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!
If you are looking for something strange you might like this book.
It will be written by Christopher Moore.
I think he did the best job he could dealing with this poorly conceived story
Not for me
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.