Long time fan of Christopher Moore and never, ever disappointed. This is my first audiobook of his work and I didn't think I could love him Moore! Oh how wrong I was. If you're not a priss this is a goldmine MUST LISTEN/read.
This book is clever, well-read, and engaging. As another reviewer mentions, it does contain "bawdy" language, but there is a warning right up front.
Moore has fun with classic British literature using modern-day British humor. I liked his vampire series, I loved this one.
Parts of the book were laugh out loud funny but not as much so as I had been lead to believe based on reviews of this book and author. Other stretches of the book were rather dull. Overall, I would rate the story and its narration at 3.5 stars. In my final rating, though, I'm deducting 0.5 stars for the poor audio quality; there is a persistent high-pitched whine throughout the book that nearly drove me crazy.
The amount of profanity exceeds even Mr. Moore's usual standard. Although some foul language is expected -- both from the author and from the subject matter -- the level in this book was just gratuitous, unnecessary, and repulsive. Mr. Moore's command of english and his humor are superb, but by the end of the book, I was numb and reeling from all the vulgarity. If this was a movie, I would be looking forward to the airline or network TV version.
I love literary fiction and I occasionally delve into non-fiction. I love books that are suspenseful and am really into well-told stories.
I liked the narrator and I really wanted to laugh at this silly book. But I couldn't. It's just dumb. A much better book by Moore is Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal. Now, THAT is a wonderful heartwarming book, and it is very funny. But this didn't really do much for me. Don't bother.
When I purchased this, I was expecting something like Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and became a little annoyed when Moore's work came across more like Monty Python, or Douglas Adams or a Robin Williams riff.
However, after a while, I just accepted the conceit and really began to enjoy it. However, I was still planning to write a somewhat critical review, until the epilogue. Here, the author himself speaks for about 15 minutes, explaining his intent and his influences and also the fact that the Lear tale did not originate with Shakespeare and that there is more than one text extant.
In the end, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is probably best enjoyed by the Shakespeare enthusiast. Moore has done a great job of making the tale of Lear accessible to a broader range of listeners.
That said, this is definitely an "R" rated work.
I love Chrisopher Moore. A Dirty Job is one of my all time favorite books. It took me 2 weeks to wade through this one. It was just plain boring.
Every time Mr. Moore publishes a new book, I anxiously buy it only to be disappointed. None compare to: A Dirty Job and The Stupidest Angel, both of which I have both read and heard. Once again that elusive element of greatness is missing. It is like that he finds it formula and then looses it. I hardly laughed with Fool, and the shagging business got old very fast. The outrageous humor and situations of his other books were just not there; and I can honestly say the profanity is not the problem, as it was its use. Even as a Shakespeare parody it fails to raise the mark and it is fairly predictable. The sad true is that is really missing the magic ingredient of originality, freshness and sheer craziness some of this others books have.