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Subject: Books with 5 stars on Amazon
Date Posted: 10/24/2008 3:27 PM ET
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This week I read two books that earned 5 stars on Amazon: Driving with Dead People by Monica Holloway and City of Thieves by David Benioff. They were both well-written. I wonder if anyone knew of any other books with 5 stars and what they thought of them. I think I have a couple others on my TBR.

Date Posted: 10/25/2008 11:02 AM ET
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Wow, no one's responded to this.. I'll see if I have any on my WL over there that are 5 stars. If so, I will BRB to list them :)


Date Posted: 10/25/2008 11:26 AM ET
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Oh no I have been listing a whole bunch and they disappeared. I'll have to start over GGrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!

Ok... 5 stars on Amazon

Rekindled (Fountain Creek Chronicles, Book 1)

Safely Home

Success Secrets of Super Achievers

Today's the Day

One Stroke, Two Survivors: The Incredible Journey of Herb And Berenice Kleiman

Headaches (Cleveland Clinic Guides)

The Power of Hope

The Long-Awaited Stork

Never to Be a Mother: A Guide for All Women Who Didn't -- Or Couldn't -- Have Children

Some Dreams Come True: A Journey Through Infertility

Cryo Kid: Drawing a New Map

Making Babies the Hard Way: Living with Infertility and Treatment

The Empty Picture Frame: An Inconceivable Journey Through Infertility

There Are Babies To Adopt: A Resource Guide for Prospective Parents

The Fertile Female: How the Power of Longing for a Child Can Save Your Life and Change the World

Maxwell 3-in-1 Special Edition (The Winning Attitude / Developing the Leaders Around You / Becoming a Person of Influence)

Maxwell Leadership Bible, Revised and Updated

The Success Principles(TM):​ How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers: Looking After Yourself and Your Family While Helping an Aging Parent

What You Didn't Think to Ask Your Obstetrician

Building Your Business with Google For Dummies

A Practical Guide to Affiliate Marketing: Quick Reference for Affiliate Managers & Merchants

Talking About Aphasia: Living With Loss of Language After Stroke

This Can't Be Love!

Budget Makeovers: Give Your Home a New Look

$500 Room Makeovers

Decorating Idea Book (Idea Books)

Waiting for Birdy: A Year of Frantic Tedium, Neurotic Angst, and the Wild Magic of Growing a Family

The Life Organizer: A Woman's Guide to a Mindful Year

Quick Guide to the 16 Personality Types in Organizations: Understanding Personality Differences in the Workplace

Eating for Pregnancy: An Essential Guide to Nutrition with Recipes for the Whole Family

Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy

Health Risks of Weight Loss

The Photo Scribe: A Writing Guide / How to Write the Stories Behind Your Photographs

The Tender Land: A Family Love Story

Father Figure (Alias)

Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You (Associated Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction)

Whispers from the Past (Charmed)

Soul of the Bride

Dark Vengeance

I imagine it doesn't matter what you're into, you should be able to find something from that list. There's a whole bunch more with 4 1/2 stars if you're interested in those too.


Date Posted: 10/25/2008 7:45 PM ET
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I'm sure that there are many of these that are great reads, BUT I do not trust the reviews on Amazon at all. (And, I am a fan of Amazon... I buy all new books that I get from there and own a Kindle). The review system is a disaster, especially for self-published books. There have been many controversies with their system. If someone reviews a book with a negative review, the author and his/her minions are able to "reject" the review and have it completely wiped away as if it never happened. There are some "reviewers" that post upwards of 500 reviews each year, and are lauded for doing so. Call me crazy, but I find it hard to believe that these books are actually being read....
Date Posted: 10/26/2008 12:52 AM ET
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I read through the reviews but like to read the 5 and 1 stars and the only ones I consider helpful are the ones that say why they liked or disliked the book.

Date Posted: 10/26/2008 10:36 AM ET
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I typed a whole long list but apparently it timed out and would not post when I was ready to hit submit. There is no way I feel like typing all of that again:(

Date Posted: 10/26/2008 11:22 AM ET
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Tiffanie - That's interesting. It seems like most of your list is nonfiction, self-help type books.

Lisa - I agree that many of the reviews are dubious. I just thought it was interesting. I don't think I would give either book 5 stars personally, although maybe since you can't do half-stars on amazon.

Date Posted: 10/26/2008 1:25 PM ET
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Yeah, those are just the ones that had 5 stars. There is a bunch more fiction that I think has 4 1/2

Date Posted: 10/30/2008 7:06 AM ET
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Tiffanie, I live in Cleveland, Ohio and never knew they had a book about the Clinic. Wow! How interesting is that.

Date Posted: 10/30/2008 10:24 AM ET
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It is true that aparently authors do have the ability to make bad reviews disappear from their book listings.. I left a bad review for Invest Like A Shark by James "RevShark" DePorre because I was mad that I paid full, new price for that crappy book. I did not however attack anyone, all I did was point out WHY the book sucked and provided specific information that was WRONG in the book and wouldn't you know it? My review was only there for about an hour and then *poof* it disappeared never to be seen again. How is that right?!

Date Posted: 10/30/2008 12:23 PM ET
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Laurie-- That's exactly why Amazon star ratings have absolutely no meaning to me. I think that Amazon does a disservice to their customers by allowing reviews to be "rejected" if they are not "popular". There is a whole group of authors that pat each other on the backs and work to improve each others' star ratings. Ridiculous.
Date Posted: 10/30/2008 5:28 PM ET
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Jackie - we have a Cleveland Clinic down here in FL too. They are excellent!

Date Posted: 10/31/2008 7:53 AM ET
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I only trust the five star rating on amazon if more than a hundred people have responded.  A book can get a five star with only one review..not enough. But keep posting! lol..we're always looking for good books.

Date Posted: 10/31/2008 9:52 AM ET
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Like others who posted, I don't really trust 5-Star reviews on Amazon.  The only ways for a book to get  - and KEEP - a 5-star review average are (1) the book has very few reviews, or (2) the author or someone else has removed the bad reviews.  

So while I look at the star average on Amazon, it's only a guide.  What means the most to me is if a book has lots of reviews and still maintains an average above 4 stars. 

It's the reviews themselves that are most important to me.  Good and bad.  Bad reviews are important also.  Frequently I'll read a bad review and decide to read the book because I disagree with the reviewer who gave the bad review.  I get nothing out of a 5-star review that gushes praises the book endlessly.   A well-written review will say what the reader liked or didn't like about the book and back that up with some detail or examples.


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Date Posted: 10/31/2008 11:07 PM ET
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I completely agree with Lisa, I keep hearing about people who wrote OK reviews (3 stars), with nothing negative or offensive in the review, and a bunch of people marking it unhelpful and offensive until Amazon takes it down. At the request of the author. It disturbs me that gaming of the system goes on. So I try to look at the review as well as the stars and if there are only 5 star reviews I am as dubious about the book as if there were only 1 star reviews.