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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,908 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Patterson, Andrew Gross Narrator: Neil Dickson Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Hugh De Luc, a poor innkeeper, returns home from the First Crusade wearied from battle and disillusioned by carnage. After journeying from the Holy Land back to his own small village, he finds his nightmare is just beginning. In his absence, Hugh’s son has been killed and his beloved wife, Sophie, abducted by a ruthless duke in search of a priceless relic dating back to the Crucifixion. Taking on the role of a jester, Hugh infiltrates the court where he believes Sophie is held captive. There he confronts men more evil than he ever imagined and embarks on an epic battle to restore his broken life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This really is an uplifting tale. Patterson steps out of his comfort zone for this title and yet manages to nail the characters and the plot perfectly…This book enriches the imagination of the adult mind…If you truly want to step into a new world but still retain Patterson’s sense of humor and mystery, then France is going to be your next stop.”


  • “Once again, plot master James Patterson proves that a radical departure need not be a wrong turn. Readers will find plenty of Patterson’s trademark suspense, in addition to a healthy dose of wit.”


  • “In another departure from his high-suspense detective novels, James Patterson tries his hand at historical fiction and comes up a winner…As fast-paced as any thriller, and just as exciting, The Jester is a colorful picture of the eleventh century and of the types of men and women who survived the often harsh times. It’s a good-against-evil story that readers will relish.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • “From start to finish, this is supersmart popular fiction, slick yet stirring, packed with colorful details of medieval life, bursting with unforgettable characters and clever tropes and themes. Patterson’s fans will adore this one.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Replete with his trademark short chapters and surprising twists and turns, Patterson, along with coauthor Gross, keeps the excitement levels high in this rousing adventure tale.”


  • “Patterson, along with coauthor Gross, keeps the excitement levels high in this rousing adventure tale.”


  • “Dickson’s fast-paced reading is sensitive to both the action scenes and the character-driven side of the story. Characters come alive through his attention to their dreams and their failings…Dickson’s voice reveals ruthless, corrupt men for what they are.”

    Booklist (audio review)

  • “Neil Dickson reads the story of Hugh with passion and panache.”


  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Finalist for the 2003 RT Award for Best Medieval Historical Romance

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Donna Fleener | 2/13/2014

    " I've read over 20 James Patterson books, and this one was easily the best of the bunch so far. I expected crime & suspense, but instead I got transported back to the time of the Crusades, and was completely transfixed. Has elements of Dan Brown, and intersperses history with fiction. A wonderful story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Toby | 2/9/2014

    " Probably my favorite Patterson. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Donna L. | 1/26/2014

    " This is probably a good read, but I couldn't get into it at my first try. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nick Barry | 1/10/2014

    " Not your most conventional medieval novel or James Patterson novel for that matter, but without a doubt my favorite book. I cannot explain it other than when I am in between books & need something to read I always come back to this one. It's a great tale of fantasy that allows you get away from "true life" and have a little fun w/ your imagination, but doesn't cross into sci-fi. "

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