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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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    Carol Parksville, BC, Canada 06-19-12
    Carol Parksville, BC, Canada 06-19-12 Member Since 2013

    voracious reader!

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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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    Melanie 06-17-12
    Melanie 06-17-12

    I love words that can take me into other worlds.

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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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    Brian Gerstel Philadelphia, PA United States 05-30-12
    Brian Gerstel Philadelphia, PA United States 05-30-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Puts the Bawd back in the Bard's Tales..."

    Christopher Moore takes the Tragedy of King Lear and turns it inside-out. "This is a bawdy tale" the introduction begins, and that's certainly right. Some might compare this post-modern Shakespearean romp to "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead", focusing on the minor character of Lear's Fool, but this is funnier, and even more absurd, plus (slight spoiler ahead)
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    Moore isn't about to let the original tragic ending get in his way. No "Howl! Howl! Howl!" here, although some of the characters do get their comeuppance.

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    Graham Arnprior, Ontario, Canada 05-23-12
    Graham Arnprior, Ontario, Canada 05-23-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Best enjoyed with a flagon of ale."

    This satiric take on Shakespeare's dark and depressing classic is fun and (more or less) accurate to the original. There are good laughs to be had, and the story is imaginative and intriguing, but this isn't Moore's best work. Sort of an "Angel's and Demons" to "Lamb's" "Davinci Code," entertaining but somewhat familiar and a little less compelling than the more famous work.

    Morton does a good job creating an entire cast of characters, and effectively captures classic stage interpretations of Shakespeare's immortal figures.

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    Amazon Customer Pittsburgh 05-09-12
    Amazon Customer Pittsburgh 05-09-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Good for a laugh or sixty..."
    If you could sum up Fool in three words, what would they be?

    Naughty, Hilarious, "Fool"ish


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oh, come on, what kind of question is that? The fool of course! Pocket is naughty and derisive, yet his wits pull you into the character. You can't wait to find out who he will insult next.


    Which character – as performed by Euan Morton – was your favorite?

    Same as above. Pocket. I have to take a moment here to convey the best part about this audiobook. The narrator does an amazing job. Pocket's character is complex and almost always sarcastic. The narrator reads the lines purposefully to capture the essence of what Pocket is saying each and every time. Sometimes he's serious, and it can be unexpected, yet the narrator lets us know at the beginning of EVERY dialogue how we should take the words being read to us (as well as in the narration). Comedy books can be the hardest of all types of books to narrate, but this narrator nails it perfectly.


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

    I'd have to say no... Only becasue humor is usually more throughouly enjoyed in smaller courses. Or maybe I'm just making this up as I go...


    Any additional comments?

    This book was hilarious...but very naughty. How else can I explain the human found within? It's funny, sure, but raunchy as all get-out... I only mention this so that the readers of this review know what to expect from the book. There is swearing aplenty, and quite a bit of inappropriate sexual content.

    As a matter of fact it got to be too much at points. Normally, I try to avoid such "base" stories, but Moore is such a master of character that I had to "read" it. Esepcially, when it was a blatant spoof on Shakespeare's King Lear.

    I do have to mention one other little negative that may bother some readers (including myself). The book pokes fun at the Catholic church quite a bit. At times it goes beyond poking fun and turns into Making fun of Christianity as a whole. As believer, this did bother me more than it should have, but I tried not to let that slant my review in anyway. If you can take this stuff as a joke and understand it wasn't meant seriously, then you can ignore it without too much trouble.

    If you're in the mood to laugh at some "inappropriate" humor, this is the book for you.

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    Robert Carlsbad, CA, United States 04-30-12
    Robert Carlsbad, CA, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2011

    Carlsbad Rob

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    "Brilliant, absolutely brilliant"

    I already know I'll be listening to this one every year or so. Fun story, well done in every detail.

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    David 04-27-12
    David 04-27-12 Member Since 2017

    I listen in the car while i drive. I have eclectic tastes in books and if it interests me I listen till its over.

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    "This man is a genius."
    What did you love best about Fool?

    The turnabout on the story. The hero and best character is the fool and he comes out on top in nearly every scene.


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    WarpKatt Alamogordo, NM, United States 04-02-12
    WarpKatt Alamogordo, NM, United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Very Amusing"
    Would you listen to Fool again? Why?

    It is an amusing tale which had me laughing out loud at times ~ which can be embarrasing in public! when no one can see your earbuds!


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