Creating a new story out of Shakespeare's King Lear is not an easy task. As usual, Christopher Moore lends his genius for research and melding his story with Shakespeare's play seems effortless and completely rational. The performance was stellar. The only complaint I have about this book is that it's difficult to stop and start back up again easily. It's a complicated tale, the book is not for the faint of heart. But it's a great tale, and we grow to love the Black Fool. I would suggest reading it when you have a good chunk of time to listen.
I am a huge fan of Christopher Moore books. And this series is no exception. But part of what I love most about the series is the narrator, Susan Bennett. The characters come alive with her performance, you're constantly entertained, and always embedded into the story. As usual, the characters are lovable and likable without a long boring back history. Well done, Christopher, you've done it again!
I was apprehensive about purchasing this book. I didn't think I could like it better than You Suck or Bloodsucking Fiends, but I did. I mean, a vampire cat? Come on. But it brings an interesting and fun twist to the book. I didn't care for Abby much in You Suck, but she grew on me in this book, mostly due to Susan Bennett's portrayal of her. Susan Bennett is the best part of this book. No offense to Christopher Moore, the book would have been great on it's own, but Susan brings it alive. Kudos to you both.
As far as dystopian novels go, this one is very futuristic and very interesting. It takes a good while to get into the story. The character development isn't great in the beginning, but once the action starts to kick it, the book is hard to put away. Unfortunately, for me, that didn't happen until around chapter 14. You really have to pay attention to character names and personas in this book or it will leave you utterly confused. Chapter 25 had me in tears of empathy for the main character, Paige. Chapter 27 and 28 had me reeling. It's like Samantha Shannon turned a corner in the novel from background development and a sort of slow character development to full on fabulous story telling. I would recommend it, but you need to get through the first few slow chapters to get to the good stuff. It's coming! The narrator, though a tad "bland" is perfect for the part of Paige.
This book never gets old. I've listened to it three times, and each time, I hear something new, and laugh just as much as I did the first time. Also, somehow, Christopher Moore captured the Jesus that I personally, would love to know. Sounds like an awesome dude.
Everything. History mingled with fun and humor.
His voice is perfect for the parts.
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