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.
The audio books I get tend to be either 1) scifi or 2) things for my husband and me to listen to on long road trips--humor or history
I notice that most of the other people who rated this as a one-star read are women. Seems that I am not alone in not being able to see the "humor" in the Mary Magdalene rape scene, masturbation, animal fornication, or the endless descriptions of a 13-year-old boy's innermost thoughts upon seeing [insert here a part of the female anatomy normally covered by clothing]. Don't misunderstand me: I wasn't offended because these despicable/schoolboy acts and thoughts are attributed to Christ. The few and far between parts where Christ actually makes an appearance in the book are really quite benign and non-controversial. No, all of this nonsense is perpetrated by the main character, his best friend Biff. I tried to keep going, hoping it would get better, but by page 150 or so (not sure . . . I was listening to it as an audio book) where Biff is being tended to by eight Chinese concubines for pages upon pages, I just had to quit.
I think it could have been shorter. A lot of it seemed to drag for me.
This part I thought was pretty good. I liked the different voices.
I thought the idea was good about what happened in those years but I just got bored toward the middle of the book. Just didn't feel like I wanted to waste any more of my time to finish it.
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Yes and I would like to recommend it for young adults but a few graphic sexual descriptions rule it out. And I felt they were gratuitous. A great premise, Jesus' alter ego and buddy, the story of the "hidden years" could be accurate Tying in the Magi was very clever.. I really enjoyed the references to present day subjects, like the Yeti and even Thanksgiving. I loved tongue in cheek comments like the Bhuddist Master developing defence fighting for the non-aggressive Jewish boys and naming it after what would a Jew do? ie Judo.
I don't think I have heard this narrator before but he was remarkable, throwing in Asian,Indian and especially Yiddish accents for appropriate characters
PossiblyMary Magdeline as she was presented in a totally different light than I have ever seen before.