This was my first Moore book, and I think I am now a diehard fan! This was total, glorious escapist fiction. I have an art background, which is what originally drew me to the story, but I don't think it was really necessary to know anything about art to follow the story. The characters are alive, hilarious, and self-explanatory. I literally couldn't turn it iff until it was over, and I'm sure I will listen again.
I listen in the car while i drive. I have eclectic tastes in books and if it interests me I listen till its over.
I loved the concept and the crazy french painters. I thought the ending was a bit light though.
I have read or listened to everything i could find and will continue to do so as they are released.
He was a great reader. i don't remember if I have heard him read before.
I'm not sure whether it needs a follow up book. Possibly a prequel.
The book is fun and funny. Maybe not as funny as Lamb or Fool but a good book.
I almost didn't buy this: the sample somehow sounded odd, with Euan Morton's Scottish background not working with the material. After listening to his reading of "Fool" a couple of times, I decided to give it a try. It is wonderful! After a couple of minutes, the performance seems perfectly natural; characterizations are spot-on and the "music" in the prose is enhanced with Morton's exceptional reading. Book itself is not-quite-but-close to Moore's best but the overall impact of the audio is even greater than the book itself.
I live on a tiny river in NC on the southeastern coast. I'm a voracious reader & listener - also photographer and potter.
This was such a cool book and Euan Morton is a fantastic narrator. I really loved that fact that Moore brought in all the famous artists of the time -- from Renoir, Toulouse Lautrec, Pisaro, Van Gogh, Manet, Monet .... He brings them all to life and even if it is a fiction, he's obviously done his research about the impressionist and post-impressionist period. You really felt you were part of that wild life and the mystery of the sacred blue is intriguing. But what really made it was Morton's narration. His characterization is fantastic. I enjoyed every minute.
This was a wonderful book, and a very fresh, unique story. The narrator was perfection. The story moved at a great pace and it was impossible to get bored with all of the back and forth between Juliette and the male characters.
I was disappointed in the ending. I can't explain why without giving away the story but suffice it to say that even though I was disappointed, it is probably a more accurate depiction of humanity than I care to admit.
I purchased this book because of its relation to art and the great reviews, and I wasn't disappointed. I love Moore's voice and humor, and his tie-ins to real art history are amazing. Any person who enjoyed studying art history in college (especially turn of the 20th century European) will definitely enjoy the references, but I think non-artists would enjoy this too. It totally made my inner art nerd happy. I'll be listening to this again for sure, and Christopher Moore has completely won over my heart with his light-hearted and hilarious style.
I am a FLW fan so I didn't expect to be so surprised and engaged by this book. The underlying questions of love, responsibility, family and freedom stimulated a lot of thought and conversation with friends. Mamah was a remarkable woman forced to make a decision that I'm thankful I never had to contemplate in my own life.
Up at the top. The performance was fantastic.
Henri. He would make me feel like a goddess.
"Accident. Couldn't be helped." Best line from a book ever! Read it and you'll know why! I was laughing so hard at some points, I had to pull over! Thank you, Christopher Moore, and thank you, Euan Morton. I'm off to read another Moore/Morton combo.
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If you are a Christopher Moore fan, be warned. This book is very different than most of his. Yes, it has the humor that we associate with this brilliant mind, but it seems to be buried more than in some of his other books. Maybe it is simply the subject, which is, admittedly not my favorite.
The narrator does an excellent job of providing a new voice for each character, so he gets a better review than the Audiobook.
The print edition has the appropriate pictures, which is a great help with the narration and flow of the story. While I am not prejudiced, one way or the other (print v. audio), generally, this is one book that I would definitely recommend a print edition over the audio.
sports announcer, cyclist, enjoys to travel and the outdoors.
This book was not for me. I love Moore and his previous works Fool and Lamb but this one no.