Recurrent, out of place, egregious use of obscenties
More historical detail, less use of obscene language and sex for shock-appeal. Stand on his merit as a story teller instead.
He did a good job portraying the characters as individuals overall, so that the audible version of conversations was relatively easy to follow.
I would leave that to the story teller.
I'll be more selective next time. When I listened to the sample in the Audible website, I didn't hear the obscenities that seem to pop around every corner in this book. I had hoped it would be historical fiction, not pulp.
Sure! Don't we all need a laugh? Enjoyed the adult humor with artist I've always loved coming to life....along with a little whimsey.
Thought this was pretty unique. Reminded me a bit of Woody Allen's movie, Midnight in Paris.
No. Enjoyed savoring it off and on through the days, though it was difficult to stop.
Mysteries, classics, non-fiction, time travel, Bounty hunters, grim reapers... anything but vampires, please!
I'm working my way through the classics, and keep heading back to Moore for my lighthearted breaks. So far, this one is second only to "Lamb" (which may be unsurpassable).
Absolutely wanted to drink it in all at once, but alas, life interrupts.
If you are a fan of French Impressionism, parodies, or Moore, this book is for you. It was the most fun I spent with headphones on this spring.
Don't miss the downloadable PDF, which gives you reference images of masterworks that quite helpful to review as you listen.
If you are a Christopher Moore fan you will love this book. Typical twists and turns and a very unusual look at the subject matter. Love his sense of humour. If you have never tried a Christopher Moore book be prepared for the language.
the story is unexpected & kept me up all night. I simply could not turn it off.
I can't pick one. Christopher Moore develops each one so well, its hard to pick.
Wonderful reading. He brings the charactors to life.
I can't tell you that. It would ruin the suprise.
Christopher Moore is a fabulous writer. I wish him all the success in the world & I beg him to keep writing!
I am a huge fan of Christopher Moore, this was a more serious book but still great. I highly recommend it.
Anne in Happy Valley
Loved Toulouse-Lautrec as the libertine/amateur detective/sidekick! Also enjoyed the inventive and funny mcguffins -- Vernesque steampunk stilts, witch-burning in Chartres, the nutrition in cemetery snails. Jumped the shark a couple times, as with Oscar Wilde and his inspiration for Dorian Gray. Still, all in good fun.
I'd love to see a sequel where Toulouse-Lautrec solves other fin de siecle mysteries, murders and scandals.
Love, love, love, this book. Naration excellent. Story excellent. So unexpected, yet very Christopher Moore. Absolutely worth the $$ and more importantly worth the time.
Just to much time skipping, I understand that it was a plot device but it proved to be quite distracting from what could have otherwise been an engaging story. I don't recommend and only kept listening because I'd paid for it.