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Cynthia Rielley

Worcester, MA United States
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  • Blue Monday

  • Frieda Klein, Book 1
  • By: Nicci French
  • Narrated by: Beth Chalmers
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,246
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,249

Frieda Klein is a solitary, incisive psychotherapist who spends her sleepless nights walking along the ancient rivers that have been forced underground in modern London. She believes that the world is a messy, uncontrollable place. The abduction of five-year-old Matthew Farraday provokes a national outcry and a desperate police hunt. And when his face is splashed over the newspapers, Frieda cannot ignore the coincidence: one of her patients has been having dreams in which he has a hunger for just such a child.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not in the same league as Tana French, but okay.

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-26-12

Great intro to series

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I like this world and its inhabitants. Great introduction to all the characters. Good story. Nice pacing, actually caused me to dive in and buy the next and the next...

  • Lemon Pies and Little White Lies

  • Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery Series #4
  • By: Ellery Adams
  • Narrated by: C. S. E Cooney
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

Ella Mae LeFaye's Charmed Pie Shoppe has become a phenomenon beyond her wildest dreams, providing the enchanted town of Havenwood, Georgia, with spellbinding desserts and magical pies. Her personal life is also heating up as she takes on the responsibilities of leadership within her magical community. In fact the only thing weighing her down is the fact that handsome Hugh Dylan won't return her calls. Still, when Havenwood is rocked by a series of mysterious deaths, Ella Mae must put romantic longings aside.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I won't read anymore in this series.

  • By vt81214 on 01-28-19

urf the narrator!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-16

Would you try another book from Ellery Adams and/or C. S. E Cooney?

no I just can not. Had to read the book myself. The overly cartoon voices, the odd pacing. I can't listen to her.I have tried

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

read the book

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of C. S. E Cooney?

ANYONE!!!! Including my 9 year old

Any additional comments?

Read the books

  • Murder at Jade Cove

  • A Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Volume 2
  • By: Dianne Harman
  • Narrated by: Erin deWard
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

Was it the environmental activist enamored with spotted owls, someone from the local Native American tribe, Jeff's son, Jeff's wife, or his wife's lover? Join Kelly, the owner of Kelly's Koffee Shop, her boxer dog, Rebel, and her fiancé, Mike, the county sheriff, as they try and catch the person who killed Jeff Black. Well, it's not as if no one wanted Jeff dead. He had a lot of enemies. There were a lot of people who didn't want to see his property turned into a commercial hotel and spa.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Killer Strikes

  • By Rosemary on 08-12-16

Sweet start for Coziers

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-23-16

What did you like best about Murder at Jade Cove? What did you like least?

There was no violence which will please many, It is a very happy upbeat book

Would you recommend Murder at Jade Cove to your friends? Why or why not?

For those who are just testing out the genre this is a nice little start. very simple very upbeat

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The performers different voices were quite distracting. I did not care for her pacing.

Any additional comments?

I received this book for free in return for an open honest review

  • With Baited Breath

  • By: Lorraine Bartlett
  • Narrated by: Heather Masters
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

With sadness, Tori Cannon learns that the bait shop and small motel her grandparents ran has fallen on hard times. Jammed into one of the motel's units is a body, his mouth filled with spikes. Tori's friend, Kathy, arrives to help spruce up the property, and the two find themselves mixed up in the petty jealousies and deadly consequences that murder entails. Can they save the bait shop and find a murderer or will they, too, sleep with the fishes?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very good beginning

  • By Beatrice on 06-03-15

Great New Series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-26-15

What did you love best about With Baited Breath?

I loved the characters, the setting and the story. Lots of interesting
stuff. Room to grow.

What was one of the most memorable moments of With Baited Breath?

I don't really like questions like this. One should never give away the plot. The story was very interesting and left me wanting more without feeling like I was left hanging.

Which character – as performed by Heather Masters – was your favorite?

I liked all the characters but not in love with the narrator.

Any additional comments?

Great start of a new series, excited to see where it goes.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Time Killer

  • Max Larkin, Book 1
  • By: Todd M. Thiede
  • Narrated by: David T. Knize
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 12

The first murder rocks the city. The entire Bjornson family - except the father, Stephen - has been brutally murdered, and the killer has left a message behind, written in the victim's blood: Don't Waste People's Time. It's a grizzly start for two young detectives who've just become partners. But Max Larkin and Jesse Fairlane put their personal distaste for each other aside and start concentrating on how to find the killer from striking again

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The worst audiobook I have ever listened to

  • By Erna on 08-12-14

i think the narrator fell asleep

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

no. drone drone drone

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

am struggling to get there

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David T. Knize?

anyone

Was Time Killer worth the listening time?

not quite sure

Any additional comments?

the plot isn't bad but the writing is immature and stiff

  • The October List

  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 117

Two days ago, Gabriela's life was normal. Then, out of the blue, she gets word that her six-year-old daughter has been taken. She's given an ultimatum: Pay half a million dollars and find a mysterious document known as the "October List" within 30 hours, or she'll never see her child again. A mind-bending novel with twists and turns that unfold from its dramatic climax back to its surprising beginning, The October List is Jeffery Deaver at his masterful, inventive best.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Yuck

  • By Cynthia Rielley on 10-25-13

Yuck

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-25-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Different plot Better characters.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jeffery Deaver again?

Yes.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of January LaVoy?

She wasn't bad, but hard to judge with the story

What character would you cut from The October List?

all of them

Any additional comments?

Can I go lower than one star? I LOVE even crave Deaver books this was pointless annoying and due to style gave you no way of having any connection with the characters. Flat Flat Flat.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,075
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,166

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

tried, honestly did

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-13

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Could not even get into it enough to find out who it is written for. The characters bored me

Would you ever listen to anything by Gillian Flynn again?

I might but I don't know.

Would you be willing to try another one of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performances?

I rarely think it is the performers fault

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Gone Girl?

I don't think I would have even started.

  • The Black Box

  • Harry Bosch, Book 16
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Michael McConnohie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,816
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,231

In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Contrary to the tagline, Harry Bosch is not back!

  • By Joanna on 11-27-12

Please send McConnohie back to Non Fiction!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-12

What did you like best about The Black Box? What did you like least?

This guy is making Harry boring! It is awful. Not as painful as Joe Montagnea reading Spenser (He Said- She Said ugh!!! and I love both Joe and Spenser just never ever together again!, I digress...) I am trying to muddle through this as I anxiously await new Connelly but this is SOOOOOO boring! All due to the narrator. Where oh where has Len gone??