When a seasoned author expressed disappointment at my rating his most recent work a “3” on Amazon, I wanted to explain. Here’s what I told him:
I’m sorry you were disappointed by my rating. We obviously do not consider the rating numbers the same.
If I rate a book a “5,” that means it is EXQUISITE. I reserve fives for those books that when I’ve finished reading them, I want to turn back to the beginning and read them all over again. That happens rarely.
A “4” read to me is EXCEPTIONAL, full of surprises.
A “3” is ENJOYABLE, entertaining, delightful, worth the time.
A “2” is ALL RIGHT, better than most.
A “1” is FAIR, but a reader might do better to look elsewhere.
The books that I don’t like, I don’t read beyond the first three chapters and do not write reviews. If I can’t say something nice, I don’t comment.
My own books draw a range of rating numbers. The rank, like beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder.
I like (his title). It made me want to read more of your books, and I will. If you prefer I not write reviews, I won’t. Maybe I should define my ratings for Amazon, so potential readers will understand. Recently, I read a book I thought rated a five. I just finished one I will rate a four. They are unusual.
Again, I apologize for being on a different wave link. And, thanks for such an enjoyable read