, 2008 at 12:02PM

Cover ArtDeath and honor [sound recording]
by Griffin, W. E. B.
Another excellent novel in this series. Scott Brick is masterful in his narration. 10 of 10 stars for this WWII novel that is more than just a story.   posted Aug 2, 2008 at 12:55PM

Cover ArtRogue [sound recording]
by Steel, Danielle
A bit disappointing the female character is so weak in particular situations. Danielle Steel has written better and worse. 5 of 10 stars.   posted Jul 28, 2008 at 3:40PM

Cover ArtNow and forever [sound recording]
by Bradbury, Ray
Too boring for my taste. 2 of 10 stars.   posted Jul 28, 2008 at 3:37PM

Cover ArtThe accidental time machine [sound recording]
by Haldeman, Joe W.
The first Sci-Fi story I’ve enjoyed in years. It was a tad too long on the spiritual in my opinion, nevertheless 9 of 10 stars.   posted Jul 26, 2008 at 4:35PM

Cover ArtThe last oracle [sound recording]
by Rollins, James
Writing about characters that readers don’t care about is a recipe for disaster. 1 of 10 stars and that may be generous for this boring tale.   posted Jul 24, 2008 at 12:52PM

Cover ArtCalifornication. The first season [videorecording]
by Duchovny, David
8 of 10 stars.   posted Jul 24, 2008 at 12:49PM

Cover ArtThe chase. Season one [videorecording]
by Stephenson, Nicola
The series picks up steam after a relatively slow start. Worth a view. 9 of 10 stars.   posted Jul 20, 2008 at 10:46PM

Cover ArtAli [DVD]
by Peters, Jon
Will Smith is incredibly versatile. 10 of 10 stars.   posted Jul 19, 2008 at 5:27PM

Cover ArtAmerica America [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Canin, Ethan.
Too long and unexciting to hold interest over its length. 2 of 10 stars for this mostly political yarn with a newsman story highlighting the 70s period.   posted Jul 19, 2008 at 4:59PM

Cover ArtShadow command [sound recording] [a novel]
by Brown, Dale
Yuk. Could be the beginning of the end for Dale Brown with this clinker. He spends too much time writing about devious Russians, spineless U.S. presidents, weak servicemen with descriptions of parts and procedures of all gadgets instead of interesting story lines. 2 of 10 for this stinker.   posted Jul 18, 2008 at 9:31PM

Cover ArtTin man [videorecording]
by O'Connor, Matthew
Well done fantasy. 9 of 10 stars   posted Jul 5, 2008 at 8:50PM

Cover ArtNew Street law. The complete second season [videorecording]
by Bird, Matthew
Main charactor plots much better than the court cases. Still, 3 of 10 stars.   posted Jul 5, 2008 at 12:16PM

Cover ArtNew street law. The complete first season [videorecording]
by Bird, Matthew
Unimaginative 3 of 10 stars   posted Jul 5, 2008 at 12:13PM

Cover ArtThird degree [sound recording]
by Iles, Greg
Mortal Fear and True Evil are his best works, so I compare his stories from these. By comparison, this one is long, slow and by bringing children into play detracts from the action. Oh, and did I mention infidelity? This is a 5 of 10 stars at best.   posted Jun 28, 2008 at 3:03PM

Cover ArtExecutive privilege [sound recording]
by Margolin, Phillip
Absolutely fabulous from beginning to end! His best work by far. 10 of 10 stars for this excellent suspense thriller.   posted Jun 25, 2008 at 10:05AM

Cover ArtCharlie Wilson’s war [videorecording]
This is a rare case when the movie is BETTER than the too long and drawn out novel. 7 of 10 stars.   posted Jun 22, 2008 at 1:44PM

Cover ArtEaters of the dead [compact disc] the manuscript of Ibn Fadlan, relating his exp
by Michael Crichton
Awful. Don’t waste your time. Much despised gory violence. 0 of 10 stars.   posted Jun 10, 2008 at 9:19PM

