The Jester

  • by James Patterson, Andrew Gross
  • Narrated by Neil Dickson
  • 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"From start to finish, this is supersmart popular fiction, slick yet stirring...unforgettable characters...Patterson's fans will love this one." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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I have read all of James Patterson's books and I absolutely loved this one the Best. I only wish it was longer.
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- Pati Walton

Emailing it in

I must admit that having recently heard two of James Patterson's recent detective mysteries, I'm not exactly a fan. I chose this novel because I was curious as to how a mystery writer would handle a period piece. In a nutshell "badly".

The story line is contrived and unnecessarily crude. While the plot moves quickly, it is predictable from beginning to end. The author used one cute trick. He included every dirty joke that email has produced in the last two years (at least a dozen anyway). Interestingly a story that takes place mostly in France was read with a British accent. Also some of the French characters were given French names others English. What a mish mash. I guess I really didn't like it.
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- Harris

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-28-2003
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio