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Fool Audiobook

Fool: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Christopher Moore, much beloved scrivener and peerless literary jester, now takes on no less than the legendary Bard himself (with the utmost humility and respect) with a twisted and insanely funny tale of a moronic monarch and his deceitful daughters, as seen through the eyes of a man wearing a codpiece and bells on his head.

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

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    Brian Bronx, NY, USA 11-02-09
    Brian Bronx, NY, USA 11-02-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Good but not his best"

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book - plenty of laugh out loud moments as usual with Christopher Moore. However, for me it does not rank up there with Lamb and A Dirty Job - in particular I thought parts of the second half of the book dragged out a bit.

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    Paul houston, TX, USA 09-22-09
    Paul houston, TX, USA 09-22-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Best C. Moore Book to listen to."

    Have read all Chris's books and listened to them all as well. For some reason I had trouble getting into this read, but the listen was spectacular. The narrator was great, the jokes were spot on, everything came together for me w/ the audio book!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James columbus, OH, United States 09-15-09
    James columbus, OH, United States 09-15-09 Member Since 2015

    sports announcer, cyclist, enjoys to travel and the outdoors.

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    "Brilliant"

    I needed a break from all the serious books I had been listening to, and this was the perfect book. The old english and bauwdy language just makes ya laugh - The Fool is a hit and great way to read shakespeare - unless your a prude.

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    John Palatine, IL, USA 08-13-09
    John Palatine, IL, USA 08-13-09 Member Since 2014
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    A typical Christopher Moore book. Excellent

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    Barry Atlanta, GA, USA 06-03-09
    Barry Atlanta, GA, USA 06-03-09
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    "Brilliant to the Third Power"

    Fool is worth 10 stars in a 5-star rating system. Of the hundreds of Audible books I've purchased and listened to since becoming an Audible customer in 2001; Fool may be the best. Though it's Brilliantly written and brilliantly funny, what makes this book so great is that it's brilliantly read [performed] by Evan Morton. Morton gives every one of the unique characters a unique voice; characters that range from Peanut (the Fool) to Drool (Peanuts' dimwitted apprentice), from King Lear to his 3 daughters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Himebaugh Villa Rica, GA USA 04-30-09
    Jeff Himebaugh Villa Rica, GA USA 04-30-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Not his best."

    "Fool" is an entertaing listen. But better not turn it on when the kids are nearby. If you enjoy Moore's humor, you'll love "A Dirty Job". As with his other tales you need to be prepared for some farfetched characters, but the reader is spectacular.

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    Astrid 04-28-09
    Astrid 04-28-09
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    "Spendid book and a very good reader"

    The book is hilarious. Typical Moore-like dialogues which are the more funny in the Shakespearian surroundings.
    I think the reader is really good - he has a very skilled way of adapting his voice to the charactes in an entertaining way. It is a pleasure to distinguish the characters from each others by recognising the readers change of talking. Great.

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    Julie Le Center, MN, USA 04-23-09
    Julie Le Center, MN, USA 04-23-09 Member Since 2010
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    "Bawdy, bad and lots of fun"

    Don't listen to this if you are a prude, but if you enjoy Shakespeare for his bawdy earthiness, you'll probably love this book, written in very much the same spirit. I really enjoyed this rethinking of the Lear tragedy. Not politically correct but lots of fun!

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    LORI BRADENTON, FL, United States 03-29-09
    LORI BRADENTON, FL, United States 03-29-09
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    "Truly fun and entertaining with a great narrator!"

    Although I've never been a huge fan of Shakespeare, Christopher Moore is one of my favorites. And thanks to his creative reinterpretation of "King Lear," I'm hoping he'll do more Shakespearean novels - and soon! I'm certain he can make even the grim tale of Macbeth sparkle with humor, fun and vulgarity.

    The narration made this book a super audio read. Euan Morton is wonderful!

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    Magnolia 03-28-09
    Magnolia 03-28-09 Listener Since 2007
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    "Fool"

    I love Christopher Moore, and this did not fail!
    I have not laughed this hard in a very long time.
    I highly recommend this book if you want a great raunchy laugh, ignore is shagging, shameful buggery or tom foolery offend thy.

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