Cover ArtThe gingerbread girl [sound recording]
by King, Stephen
4 of 10 stars for this not too thrilling story.   posted Jun 10, 2008 at 9:14PM

Cover ArtThe whole truth [sound recording]
by Baldacci, David
The second half of this novel is by far more exciting and interesting. Therefore, 9 of 10 stars.   posted May 31, 2008 at 1:57PM

Cover ArtThe Tudors. The complete first season [videorecording]
by Howsam, Gary
Excellent! 10 of 10 stars   posted May 27, 2008 at 7:08PM

Cover ArtIn for the kill [sound recording]
by Lutz, John
Lots of descriptive violence from a serial killer with a twist here and there. Since I side with the victums and consider the best part the end, I rate this 7 of 10 stars.   posted May 26, 2008 at 11:43PM

Cover ArtThe riches. Season 1 [videorecording]
Well done. 9 of 10 stars   posted May 22, 2008 at 1:25PM

Cover ArtDead heat [sound recording ]
by Rosenberg, Joel C.
Its too bad this doomsday story of Armegeddon is far too religiously tinged. 2 of 10 stars for this depressing effort to scare people to jesus.   posted May 16, 2008 at 11:13PM

Cover ArtSanta Fe dead [sound recording]
by Woods, Stuart
Very well done! A worthwhile read of exciting interest throughout. 10 of 10 stars!   posted May 16, 2008 at 9:02PM

Cover ArtBlack widow [sound recording]
by White, Randy Wayne
The first half of this novel is incredibly long and boring and should never have made it past the editor. The story is saved by the second half which contains the relevant action and interest. 5 of 10 stars for this story that could have and should have been much better.   posted May 9, 2008 at 10:08PM

Cover ArtThe forgery of Venus [sound recording]
by Gruber, Michael
While the first half of this novel is intriguing, the second half is depressing, confusing and a real downer. Why Gruber chose to ruin this story is beyond me. This could have been so much more. 4 of 10 stars.   posted May 5, 2008 at 9:09PM

Cover ArtStalked [sound recording]
by Freeman, Brian
This story’s interesting plots are derailed by poor editing and long unnecessary interruptions of whiney dialogues. Author Freeman has some excellent ideas that get overwhelmed by his wordiness. 6 of 10 stars that could have been a 10 with 1/3 less volume.   posted May 2, 2008 at 9:08PM

Cover ArtThe vice. Season one [videorecording]
by Stott, Ken
If you don’t mind a lot of trash, this is for you. There is little that is innovative or constructive in the series first season. 2 of 10 stars for this clinker.   posted May 1, 2008 at 4:32PM

Cover ArtDale Brown’s Dreamland [compact disc] : retribution
by Brown, Dale
Longer than it needs to be and saved only by an interesting and exciting finale. This rating might be a bit high, 6 of 10 stars.   posted Apr 26, 2008 at 4:36PM

Cover ArtAvenger [compact disc]
by Forsyth, Frederick
10 of 10 stars!   posted Apr 26, 2008 at 4:34PM

Cover ArtThe dark tide [sound recording]
by Gross, Andrew
This story picks up once you get through the wife and kids and get to the heart of the matter. 8 of 10 stars.   posted Apr 26, 2008 at 4:33PM

Cover ArtThe first patient [sound recording] : a novel
by Palmer, Michael
I actually liked this story after the first several chapters. Although it is quite far fetched with an unrealistic ending I still enjoyed it enought to rank it 7 of 10 stars.   posted Apr 26, 2008 at 4:31PM

Cover ArtHoax [sound recording]
by Tanenbaum, Robert
This novel is needlessly too long. It plods through to a relatively interesting conclusion, but takes much too long to get there. This is definately not one of my favorite Tanenbaum stories and rates 4 of 10 stars.   posted Apr 5, 2008 at 11:12PM

