Several of the groups for whom I review books ask that I post the reviews on a consumer website so I post to Amazon.com. I was perusing my reviews today and it just struck me as interesting which reviews got comments and which didn't, and which reviews had people finding them helpful--or not. As of this moment, I have 171 reviews on Amazon. My reviewer rank is 4518. I have 395 votes on my reviews, as to whether they are helpful or not, and of those votes 261 are "helpful". Sixteen of my reviews have garnered comments and the one that has garnered the most is Two Kisses for Maddy. Basically certain commenters took offense towards my complaints about overuse of the "F" word. I noticed too that another review of the same book--a one star review by someone who perused the book at the store, noticed the language and chose not to purchase it, also garnered a lot of negative votes.
I gave five stars to All Different Kinds of Free but my review was short and basically said I liked it. I have four people saying the review is helpful. I gave The Goodbye Quilt , a book by a popular author, five stars, and wrote a pretty thorough review, which 23 of 23 people said was helpful--and I can understand why people find that review helpful but 0 of 3 people found my review of In Name Only to be helpful, yet I think I gave some very clear reasons why I didn't like this much as much as I had hoped to. I have to wonder if the voters were friends of the author--I realize they might not like my negative review, but to say it isn't helpful?
My review of Sweetie is different--I gave it four stars and a fairly positive review, but nothing extraordinary. 49 of 53 people found my review helpful--that's probably more votes than any other review. I wonder if the voters are friends of authors?
What about you? Do you post your reviews on Amazon? Which reviews have gotten the most votes? The most comments?