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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (514 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dorothy Gilman Narrator: John McDonough Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 1999 ISBN: 9781470324902
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As readers will gladly attest, there is nothing more entertaining than a Dorothy Gilman novel, for the author of the beloved Mrs. Pollifax novels brings to her work a distinctive mix of romance and mystery.

At the request of his father, New York City novelist Andrew Thale tackles an odd assignment—to check out an old family property in western Massachusetts, neglected since Aunt Harriet Thale’s death years ago.

Much odder still is what he finds.

Far from being deserted, Thale’s Folly is fully inhabited—by a quartet of charming squatters, former “guests” of kindhearted Aunt Harriet. Elegant Miss L’Hommedieu, Gussie the witch, Leo the bibliophile, and beautiful nineteen-year-old Tarragon, who is unlike any girl Andrew has ever met in Manhattan.

Andrew is entranced by these unworldly creatures and their simple life. Yet all is not well in Thale’s Folly. A thief breaks into the farmhouse, and an old friend of the “family” disappears. While the peace that appears to have been Aunt Harriet’s only legacy to her companions is destroyed, Andrew and Tarragon are drawn into mysteries they cannot fathom. But for the first time, Andrew begins to understand that love and loyalty are life’s greatest treasures.

Once again, Dorothy Gilman enchants us. Thale’s Folly is just as tempting as a delicious caper from the unsinkable Mrs. Pollifax.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Veteran author Dorothy Gilman spins a delightful and enchanting tale of friendship, love, and the power of kindness.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “[John McDonough] reads with great warmth and sensitivity to the tone of the text. He proceeds in a leisurely manner, as if savoring every word, and invites the listener to do the same. This is a gracious entertainment with enough depth to leave a pleasant resonance.”

    AudioFile

  • “Delightful…At first, it seem Gilman is rounding up the usual literary suspects, but her genial and well-paced writing, vivid landscapes, and quirky characters are greater than the[ir] sum…A suspenseful romp.”

    Booklist

  • “A sweetly entertaining fairy tale sure to delight the author’s many fans.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 2/20/2014

    " A very good mystery that is more of a novel than a mystery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 2/11/2014

    " Andrew goes out to his great-aunt's house after a nervous breakdown and finds a group of eccentrics. A small book about how modernity is suffocating the soul. It's been done before, and been done better, and even been done before better by Gilman herself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 1/20/2014

    " cozy personal development tale, too short "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zimmer | 1/20/2014

    " quick, light, all ends tied up - a little unrealistic but who cares? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey | 1/14/2014

    " just loved it, very different and fun. I have read all of her Mrs. Pollifax mysteries which I also liked a lot. this is a novel and I read it for the second time in 3 days. whenever i could get a chance to read it I would. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 12/28/2013

    " I loved the simplicity of this novel. It makes me want to runaway and try something new. Read it twice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aprilmazzo | 12/18/2013

    " I picked this book up by accident thinking it was a Mrs. Pollifax book. When I finished the book I saw the review on the back cover and had to agree..."Charming...Sweetly Entertaining." It was a nice light read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lila | 12/15/2013

    " Fun, quick read. Different than other Mrs. Pollifax novels. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 12/8/2013

    " This is definitely a "cozy" mystery with charming characters. I liked it, but it didn't have enought pull to really make me want to finish it quickly. I kept expecting more excitement or more mayham, but it never really happened. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 11/25/2013

    " This was a nice, easy, Sunday afternoon read. It's great if you want something fast and light that doesn't require too much thinking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 11/23/2013

    " Light hearted & quick read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 11/19/2013

    " A unique and enjoyable cast of characters "squatting" in an abandoned cottage. By the same author as Mrs. Pollifax. Not so much intrigue and danger, but has more depth, if you are looking for that... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann | 11/16/2013

    " A quick read from the author of the Mrs. Pollinax books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonny | 10/27/2013

    " Light, whimsical, magical. Moves quickly with no real surprises, but charmingly innocent and decent. Just a plain fun story to absorb while the weather is blustery and cold. Especially enjoyed the herbal tea insights and the kindness and respect the characters expressed to each other. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayleen | 9/19/2013

    " I expected little from this thin mystery and was so pleasantly surprised! It is a gentle mystery with an unconventional but lovable cast. I will be looking for more from this author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison Blake | 8/13/2013

    " This is a re-read for me. Pleasant, easy read. Perfect feel good without too much effort read. I'm a fan of Dorothy Gilman, some of her books are much better than others. This one's on the plus side. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lowry | 7/16/2013

    " A sweet, fun read by a favorite author. If you are new to Dorothy Gilman start with The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax or The Tightrope Walker. Don't start with Thale's Folly which is too sweet and slight unless you love Dorothy Gilman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy McClanahan | 5/5/2013

    " Nothing special, but really likable eccentric characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandie | 4/19/2013

    " This was kind of a neat story - a nice, easy read. Great for the cottage! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 2/15/2013

    " I'm a Dorothy Gilman fan and I really enjoyed this book as a fun escape to a past era - the 70's. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cindy | 1/21/2013

    " Disappointed. The characters were just too weird and the plot was predictable. Disney on steroids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 1/20/2013

    " Thale's Folly by Dorothy Gilman (2000) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 12/21/2012

    " Cute story - and it avoided some of the cliches I was afraid it would use. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/28/2012

    " Easy to read and a cute plot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tara | 10/22/2012

    " Eh. I couldn't get into this one but felt I had to finish it because I hate quitting books in the middle! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristie | 10/15/2012

    " A fun fast read. I read it because one of the main characters name is Tarragon! "

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About the Author
Author Dorothy GilmanDorothy Gilman is the author of the Mrs. Pollifax series of novels, as well as several others. She divides her time between Norwalk, Connecticut, and Albuquerque, New Mexico.
About the Narrator

John McDonough, one of AudioFile magazine’s Golden Voices, has narrated dozens of audiobooks. He is known for his narrations of children’s books, including Robert McCloskey’s Centerburg Tales and Albert Marrin’s Commander-in-Chief Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. Outside of his audiobook work, he has starred in a revival of Captain Kangaroo on the Fox Network.