Cover ArtStranger in paradise [sound recording] : a Jesse Stone novel
by Parker, Robert B.
Robert B. Parker has written MUCH better stories than this turkey. The dialogue is mostly boring and I would not recommend writing novels that feature 14 year old girls nor boys for that matter. This merits 2 of 10 stars.   posted Apr 1, 2008 at 9:08PM

Cover ArtEasy prey [compact disc]
by John Sandford
As much as I like John Sanford, he can at times be predictable, racist, (who isn’t)? cruel, angry, vengeful and appear to derive pleasure of torture and its description. Such is the case in the Prey story. Unless you can’t get enough of the aforementioned, the only parts worth reading or listening to is the last quarter of this novel which actually manages to be creative, exciting and less tense. It’s too bad the story didn’t start there instead. Because the ending saves this from being a complete turkey of a story, it earns 4 of 10 stars instead of 0.   posted Mar 25, 2008 at 8:29PM

Cover ArtThree shirt deal [sound recording] : a Shane Scully novel
by Cannell, Stephen J.
While there is a bit too much interplay between husband and wife in the novel in my opinion, it’s still a good Cannell novel. 8 of 10 stars.   posted Mar 23, 2008 at 9:18PM

Cover ArtSuperstition [compact disc]
by David Ambrose
Held my interest, then lost steam at the very end. I found that to be most unfortunate since the last quarter was the best part of the story. 5 of 10 stars for this almost good tale.   posted Mar 23, 2008 at 11:31AM

Cover ArtThe game plan [videorecording]
by Fickman, Andy
Much better than I thought it would be. 9 of 10 stars.   posted Mar 8, 2008 at 2:00PM

Cover ArtRed rabbit [sound recording]
by Tom Clancy
INCREDIBLY loooonnnnngggggg and boooorrrriiiiinnnnnggggggg! 0 of 10 stars for this washed up, fake Minnesota Viking buying writer.   posted Mar 8, 2008 at 9:38AM

Cover ArtThings I overheard while talking to myself [compact disc]
by Alda, Alan
Some very good listening material, although a bit long in parts. Some good history too.   posted Mar 5, 2008 at 8:37PM

Cover ArtLast call [sound recording]
by Grippando, James
Graphic, but good novel. 7 of 10 stars.   posted Feb 29, 2008 at 11:05PM

Cover ArtThe echo maker [sound recording]
by Richard Powers
Incredibly long and b o r i n g. 0 of 10 stars.   posted Feb 28, 2008 at 4:47PM

Cover ArtBlade Runner [sound recording] : [do androids dream of electric sheep?]
by Dick, Philip K.
Blah. 0 of 10 stars.   posted Feb 28, 2008 at 4:46PM

Cover ArtDarkness falls [sound recording]
by Mills, Kyle
Something got lost between the idea of a good story and the written result. Consequently, this attempt at a techno-thriller falls way short. Perhaps Kyle Mills should stick to writing more stories like "Fade." As Darkness Falls, so does Kyle Mills rating for this turkey. 2 of 10 stars.   posted Feb 26, 2008 at 8:43PM

Cover ArtThe shooters [sound recording]
by Griffin, W. E. B.
Who is editing? I think no one. If there was an editor, they would have said skip the first half and publish only the second half. This story is too long, unnecessarily so. This is my lowest rating for a Castillo story. 5 of 10 stars.   posted Feb 26, 2008 at 8:33PM

Cover ArtFury [sound recording]
by Tanenbaum, Robert
If only the first 3/4 of this novel did not make it to print, this would have been an interesting, exciting story. The first 3/4 contains too many mis-leading events and redundancy. It also contains way too much racism, rape, religion, incest, manipulation, alzheimer’s, lies, Rockman and Lucy Karp. This story would have been much better focusing on the two charactors who go sleuthing after some crooked cops and their interesting experiences. That’s why, despite the wasteful first 3/4 I grade this 5 of 10 stars. It could have been better and it WOULD HAVE BEEN WORSE without the final 1/4.   posted Feb 22, 2008 at 8:35PM

