Narg came across this chart awhile ago and found it interesting for several reasons.
It doesn’t really match up to how Narg Ranks the series but the main part Narg found interesting was the difference in ratings for the so called “Slog” books between Amazon and Goodreads.
Narg puts the difference down to the the fact Goodreads didn’t launch until 2006, which is after those books came out. So the majority of the ratings are probably from people who didn’t have to wait 2+ years in between books whereas with Amazon, a larger percentage would be from people who did have to wait.
The greater the wait, the more anticipation grows and the more chance for disappointment. An example being PoD and there being no Mat. People spent 2 years waiting to find out what happened to Mat, only to find out they actually had to wait 4 years to get there Mat fix. PoD has some awesome scenes and INO doesn’t contain much “fluff”. The no Mat resolution is what really drags it down in the Amazon ratings INO. Goodreads reviewers on the other hand could just plow straight on into WH and find out what happened.
That’s Narg’s theory anyway
How do you rank the books from best to worst and what’s your view on the chart discrepancy?
Edit: Updated charts including audible below.