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.
I have enjoyed all of Laurie King's Mary Russell books, but I was apprehensive about this book because of a few negative reviews about the narrator. I, too, found the narrator annoying to begin with but then grew to enjoy his narration immensely. This is now my favorite Laurie King book. Excellent character development and interesting plot.
This one is very different from L.R. King's other books and takes some time to get going. However, the characters are very deep and interesting. It's slow in the 1st half, but the second half picks up with some twists and turns.
The quality of the narration can make or break a story for me. The narrator of this book, Frank Mueller, is by far the very worst one I have ever heard. I would not even consider buying book where he is the narrator. He has a very soft sing-song voice and he ends every sentence with a breathy overly dramatic voice as if every sentence needs extra emphasis. It's so annoying and very distracting and that's just the general narration. His character voices are comical. I will not be able to complete this audio book. What a waste of money. I like Laurie R. King as an author so my best advice is to go with a traditional book on this one.
Stop listening to other people's opinions and form one of your own. That's sound advice, or not. It all depends on how literal you take it.
This book, while well written, lacks a driving feel. To put it in its most simplest form... it's boring. There is the potential for a nice story and there is one in this book, but the lengths of details about wood working and the island drowns it.
Who cares about that stuff? It doesn't really move the story along.
As I said, this is well written. King is no doubt a great word smith, but the story... and it's always about the story, fell a little short of my desire.
I might try another book by her, but that, brothers and sisters of the written page, could be my folly..... :-)
I'm a big fan of Laurie R. King, but this narrator is so bad he could be a satire. I stopped and started the book half a dozen times before I finally managed to not hear the narration. The book itself is great.
This book was a big disappointment. It's a very slow moving story. I kept hoping for a big pay off at the end, but it too was not worth the wait. Also, the narrator had a very annoying reading style, ending nearly every sentence with a breathy whisper that got real old very fast. I will certainly avoid this author and narrator in the future.