Cover ArtTakedown [sound recording]
by Thor, Brad
Excellent thriller! 9 of 10 stars   posted Feb 16, 2008 at 9:32PM

Cover ArtWatchman [sound recording]
by Rankin, Ian
Not his best work. In fact, possibly his worst. 0 of 10 stars.   posted Jan 10, 2008 at 9:25PM

Cover ArtDry ice [compact disc] : [a novel]
by White, Stephen
I didn’t think this was that good. I coudn’t wait to finish just to get it over with. 4 of 10 stars   posted Dec 25, 2007 at 3:32PM

Cover ArtBlack dogs [sound recording]
by McEwan, Ian
I do not recommend this novel. It is trite, long and boring. 0 of 10 stars.   posted Dec 23, 2007 at 3:09PM

Cover ArtPure drivel [sound recording]
by Martin, Steve
The title says it all...And it’s true. 3 of 10 stars for the used to be funny man.   posted Dec 23, 2007 at 10:21AM

Cover ArtExit ghost [sound recording]
by Roth, Philip
This story is pretty awful. I kept waiting and hoping it would get better but it never does. You have better reads than wasting your time on this. Not even George Guidall can save this turkey. 0 of 10 stars.   posted Dec 17, 2007 at 5:42PM

Cover ArtFive days in Paris [sound recording] : [a novel]
by Steel, Danielle
I like a lot of Danielle Steel’s books, unfortunately, this is not one of them. Her stories are better when good dominates instead of negatives like this novel. Only 2 of 10 stars.   posted Dec 17, 2007 at 5:39PM

Cover ArtBlood brothers [sound recording]
by Roberts, Nora
Another lousy Robert’s story featuring the occult filled with family violence and a multitude of negativity. 0 of 10 stars.   posted Dec 8, 2007 at 1:49PM

Cover ArtNeverwhere [compact disc]
by Gaiman, Neil
At first, I didn’t care for this novel. Then I read the great Anansi Boys and American Gods novels and gave it another try. Like a football instant replay reversal, "Upon further review" 8 of 10 stars.   posted Dec 8, 2007 at 1:46PM

Cover ArtProtect and defend [compact disc]
by Flynn, Vince
Not at all his best work and I’m a big fan. However, I’m not a fan of torture, kidnapping and weasly political hacks that unfortunately comprise most of this story. Vince Flynn can write better than this as he has in the past. It saddens me to rate this only 4 of 10 stars but thats what it is.   posted Dec 8, 2007 at 10:33AM

Cover ArtThe fifth profession [compact disc]
by Morrell, David
I found this novel to be STRANGE. 3 of 10 stars.   posted Dec 2, 2007 at 4:35PM

Cover ArtThe race [sound recording]
by Patterson, Richard North.
This is an excellent novel on what it takes to win the white house and the various factions one must cow to. The religious right has too great an impact in my opinion, but with all the other issues raised, it somehow seems appropriate. 9 of 10 stars.   posted Nov 25, 2007 at 1:01PM

Cover ArtNow & then [sound recording]
by Parker, Robert B.
This story tries to connect back to the time of Spencer and his lover’s split....poorly. The result is a barely stimulating story of an affair, murders and espionage. 4 of 10 stars.   posted Nov 25, 2007 at 12:55PM

Cover ArtThe notebook [compact disc]
by Sparks, Nicholas
2 of 10 stars. I did not like this story at all.   posted Nov 19, 2007 at 7:13PM

Cover ArtDrop dead beautiful [compact disc]
by Jackie Collins
Definitely, one of her better works! 10 of 10 stars!   posted Nov 17, 2007 at 12:20PM

Cover ArtDangerous ground [compact disc]
by ond, Larry
Outstanding! Exciting and well crafted. Interesting from start to finish. 10 of 10 stars.   posted Oct 23, 2007 at 5:55PM

