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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,557 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Moore Narrator: Euan Morton Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9780062097415
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“Christopher Moore is a very sick man, in the very best sense of that word.”
—Carl Hiassen

“[Moore’s novels] deftly blend surreal, occult, and even science-fiction doings with laugh-out-loud satire of contemporary culture.”
Washington Post

“If there’s a funnier writer out there, step forward.”
Playboy

Absolutely nothing is sacred to Christopher Moore. The phenomenally popular, New York Times bestselling satirist whom the Atlanta Journal-Constitution calls, “Stephen King with a whoopee cushion and a double-espresso imagination” has already lampooned Shakespeare, San Francisco vampires, marine biologists, Death…even Jesus Christ and Santa Claus! Now, in his latest masterpiece, Sacré Bleu, the immortal Moore takes on the Great French Masters. A magnificent “Comedy d’Art” from the author of Lamb, Fool, and Bite Me, Moore’s Sacré Bleu is part mystery, part history (sort of), part love story, and wholly hilarious as it follows a young baker-painter as he joins the dapper  Henri Toulouse-Lautrec on a quest to unravel the mystery behind the supposed “suicide” of Vincent van Gogh.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Zany…Sacré Bleu is a consistently compelling blend of love story, mystery, and ‘what if?’ art-history lesson.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A mind-bending tribute to artists, the creative process, and the color blue…Wildly entertaining…A sly examination of art, inspiration, everyday magic, and some seriously over-caffeinated painters.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Another exceedingly bizarre, often raucous, and consistently delightful journey into the sweetly demented mind of novelist Christopher Moore.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Contains the rare combination of poetry and humor; where one moment you find yourself rereading a passage for its sublime imagery, and the next, you are grinning over a well-placed wisecrack…An excellent novel.”

    Dallas News

  • “Mingling comedy and mystery, Moore crafts an intricate story that teases the reader with numerous twists and bawdy humor…An imaginative and amusing look at the Impressionist era, and Moore’s prose is fresh and engaging.”

    Booklist

  • “Moore set out to write a book about the color blue. What he ended up with is a surprisingly complex novel full of love, death, art, and mystery…Don’t let Moore’s quirky characters and bawdy language fool you. His writing has depth, and his peculiar take on the impressionists will reel you in…A worthy read.”

    Library Journal

  • “Moore’s humor is, as ever, sweetly juvenile, but his arty comedy also captures the courage and rebellion of the Impressionists with an exultant joie de vivre.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the April 2012 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/19/2014

    " It's good. Typical Moore. A lot of laugh-out-loud funny parts, though somethings do fall short or seem to be out of place. He really did his history and had me looking up a lot of painters and paintings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Patrick | 2/18/2014

    " I love Christopher Moore's wacky funny take on real life events that he puts his personal sarcastic stamp on. The age of Impressionists in Paris is a particular fondess of mine and I loved that Henri Toulous-Lautrec was a main character. I bet the man truely was much like his portrayal in the book. The mystical/shamanistic side of the Colorman and the Muse was a little out there but this author is known for pushing the edges in that arena. A fun artsy read that would definately be enjoyed by art enthusiasts with a sense of humor. My favorite line, "Penis". To the point for sure! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina Shelton | 2/18/2014

    " Christopher Moore is the soul of funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn Haxton | 2/11/2014

    " This was bizarre, but I admire the creativity and the satire of the art. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 2/5/2014

    " Just a little bit of genius, this book. Impressionists, history, Paris, and murder. What more could you ask for? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steffilu | 1/22/2014

    " As usual with Moore's books, I found myself giggling aloud frequently, I do think I liked it better the second time I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee Rigdon | 1/19/2014

    " This book is terrific, but if you are a fan of previous Christopher Moore books, you should set aside your notions of what this book will be. It has moments of humor, but the twin engines driving this story are visceral emotion and great writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Vyvial | 12/24/2013

    " Really worth reading - past the random and difficult parts of the book is a genius idea. Not my favorite of Christopher Moore; but I didn't walk away feeling dumb for picking it up and reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 11/18/2013

    " Henri Toulouse-Lautrec imagined by Christopher Moore makes for the most fun I've had with a book in years. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karstee | 11/14/2013

    " First and last book I will read by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deigh | 11/11/2013

    " This is another one of Moore's quirky and inventive stories that mixes real events with fiction and makes it all the more fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly | 10/23/2013

    " The website that accompanies the book is worth a look and provides interesting background. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harley | 8/17/2013

    " Reading this book piqued my interest in all of the artists and the time period described in the novel. Christopher Moore's books are always pretty funny, and I liked how the humor here came from the characters and (mostly) did not feel forced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April Marriner | 4/2/2013

    " This is a very fun read for art enthusiasts, francophiles and lovers of the absurd. Great characters, witty dialogue, clever plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derick Douglas | 3/19/2013

    " This seemed to me to be a more "mature" novel than Moore's previous novels. There is a slower build into the charecters and action. I found the historical settings and the tie-ins to the paintings interesting and they made sense for the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis Weeks | 2/7/2013

    " Moore is a very funny writer. You will either find the irreverence with which he treats the Impressionists fun, silly or inappropriate. I found it all three and I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 1/13/2013

    " I have started 4 and read 3 C Moore books. I find him a hard author to follow, but I keep trying. It took awhile to find the rhythm of the story but I must admit it was worth the journey. Reading the afterward gave me insight into the story. Paris must have been an interesting pace at that time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig Scharton | 10/25/2012

    " I really enjoy Moore. This story was much more complicated than usual. He's in the Tom Robbins stratosphere now. Humor, history, creativity... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 10/9/2012

    " i loved the setting, I loved the artists, the paintings, and the storyline...until I figured out a little more about Juliette, and then Moore lost me. The rest was a drag. but if you read keeping in mind the context, a pretty fun read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rebecca | 6/8/2012

    " Unfortunately the only Christopher Moore book I did not like. He is one of my favorite authors, but I just couldn't get into this story. I kept getting confused which characters were which and the story just didn't grab me. I couldn't even finish it, though I read about half. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jasmine | 6/5/2012

    " Not Moore's best either, but charming and an enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan Daulton | 5/3/2012

    " Fun, well written...Great book to read after reading Vincent van Gogh...same cast of characters...interesting from an art standpoint..I enjoyed this AFTER reading VVG...light and interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sigfrid Garman | 5/1/2012

    " This was a really fun read. Very clever and a bit bizarre. As an art history major I appreciated the way the author tied real paintings into story. "

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About the Author
Author Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore boasts a large resume of work as a satirical fiction author. Known for his colorful characters and imaginative storylines, he has gained a cult following for his books, many of which have become New York Times bestsellers. He splits his time between California and Hawaii.

About the Narrator

Euan Morton is an audiobook narrator and winner of three Earphones Awards. As an actor and singer, he is best known for his role as Boy George in the musical Taboo. His performance earned him many accolades, including nominations for a Laurence Olivier Award and a Tony Award. Other theater credits include The Silent Treatment at London’s Finborough Theatre, Brundibar at the New Victory Theater, and Measure for Pleasure at the Public Theater.