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C'est la Folie Audiobook

C'est la Folie: One Man's Quest for a More Meaningful Life

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Publisher's Summary

One day in late summer, Michael Wright gave up his comfortable South London existence and, with only his long-suffering cat for company, set out to begin a new life. His destination was "La Folie", a dilapidated 15th century farmhouse in need of love and renovation in the heart of rural France.

In a bid to fulfil a childhood dream of becoming a Real Man, he struggles to make the journey from clinically social townie to rugged, solitary paysan. Through his enthusiastic attempts at looking after livestock and coming to terms with the concept of living Abroad Alone, he discovers what it takes to be a man at the beginning of the 21st century.

©2006 Michael Wright; (P)2008 Isis Publishing Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Wright captures the fun of the countryside perfectly." (Sunday Times)
"What elevates this book...is Wright's gentle humour and his ability to create a vivid impression of his literal and emotional journey...with such wit and perception." (Sunday Telegraph)

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    Grace 19/07/2009
    Grace 19/07/2009
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    ""C'est la Folie""

    Absolutely entrancing. I've listened to it over and over and it still makes me laugh. A delightful, uplifting book and one which it's easy to dip in and out of - am now looking forward to the next one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Birkenhead, Merseyside, United Kingdom 13/07/2009
    Frank Birkenhead, Merseyside, United Kingdom 13/07/2009

    Born in Wirral, Jan., 1934. Evacuated to Wales during war. Ed. St. Luke's School , Birkenhead. Hussars, Germany 1952/54. Printer.

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    "C'est la Folie"

    Pure magic. Hearing Michael Wright's description of people and flying over France plus his love of his farm animals, is like going on a holiday.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Southampton, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
    Timothy Southampton, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
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    "C'est formidable !"

    Listened to this first in a cottage in Northern Brittany but would have enjoyed it anywhere. Really funny, and yet very insightful and honest about his own character and those of the wonderful characters living around him. His love and enthusiasm for the country and the people he meets shine through. Listening also evoked many memories of growing up in the late 60's and 70's as well as capturing the difficulties of learning and speaking another language while in that country. His reading is note perfect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Saxmundham, United Kingdom 23/09/2011
    Stephen Saxmundham, United Kingdom 23/09/2011
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    "Re length - Linda Aug.27th"

    I have just downloaded this title and there are two parts each of 12 hours . Make sure you download both parts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chrystine Livingston 27/06/2011 Member Since 2014
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    "emotional roll through life in rural france"

    I have loved this book and the one that follows. Funny, honest, account of the struggles to adapt to a very different life. I loved his different accents and his bit and pieces of French language. I will play it again and again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pete Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom 11/04/2011
    Pete Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom 11/04/2011 Member Since 2015
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    "Supprisingly adictive"

    I bought this book because I have always wanted to live in France. I found this book addictive and what ever the audible equivalent of a page turner. I listened to the book in about 5 days and can't wait to listen to the follow up. Michael's description of living with Chickens has even made a true towny like me think about it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maid Marian Sherwood Forest 04/08/2016
    Maid Marian Sherwood Forest 04/08/2016

    Recently retired, full of beans, finding new things to do - one of which is listening to audio books. Always been a great reader.

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    "A gentle dip into the real side of France"
    Would you listen to C'est la Folie again? Why?

    I've listened to this book several times and enjoyed it each time. It's so well written, with beautifully descriptive sections, factual daily-life stories and humourous episodes - all adding up to a vivid snapshot of the author's adjustments to life in France.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that the author read it himself. He reads well. I also liked hearing about the differences between English and French life. I'm a Francophile, so perhaps I'm biased! I was very interested in learning about the Ouessant sheep (you have to read the book!).


    What does Michael Wright bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Somehow it makes it more believable with the author reading it.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me laugh in parts. Didn't cry - don't think it was meant to make you cry!


    Any additional comments?

    A must-read for anyone interested in France and the French.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TJ 25/07/2016
    TJ 25/07/2016 Member Since 2015

    I'm not a great reader so these are perfect for people like me.

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    "Best audio book I've listen to so far, 5 Stars"

    I have now listened to both of Michaels La Folie books and could not get enough, I am so jealous of this man and his bravery.

    Firstly I am not a great reader and my concentration span isn't great either so audio books are perfect for me and without exaggerating this is the best I've listen to so far since signing up to audible a couple of years ago.

    I stumbled across this first book a couple of weeks ago as an Audible recommendation after reading other travel and adventure books.

    Michael has a way of just making you want to know what is going to happen next, don't get me wrong he is no action hero and that's what makes it so good because he is a normal guy no different to most of us. However he is well educated and very smart.

    He also has a nice voice to listen to, he is kind, well spoken and unassuming. He is also very funny and witty.

    I would recommend this book to anyone like me who would love to up sticks and move to the country but doesn't have the guts to do it. With this book I have feel like I have been on this journey with Michael.

    I drive all over the country for my job and there has been times when I haven't been able to get out the car because I just wanted to listen to more.

    I have thoroughly enjoyed to this book and want the thank the author for sharing his experience.

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    Steve_Morris 15/06/2016
    Steve_Morris 15/06/2016 Member Since 2010

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    "Good story and performance spoilt by production"

    We enjoyed listening to this on our way down through France. Michael Wright is very positive about his experience of France and doesn't make fun of the French as it would be easy to do. He shows he real love of his adopted country and people. The stories are funny and the setbacks understandable, but there is much to like about living rural France, as we discovered when we arrived.
    The only problem is the production quality of the audio version. Chapters rush straight into each other without a pause, and the chapters on the audio files do not match the chapters of the story. So if you lose your place it is hard to find where you had got to. Also the sound levels vary between chapters as the engineer hasn't balanced the levels properly - just shoddy considering how easy this is to do nowadays.

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    Robert Lee Harrigan 24/03/2016
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    "Incredibly enjoyable, pleasing book"

    Absolutely loved the book, well written and read by the author. Frivolous, funny and heart warming. I would recommend to anyone.

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  • Kirsty
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    16/12/11
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    "I laugh, cry, envy and delight as I listen"
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    This is the most delightful book, along with its sequel, in my audio library. Michael reveals himself bravely to the world and comes across as an altogether delightful person. It is truly wonderful in this day and age of rage against circumstance to find a writer who tells of his joy of living in the everyday. He imparts his gratitude for having the ability to choose and live the way he wants to, not in a mawkish count your blessings way, but imparts to the reader with great story telling skills, humour and occasional pathos that he has achieved his ambition and is delighted with it. His grass is greener, he is having his cake and eating it, and is content - a rare thing for the modern human, it seems.As an annual visitor to France, I find the behaviour of his compatriots the most unappealing thing about the country so applaud his respect for his adopted country and its citizens - no anecdotes about simpleton artisans just because they speak another language and have different ways of doing things.Truly a great find and a great person to spend many hours with - I was very glad he read the books himself.

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