Cover ArtShoot him if he runs [compact disc]
by Woods, Stuart
I like a lot of Stuart Woods novels...this is NOT one of them. I found this story long, tedious and predictable... Not my definition of success. Somehow, Woods has taken previously interesting charactors and combined them into this hodgepodge of futility. 1 of 10 stars.   posted Oct 16, 2007 at 11:28PM

Cover ArtDark of the moon [compact disc]
by Sandford, John
Typically, John Sanford is one of my favorite authors. Yet, just as Babe Ruth could not hit a homerun every at bat, Sanford writes and misses outside his ’Prey’ series. This story is DULL, long on violence and short on interest. Don’t waste your time unless you prefer a 2 of 10 stars.   posted Oct 16, 2007 at 11:21PM

Cover ArtRobert Ludlum’s the Arctic event [compact disc]
by Cobb, James H.
While a bit unnecessarily wordy, this is a good read and fairly exciting. 9 or 10 stars.   posted Oct 12, 2007 at 10:24PM

Cover ArtTrue evil
by Iles, Greg
10 of 10 stars for this magnificent thriller!   posted Oct 12, 2007 at 10:20PM

Cover ArtEye of the beholder
by David Ellis
Awful. Unless you crave graphic violence which I do not this eye of the beholder. 1 of 10 stars   posted Oct 6, 2007 at 12:48AM

Cover ArtDirty Martini [compact disc]
by Konrath, Joe
Exciting! 9 of 10 stars.   posted Oct 6, 2007 at 12:07AM

Cover ArtThe 47th samurai [compact disc] : [a Bob Lee Swagger novel]
by Hunter, Stephen
9 of 10 stars! While a shade longer than necessary, it’s still a worthwhile read. I’d let the author know, but Hunter doesn’t care at aol dot com   posted Sep 18, 2007 at 9:47PM

Cover ArtSpook country
by William Gibson
Dreadful   posted Sep 7, 2007 at 9:06PM

Cover ArtShort straw [compact disc]
by Woods, Stuart
10 of 10 stars for one of this masterful storyteller’s best!   posted Aug 25, 2007 at 3:55PM

Cover ArtThe Partner
by John Grisham
9 of 10 stars.   posted Aug 22, 2007 at 2:28PM

Cover ArtThe book of air and shadows [compact disc] : a novel
by Gruber, Michael
Quite a horrible, boring story. I suggest you don’t waste your time on this one. 0 of 10 stars.   posted Aug 22, 2007 at 2:23PM

Cover ArtThe Final detail
by Harlan Coben
This is the worst Myron Bolitar novel I’ve read. What an awful story. Where are the wise-cracks without torture? This story reaks. 1 of 10 stars.   posted Aug 11, 2007 at 3:39PM

Cover ArtBlack magic [compact disc]
Fantastic....Not plastic... Listen 10 of 10 stars.   posted Aug 11, 2007 at 3:33PM

Cover ArtKiller weekend [compact disc]
by Pearson, Ridley
Exciting and well written. 8 of 10 stars.   posted Aug 11, 2007 at 2:17PM

Cover ArtBlaze [compact disc] : a novel
by Bachman, Richard
This is a surprisingly good story...until the end. Quite disappointing from a story that’s unique and entertaining for 3/4. Extremely well narrated. Consequently, 7.5 stars out of 10.   posted Jul 19, 2007 at 8:34PM

Cover ArtThe Good guy
by Dean R. Koontz
His best story in years! 10 of 10 stars for Koontz finding and restoring his roots.   posted Jul 15, 2007 at 11:51PM

Cover ArtBlood money
by Thomas Perry
Very well done. 9 of 10 stars for this suspense thriller.   posted Jul 9, 2007 at 9:24PM

Cover ArtFade
by Kyle Mills
Outstanding! 10 of 10 stars if you like good intelligence thrillers!   posted Jul 5, 2007 at 1:42PM

Cover ArtDead connection [compact disc]
by Burke, Alafair
This is pretty well written. The story gets better, more interesting and exciting the second half. 8 of 10 stars.   posted Jun 26, 2007 at 6:03PM

Cover ArtUp in Honey’s room [compact disc]
by Leonard, Elmore
While Elmore Leanard is an outstanding author, he should stay away from writing sympathetic sounding Nazi, KKK novels. I absolutely hated this novel. 0 of 10 stars for not one redeeming moment in this lousy story.   posted Jun 24, 2007 at 3:08PM

Cover ArtFalling man [compact disc] : [a novel]
by DeLillo, Don
Somebody wake me when this snoozer becomes exciting...Oh! It never does. 1 of 10 stars for this boring snore of a novel.   posted Jun 24, 2007 at 2:23PM

Cover ArtPursuit [compact disc] : [a novel]
by Perry, Thomas
This is one of the best chase stories I’ve had the pleasure to come across. Well worth the read or cd. 10 of 10 stars for this thriller!   posted Jun 15, 2007 at 8:53PM

Cover ArtThe overlook [compact disc]
by Connelly, Michael
Easily my favorite Bosch novel to date. Excellent story, superbly written and read. 10 of 10 stars!   posted Jun 14, 2007 at 10:44PM

Cover ArtInvisible prey [compact disc]
by Sandford, John
06 comeback to use a local metaphor. Even Richard Ferone pronounces "Cretin" correctly! Twice, ala 1987 & 1991 world championships. 10 of 10 stars.   posted Jun 9, 2007 at 11:14AM

Cover ArtThe sign of the book [compact disc] : a Cliff Janeway Bookman novel
by Dunning, John
This may be my favorite Janeway novel to date. Very well written and lots of excitement. 9 of 10 stars for this excellent story.   posted May 16, 2007 at 4:21PM

Cover ArtStrike force [compact disc]
by Brown, Dale
Dale Brown is a master technical writer. This is a typically good novel full of excitement. 9 of 10 stars!   posted May 16, 2007 at 4:19PM

Cover ArtThe woods [compact disc]
by Coben, Harlan
I like author Harlan Coben. In particular, the wise cracking Myron Bolitar series is one of my all time favorite recurring charactors. Of all his books, I like this one LEAST. It sucks in my opinion and I rate it 1 of 10 stars.   posted Apr 23, 2007 at 9:00PM

Cover ArtThe Echelon vendetta [compact disc]
by Stone, David
Absolutely dreadful. A complete waste of time. 1 of 10 stars.   posted Apr 18, 2007 at 6:36PM

Cover ArtBy order of the President
by W. E. B. Griffin
This is one of the best novels I have had the pleasure to come across. I liked is so much I’ve listened to it several times in a row. Outstanding. 10 of 10 stars!   posted Mar 23, 2007 at 5:13PM

Cover ArtMemories of midnight [compact disc]
by Sheldon, Sidney
10 out of 10 stars! Excellent novel.   posted Mar 23, 2007 at 4:28PM

Cover ArtThe fifth vial [compact disc]
by Palmer, Michael
It's too bad this excellent story had a somewhat disappointing ending, as if unfinished. Nonetheless, I give it an 8 of 10 stars for creativity, suspense and a couple of interesting lead charactors who could still be flushed out.   posted Mar 15, 2007 at 9:27PM

Cover ArtThe watchman [compact disc] : [a novel]
by Crais, Robert
A bit strange and boring in places. Lead charactor takes to long to take over. Nonetheless, 6 of 10 stars.   posted Mar 14, 2007 at 5:59PM

Cover ArtA scanner darkly [DVD]
by Linklater, Richard
A complete waste of time that manages to get worse throughout! 0 of 10 stars! F grade!   posted Mar 8, 2007 at 6:15PM

Cover ArtBleeding hearts [compact disc]
by Rankin, Ian
Wow! Fabulous! 10 of 10 stars!   posted Feb 12, 2007 at 1:20PM

