the individuals come to life with various accents and voice qualities
I got only one book, or maybe it is only one book, when I downloaded. But it seemed unfinished. The book, overall did not hold my interest, even though some of the characters were quite interesting.
As a big C Moore fan and a huge fan of the impressionist movement I was excited. Unfortunately disappointed just didn't have the fast paced wit I had come to expect.
Just wasn't funny.
I have enjoyed some of Christopher Moore's work in the past; but have found the quality sometimes a bit dodgy. Here however was a perfect balance of wit, plot, and characterization. There's actually some depth to these characters. This is a new level of writing for him. I hope he continues to write with this quality.
I don't know.
A fun book. The reader interpretation of the different voices was done very well. The story, well CM has done better but... I still enjoyed it!
I discovered the author has a blog that augments the book chapter by chapter. I might have to listen to it again.
Some of the off-color humor
Any scene with Toulouse-Latrec in it
leave it. it's perfect.
I'm a bit on the fence here. Moore has had a pattern of writing a couple of light books and then a substantial book and back again. The substantial books are still funny, of course, but have an extra richness (not to mention page count.) This one was not as funny as a funny Moore book, and wasn't as rich as a substantial Moore book. "Fool" was such a home run in both regards that it would be a very tough act to follow, and perhaps if I'd not read it I wouldn't be as disappointed with "Sacre Bleu." The print edition at least had beautiful printing of the art in question.
I would be more likely to send them to a different Moore title if they hadn't read him. A Dirty Job, Lamb or Fool would be much higher on my list.
Euan Morton is a truly excellent narrator. His reading of Fool was theater for the mind, and his portrayals here of Lautrec and the Colour Man were wonderful.
I would go see a film based on this novel for the amount of screen time that would be required for Juliet's bare bottom if naught else.
I'm a huge Moore fan, but I must admit to being a bit disappointed this time.
I've read Christophe Moore's other books, and laughed all the way through! I have really appreciated his off the wall sense of humor, and that you needed a little intelligence and literary background to appreciate his work. This one, however, is just boring - I kept waiting for it to get funny, and would put it on the back burner for a while before trying again. I give up - this just isn't up to his usual quality.
Christopher Moore never ceases to amaze me. I have found my mind wandering back to this story repeatedly since finishing it just over a month ago and I am ready to re-listen to it again! That speaks volumes - Moore is one of very few authors I will reread or re-listen to because you just know there will be these amazing little bits and pieces you didn't catch the first time around. Truly entertaining and hilarious read - even without a BFA! And Toulouse-Lautrec absolutely steals the show! Much in the way Abby Normal, always left you wanting more in You Suck, Henri is by far Sacre Bleu's stand-out character, in my humble opinion anyway! [Side Note: I totally pictured Peter Dinklage in this role throughout the entire book.... my my my, would he not be fantastic bringing this character to the big screen?!?!? Just sayin'!!!] Seriously - I cannot say enough wonderful things about this novel. Thank you Christopher Moore for another amazing tale!
Many thanks to the talented Euan Morton for such a wonderful read!
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec - I cannot imagine the night not ending in complete and utter hysterics!