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.
Well now the bangers and mash have really hit the fan. And the only person who can possibly make things right . . . is Pocket. Now he's going to have do some very fancy maneuvering: cast some spells, start a war or two - the usual stuff - to get Cordelia back into Daddy Lear's good graces, to derail the fiendish power plays of Cordelia's twisted sisters, and to shag every lusciously shaggable wench who's amenable to shagging along the way.
Pocket may be a fool...but he's definitely not an idiot.
©2009 Christopher Moore; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
This satiric take on Shakespeare's dark and depressing classic is fun and (more or less) accurate to the original. There are good laughs to be had, and the story is imaginative and intriguing, but this isn't Moore's best work. Sort of an "Angel's and Demons" to "Lamb's" "Davinci Code," entertaining but somewhat familiar and a little less compelling than the more famous work.
Morton does a good job creating an entire cast of characters, and effectively captures classic stage interpretations of Shakespeare's immortal figures.
Naughty, Hilarious, "Fool"ish
Oh, come on, what kind of question is that? The fool of course! Pocket is naughty and derisive, yet his wits pull you into the character. You can't wait to find out who he will insult next.
Same as above. Pocket. I have to take a moment here to convey the best part about this audiobook. The narrator does an amazing job. Pocket's character is complex and almost always sarcastic. The narrator reads the lines purposefully to capture the essence of what Pocket is saying each and every time. Sometimes he's serious, and it can be unexpected, yet the narrator lets us know at the beginning of EVERY dialogue how we should take the words being read to us (as well as in the narration). Comedy books can be the hardest of all types of books to narrate, but this narrator nails it perfectly.
I'd have to say no... Only becasue humor is usually more throughouly enjoyed in smaller courses. Or maybe I'm just making this up as I go...
This book was hilarious...but very naughty. How else can I explain the human found within? It's funny, sure, but raunchy as all get-out... I only mention this so that the readers of this review know what to expect from the book. There is swearing aplenty, and quite a bit of inappropriate sexual content.
As a matter of fact it got to be too much at points. Normally, I try to avoid such "base" stories, but Moore is such a master of character that I had to "read" it. Esepcially, when it was a blatant spoof on Shakespeare's King Lear.
I do have to mention one other little negative that may bother some readers (including myself). The book pokes fun at the Catholic church quite a bit. At times it goes beyond poking fun and turns into Making fun of Christianity as a whole. As believer, this did bother me more than it should have, but I tried not to let that slant my review in anyway. If you can take this stuff as a joke and understand it wasn't meant seriously, then you can ignore it without too much trouble.
If you're in the mood to laugh at some "inappropriate" humor, this is the book for you.
I already know I'll be listening to this one every year or so. Fun story, well done in every detail.
I listen in the car while i drive. I have eclectic tastes in books and if it interests me I listen till its over.
The turnabout on the story. The hero and best character is the fool and he comes out on top in nearly every scene.
It is an amusing tale which had me laughing out loud at times ~ which can be embarrasing in public! when no one can see your earbuds!
Yes. The narrator added to the character. There is also an interview with the author at the end of the book where he went over his thoughts and writing process for this book. It was entertaining as well.
I haven't read King Lear, but it was obvious that the author did a lot of research on Shakespeare when writing this book. It was whitty and entertaining. It was a bit vulgar for me though.
Sarcastic attitude, catch phrase, British accent.
This is now my favorite of Christopher Moore's books.
This is my 3rd listen, the story character and plot are just fascinating
Wicked but are just well told, full of imagination and just plain fun
The characters personality
Pocket found out that the King as a very bad person!
Fool just takes you away from the normal with fun and wit.
Christopher Moore packs so much humor in his books that it is impossible to catch everything the first time. This book is no exception. Keep away from children and "sensitive" mother-in-laws!
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