Cover ArtThe Machiavelli covenant [compact disc]
by Folsom, Allan
So you want to know where the Ruski KGB got it's poisoning idea for Litvinenko? It's all right here in one of the best political thrillers ever! 10 of 10 stars!   posted Feb 6, 2007 at 5:50PM

Cover ArtThe meaning of night [compact disc] : a confession
by Cox, Michael
Very surprised that I enjoyed this novel and you should be too. 9 of 10 stars.   posted Jan 29, 2007 at 8:28AM

Cover ArtNightlife [compact disc] : a novel
by Perry, Thomas
Surprisingly good. Well written. 9 of 10 stars.   posted Jan 24, 2007 at 6:19PM

Cover ArtCarolina moon [compact disc]
by Roberts, Nora
What has happened to Nora Roberts? Who is the impersonator masquerade as her? The Nora I'm familiar with wrote stories with interesting charactors that readers cared about until around 2005. 1 of 10 stars   posted Dec 25, 2006 at 7:47AM

Cover ArtWild fire [compact disc]
by DeMille, Nelson
Where was the editor in this overly long novel? Half of this could have been easily cut without any loss whatsoever. The attempts at wise-cracking humor is sophmoric. 5 of 10 stars.   posted Dec 25, 2006 at 7:41AM

Cover ArtLimitations [compact disc]
by Turow, Scott
This book drifts until tied up at the end. Somehow, I managed to get through it though. 5 of 10 stars   posted Dec 25, 2006 at 7:38AM

Cover ArtThe second horseman [compact disc]
by Mills, Kyle
Interesting and pretty good, though I think the ending could have been better. 8 of 10 stars.   posted Dec 12, 2006 at 8:23PM

Cover ArtThe chairman [compact disc] : [a novel]
by Frey, Stephen W.
This is one of his best novels. It is well written and full of excitement. A solid 9 of 10 stars!   posted Oct 28, 2006 at 6:04PM

Cover ArtILL: Saturday night live #2979614 (DVD)
Outstanding!!! One of the funniest comedians excellent musician and impersonator. There are many hilarious bits. Jimmy Fallon rocks! He should have his own variety show and do all the characters. 10 of 10 stars!   posted Sep 25, 2006 at 6:45PM

Cover ArtBy the rivers of Babylon [compact disc] : [a novel]
by DeMille, Nelson
This novel is much too long. The only redeeming factors are the beginning and the end. 3 of 10 stars.   posted Sep 25, 2006 at 6:39PM

Cover ArtWhite sister [compact disc] : a Shane Scully novel
by Cannell, Stephen J.
This is one of my least favorite Cannell novels because there is to much shooting and violence. The novel starts negative and stays negative and I could hardly wait to finish it because I really didn’t care about the charactors. I rate it 3 out of 10 stars at best... and that may be too high.   posted Sep 17, 2006 at 10:32PM

Cover ArtAngels fall [compact disc]
by Roberts, Nora
As a Nora Roberts fan, this is one of the most frustrating novels she has written. It is much too long and the heroine behaves more like a complete nincompoop than a serious person. In my judgement, only one tenth of the novel is worth reading. 1 out of 10 stars.   posted Aug 28, 2006 at 8:54PM

Cover ArtDeadwood. The complete second season [DVD]
by Milch, David
This is mostly BORING with a few scenes of action. Poor for an HBO series. At times it tries to be a Sorprano knock off, but I find this series aggravating. 1 of 10 stars.   posted Aug 23, 2006 at 2:44PM

Cover ArtComing out [audio cassette]
by Steel, Danielle
This is by far the worst Danielle Steel book I have ever read. 0 out of 10 stars.   posted Aug 20, 2006 at 6:15PM

Cover ArtJarhead [DVD]
by Mendes, Sam
Not even Jamie Foxx can’t save this turkey of a movie. 1 of 10 stars   posted Aug 20, 2006 at 6:11PM

