I really like this rendition of the Shakespeare classic. Happy endings are always better for me. I listened to this twice and will probably listen once more. I really enjoyed the narration as well.
This is the funniest book I have read to date. When I got to the end of the book, I flipped back to the front and started again!
I listen to audiobooks hours every day, and this is one of my absolute favorites. The reading/performance by Euan Morton is absolutely phenomenal. He was very good as Paul in the Dune books, I think it was 2 books, but on those I think he was limited to just the one character. He is superb with this book! We need more Morton!
I REALLY loved this book! And, the audio-version made it even better. The material is hilarious - as long as you don't have a thin skin for TOTALLY non-PC language, for ribald humor, and for...well, WANKING, SNOGGING, and SHAGGING! The amount of research that went into making this "loose retelling" of the King Lear story must have been phenomenal! And it shows - by virtue of how masterfully and seamlessly the author interwove the "King Lear" play with bust-a-gut funny embellishments. There are a multitude of Shakespearean quotes (from various other works of the Bard) tossed into (and tossed off!) this totally irreverent book! I was laughing at a steady pace the entire way through the book! And, the narrator of the audio-version (Eaun Morton) did and EXCELLENT job of bringing the voices to life (especially the 3 Witches!). This is, IMHO, one of Christopher Moore's finest books! It pays irreverent homage to Shakespeare, while telling a nasty little story of deceit, revenge, treachery...and "heinous f**kery"! Loved every minute of it!
Christopher Moore takes on Shakespeare in this really funny book about Pocket, King Lear's fool (NOTE: Moore mixes various part of many Shakespearean plays in this book). "Fool" has excellent pacing, really funny (and yes sometimes he uses bad words), and engaging story. One thing that was fun about this book was the exposure to various British slang (which I am unconsciously incorporating into my speech).
What truly sets the tone of this book is the great narration by Euan Morton. It was a delight to hear his superb ability to tap into the characters (my favorite is his interpretation of Drool (Pocket's slow assistant)).
Overall, I highly recommend this book, but if you are quick to become offended or have a sense of humor that requires exclusively clean jokes stay away...but if you have a good overall sense of humor, this book is credit worthy.
I'm on a Christopher Moore kick lately, having listened to and enjoyed Practical Demonkeeping, A Dirty Job and The Island of the Sequined Love Nun in the past couple of months.
Fool is, different. Different in tone. Different in character development. Different in style.
That's fine for what it is, and Fool was enjoyable, mostly, but if I'd bought it first, I probably wouldn't have continued through Moore's stuff.
I have to wonder if I made it through this book only because I'd read King Lear in the past couple of years. A friend of mine who's never read Lear, gave up because he tired of feeling lost.
I'm not giving up on Moore, though. "You Suck" is being downloaded as I write this.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend this audiobook.
Fool is classic Moore - bawdy, outrageous and always left of center. Be warned - if "heinous f**kery" offends you, this is not the book (or author) for you. But if you are a Moore-ophile, then his newest book is just what the doctor ordered. Narrator Morton is an excellent choice for the voice of Pocket, and the plot? It almost doesn't matter... just sit back, laugh and enjoy!
I'm dyslexic and I never read much until I discovered audiobooks. I love a great character and will follow them through any crazy fiction.
This book was so funny I was laughing in public with my earphones in. People looked at me like I was nuts. It's not sophisticated humor, mostly jokes about bonking. I feel sorry for anyone who doesn't laugh at this bawdy farce, because clearly he or she is wound too tightly. If you can get your ear around British slang, it's well worth the listen. Very Funny indeed.
I've just become a listener, and purchased this based on the home page recommendation.
I could not have made a better choice.
This is an adult book (due to language).
I will be listening to all of Christorper Moore's book and be giving serious consideration to every thing Euan Morton reads.
This past week listening to Pocket (and ergo, the narrator) natter on has been the most entertaining commute to and fro that I've had in ages. A must-have for those with a darker sense of humor in the Shakespearean vein.