Jacob's Folly

  • by Rebecca Miller
  • Narrated by Adam Sims
  • 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the author of the Richard and Judy best seller The Private Lives of Pippa Lee comes a brilliantly original novel about desire, faith, love, acting - and reincarnation. In 18th-century Paris, Jacob Cerf is a Jew, a peddler of knives, saltcellars, and snuffboxes. Despite a disastrous teenage marriage, he is determined to raise himself up in life, by whatever means he can.
More than 200 years later, Jacob is amazed to find himself reincarnated as a fly in the Long Island suburbs of 21st-century America, his new life twisted in ways he could never have imagined. But even the tiniest of insects can influence the turning of the world, and thanks to his arrival, the lives of a reliable volunteer fireman and a young Orthodox Jewish woman nursing a secret ambition will never be the same.
Through her wonderfully memorable protagonist, Rebecca Miller considers the hold of the past on the present, the power of private hopes and dreams, and the collision of fate and free will. InJacob's Folly, Miller's world - which is our own, transfigured by her clear gaze and by her sharp, surprising wit - comes spectacularly to life.


What the Critics Say

"Hugely ambitious, wildly imaginative... remarkably entertaining and ultimately gripping." (Kirkus)
"Rebecca Miller is a luminous writer." (Observer)
"Miller's prose is tight and compelling; it moves in its own fast rhythm, richly packed with images that slice open the text... revealing the dark waters beneath" (The Times)


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Well written but not my cup of tea

I often buy books without knowing much about the author or the story, so I try to be as open as possible to books I may not otherwise buy. This means I may read books I don't particularly enjoy, but I rarely feel as though I've wasted my time.
This book was well written and although I didn't enjoy it, it wasn't a complete chore to read. I simply found I couldn't make a connection with any of the characters and so I really couldn't care about their plights. I think perhaps if I was from a different culture or more religious the work may have had a greater impact. I read the book from start to finish in a neutral emotional state then started my next book immediately without feeling I should let the impact of this book settle in.
The narrator didn't get in the way of the story.
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- Ant


Where does Jacob's Folly rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Oh for heavens sake. This is STILL a stupid question. Who ranks books in order???

What was one of the most memorable moments of Jacob's Folly?

Oh I give up. I'm not reviewing any more. I can't cope with these questions.

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- Gillian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-06-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios