Best reviewed Kindle books May 2014

Best reviewed Kindle books May 2014

Do Kindle book reviews matter to you?

They do to me.

Not that it’s as simple as “This one has more stars than that one.” A lot of factors affect that…including how many reviews there are.

Another big factor seems to be the subject matter. It appears to me that faith based books often have a significantly higher average. Perhaps that’s because people are less likely to review them negatively? Maybe they feel like it is a “cause” they should support with more stars? Not sure…

I thought I’d take a look at the

Best reviewed books in the USA Kindle store (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Amazon does, by the way, give more weight to more reviews when you sort by “Avg. Customer Review”, which I did above.

#1: Homicide in High Heels: High Heels Mysteries book #8 (at AmazonSmile)
by Gemma Halliday
5.0 stars, 552 customer reviews

This one is really head and shoulders above the rest…and not just because of those heels! Seriously…try getting 551 people to give five stars to having oxygen to breath. ūüėČ One person did rate it at four stars, but with a gushingly positive review. Some people simply won’t give the top grade no matter what…

May I Have Your Order, Please?: How to get what you want from God! (at AmazonSmile)
by Rickie Rush
5.0 stars, 232 reviews

This one has a four star…and a 1 star. The one star objects to the motivations of the author, by selling the book instead of giving it away…

Little Blue Truck
by Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurray (illustrator)
4.9 stars, 411 reviews

Again, there’s one 1-star review…might have been interesting just to do a post on those 1-star outliers. This one liked the book, but didn’t think it translated well to the Kindle.

Building an Empire:The Most Complete Blueprint to Building a Massive Network Marketing Business (at AmazonSmile)
by Brian Carruthers
5 stars, 123 reviews

The Promise of a Pencil
by Adam Braun
Business life, ethics
5 stars, 334 reviews

I am not linking to this one because they are blocking text-to-speech access. That seems particularly…hard to justify in a book like this, which is about making a positive difference in other people’s lives. It seems hypocritical for the publisher (not the author) to insert code into a book that prevents access to it by those with print disabilities, when the subject matter is about giving access to people (through providing them with the tools for education).

Let’s do a quick run down of best reviewed titles by topic:

Arts & Photography:

Prophet¬†–¬†The Story of Nat Turner

Biographies & Memoirs:

The Promise of a Pencil (the same book as above)

Business & Money:

Building an Empire (see above)

Children’s Books:

Little Blue Truck (see above)

Comics & Graphic Novels:

Bad Machinery Volume 2: The Case of the Good Boy

Computers & Technology:

Cisco CCNA in 60 Days


The Oh She Glows Cookbook

Crafts, Hobbies, & Home:

As Bright as the Sun

Education & Teaching

The Promise of a Pencil (sigh…I started this part so I wouldn’t end with that book…now it keeps popping up again)

Gay and Lesbian:


Health, Fitness & Dieting:

Healing After Loss


With the Old Breed: at Peleliu and Okinawa

Literature & Fiction:

Homicide in High Heels (see above)

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Homicide in High Heels (see above)


Building an Empire (see above)

Parenting & Relationships:

Motherhood Realized

Politics & Social Sciences:

Tattoos on the Heart

Professional and Technical:

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog



Religion & Spirituality:

May I Have Your Order, Please? (see above)


Archer’s Voice

Science & Math:

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog (see above)

Science Fiction & Fantasy:

Words of Radiance


Tattoos on the Heart (see above)

Sports & Outdoor:

The Duck Commander Devotional

Teen & Young Adult:

Jesus Calling


Humans of New York

Foreign Languages:

Go Pro 7 (in Spanish)

Hmm…one thing you can see is how many books are the best reviewed books in more than one category. That makes sense…the book is equally well-reviewed regardless of category, so if it is towards the top, that is likely to be true in every category which the publisher chose.

What do you think? Do you care about customer reviews? Are more reviews more convincing? Have you ever noticed an outlying one-star review which amused you? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.


3 Responses to “Best reviewed Kindle books May 2014”

  1. Phink Says:

    Early this year I saw on Audible dot com a banner for their highest rated books for 2013 and I wound up going to Amazon and buying the kindler version of ‘A Higher Call’ by Adam Makos. At the time I read it 98% of Amazon customers rated it 4 or 5 stars. I did not think that was even possible with over 1,500 reviews. It was an incredible read and right now ranks as my 5th favorite book of all time. Ratings do sway me sometimes but I am afraid to read reviews because of possible spoilers but I sometimes take the risk. Sometimes after I read it I go to the reviews to see what others have said about it just out of curiosity.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Phink!

      I can understand reading the reviews afterwards…that is, essentially, literary study. While I don’t like spoilers, I love dissecting a work of art with others when we have all already experienced it.

      I’m not familiar with that book…I’ll take a look

  2. Lady Galaxy Says:

    If you want to see a case where folks who never read the book brought its star ratings way down, check out “Leggy Blonde” by Aviva Drescher. Background: She is one of the “Real Housewives” of NYC. The book is a memoir and she had a co-writer. This season, she has been in a big feud with another cast member, Carole Radziwill, who is also a writer. Apparently Carole wasn’t supportive of Aviva’s ghost written book, so Aviva accused Carole of also using a ghost writer. Back to case in point. There are over 100 negative reviews of Aviva’s book written by folks who for the most part lack the “verified purchase” notice. It’s almost comical to real all the explanations included in the review about how the reviewer acquired a copy of the book. Lots of “gifts,” library borrows, found on the subway or left on an airplane. It’s obvious they never read the book and only wanted to hurt the Aviva for being mean to Carole. There are half as many 5 star reviews, but more of them contain verified purchase notations. There are very few in between.

    For the record, I haven’t read the book and haven’t reviewed it. I just think it shows the seamy side of online reviews. Some people review the author rather than the book!

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