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Crafted by the creator of the beloved Mrs. Pollifax series, this little gem of a novel sparkles with romance and intrigue. The story whisks you to the enchanting rural abode known as Thale’s Folly, whose occupants are anything but fools. As you get to know these charming people and their magical home, a delicious scent of mystery infuses the fresh country air.

Andrew Thale is not exactly thrilled when his overbearing father sends him on an errand to assess the property inherited from an eccentric aunt. Andrew is intrigued though, when he finds the house fully occupied. Its odd and interesting residents have a calming effect on him, especially the beautiful young woman named Tarragon. But his arrival seems to have set a series of mysterious events into motion. Narrator John McDonough’s engaging performance lets you share in the excitement and camaraderie. Like Andrew Thale, you will want to linger in this mellow country haven.

©1999 Dorothy Gilman Butters (P)1999 Recorded Books

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Excellent Story and Narration!

I loved and cherished every moment of this book. James McDonough narrated it and it was such a joy listening to him. He is like an old friend as he narrated the Mitford series by Jan Karon.

Dorothy Gilman wrote the Mrs. Pollifax series which I also loved and adored. What a gift she has for transporting me to another place and time, to help me experience the story as if I were surrounded by it...I cannot wait to read more of her books, so I do not remain depressed since this book ended too quickly.

Thales Folly was a joy, and I have bought the paperback book so I can share it with everyone. This book demonstrates the beauty of a simple, innocent life far away from the bustle of "reality" and worldly greed. The life these lovely people built, living off the land, and being in touch with nature, and their inherent knowledge that each person comes into your life on purpose, to help you fulfill your purpose and theirs, nothing happens accidentally, and your future cannot be what it will, without your past...all simple lessons, and ones we should be reminded of often.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Great story!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I was drawn quickly into the story and my attention was held captive until the end.

What about John McDonough’s performance did you like?

I like his voice, he doesn't try to change for each character, but still reads so each person is distinct.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, but I looked forward to the times when I was able to listen.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Delightful Intrigue

If you like the feeling of curling up in front of a fire with a good book, then this is that sort of book. It is a charming mystery with little twists. It inspired me to make evening tea with fresh thyme I was growing in a pot on my porch; and I will never smell thyme again without remembering this story.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Most satisfying tale

This is one of the best books I've listened to by Dorothy Gilman. I've been a fan of the Mrs. Pollifax series (read by Barbara Rosenblat) for the last year and decided to listen to others by Ms. Gilman. However, my enjoyment was greatly enhanced by the reading style of John McDonough!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Charming story with little twists and turns

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is not a violent or graphic novel. The plot and characters are interesting. Mr. McDonough's narration is wonderful. Overall, a nice, light listen with engaging characters and great narration.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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I loved ths story. Full of surprises. Odd charact

Would you listen to Thale's Folly again? Why?

I really enjoyed this book. Learned lots from all the odd characters and their love for each other and their lot in life.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The surprise ending with the haughty father and death of the favorite lady,

Any additional comments?

I appreciated the subtle underlying sovereignty of God. It encouraged me.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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My favorite Dorothy Gilman book!

This book is an old friend I’ve read many times and listened to many times. The narration is good and does the book justice.
Highly recommended!

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Heartwarming!

Love the narrator's voice. There are lots of interesting characters and there is a happy ending.

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Absolutely beautiful

It started a little slow, but you should give the story time to develop. It's worth it.

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Lovely

A sweet relaxing character driven book. Quite an antidote to modern life. Once I adjusted to the narrator's style it, too, was relaxing.