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.
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?