Cover ArtJudge & jury [audio cassette]
by Patterson, James
This novel could have been much better had the perpetrators of crimes been treated the same as the victims. By that I mean the author takes great detail to describe the hideous crimes against the victims, but makes the perpetrators seem superhuman and immune to suffering. I cannot recommend this novel despite its unfulfilled promise. I rate this a 3 of 10 stars.   posted Aug 19, 2006 at 7:17PM

Cover ArtDesperation [compact disc]
by King, Stephen
While there is no doubt Stephen King is a great author with an incredible ability to write, he still needs an editor. Obviously, no one bothered to edit this novel from way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way too long. Are King’s editors too intimidated to do their jobs? It certainly appears so in this exceedingly unnecessarily long wordy work. Not even close to his best work. 2 out of 10 stars for this neverending yarn.   posted Aug 14, 2006 at 9:38PM

Cover ArtA dirty job [compact disc]
by Moore, Christopher
10 ouf 10 stars! By far, his best work. His others pale in comparison.   posted Aug 6, 2006 at 10:28PM

Cover ArtChallenger Park [compact disc]
by Harrigan, Stephen
1 out of 10 stars for this too long snoozer.   posted Aug 6, 2006 at 10:27PM

Cover ArtDead watch [compact disc]
by Sandford, John
5 out of 10 stars and way below average for Sanford.   posted Aug 6, 2006 at 10:26PM

Cover ArtDavid Copperfield [DVD].
by Yelland, David
10 out of 10 stars!   posted Aug 6, 2006 at 10:24PM

Cover ArtEdge of battle [compact disc]
by Brown, Dale
4 out of 10 stars. This is too long and the charactors are difficult to really care about. Bigotry and xenophobia rampant and not an interesting read.   posted Aug 6, 2006 at 10:23PM

Cover ArtIllumination [compact disc].
8 out of 10 stars. Excellent and just like the old EWF, only 21st century style. Great sounds.   posted Aug 6, 2006 at 10:23PM

Cover ArtGhost Force [compact disc]
by Robinson, Patrick
Longer than necessary, but still a good novel. I rate it 7 out of 10.   posted Aug 6, 2006 at 10:21PM

Cover ArtDeadman’s poker [compact disc]
by Swain, James
OUTSTANDING!!! One of the best novels I have read in 2006. 10 of 10 stars!   posted Aug 5, 2006 at 6:33PM

Cover ArtEdge of battle [compact disc]
by Brown, Dale
This is a long and boring story about people this listener could not get into or care about. This story is not nearly as good as tne previous version. All the bigotry and xenophobia does not add anything significant to this trite novel that is just not worthy of the time. In addition, the narrator spends the first half sleepreading through this snorer and finally does a better job at the end when its too late to care.   posted Jul 14, 2006 at 6:03PM

Cover ArtDavid Copperfield [DVD].
by Yelland, David
I recommend this DVD because this Charles Dickens novel is deep, well developed and involved with many interesting and powerful characters. 9 of 10 stars   posted Jul 4, 2006 at 12:05AM

Cover ArtDead watch [compact disc]
by Sandford, John
The second half of this novel is much better than the first. This novel drags unnecessarily until Sanford provides some action after much early hocus-pocus boredom. In fact, I believe the novel would be better by doing away with the first 25% easily. Once Sanford finally gets into the action, the characters become people us readers want to care about. On another good note for audio listeners, you don’t have to listen to the great Richard Ferone mispronounce ’Cretin.’   posted Jun 17, 2006 at 8:55PM

Cover ArtChallenger Park [compact disc]
by Harrigan, Stephen
I strongly disliked this boring, whiny, too long novel about man-woman relationships, children, marital conflicts and a weak priest of all things. I thought this story extemely annoying. I couldn’t wait to finish this just to be done with it...and it exceeded with a disappointing finish.   posted Jun 14, 2006 at 10:07PM


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