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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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    Gene C. Stidham Finksburg, Maryland 08-10-17
    Gene C. Stidham Finksburg, Maryland 08-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good performance, confusing story"
    Would you try another book from Christopher Moore and/or Euan Morton?

    I would definitely recommend the other books by Christopher Moore and Euan Morton. They are excellent.


    If you’ve listened to books by Christopher Moore before, how does this one compare?

    This is the weakest book that Christopher Moore has written. Great historical detail about artists of the time, but the story lacks direction for about 3/4 of the book. It finally gained a direction, but not until VERY late in the story. Most of my friends who also read Christopher Moore's work simply gave up on this book.


    What about Euan Morton’s performance did you like?

    Euan Morton is a GREAT storyteller. The tones and inflections he uses for the different speaking parts are sometimes subtle, but different enough for you to understand that it is a different person speaking and who that person is. One of the only reasons I did not give up on this story was because of the performance.


    Could you see Sacre Bleu being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. Please don't do it . . .


    Any additional comments?

    While I really enjoy Virtually ALL of Christopher Moore's work, this was definitely not his strongest. Decent enough if you are willing to not understand where the story is going for most of it.

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    Christopher 05-12-17
    Christopher 05-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Tired spin on the impressionists"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The sexual content was a device the author used to carry a story that was supposed to create a backdrop of bawdy humor and mystery. Ultimately, it's use became unsubstantial.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Christopher Moore again?

    No


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The historical content may have been educational for some


    Any additional comments?

    No, not really.

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    E CYPRESS, TX, US 05-12-17
    E CYPRESS, TX, US 05-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Smart and funny"

    There is sex and romance but it is the back drop to a fanciful mystery. If you are an exclusive harlequin reader don't listen. If you like rom coms pick this up. If you want a light mystery go for it

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    Summit Sue 05-01-17
    Summit Sue 05-01-17
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    "Disappointed"

    I had to force myself to finish it. Very boring and unfunny

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    Amazon Customer 05-01-17 Member Since 2011
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    "I absolutely love this book!"

    I have been in love with this book from the first listen! I truly wish it just kept going. This is my favorite book of Mr. Moore's and I believe I have read or listened to all of his, I have enjoyed all of them, but fell head over heals in love with this one! It is my only and my ever! :-)

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    Sylvia241 04-06-17
    Sylvia241 04-06-17
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    "Magnifique!"

    Funny, clever, and as colorful as Montmartre on a spring day. Painted with broad strokes of history and wit, Moore crosses every fine line of the imagination. I will never view blue quite the same again.

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    Abigail 01-29-17
    Abigail 01-29-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Moore is Brilliant in Many Ways"
    What made the experience of listening to Sacre Bleu the most enjoyable?

    Fantastic turn of phrase, great storytelling and downright humor.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just enough history and accuracy to add weight balanced with fiction and twists of truth and humor to make it almost fantasy. But a great combination.


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

    He gave voice to a few of the characters but specifically The Color Man will be seared into my brain due to his voice.


    If you could take any character from Sacre Bleu out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    henri de toulouse-lautrec


    Any additional comments?

    Different from the majority of his other books, this one takes its time in unfolding. Still worth every moment in listening and reading.

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    MattInAcadiana 01-11-17
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    "Great book!"

    That was a fun book to read. And interesting. I was taught about art and entertained. I will never look at a painting in the same way again. I highly recommend this book as a fun and entertaining novel!

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    Amazon Customer Texarkana, Ar 01-10-17
    Amazon Customer Texarkana, Ar 01-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Not Moore's best work. While some of it was amusin"

    While some of it was amusing it lacked the laugh out loud quality of earlier works.

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    Elle White Pittsburgh, PA USA 01-08-17
    Elle White Pittsburgh, PA USA 01-08-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Delightful for lovers of art"

    I always enjoy historical fiction with a twist, and Moore's book did not disappoint. I am also a lover of the impressionists, and it was a delight to watch these figures come to life. A must read!

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