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.
I like the way Rae works through her psychological lproblems at the same time she is working on the reconstruction of the house.
Really is only one character and that is Rae. All other characters are very minor.
I didn't like him as a reader. Why was a male picked to read a book which is mostly a woman's thoughts?
this book is a thinker. Not a light read but not heavy either. It brings 'crazy' into our thought processes and gives us an insight into how it works and maybe we can build some empathy through that.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.