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Fool: A Novel

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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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    Anne WELLS, MAINE, United States 07-23-12
    Anne WELLS, MAINE, United States 07-23-12
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    "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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    Deborah A Graziano Kuranda, Queensland Australia 07-20-12
    Deborah A Graziano Kuranda, Queensland Australia 07-20-12
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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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    Napawoods 07-03-12
    Napawoods 07-03-12
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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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    Arnona 06-25-12
    Arnona 06-25-12
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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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    Janels 06-25-12
    Janels 06-25-12
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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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    Cynthia 06-19-12
    Cynthia 06-19-12 Member Since 2008
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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.


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    Carol Parksville, BC, Canada 06-19-12
    Carol Parksville, BC, Canada 06-19-12
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    "King Lear as a comedy"

    Who would have thought that Shakespeare's famous tragedy could be rewritten to be hilarious? This is "Laugh out loud" funny. King Lear from the viewpoint of his fool Pocket.

    I enjoy Christopher Moore's work having read/listened to Lamb and It's a Dirty Job and am reading Sacre Blue right now. I think Fool is the best. Moore loves his all his heros and does an amazing amount of research into whatever topic he is writing about.

    You HAVE to have a broad sense of humour and not take offence as much of his story lines involve sex, swearing and body parts. There is a warning at the beginning of the book that some may be offended. I strongly recommended this book to a family member who also enjoys Moore's work and who I know won't be offended.

    Of all the Audible books I've listened to, 200+, this is the funniest. Enjoy!

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    Frances Webster, MA, United States 06-18-12
    Frances Webster, MA, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "More lighthearted fun with Moore's "Fool""
    What did you love best about Fool?

    I love this narrator, Euan Morton. The first Moore book I listened to was his latest, "Sacre Bleu," and I think the story is enhanced by the narrator's lively craft. I honestly chose this Moore book to read next because of the narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Drool. Moore portrayed this character honestly and poked fun at his shortcomings but in a lighthearted, non-offensive way.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed Sacre Bleu more than Fool, but that may be because of the subject matter - I'm an art history buff. But I commend Moore on his accurate research, and his ability to springboard off of facts to spin a fanciful, delightful tale.

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    Melanieby Washington, DC 06-17-12
    Melanieby Washington, DC 06-17-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Funny book, hysterical narration"

    Brilliantly narrated by Euan Morton, Fool is the perfect example of how a great audio book is far more than a good book well-read. When done right--and the wickedly comedic Morton assuredly does it right--it is an art form of its own. In this case, that means laugh-aloud funny.

    The book itself is a delightfully pun-filled riff on King Lear, filled with twisted references to other Shakespeare plays. The writing is clever indeed, but this is in no way high brow humor: potty mouth would come closer to the mark. Think Monty Python, but in a less censored age. While some scenes are rip-roaringly funny, however, the book does get repetitious. Naughty words can only amuse for so long. I think had I merely read it, Fool would soon have begun to feel one-dimensional and flat.

    Morton's reading, particularly the charm he gave to the fool, was what kept me addicted. Not only was he able to engage different voices, but he created characters with wholly different personalities. Pocket, the fool, came across as every bit as sweet as he was malicious--all with perfect comedic timing!

    While this is not a book I would recommend to those who are offended by salty language and saltier behavior, to all the rest I would say: this is the funniest audio book I have ever listened to.

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    james d. thomas 05-31-12 Member Since 2009
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    "As Good As It Gets"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The novel itself is excellent--fresh, funny, clever. And the reading brings out every bit of humor, character and historic life. I suspect that if Shakespeare were alive today it would be both pleased and impressed: "King Lear" never had it so good. Euan Morton makes a perfect narrator, taking full advantage of his theater, musical comedy and singing background. I have already listened to it three times and look forward to the next.


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