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.
Daily commuter relying on Audible to keep awake. I need excitement! If something crazy doesn't happen in the first 20 mins I'm done!
I only was able to get through a couple chapters. This story was so idiotic, I don't see anyone being interested in it except for maybe prepubescent boys who are interested in hearing stories about public masturbation and other stupid and overly visual deviant activities. I am no prude, but found this story to be totally dull, gross and stupid. I am so sorry I wasted a credit.
This may be one of the most disgusting beginnings to a book have ever heard. The F word was used so many times, I had to stop listening. Really, books like this one should come with some kind of warning before spending money that is just wasted--as I have deleted it. Too bad because it could have been a good book.
This isn't a proper review, I haven't finished the book yet, I wanted to make the disclaimer that this is a tale for adults.
...and a darn good one so far!
Reads as if written by a hormone charged precocious fourteen year old boy. The plot is ridiculous, the action preposterous. Filled with awkward, creaking plot contrivances. While the narrators voice has the nasal whine quality of a dentists drill. I bought it because of all the sterling reviews. I was expecting a bawdy literate romp. What I got was absolute drivel. Don't waste your money.
It's rare that I do not finish an audiobook, but I had to make an exception for this one. It was tedious, boring....I feel foolish for wasting a credit on it!
A reader from day 1 now a listener too! Remember honesty in a review does help you decide, even if you don't agree!
Having never read this author, didn't realize what I was in for....juvenile, bathroom, masturbatory, crude and vulgar humor. A story that never gained traction, and 'every other sentence' gratuitously vulgar references. Got tired of the characters talking about the size of their ****, and how often they ****, and what chambermaid has the biggest *****.......
This would be a great read for junior high boys.
The narrator was good but I was looking for a 'King Lear' style story..the style was, the story not even...!