The plot was slow to unfold and the book a tad longer than it should have been but I did enjoy the listen.
The only thing that stopped me from giving this book a full 4 stars was the narrator, Frank Muller. His narration was delivered in such an affected manner it was ridiculous and almost unreadable.
Having stumbled onto Laurie R King by way of Kate Martinelli...I decided to try a stand alone....this book...Folly is probably sober full when read....it is exquisite, painful, honest, real and chilling as it is read by Muller. I had to force myself to stop listening. Being in the medical profession...you can be assured...Laurie has captured the essence of clinical depression. The book also provides realistic hope for persons experiencing depression. Enjoyable is the wrong descriptor ...honest and vibrant are much better!
Don't know. I could listen more than 10 minutes, if that. Narrator was so syrupy I was gagging. I love Ms. King's writing but it was worth the suffering
Drawing out the last consonant of every phrasessssssssss. So lugubrious it was painful
would like Jenny Sterlin to do it.
no, they are both outstanding.
When she let the people help her to put in the beam in her house. She had been so protective and then she had to share the moment. Also when she found the bones. This is a great read for folks who are struggling with their own inner demons.
First, it was great.
Yes, but it was too long.
You should know I love Laurie R. King so I think most of her books are good, this one just struck a cord with me. It was the one that really showed the strength of the human spirit, besides being a great mystery.
As a fan of Laurie King I was really disappointed by this book and the narration. Its a dark dismal slow moving story, and the narration is equally slow and unexpressive. Its almost impossible to keep plowing on in the hope of some kind of resolution and growth of the main character. Don't waste your money on this one.
I was led to this book because of my love of Frank Muller's readings. It's interesting that this is a Laurie King book and I discovered Frank through Stephen King's books. In any case I enjoyed the concept of this story and the opportunities for suspense and healing that it provided. It was a very entertaining listen and has led me to other books by this author which I also have enjoyed, but this is my favorite so far and it could be because of Frank Muller's reading. It was a sad day when we lost him.
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Laurie King is one of my favorite authors. Frank Muller is absolutely beloved as a member of the narrator community. All of this came to naught in this book.
The character development took front/center stage to the deficit of every other component. Muller's narration sounded like an elderly grandfather reading a bedtime story to a very young grandchild. The plot dragged along in circles with only hints about what was important to pay attention to. And as it turned out, there really wasn't much.
The character development was top notch ... nothing else came up to that standard. If you haven't yet listened to King's series, do NOT take this one book as indicative of what she can do. She is wonderful. This book does her no justice.
With a non-conventional protagonist (Rae Newborn, an older woman who suffers from severe depression) and a non-conventional mystery (one that plays a subtle role till the later half of the novel and doesn't involve a recently deceased corpse), Folly remains one of my favorite novels to date. Using the isolated setting, King gives her characters the space to breathe and grow satisfyingly, while the plot is propelled by the construction of the house which further brings the central mystery into focus. The narration by Frank Muller is also excellent, with distinct voices given to the characters and a wryness that felt natural given the 3rd person perspective from Rae. All in all I would highly recommend anyone listen to or read this novel in one form or another.
No the plot did not keep me on the edge of my seat, I don't believe that this was the aim of the author. Instead she took us on a slow and deeply moving journey as the main character fought for her right to live as she did, her ability to manage the inner voices and her external struggle to build a house on her own. I loved this story but not because it kept me on the edge of my seat but rather because it was well paced, interesting with likeable and well developed characters.
I was a little overwhelmed as the book began, however, as the book unfolded, I found it deeply touching, and beautifully written. It was very powerful. And - of course - Frank Muller is a master storyteller.