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
Love listening to books.
A highly imaginative view of the missing years of Jesus. Well crafted story leveraging some well known historical characters, adding some believable emotional relationships, and paced by well timed sarcasm.
The book starts strong with a lizard, travels to far off lands, and ends as you already know - or does it? I won't tell! You must read the book.
Highly recommended! One of the best satire / comedies I have read in years.
Teacher, bookworm, aspiring ninja. What else is there?
I haven't read it myself, so I can't really answer that.
Biff. He was just so irreverent.
I enjoyed the difference between Biff and Josh, but I don't know if I had a favorite.
At first, I thought Fisher Stevens was a little goofy, and while he isn't the BEST narrator ever, I did enjoy him, and his pacing and timbre worked very well with this story.
I have listened to Lamb at least three times already. You must have a open mind and quirky sense of humor and not be offended easily. That being said, I loved this book!
Seriously, learned more about the Bible and stories that I ever did in Sunday school. Picked up my Bible and brushed up after listening to Lamb.
There is nothing like it, and I have listened to several others by the author.
His delivery is fast, which takes some getting used to.
Nope, wanted to savor it. You need time to roll the ideas around in your head.
Loved that "Biff" makes up scripture to quote to suite the occasion.
" For it is written in the book of Dalmations"
My husband and I are still making up scripture to quote and laughing like fools.
I have not read the print version. My husband and I were looking for a audio book to listen to that would make us laugh on our road trip.
Can not compare. Well it compares to the Bible, BUT not for the easily offended. I am very spiritual, but the crude humor in this book makes me roll on the floor laughing.
There were so many I can not pick just one!
If you would be easily offended by a curse word in the middle of your bible verse this is NOT FOR YOU!! For those with a take on religion but also an open sense of crude humor, this is a must listen!! It puts a modern spin on a spiritual guide we most all know. God is probably offended, and I would go to confession after listening, but I can't because there is no way I can promise I won't listen over and over again!! My husband knows more now than ever before because he was so entertained he couldn't help but listen.
Overall, I enjoyed this book, though it did drag a little towards the end - I felt he took a little too much time with the last quarter of the novel and rushed the ending. But aside from that, Christopher Moore crafts a humorous imagining of the years between Jesus's birth and ministry, as told by his best buddy Biff. It's Biff's plain language that sets you giggling as you listen to his recollections. His character is also an interesting blend of lowly dude, slave to his baser instincts with a quick-witted, loyal, and courageous friend. I could quote several passages, but that kinda ruins the experience, so I won't.
I also have to give Fisher Stevens kudos for an amazing performance - he did a wonderful job of acting each character without seeming odd or pulling you out of the story. Some of his characterizations make you laugh out loud. I'll be looking for some other work of his.
The Angel in 21st century, getting hooked on television.
Bif, Christ's childhood friend. He did everything he could to save his friend from death. During their travels, Josh (Jesus) was able to experience vicariously a lot of fun stuff through Bif.
The Angel in the 21st Century. It was hilarious to see him hooked on TV, soap operas, game shows, etc. Also he loved the luxuriousness of the hotel and room service.
This has to be one of my top 10 favourite books. I adore the humor and creativity. The main character is hilarious. Having raised a son, I can easily picture the antics of this young man and of Jesus as depicted in this story. I highly recommend this book, it is sure to make you laugh out loud, unless you are defensive about religious beliefs and are offended by the depiction of Jesus and his companions as anything less that saints.