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The Jester Audiobook

The Jester

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Publisher's Summary

Hugh De Luc, a poor innkeeper, returns home from the First Crusade wearied from battle and disillusioned by carnage. After journeying from the Holy Land back to his own small village, he finds his nightmare is just beginning.

In his absence, Hugh's son has been killed and his beloved wife, Sophie, abducted by a ruthless duke in search of a priceless relic dating back to the Crucifixion. Taking on the role of a jester, Hugh infiltrates the court where he believes Sophie is held captive. There he confronts men more evil than he ever imagined and embarks on an epic battle to restore his broken life.

©2003 James Patterson, All Rights Reserved.; (P)2003 Time Warner AudioBooks, A Division of AOL Time Warner Book Group

What the Critics Say

"From start to finish, this is supersmart popular fiction, slick yet stirring...unforgettable characters...Patterson's fans will love this one." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Don 07-15-03
    Don 07-15-03 Member Since 2008
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    "Passes the time"

    Others who read this told me that they loved it, but it seemed mediocre at best to me. I was interested enough to listen all the way through, but then it usually takes a really bad book for me to put it down once I've started. The concept was interesting, but the story was a little repetitive. The guy just keeps getting into the same sort of peril over and over and uses the same tricks to get out of it more than once. He's also repetitive in his narration, using the same phrases countless times to the point where, given a situation, you could almost guess exactly what he'd have to say about it. I had the distinct impression throughout this book that the authors were writing a treatment for a film and didn't care to write a good novel. Granted, this story would probably be much better as a movie.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JLH 07-11-03
    JLH 07-11-03

    JLH

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    "The Jester"

    There is nothing charming about this tale. The plot was simple, at best. I found it extremely violent and crude for no purpose. James Patterson is a wonderful author. It is commendable that Mr. Patterson wishes to try something new. However, he seems to have taken a wrong turn with this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Peyton Imperial, PA United States 03-28-03
    Peyton Imperial, PA United States 03-28-03 Member Since 2001
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    "Not Sharpe's Rifles, but along the same lines"

    If you like honor, history, and sword swinging action... The Jester comes close. It's questionable as to historical accuracy, but has the basic elements of a Bernard Cornwell 'Sharpe's' series, just not quite as well done. If you've already gone through the Cornwell series, this will do nicely while waiting for another Sharpe.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Harris Syosset, NY, USA 03-17-03
    Harris Syosset, NY, USA 03-17-03
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    "Emailing it in"

    I must admit that having recently heard two of James Patterson's recent detective mysteries, I'm not exactly a fan. I chose this novel because I was curious as to how a mystery writer would handle a period piece. In a nutshell "badly".

    The story line is contrived and unnecessarily crude. While the plot moves quickly, it is predictable from beginning to end. The author used one cute trick. He included every dirty joke that email has produced in the last two years (at least a dozen anyway). Interestingly a story that takes place mostly in France was read with a British accent. Also some of the French characters were given French names others English. What a mish mash. I guess I really didn't like it.

    27 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Rosemount, MN, USA 03-31-09
    Frank Rosemount, MN, USA 03-31-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent Medieval Story"

    Excellent listen! A story about love, loss, dedication, and a believable look into what life might look like in medieval times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Miller 09-10-07
    R. Miller 09-10-07

    Pnk1011

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    "pnk1011"

    Great story of middle ages superhero...only drawback was English accent of reader for story taking place in France. This really did not detract from the story for me though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy Fellerman 12-19-05
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    "Not a Winner"

    Having been a fan of both Patterson and historical fiction, I was eager to give this a read. While it managed to hold my interest, it only barely did so. The story had the two dimensionality of a fairytale. The good guys were absolutely good, the bad guys unbelieveably bad. Except for the constant violence and some sex, I'd recommend this for children. Not a winner.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn Pacifica, CA, USA 08-02-05
    Glenn Pacifica, CA, USA 08-02-05
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    "Like Crusade Period Movies? You'll love this."

    I'm a big fan of Patterson. This is a Medieval tale full of knights, damsels, ladies, baddies (noblemen), and village people; all painted with broad, shallow strokes. The performance is great, but the narrator probably should have done it with a French accent rather than English. The story moves like screenplay and is a bit predictable and stereotypical. Bad buys are REALLY bad, good guys REALLY good. To get a sense of how this book plays, think about all Errol Flynn, Robin Hood-Maid Marianne, or Lancelot and Guinevere styled movies and how the acting was there. Very nobel words, black and white emotions, and everything played out with such a staged quality.

    This is how this entire book "reads". If you like this style, you will love this book. If you don't and want more of the old Patterson style, you won't find it here. Even so, this is a "page turner" and I found myself wanting to know what happens next. Definitely different for him (maybe it is the coauthor who gave it this feel), but not bad if you like novels that don't force you to think hard.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kimeleon Northville, MI USA 09-06-04
    kimeleon Northville, MI USA 09-06-04 Member Since 2011

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    "An Excellent Read"

    This period piece takes place back in the age of Serfdom. Not only is the story interesting and intriguing, you also get a feel for life back in the age of the Crusades. One of my favorites!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Josh Santa Monica, CA United States 04-08-04
    Josh Santa Monica, CA United States 04-08-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Patterson and Gross are Predictable and Gross"

    Don't waste your credit or money. The big plot twist is so obvious that it will leave you completely underwhelmed. So the story wasn't really worth it. I didn't feel that I came to understand the medieval times, so the history wasn't worth it for me.

    Believe me. I do not make the predictable charge lightly. If you read a Patterson book and are looking for something really unique, it's your fault. However, if the book offers no surprises, that's his.

    This one was all his.

    Plus, this may be prudish, but I felt it was needlessly obscene. People walk in on others having sex three times (different position each time). If that turns you on, listen on, but I was looking for exciting historical fiction, and this was not it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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