I'm not sure as I didnt read the print version, but a good narrator really makes a good book great.
I cant think of any as it was such a great concept. I think laughter is important and this book really made me laugh. The whole concept of God, Christ, Buddah, Krishna, etc. all wrapped up neatly, well not so neat in some cases, but in a way that wasnt putting any on the moral high ground and putting others down as a lesser Faith.
This narrator was great, each character was easily discernable and each had their own humor. I dont know how this narrator wasnt laughing the whole time
Obviously, Biff. Long suffering and well loved by everyone but his Mother.
Dont judge it as sacrelgious, just enjoy it. God must have a sense of humor, look around us.
This is a beautifully irreverent look at the childhood of Joshua (Jesus). Told from the point of view of a good friend, it is a marvelously amusing reminder of His humanity. Makes me feel even closer to Him.
Irreverent, thoughtful, fun
There were so many, but what got stuck in my head was "BOOM! chaka-laka-laka"
Again, hard to say. I will add that I was reading passages out loud to my husband, and even without the full context, he was laughing, too.
I was surprised at how it could be low brow and thoughtful at the same time.
Very glad my son recommended it, only wish I hadn't waited so long to listen.
Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)
I listened to the whole book, simply because the narrator was awesome and gave a fantastic performance.
Surprisingly, I laughed only a few times. The book is full of wit and sarcasm and fantastic twists on historical events, cultural beliefs, and even word roots. That kept me going, but I had been hoping for some laughs.
There was a lot of sex, often it was unnecessary and cheapened the story. There were too many dirty words. And, if I were a deeply religious Christian, I would find many parts of the story and biblical or historical interpretation to be blasphemous. Or, small-minded.
I wondered if this book was written to be controversial and hopefully attract attention.
I had previously read the author's first book, Practical Demonkeeping, and that was funny, made me laugh, and was good humor. There were light sexual references, but the book was fairly clean. I had intended on going through all this author's other books based on how funny the first one was, but the sexuality in this book is juvenile and if another book is as heavy on sex as this one is, it'll be the last.
I enjoyed reading most of Patrick McManus' books, and also recently discovered Jim Bernheimer's books, and they were able to provide laughs, good stories, and keep it clean. A good author should be able to get laughs, tell a good story, and not have to use sex or curse words.
While listening to this book, I got the feeling that the author (or someone) did a lot of research first, and then wrote the story, ticking off a list of all the references and twists to be included. The middle of the story really lagged, and the humor didn't return till near the end, but even then it was feeble.
The narrator was awesome, and I continued listening just to hear his outstanding rendition of voices and accents.
It is well written. The characters are easy to relate to. However, it's rarely laugh out loud funny. I think I will stick to humorists and comedians to get my laughs out of audio books. I just don't find fiction to be that funny.
Four years on Audible now. Love the convenience of listening while driving, cooking, folding laundry.....
I did find their perspective amusing and definitely had some laugh out loud moments but for the most part, the hyperbole was a bit overdone.
There are so many good books to read and so little time; I would probably tell them to give it a pass.
The performance was fine.
Not sure; maybe.
I'm not religious so I found this book amusing but I think very religious people may find it offensive.
tough to say...
easy on the ears.
Lots of laughs...clever humor!
Tasteful parody of religion...even believers should be entertained.
a complete rewrite.
not if he writes along these lines. Writing is simplistic. Boring.
His performance was fine, it was the material which was substandard.
I enjoyed Fisher Stevens narration immensely. This is a book to be heard.
Wicked by Gregory Maguire as it too gives us a refreshing contrast to a well loved story from a different perspective.
Wow! Stellar performance. I'm going to find more Audible books in which he narrates. He really brought the characters to life with the voices he developed for them. It made listening very enjoyable and entertaining.
Yes,I plan to listen to it again in a year or so.
It was fairly humorous at times, but seemed to drone on a bit at other times. It jumped about a bit and was sometimes hard to follow the subtle nuances. I did have to listen to it piecemeal which probably detracted somewhat.
Overall I enjoyed it and would recommend it to others who don't mind poking little fun at Jesus. Some people I know would be offended although most would find it more realistic than the traditional rendering of the story.
Biff, our hero, of course.