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.
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.
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.
exceptionally insightful, and well crafted story. characters who feel real, even the ones that turn out to be delusions. surprise ending felt a little off, but otherwise a solid read.
Frank Muller as the narrator makes any book come to life and he told stories to their best advantage. The writing was great, I was intruiged the whole way until the end when unfortunately, the writing took a dive and it became disapointingly formulaic. For this reason I had to give four stars instead of five. Until then though I was impressed with the distinct and complex characters and the unpredictable, unusual story.
Rae, the main character was strong and fragile in almost equal measures. Her vulnerability and strength was very relatable.
If I'd had the time to do that, absolutely.