I dislike the way Audible wants me to review books. I don't want to answer questions, I simply want to tell you what I think of a book - in this case Sacre Bleu.
This is a good book with excellent narration. It is strange and mysterious and has wonderful characters. There are moments when I laughed out loud and moments when I merely savored the weirdness. I would recommend this book to anyone.
So why only five stars for the story? Because this is Christopher Moore and I am afraid he has spoiled me with "The Stupidest Angel" and "Lamb". "The Stupidest Angel" is my very favorite Audible book and I want all of Christopher Moore's books to make me laugh like "The Stupidest Angel" does!
I suspect that most fans of Mr. Moore do not think "The Stupidest Angel" is his best - it is not as rich as some of his books, but there's me liking silly much more than meaningful, so take that into consideration when you decide to buy this book - which you really should decide to do.
A nicely creepy little story. Neil Gaimen is so good at presently soothingly eerie stories. His voice just carries me into soft, calm, place filled with sudden fear.
As always, I loved this Tiffany book, but I want more Feegles! Frankly, I could listen to a book that is all about the Feegles with Tiffany as a minor character, but this is the next best thing.
I love Terry Pratchett, (though I will confess to having gotten spoiled by starting with "The Wee Free Men" and nothing I have heard since, has been as funny as the feegles are.) Still, I am working my way through all the Disc World books and trying to listen to them in some sort of order. I recently finished the Death books and started on the Witch books. I enjoyed "Equal Rites" very much - including the way Celia Imrie read it.
I also enjoyed "Wyrd Sisters", so I would recommend it, but, I do have to say, while I generally like the way Ms. Imrie reads, I really, and I mean really, hated some of the voices in this book. I never quite accepted Nanny Ogg as being such a shakey old woman voice and one of the characters talked with a stuffed up nose - very annoying. I imagine it is hard to come up with distintive voices for each character and I like the way Ms. Imrie reads men's voices better than many women readers, but I am thinking of moving on to the Wizard books for awhile rather than continue with the witches.
To be fair, I didn't listen to very much of this book. The book might be wonderful. I just could not get past the almost loving description of one character's numerous farts.
It comes down, as it so often does, to the narrator. And actually, this narrator wasn't bad. If I had heard him before I listened to "The Stupidest Angel" I would not have minded him at all - except that he didn't find out how to pronounce the place names correctly! San Jue-neh-pair-oh??????
That being said, this was a fine book. It is, if I am correct, Christopher Moore's first book, so I made a few allowences because it is not as funny as "The Stupidest Angel" or "Lamb" but it is pretty good and "San Jue-neh-pair-oh" aside, I will listen to it again.
The lists! List, after list, after list!
Nothing against the narrator, he's actually fine as far as I am concerned. Also, nothing against the book - I plan to go buy a paper copy. BUT, I just could not keep listening to the lists of information! They went on and on, well past the time when the point had been made!
If the lists were printed in a pdf to go with the book, the book would be fine, since the rest of the info is great.
This book almost works for me - almost, but not quite. First let me say that I did enjoy the book enough to finish listening to it, but I doubt I would listen to it again. I have listened to other books by Pat Murphy and I like her writing style. That may be one of the reasons this book did not really work - I expected better things.
I loved the surreal sense evoked by wandering through an almost empty San Francisco. I loved the colorful images in the book.
Some of my problems with the book are nit-picky; I hated the name of one of the characters - "Danny-boy". It was just too cutsey for me. But the real reasons I did not like the book went deeper.
I never connected with the lead character. She left me as empty of emotions as she seemed to be.
Other characters were better. Infact other characters were introduced and fleshed out so that I wanted to spend more time with them, then they were dropped into the background as props.
Subplots worked the same way. Interesting twists or directions came up, then just went away.
And finally the ending - It lost me. I confess I didn't understand the point of it. Just as I didn't understand the point of the book. I don't really think books need a point if they are entertaining, but this one seemed to be trying to tell me something - a moral perhaps - but I never quite got it.
Pat Murphy is a good writer and this book had some very good moments. As I said, the images she draws are wonderful, but I was left wanting something I never quite got.
I enjoyed this book very much. It was an odd one though. It was extremely long, yet I didn't feel that it dragged on. I always found the story compelling. I really wanted to know what was going on. The tone of the book is staid and old fashion, almost quaint. The story, though is unlike anything I have read before. A very different look at magic.
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