The Serpent of Venice

The Serpent of Venice

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New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore channels William Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe in this satiric Venetian gothic featuring the irresistibly mischievous Pocket, the eponymous hero of Fool

Venice, a really long time ago. Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy from Britain who also happens to be a favorite of the Doge: the rascal-Fool Pocket. This trio of cunning plotters have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising a spirited evening. Their invitation is, of course, bogus. These scoundrels have something far less amusing planned for the man who has consistently foiled their quest for power and wealth. But this Fool is no fool . . .

Once again, Christopher Moore delivers a rousing literary satire: a dramedy mash-up rich with delights, including (but not limited to): foul plots; counterplots; true love; jealousy; murder; betrayal; revenge; codpieces; a pound of flesh; occasional debauchery; and water (lots of water). Not to mention a cast Shakespeare himself would be proud of: Shylock; Iago; Othello; a bunch of other guys whose names end in "o"; a trio of comely wenches; the brilliant Fool; his large sidekick, Drool; Jeff, the pet monkey; a lovesick sea serpent; and a ghost (yes, there's always a bloody ghost).

Wickedly witty and outrageously inventive, The Serpent of Venice pays cheeky homage to the Bard and illuminates the absurdity of the human condition as only Christopher Moore can.

Performed by Euan Morton

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, [date of publication not identified]
Copyright Date: ℗2014
ISBN: 9780062311009
Branch Call Number: Audiobook FIC Moore
Characteristics: 9 audio discs (10.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Morton, Euan 1977-


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Nov 16, 2016

Highly entertaining! A very creative way of combining characters from Shakespeare's Othello and Merchant of Venice. Very funny dialogue and creative use of language - the narrator brilliantly voices all the characters in distinctive ways - easy to follow which character is speaking. if you're offended by the use of the F-word, don't borrow this CD but it is used in context with the situation and quite hilarious. I really enjoyed this CD and would recommend.

Jan 05, 2016

In a lifetime of really awful decisions reading this novel was one of the best moves I've ever made. I would say the funniest book I have read bar none. Making fun of Star Wars and every other American movie with a "foreigner", all the Venetian, Genoan, French and African characters spoke with English accents and used British colloquialisms. Some of my favorite sentences ever written can be found in this novel and I will definitely be reading this again just to catch any subtleties I may have missed. One such sentence occurred when our French hero found himself chained in a brick room and left for dead and pronounced himself in a "spot of bother." I've been trying to use this phrase in conversation daily to myself if of no one else. There was the French giant dressed as a lady when a Venetian stated, "I'd 'ave a go at her wouldn't I?" The other sentences I cannot put in here lest I be censored by the puritanical elite at Amazon.

Jul 18, 2014

Christopher Moore does it again. Funny, charming and a little tiny bit accurate - my drives to work these last few weeks have been extremely enjoyable while listening to this book.

RiotheLibrarian May 30, 2014

Another delightfully hilarious tale from Christopher Moore. The audiobook has the same narrator as "Fool", Euan Morton, who brings each of the characters to life.

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