The plot was twisty and, as usual, Greenwood ties up all the ends neatly at the close.
Stephanie Daniel's narration brought a great, acerbic tone to the story. From now on, her voice is what these books will sound like in my head.
Both Euan Morton's performance of the book and the sense of getting to know the personalities of many famous artists. I had to keep reminding myself that maybe Renoir wasn't really that into "fighting dog" paintings. I also really enjoyed the balance between reverence and irreverence for the artists and their work. And the baguette boy. I need to find out somehow if that is a real thing.
Others by Christopher Moore would be the closest in style. His use of language and ribald humor is definitely present here. I usually finish one of his books with a new favorite curse for daily use.
At Home is one of the audiobooks I have enjoyed the most.
My favorite thing about this book - as with others by Bill Bryson - is the somewhat randomness of it. He dives into such fascinating detail on such a wide range of topics. Every chapter is full of surprising things. Some of them are subjects I would have said I had no interest in knowing more about (mites, the history of venereal disease, the bathing habits of Victorians) but they fit together so well and Bryson tells their stories in such a way that they are completely engrossing.
The section on staircase theory and statistics stands out as particularly unexpected and wonderful. That may sound a little insane but maybe I just hit that part of the book at the right moment in my evening commute.
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