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  • Fools and Mortals

  • A Novel
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
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In the heart of Elizabethan England, Richard Shakespeare dreams of a glittering career in one of the London playhouses, a world dominated by his older brother, William. But he is a penniless actor, making ends meet through a combination of a beautiful face, petty theft, and a silver tongue. As William's star rises, Richard's onetime gratitude is souring, and he is sorely tempted to abandon family loyalty.

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  • Engaging

  • By Jean on 02-12-18


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Reviewed: 01-15-19

Boring story of William Shakespeare's brother as told through the eyes of Richard Shakespeare. I listened to this for 2.5 hrs waiting for something to happen and finally put it down. No conflict, no mystery, don't waste your time. Very disappointed in Mr Cornwell. Mr Cornwell needs to stick to his genre of battlefields, conflicts, pursuit and escape. I have listened to more than 15 of his books and was greatly disappointed. It is constructed well, and because of Mr Cornwell's reputation, I patiently tried--but it could never hold my interest.