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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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    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 2014

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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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    cinda 06-01-12
    cinda 06-01-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Virgin no Moore!"

    This was my first Moore book, and I think I am now a diehard fan! This was total, glorious escapist fiction. I have an art background, which is what originally drew me to the story, but I don't think it was really necessary to know anything about art to follow the story. The characters are alive, hilarious, and self-explanatory. I literally couldn't turn it iff until it was over, and I'm sure I will listen again.

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    David 05-31-12
    David 05-31-12 Member Since 2016

    I listen in the car while i drive. I have eclectic tastes in books and if it interests me I listen till its over.

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    "Its Christopher Moore of course its funny."
    What did you like best about Sacre Bleu? What did you like least?

    I loved the concept and the crazy french painters. I thought the ending was a bit light though.


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

    I have read or listened to everything i could find and will continue to do so as they are released.


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

    He was a great reader. i don't remember if I have heard him read before.


    Do you think Sacre Bleu needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I'm not sure whether it needs a follow up book. Possibly a prequel.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is fun and funny. Maybe not as funny as Lamb or Fool but a good book.

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    james d. thomas 05-31-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Euan Morton Rocks!"
    What did you love best about Sacre Bleu?

    I almost didn't buy this: the sample somehow sounded odd, with Euan Morton's Scottish background not working with the material. After listening to his reading of "Fool" a couple of times, I decided to give it a try. It is wonderful! After a couple of minutes, the performance seems perfectly natural; characterizations are spot-on and the "music" in the prose is enhanced with Morton's exceptional reading. Book itself is not-quite-but-close to Moore's best but the overall impact of the audio is even greater than the book itself.


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    Robin Supply, NC, United States 05-31-12
    Robin Supply, NC, United States 05-31-12 Member Since 2013

    I live on a tiny river in NC on the southeastern coast. I'm a voracious reader & listener - also photographer and potter.

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    "What a great lark!"

    This was such a cool book and Euan Morton is a fantastic narrator. I really loved that fact that Moore brought in all the famous artists of the time -- from Renoir, Toulouse Lautrec, Pisaro, Van Gogh, Manet, Monet .... He brings them all to life and even if it is a fiction, he's obviously done his research about the impressionist and post-impressionist period. You really felt you were part of that wild life and the mystery of the sacred blue is intriguing. But what really made it was Morton's narration. His characterization is fantastic. I enjoyed every minute.

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    Samantha 05-27-12
    Samantha 05-27-12
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    "Christopher Moore does it again!"

    This was a wonderful book, and a very fresh, unique story. The narrator was perfection. The story moved at a great pace and it was impossible to get bored with all of the back and forth between Juliette and the male characters.
    I was disappointed in the ending. I can't explain why without giving away the story but suffice it to say that even though I was disappointed, it is probably a more accurate depiction of humanity than I care to admit.

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