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.
I work in the field of scientific research by day, and I write the rest of the time. My nonfiction historical articles appear in numerous magazines. I am presently working on a contemporary and a paranormal romance.
Highly recommend. A lighthearted, hysterically funny romp through art history that was well-researched. The plot is multi-faceted and complex. The narrator Euan Morton delivers this thoroughly enjoyable jaunt with panache.
There were so many it's hard to say. I especially loved the meeting between The Color Man and one artist where he's probed for his name: "What's your name?" "The Color Man." "What's your surname?""Color Man."What's your first name?" "The."
I don't think a better narrator for Moore's wit and whimsy could be found. I am curious to discover if the book on reading in print is as delightful as it was to listen to in Morton's voice.
Without a doubt the most delightful Audible book I've listened to so far.
I love how Christopher Moore immerses himself in a time and with human history and presents us with a view deeply rooted in their reality, but with newly imagined possibilities. This book is a great example of that, a sorta occult mystery steeped in blue (not ultramarine, from Lapis, but some other blue, from--not sure, some kind of magic that happens in a cave.........
Anyhow, it includes a loving view of the early 20th C impressionists all those who have steeped themselves in their work and their stories can appreciate. I am a painter, and Cezanne was an early hero, next to Monet and Van Gogh. The story touches on all of them, and portrays the times in a believable way.
It gets over the top, of course. This IS a Christopher Moore novel.
I don't know who told Christopher Moore that his books were too linear, too predictable, but whoever did, stop it. I am a huge CM fan, and love all his books, especially the interlocking characters, but this one was tough to love. I don't recall giving less than 5 stars for any CM book review, but I had to drop this one beause my mind is still spinning from trying to keep up with the plot. Maybe it's more like literature this way, but it was hard to follow. It ends up being an excellent story, and maybe there was no other way to tell it, but the back and forth and minimal exposition of what was happening was frustrating. I can still recommend it as a good book, but it was my least favorite Moore opus.
It was amusing, but every character seemed to have the same sarcastic sense of humor.
For sure. I've read or listened to every other book he's released and enjoyed them all. This one just happens to be my least favorite. I wouldn't listen to it again.
I've listened to Fool and one of the Dune books he's performed. He's not my favorite voice actor, but he does a good job with all the characters. I really have no complaints about his reading this book.
I was inspired to write this review.
To anyone that this review turned off from buying this title, I'd encourage you to listen to Lamb, The Stupidest Angel, or A Dirty Job, all from Christopher Moore. I'd consider those his 3 best.