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.
This book is different than L. King's usual stories, I look forward to the next one about Rae. I loved this story of a woman trying to get herself back together after many tragic blows. Wonderful story that keeps you on your toes and guessing what will happen next.
Audible is the best thing since sliced bread..
I really did try this book, The woman who is the star of the show is an older woman who has lost some family and wishes to commit suicide. I say let her, She is spoiled beyond anything, she seems to be bothered by people who do not know who she is due to her career in wood working. I suspect Mrs King,( no relation) must also be like this,, a " You should know and love me " attitude. I am rude to people who want to be friendly,..Im very very self centered. And every man loves me! oh poor me, my life is so hard, cry cry..
This kind of attitude bothers me greatly, I usually like me heros.
My suggestion is to overlook this book unless you to are spoiled and rich brat!
Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.
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.
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.
Yes, great story -- Laurie King is always terrific
The main character is wonderful
I appreciated the wonderful descriptions of both landscape and the character's state of mind
Retired "Okie" librarian & happy to have found Audible for good stories & staying in touch with new authors & books.
I have enjoyed King's mysteries with Mary Russell in the Beekeeping series. They have a smooth intellectual pace with action enough to keep me interested. This title I found slow and unnecessarily complicated with long descriptions. I gave up listening after 5 hours & searched ahead in Pt. 2 for clues to the introduction of additional characters or action. Okay, I found them & went back to listening in order. The action peaks in the last 3 hours of a 16 hour book.
"Folly" is best described as a psychological mystery with long periods of descriptions of inner thoughts, landscapes, & interpersonal relationships. It is well & cleanly written. It takes place mostly in the Northwest San Juan Islands & a fictional island in the chain. The narrator is surprisingly appropriate even though the voice is that of a middle aged woman. He "sounds" like Rae perfectly.
Buy "Folly" if the title is discounted or if you are a dedicated King fan.
Very well done. Suspenseful without going for the cheap thrill. Romantic without mushy platitudes. During much of the narrative, nothing happens, but the story is interesting enough so that we want to get to know Rae through these moments. The use of great-uncle Desmond’s journal entries were very good, too, and illustrated parallels in her life as well as in the life of someone she doesn’t actually meet until the end of the story. I loved the parts when she was building the house alone. When she was excavating the cellar and found all those artifacts and began to piece together Desmond’s stay on the island. Her love and devotion to the house’s restoration. The pleasure she took in her art and her craftsmanship (craftswomanship?). She sounds like a person I would like to know even though she doesn’t sound easy to get to know or like once you have. She’s abrupt and uncharitable sometimes. Kind of like me.
Most people love, love, love Frank Muller's narration and often, I do too. This narration however was breathy and overly dramatic. It called too much attention to itself and went against the grain of the story which is of a solitary woman sorting out her own demons in her own way. Not a good fit.
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.