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RichFiddler

Rich

Pittsburgh, PA United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Collusion

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (162)

    Jack Lennon is a Detective Inspector trying to track down his former lover, Marie McKenna, and their daughter -- but his superiors tell him to back off. Bull O'Kane is a bitter old man who will stop at nothing for vengeance. The Traveller is an assassin without pity or remorse, who stalks Belfast, tying up loose ends. Forced into the center of it all is former IRA paramilitary Gerry Fegan, who must confront his past -- and The Traveller -- for the fight of his life.

    Moku says: "Gripping Irish noir"
    "Falls far short of the first book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Collusion better?

    In the first book, there was a mystery about whether the ghosts were real or just a madman's delusion which gave an interesting spin to a very violent story -- I enjoyed it a great deal and bought this (foolishly) without reading reviews. This sequel was just a long tedious slog through the squalid lives of characters I never want to "meet" again. How to make it better? Come up with another interesting original idea instead of wringing the last drops of bile from a story whose best part was already told.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stuart Neville again?

    Not without reading a lot of glowing reviews beforehand. He clearly has talent but ths was awful.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fool: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2143)
    Performance
    (956)
    Story
    (973)

    Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father's request is kind of...well...stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

    Michael says: "Mr Moore does it again."
    "I never thought King Lear could be funny"
    Overall

    I read somewhere that Isaac Asimov and John Ciardi used to try to outdo one another writing limericks. Supposedly, they had a rule that there was no limit to the vulgarity of the limerick, so long as it was at least twice as funny as it was vulgar.

    I think Christopher Moore in "Fool" reaches (and even exceeds) that metric. The story is full of vulgarity, but it's so funny I don't mind. As others have said though, not kid-friendly at all!

    Between the writing and the excellent acting of Euan Morton (calling it narration doesn't do him justice), the story of King Lear is made into a really funny and entertaining tale. Something I wouldn't have believed possible.

    If you like British humor, you'll love "Fool" -- I did. Note that Christopher Moore is American, but in a personal comment at the end says that "Fool" is his homage to British humor (or should I say "humour"?).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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