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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.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2012 Christopher Moore (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Jennifer 08-09-12
    Jennifer 08-09-12
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    "Yuck"
    What disappointed you about Sacre Bleu?

    Recurrent, out of place, egregious use of obscenties


    What could Christopher Moore have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    More historical detail, less use of obscene language and sex for shock-appeal. Stand on his merit as a story teller instead.


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

    He did a good job portraying the characters as individuals overall, so that the audible version of conversations was relatively easy to follow.


    What character would you cut from Sacre Bleu?

    I would leave that to the story teller.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    joan Lakeside, AZ, United States 08-04-12
    joan Lakeside, AZ, United States 08-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Laughed alot. Especially Henri de Talouse Lautrec!"
    Would you listen to Sacre Bleu again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Sacre Bleu to and why?

    Thought this was pretty unique. Reminded me a bit of Woody Allen's movie, Midnight in Paris.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Enjoyed savoring it off and on through the days, though it was difficult to stop.


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    ArtC 07-31-12
    ArtC 07-31-12

    Mysteries, classics, non-fiction, time travel, Bounty hunters, grim reapers... anything but vampires, please!

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    "Inspiring and delightful!"
    What other book might you compare Sacre Bleu to and why?

    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).


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely wanted to drink it in all at once, but alas, life interrupts.


    Any additional comments?

    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. <br/><br/>Don't miss the downloadable PDF, which gives you reference images of masterworks that quite helpful to review as you listen.

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    Nancy Bala, Ontario, Canada 07-28-12
    Nancy Bala, Ontario, Canada 07-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Typical Christopher Moore"

    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.

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    Jill Ann Kiar Concord, CA United States 07-24-12
    Jill Ann Kiar Concord, CA United States 07-24-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Wonderful story, great author."
    What made the experience of listening to Sacre Bleu the most enjoyable?

    the story is unexpected & kept me up all night. I simply could not turn it off.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't pick one. Christopher Moore develops each one so well, its hard to pick.


    What about Euan Morton’s performance did you like?

    Wonderful reading. He brings the charactors to life.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I can't tell you that. It would ruin the suprise.


    Any additional comments?

    Christopher Moore is a fabulous writer. I wish him all the success in the world & I beg him to keep writing!

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    Randi 07-15-12
    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

    Anne in Happy Valley

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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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