The Jester

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: James Patterson , Andrew Gross
Narrator: Neil Dickson
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror, Suspense, Thriller, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Time Warner Audio Books
Published In: March 2003
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 13 hours
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Arriving home disillusioned from the Crusades, Hugh discovers that his village has been ransacked and his wife abducted by a ruthless duke in search of a relic worth more than any throne in Europe. Only by taking on the role of a jester is he able to infiltrate the duke's castle, where he thinks his wife is captive. This is just the first step in a battle that leads Hugh to places he never imagined—with results more majestic than he ever dreamed, as he goes on a personal crusade to save the common people from the oppression of savage nobles. Anyone who has ever rooted for the underdog, hoped for good to defeat evil, or believed that love can conquer all will not be able to stop listening to this masterful novel of virtue and suspense.

Reviews (38)

Thrilling, as usual

Written by Barbara Griffin from Waycross, GA on October 10th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Love Walter Moseley's characters, complex and compelling. This is another chapter in the life of Leonid McGill, an African-American Robin Hood who bends the law but always in the name of justice. His relationships are complicated, but those he loves he does so with ferocity. Moseley's fans, and those who are new to his writing, will be enthralled.

The Jester

Written by Teri in Phx from Phoenix, AZ on May 1st, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved this book. Could not put it down. First couple of CD's seemed slow. But do not give up. Totally awesome and one of my new favorite books.

Loved It!

Written by Colleen M. on November 3rd, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I would agree that this is not a typical Patterson novel, but I absolutely loved it! The narrarator was by far the best I've heard and he really brought the characters andt he story to life. I chose this book because Patterson wrote it and I definitely was not disappointed. I found myself driving a little slower on my commute just so I could hear more of the story. You will not be disappointed.

like a TV movie

Written by Anonymous on March 13th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I wasn't crazy about this book. It reminded me of a TV movie version of the Crusades. It was very predictable; however, I did enjoy the actor who performed the story of Hugh de Luc. He brought some excitement to an otherwise uninspired story.


Written by J.Lowe on September 3rd, 2009

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I didn't even finish listening to this book. It was totally not James Patterson type of writing I was really disappointed by the story.

Jester Falls Flat

Written by Anonymous on April 21st, 2009

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I love James Patterson and think he is a spectacular author. The Jester fell short for me.

The Jester

Written by Angela Jones on January 12th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Very good listen. It keeps you glued till the very end. It was a very tragic book throughout but has a happy ending.


Written by jojo on January 6th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I have to agree with many of the previous reviews. I LOVED THIS STORY!!!! And the narrator was perfect. This is NOT your usual Patterson story. But it is interesting and eventful and wonderful. History can be entertainment.


Written by Atlanta Georgia on December 23rd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I absolutely loved this book. It was very different from other Patterson books, but simply fantastic. I found myself looking forward to my daily commute so that I could listen. I honestly hated to hear it end.


Written by Evelyn McAdams on June 23rd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I thought this book was a reach from Pattersons' others but it got going and was very good

Author Details

Author Details

Patterson, James

James Patterson is an award-winning American author. Formerly the chairman of advertising company J. W. Thompson in the early 1990s, Patterson came up with the slogan "Toys R Us Kid." Shortly after his success with Along Came A Spider, he retired from the firm and devoted his time to writing. The novels-featuring his character, Alex Cross, a black forensic psychologist formerly of the Washington, D.C. Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation, now working as a private psychologist and government consultant-are the most popular books among Patterson readers and the top selling US Detective series in the past ten years.

In 2007, one of every fifteen hardcover novels sold was a James Patterson title - totaling an estimated of 16 million books sold last year in North America alone. In total, Patterson's books have sold an estimated 150 million copies worldwide. He has won awards including the Edgar, the BCA Mystery Guild's Thriller of the Year, and the International Thriller of the Year award. James Patterson was called "the man who can't miss" in Time magazine. He is the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on The New York Times adult and children's bestsellers lists, and to have two books on NovelTracker's top-ten list at the same time..He holds the New York Times bestsellers list record with 39 New York Times bestselling titles overall.* He even made an appearance on the Fox TV show The Simpsons as himself.

Patterson is also well known for sharing the spotlight with different co-authors such as Maxine Paetro and Andrew Gross and has often said that collaborating with others brings new and interesting ideas to his stories.

He also founded the James Patterson PageTurner Awards, now in its third year. Patterson has personally given away over $600,000 to reward "people, companies, schools, and other institutions who find original and effective ways to spread the excitement of books and reading."

Patterson's bestselling Women's Murder Club series is now a TV show starring former Law & Order star Angie Harmon. The show premiered in the fall of 2007 on ABC television. Other movie deals are currently in the works with various Hollywood studios including a major motion picture based on his Maximum Ride series, to be produced by Avi Arad, the creator of X-Men and Spiderman. Most recently, the forthcoming Dangerous Days of Daniel X has been optioned by New Regency.

Patterson received his bachelor's degree from Manhattan College.

He lives in Palm Beach, Florida with his wife, Susan, and son, Jack.

Gross, Andrew

Andrew Gross coauthored 2nd Chance and The Jester with James Patterson. He lives with his wife, Lynn, and their three children in Westchester County, New York.