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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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Amazing satire that both honors the bard, and no doubt makes him roll in his grave.

Its smart, funny, fast, and read to perfection. If Will were alive today, he would be the first to applaud. Way to turn a tragedy on its ear.

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  • Roger
  • Orlando, Florida United States
  • 07-31-12

Falls Short of Sacre Bleu

This story was fun with some good characters. But it falls short of the fun and fascination of his book "Sacre Bleu"

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  • Sharon
  • Munster, IN, United States
  • 07-30-12

A great listen

What made the experience of listening to Fool the most enjoyable?

Euan Morton is an amazing narrator! He brought more to the store than I could have reading it on my own.

What about Euan Morton’s performance did you like?

He was able to perform so many different voices, and his animation was amazing.

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Do not miss this gem

What made the experience of listening to Fool the most enjoyable?

The narrator! Not only is this book extremely well written it is made ten times better because the narrator is so fantastic. I would even go so far as to say this book is BEST experienced by listening to this reading rather than actually reading the book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

POCKET! of course... He was hysterically funny! "I'm as cold and wet as I know how to get!"

Which scene was your favorite?

SPOILER ALERT!!!! Well that would have to be the scene where he is shagging the walled-up woman and the bishop walks in. Yeah..... I believe I spit up my coffee.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely!

Any additional comments?

Please experience this book. Even if you don't know King Lear very well (like me... all I knew was that he had three daughters) you will LOVE this book.

Adult language and scenes. LOTS OF IT!!!! WOO HOO!!!! :-P

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  • Anne
  • WELLS, MAINE, United States
  • 07-23-12

Not as funny as I thought it would be.

What did you like best about Fool? What did you like least?

I liked the performer's voice and his acting ability. I also like the English use of
words both real and made-up. I assume some of the words were made-up as I
was not familiar with them. They have colorful words for many things.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

In order to enjoy this book at all, you must be familiar with the play "King Lear." While the story is quite distorted, there are many references that would be lost if you did not know the play. And, the author does point out some of the absurdities in the Shakespear play.

What about Euan Morton’s performance did you like?

Absolutely great.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No. Some of the things depicted would be too vulgar on the screen.

Any additional comments?

The book is repetitious and gets quite boring after awhile. It would work better if it were shorter.

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I love this author and the reader

What did you love best about Fool?

The story is hilariously convoluted. Only loosely based on King Lear, I laughed so hard I cried. Witty, articulate, and believable within its own world, this is a story that will envelope you. Christopher Moore develops his characters through dialogue and by revealing their inner thoughts giving a complexity that reels you in. Pocket, the black fool, is the most clever, devious, and oddly humane of Lear's court. Euan Morton is the best narrator ever.

What other book might you compare Fool to and why?

No book in particular, but if you like Neil Gaiman, Pratchett, Adams, or other Moore titles you will love this.

What does Euan Morton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Euan Morton reads with such expression and does such fabulous voices that you forget it is one man reading the story. I especially like how he brings Pocket to life, his sarcastic, droll, yet heartfelt delivery made me quite fond of the character. Hearing "Fool" narrated by Euan Morton simply made the book come alive in a way that would be impossible otherwise.

If you could rename Fool, what would you call it?

"Madmen and F*ckstockings" (sorry, but I would).

Any additional comments?

More books read by Euan Morton please.

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ribald but funny....actually, very funny

Would you try another book from Christopher Moore and/or Euan Morton?

I would buy another book by Moore. I plan on listening to all of his. One of my favorite books is Lamb which I have read two times and listened to once.

Would you be willing to try another book from Christopher Moore? Why or why not?

...yes, definitely. Moore is definitely very bright, well read and certainly certifiably crazy.

What about Euan Morton’s performance did you like?

Morton, in my opinion, was quite successful in meeting the challenge of providing the numerous voices for the characters in this book. I didn't count how many voices he used, but there were many. He was able to keep the characters voices distinct.

Was Fool worth the listening time?

Yes. It was for me. Moore can take an intense play by Shakespeare and make it hilarious. I would not recommend listening to this while driving by oneself unless you don't care if other drivers think that you have slipped into some type of psychosis. Laughing alone does suggest emotional disarray. Having read and listened to Dirty Job, Lamb and The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, I am grateful to Moore for providing the adequately researched material around which he weaves his stories.

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great fun - both the story and the performance...

great fun - both the story and the performance. I was surprised to discover what an enjoyable experience this was. Euan Morton brings every bit of Moore's humor to life.

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Delicious, irreverent, and addicting literary romp

Moore has the ability to generate endless clever nonsense which is just a delight to listen to. There is usually a highly literate wise-cracking protagonist who never runs out of hilariously different ways of cursing and baiting. It is never offensive, but is irreverent--but joyously so.

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I think Shakespeare would approve

If you could sum up Fool in three words, what would they be?

Raunchy, blasphemous, hilarious

What other book might you compare Fool to and why?

I've listened to two other Christopher Moore creations, but this one takes the cake.

Which scene was your favorite?

Hard to say which scene was a favorite, but what does stick in my mind is the Fool encouraging his sidekick at Yule time to sing Happy Birthday to Jesus and blow out the candles on the menorah.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I regularly laughed aloud until those around me thought I was the Fool.