The story was well researched and Moore had done his home work.
He did a nice job with the different voices, but initially I found his voice irritating.
The story was told from the eyes of Biff. I enjoyed the humor and the "personalizing" of the story of Jesus told from a creative perspective.
I found Moore's book to be an enjoyable story. While there was a lot of humor (more juvenile that cerebral), it was not offensive in that it did not attack any of the traditionally held Christian beliefs nor did it poke fun at the religion.
The audience for this book, as well as the author seems to be a 13 year old boy. Yes the narrator is a child, but like a child's his humor is not funny, its stupid. This could have been a book about humanizing Christ and setting the story in a new context, or even critiquing what has become of His humanistic teachings. I was not only disappointed, but my intelligence was insulted.
Biff. This character should go down in literature as one of the greatest ever created.
Huck Finn....because this book also tells a story about a journey. When I say journey I mean of the soul as well as the "on the road" type journey.
I haven't. I am afraid I would be disappointed if I listen to any other performance. He totally owned this one.
Jesus: the missing years.
This is my all-time favorite Moore novel. One of the few books that has ever made me chuckle out loud.
I love everything about this book. From Biff being Joshua's "bad" friend to the massive amounts of research Moore must have had to do to write it. I've listened to this book at least three times. I'm sure I'll listen again!
The narration was superb and the story is sublime.
Christopher Moore is in a special class of humor writers all his own and Lamb may be his best story ever.
The voices are tremendous and bring the characters to life, which really makes the Audible experience meaningfully better than simply reading this story.
Biff, because I'm sure there's more to tell.
Get. This. Book!
Author, rabid Audible listener.
It does not matter if you are a very religious person, you just need to enjoy sarcasm and a good laugh with Lamb.
Christopher Moore creates a wholly (holy?) believable character that grew up with Jesus as a child and became his best friend. As most bible stories go, there are a lot of missing years between the birth of Jesus and the events leading up to his being hung on the cross. This book covers all those missing years from the perspective of his friend Biff.The book does an excellent job of explaining why Biff never shows up in any bibles but I won't give that little tidbit away.
Lamb is a pretty sweeping novel that covers a lot of ground (literally) and shows how a young Jesus (pronounced Joshua at the time) learned to be the messiah by traveling for years to meet each of the three wise men. While the book is laugh-out-loud funny at times, there was never a moment I felt Christopher Moore was trying to poke fun at religion.
Fisher Steven's was perfect as the narrator and did such an excellent job I was sad when the book ended. The characters were all fully developed and never forced.
This was a great book and I highly recommend it.
This is a wonderfully told, light hearted "Biblical" story without being sacrilegious. Laugh out loud funny and I could certainly visualize the people and the places.
Similar to Dogma but without the edge.
Fisher did a great job as the reader.
Of course, who wouldn't want to have dinner with Jesus H. Christ, but I'd want BIF to come along too.
Fisher's narration rocks. The characters are people I can see having over for a Christmas party....provided moo shu pork and won tons are being served with some bacon on the side.
As a Christian I found a lot of the story hard to swallow but to change those aspects would be to rewrite the entire book. Therefore you either take it or leave it as is.
I would have taken out all the cussing and most of the sexual descriptions. But again that would have undone the entire story.
Stevens has a wide range of character voices as well as good pacing. He occasionally slips into the wrong voice or switches voices a little late though. Most of the issues are minor but some of them do cause confusion in the story if you aren't listening carefully. Overall I would say he portrays the story well but he should have been edited a little more closely.
I could not see Lamb doing well as a TV show since after a season it would likely get too repetitive. I did find myself thinking that the book reminded me a lot of the move Year One. Mind you Year One was terrible and the script should be burned, but applying the same basic style you could easily make Lamb into a movie.
Lamb is full of blasphemy and comedy that are tied together like a braid. I often found myself not knowing if I should keep listening or to throw my iphone through a wall in disgust. Over all though I found myself laughing far more than I did fuming. The description on the book as well as it's extended title tell you up front though that that will be the case. So, I would use caution in approaching or sharing this book and be sure that it is a reader that can handle it's content. Check your morals at the first line and be prepared not to pick them up again till the end.
yes; Biff is hilarious!
Great listen. It was a little slow at first for me and I had to make a few attempts to let it sink in before I finally let it play. Once I did, however, I could not get enough. Loved it