This was my first Christopher Moore book--I'd give the narrator 5 stars for how hysterically he voices the characters (and tears into Moore's strings of wild invective). You don't do such a book for its plot or its characters---they serve the telling of the story, and it is superbly done.
This version of Lear's plight is recounted by Pocket, the court Fool; here are the king, daughters, witches, bastards, storms and betrayals-but tweaked by Moore's fevered mind. There's also Drool, the beef-brained, sweetly innocent sidekick, and a sympathetic Ghost. Moore's language is so artfully deployed, it's a joy just to listen to the sentences. (The curses alone set a new standard.) There's lots of "shagging" and "rogering", so not for prim sensibilities. (Anachronisms occur, all to humor's end.)
I'm already a big fan of his take on the world, so accepted the following two issues you might need to be aware of: 1)There are occasional repetitions. 2)The scientific citations, easy to gloss over while reading a paper page, aren't served that well by the listen-only format--not that gripping... But what interesting material!! The style is overwhelmingly anecdotal,so it's not that challenging to follow. He explores the interplay of brain anatomy/function and the musical ability or appreciation--how they influence each other.His fondness for the people whose stories he tells is clear. The narrator is quite good, I thought.
Having read The Kite Runner as a book, I got this audiobook for a trip as a good bet. I absolutely loved the narration, powerfully read in a voice which sounds far more authentic than the voice in my head was with The Kite Runner. (I loved learning how one pronounces "Afghanistan," for one.)
Usually, I listen while driving. With this,I began to wear headphones all around the house, conjuring up chores to do while listening---I can't imagine anyone who liked KR not enjoying this audiobook tremendously.
I hope the narrator shows up again on Audible....
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