The first thing you need to be aware of is that this isn't a novel. It's a screenplay, which makes for a very different reading experience, especially on a Kindle. I've been involved in film for the last few years, and I've been a film buff since my early teens, and I'm used to reading screenplays. However, this is the first one I've read on a Kindle. Screenplays generally have a standard format and page layout, and it doesn't translate too well to the smaller screen. It worked okay, but to be completely honest, I found it easier to read as a PDF on the computer where there's more white space.
I'll admit I've never seen or read the Beaumarchais play this is based on, but I'm familiar with the Mozart opera. This is a really funny interpretation of the material - it updates this classic farce to a setting we can more easily relate to and simulataneously parodies a modern genre that's ripe for parody.
One word of warning. As you might expect from a gangster flick, this screenplay contains the word "fuck" at something approaching Tarantino levels. If that offends you, then steer clear. However, it wins an award for funniest use of the line "Fucking Pussy!" since Cheech Marin in Dusk Till Dawn.
The only real criticism I have is that it was too long - hence the 4 stars intead of 5 - but that's true of the original version as well, and indeed most farces of the period. By two thirds of the way through I've got the joke, and it's all starting to feel a bit laboured. Personally, if I were adapting this to a movie, I'd have recommended being less faithful to the original stage play and going for a tighter ending.
In summary, I'd love to see this made into a film. It would be hilarious, even if you're not an aficionado of 18th century literature or opera. Read it, and you'll see why.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)