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.
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.