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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: February 2009 ISBN: 9780061768682
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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.” 

    AudioFile

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

    Booklist

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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Albert | 1/30/2014

    " Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! If Shakespeare was like this in High School I might have enjoyed English 101! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patti | 1/28/2014

    " I picked up this book because it was described as a funny read by a reader in a Real Simple Magazine article. I should have been tipped off when one of the blurbs on the back of the book was from Playboy. Fool has an interesting premise, but all the very unsexy sex was off putting. I was prewarned in the 'Warning', though, so I can't say that I didn't know it was going to be a bawdy tale! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlie | 1/18/2014

    " Despite normally being a fan of Moore, I was rather disappointed with this book. He is so good at thinking up his own strange and funny plots, why use someone else's? This book's plot is based more or less on King Lear, but from the point of view of the court jester. It is funny and enjoyable, but not spectacular. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alia | 1/13/2014

    " A comedic take on Shakespeare's King Lear, Moore gives us the store through the eyes of the fool, Pocket. The traditional cast of characters is all there, plus a few notable additions: a cameo (or two) by the Wyrd Sisters of MacBeth fame, as well as a few yeomen, servers, and Pocket's apprentice fool Drool, a "Natural" fool who lives up to his namesake. Some lines are conned straight out of the play's text; others, not so much. The plot, while familiar to those who have read the play, centers around Pocket's attempts to right wrongs and cause a war, all the while trying to get himself under the skirts of any willing woman. Just as in Shakespeare, coarse language and bathroom humor abounds (although slightly more recognizable as such to a modern audience than some of the Elizabethan counterparts), so those with delicate sensibilities might want to pass this one by. Personally though, I feel this retelling would have done the Bard proud, he himself not being one to pass up a good dirty joke or three! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Owen | 1/9/2014

    " Maybe the best-written, funniest book I can think of. If you don't appreciate "Fool", I probably don't want to know you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susanne | 1/1/2014

    " Hilarious as always - not quite as good as the other books though... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terra | 12/16/2013

    " My new favorite book. If you like Shakespeare and wit, you will love this book. Moore is a master of the English language. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynnie | 12/1/2013

    " Love Christopher Moore, he can always make me laugh. I found this book very funny considering it the premise. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joanna | 11/28/2013

    " Unfunny, unengaging, subtle like a fist to the face and a general waste of time and paper. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley Schwartau | 11/15/2013

    " Not as good as his others so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hilary | 11/6/2013

    " Mostly a good story - but it's hard to keep the characters straight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roxy | 10/27/2013

    " I think Christopher Moore is either a genius or completely off his rocker! If I had to pick only one author whose books I could have on abandoned island; it would be the works of Christopher Moore. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber Skantz | 9/2/2013

    " Absolutely hilarious! I'm a Shakespeare fan anyway, and this puts things in a new perspective! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mallory Ashley | 6/19/2013

    " Wild, profane and hilarious!! This is a great story told from a very funny point of view! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Martineau | 6/7/2013

    " If I could give this book 10 stars, I would. I laughed out loud so many times that I felt (and looked) like an insane person. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph Lamperth | 3/15/2013

    " funny but sometimes hard to read because of his use of olde english. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer O'Brien | 3/8/2013

    " I couldn't get through this one. I really liked Christopher Moore's other books but I couldn't get into this one. It is a satire of Shakespeare and just wasn't interesting enough. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/25/2012

    " Couldn't make it past the first chapter, and I usually really like his stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 11/10/2012

    " It had been quite a while since I read King Lear but this re-imagining was extremely entertaining! I was laughing out loud at the language - bravo Mr. Moore! An incredibly creative re-telling of the story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 9/26/2012

    " This was not the normal Christopher Moore fast read for me...I had to make three attempts before it turned in to that. I think the issue for me was the character names (Bubble, Drool, Taster), for some reason it took me a while to keep everyone straight. Once I did though, it went by really quick! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dusty Alderson | 9/23/2012

    " I haven't laughed so hard at a book ever! I listened to this on audio book. The humor is biting and constant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deidre | 8/20/2012

    " Nothing less than you would expect from Moore. The footnotes were great. Definitely worth the read but it's not my favourite from him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Crady-Smith | 8/10/2012

    " This is an excellent book if you know King Lear. If you don't know the Shakespeare play I would reccommend reading it before tackling this book. For the senstive there are a lot of sexual references in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerrie | 7/22/2012

    " This was a fun romp but slowed down a little at the end when things got a bit more serious. Nice new take on old tale of Shakespeare's King Lear--the fool did it. No kidding. According to this book, the fool was behind it all. Funny, fun, and the serious bits at the end gave it depth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig Gooding | 1/28/2012

    " A scream. Even funnier than "A Dirty Job". Pretty risque in places (OK, very risque), but witty dialogue on every page, and the Fool gets the girl. What man doesn't like THAT happy ending? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew Burkhardt | 8/6/2011

    " A fantastic retelling of Lear from the Fool's point of view. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/27/2011

    " Clever, but a bit sophomoric for my tastes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 6/26/2011

    " The story of King Lear from the Fool's point of view. Have I mentioned that I love Christopher Moore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 6/24/2011

    " This was the first Christopher Moore book I ever read. I laughed out lound and even snorted a couple of times. A must read!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 6/21/2011

    " Very funny take on King Lear. I enjoyed it and would recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Retta | 6/18/2011

    " My favorite author AND my favorite playwright IN ONE!!!! My little eyes lit up like a Christmas Tree "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charlie | 6/17/2011

    " Although hilarious, this book fell short; very short to what i expected!
    I felt it had no plot line.. All the time i was thinking to myself, "when is this story going to start?"
    I stopped at page 132... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 6/13/2011

    " Fun. I wish I could incorporate some of the language into my daily office job. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara | 6/7/2011

    " I "read" it as an audio book. I had problems keeping focus on the story. It was OK. I may try and find the book and actually read it and hopefully find why people seem to like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christian | 6/6/2011

    " Hilarious as usual for Christopher Moore. It combines his typical wackiness and silliness with supernatural and religious themes, adding in a little love story and some heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 EdgarH | 5/27/2011

    " pee-in-your-pants funny

    woke my wife up because I was laughing so loud, couldn't stop reading even after I was supposed to be sleeping "

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About the Author
Author Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore boasts a large résumé of work as a satirical fiction author. Known for his colorful characters and imaginative storylines, he has gained a cult following for his books, many of which have become New York Times bestsellers. He splits his time between California and Hawaii. 

About the Narrator

Euan Morton is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator. As an actor and singer, he is best known for his role as Boy George in the musical Taboo. His performance earned him many accolades, including nominations for a Laurence Olivier Award and a Tony Award. Other theater credits include The Silent Treatment at London’s Finborough Theatre, Brundibar at the New Victory Theater, and Measure for Pleasure at the Public Theater.