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Sacre Bleu Audiobook

Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

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Publisher's Summary

It is the color of the Virgin Mary's cloak, a dazzling pigment desired by artists, an exquisite hue infused with danger, adventure, and perhaps even the supernatural. It is... SacrÉ Bleu.

In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life... and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue?

These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends - baker-turned-painter Lucien Lessard and bon vivant Henri Toulouse-Lautrec - who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death. Their quest will lead them on a surreal odyssey and brothel-crawl deep into the art world of late 19th century Paris.

Oh la la, quelle surprise, and zut alors! A delectable confection of intrigue, passion, and art history - with cancan girls, baguettes, and fine French cognac thrown in for good measure - Sacre Bleu is another masterpiece of wit and wonder from the one, the only, Christopher Moore.

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©2012 Christopher Moore (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Randi 07-15-12
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    "Different approach for Moore... but a great book"

    I am a huge fan of Christopher Moore, this was a more serious book but still great. I highly recommend it.

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    Anne in State College State College, PA 07-09-12
    Anne in State College State College, PA 07-09-12

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    "Toulouse-Lautrec, My Kinda Buddy Movie Sidekick"
    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd love to see a sequel where Toulouse-Lautrec solves other fin de siecle mysteries, murders and scandals.

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    nancy 06-28-12
    nancy 06-28-12
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    "Loved this story and the production!"

    This historical fantasy about the painting and personal lives of the Impressionists was fascinating and entertaing. Highly recommend!

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    Victoria San Martin, CA 95046 06-27-12
    Victoria San Martin, CA 95046 06-27-12 Member Since 2006
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    "So much to love"

    Love, love, love, this book. Naration excellent. Story excellent. So unexpected, yet very Christopher Moore. Absolutely worth the $$ and more importantly worth the time.

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    Monett Cummings Morgantown, WV, United States 06-22-12
    Monett Cummings Morgantown, WV, United States 06-22-12 Member Since 2012

    Carnifex!!!!!

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    "Jumpy plot line. Hated it."
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    Just to much time skipping, I understand that it was a plot device but it proved to be quite distracting from what could have otherwise been an engaging story. I don't recommend and only kept listening because I'd paid for it.

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    Frances Webster, MA, United States 06-18-12
    Frances Webster, MA, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Ingeniously conceived trip into the past"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommend. A lighthearted, hysterically funny romp through art history that was well-researched. The plot is multi-faceted and complex. The narrator Euan Morton delivers this thoroughly enjoyable jaunt with panache.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sacre Bleu?

    There were so many it's hard to say. I especially loved the meeting between The Color Man and one artist where he's probed for his name: "What's your name?" "The Color Man." "What's your surname?""Color Man."What's your first name?" "The."


    What does Euan Morton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't think a better narrator for Moore's wit and whimsy could be found. I am curious to discover if the book on reading in print is as delightful as it was to listen to in Morton's voice.


    Any additional comments?

    Without a doubt the most delightful Audible book I've listened to so far.

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    PickyPicky 06-17-12
    PickyPicky 06-17-12

    I adore really well-written fiction, mystery series, and historical fiction, and delight in finding well-narrated translations.

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    "Impressionists Revisited in wild fiction"

    I love how Christopher Moore immerses himself in a time and with human history and presents us with a view deeply rooted in their reality, but with newly imagined possibilities. This book is a great example of that, a sorta occult mystery steeped in blue (not ultramarine, from Lapis, but some other blue, from--not sure, some kind of magic that happens in a cave.........

    Anyhow, it includes a loving view of the early 20th C impressionists all those who have steeped themselves in their work and their stories can appreciate. I am a painter, and Cezanne was an early hero, next to Monet and Van Gogh. The story touches on all of them, and portrays the times in a believable way.

    It gets over the top, of course. This IS a Christopher Moore novel.

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    Richard Jacksonville, FL, United States 06-10-12
    Richard Jacksonville, FL, United States 06-10-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Almost Excellent"

    I don't know who told Christopher Moore that his books were too linear, too predictable, but whoever did, stop it. I am a huge CM fan, and love all his books, especially the interlocking characters, but this one was tough to love. I don't recall giving less than 5 stars for any CM book review, but I had to drop this one beause my mind is still spinning from trying to keep up with the plot. Maybe it's more like literature this way, but it was hard to follow. It ends up being an excellent story, and maybe there was no other way to tell it, but the back and forth and minimal exposition of what was happening was frustrating. I can still recommend it as a good book, but it was my least favorite Moore opus.

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    Yuriy Nemtsov NJ, USA 06-05-12
    Yuriy Nemtsov NJ, USA 06-05-12 Member Since 2016

    Yuriy

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    "Not Moore's best work"

    The story itself isn't bad, but I would've loved for it to be more moore-funny.

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    Crew of the Normandy SR-2 Ohio, United States 06-04-12
    Crew of the Normandy SR-2 Ohio, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "My least favorite Christopher Moore book."
    What did you like best about Sacre Bleu? What did you like least?

    It was amusing, but every character seemed to have the same sarcastic sense of humor.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Christopher Moore? Why or why not?

    For sure. I've read or listened to every other book he's released and enjoyed them all. This one just happens to be my least favorite. I wouldn't listen to it again.


    Have you listened to any of Euan Morton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to Fool and one of the Dune books he's performed. He's not my favorite voice actor, but he does a good job with all the characters. I really have no complaints about his reading this book.


    Did Sacre Bleu inspire you to do anything?

    I was inspired to write this review.


    Any additional comments?

    To anyone that this review turned off from buying this title, I'd encourage you to listen to Lamb, The Stupidest Angel, or A Dirty Job, all from Christopher Moore. I'd consider those his 3 best.

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