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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (22,513 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Moore Narrator: Euan Morton Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Funny, literate, smart, and sexy, all at once!”

    Jeff Lindsay, New York Times bestselling author of the Dexter series 

  • “[Moore’s] version of Shakespeare’s Fool, who accompanies Lear on his slide from paternal arrogance to spiritual desolation in the original text, simultaneously honors and imaginatively enriches the character.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Moore is a very clever boy when it comes to words. There are good chuckles to be had in this tale...Just enjoy.” 

    USA Today

  • “Often funny, sometimes hilarious, always inventive, this is a book for all.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “[A] riotous adventure.”

    Winnipeg Free Press

  • “It’s hard to resist so gleeful a tale of murder, witchcraft, treason, maiming, and spanking...Moore’s deft ear for dialogue keeps the pages turning...Fool is a wickedly good time.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “A manic, masterly mix—winning, wild, and something today’s groundlings will applaud.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Multimedia entertainer Euan Morton’s energetic narrating talents are on full display...Working with more than a dozen characters, Morton individualizes each to his or her utmost potential...Moore is infamous for tackling ‘untouchable’ subjects with biting humor, and Morton’s whip-smart tongue doesn't waste a line.” 


  • “Wall-to-wall, farcical fornicating and fighting…a jolly good time can be had.”


  • “Scottish actor/singer Euan Morton does a fine job of voicing the irrepressible Pocket as he plots to save Cordelia from her sisters’ machinations, delivering Pocket’s many playful jibes with effective comic timing. Numerous other characters are also well defined by his reading.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller
  • Selected for the March 2009 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • USA Today Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by B.J. | 2/18/2014

    " Definately a book to read if you understand old english, and love comedy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ben | 2/10/2014

    " I've spent a lot of time wrestling with my feelings on this book. What works about it seems to work almost despite the efforts of Christopher Moore. It's always interesting to see Shakespeare reimagined in another context and watching Moore fill in the plot to fit around the play was kind of fun and rewarding. That said, he makes some changes to the characters that I didn't quite understand. I'm not married to the source material, but drastically changing the basic character archetype for Lear kind of debilitates the power of the narrative. Perhaps most damning (and this grieves me to admit) is the fact that Moore's sense of humor may actually be too juvenile for me to appreciate. It's relentlessly abrasive and crass and it lacks any subtlety or wit. He also seems fascinated with the idea that British slang is inherently hilarious, a claim which may only hold true if you've literally never heard it before. As a humorous novel, this book seems to undermine itself on a basic level. No parent would knowingly provide this for their middle schooler and no adult ought to be taken in by its bludgeoning approach to laughter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Latasha | 2/6/2014

    " This is my first book by Moore... And he is a really really funny writer. It was an easy read, but I just couldn't get into it. Just something about the whole thing just made me feel like finishing the book was a chore. It was funny once I got started, but it wasn't enough to pull me in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mike Berlin | 2/5/2014

    " Dog-f**ingly funny. Great book that turns Shakespeare's King Lear from a tragedy to a dark comedy. Loved it! "

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