How I rate my reviews

Q. How do you rate the books you review.

A. I am not that technical about it but I rate on a scale of 1/4th of a star to 5 stars. I should just do  1 to 10 stars or something, but that would just confuse the reviews on Goodreads and Amazon.  For the reviews on those websites, say a book is 3.75 stars I would usually round it up to 4 stars

Q. OK now I know what scale you use to rate books. But how does A book actually get placed on that scale?

A. Great question. Basically if I finished it, it will get 2, 3, or 4 stars depending on how much I enjoyed it. Then i add or take away points for certain things. More than a few typos or grammatical errors loses at least -1/2 a star. No Typos and its +1/2 star. So a 5 star book review would have to be something I really enjoyed plus no typos and good printing quality and a nice cover.

Q. What about Audiobooks?

A.  If it’s a Audiobook I start with the same basic scale the pacing and voice range are important but the main thing that loses points for me is if I hear swallowing or other noises.

 A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin
received 4.75 stars  because the cover was not that great. But that was the only thing wrong with it.

The audiobook just barely got 4 stars because of  Roy Dotrice as a narrator. You could hear him clear his throat all the time and he made everyone sound like a 90 year old man with emphysema. And who wants to hear  Arya Stark sound like she needs to kick her 4 pack a day smoking habit she has had since she learned to crawl?

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