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.
Tell us about yourself!
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.
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.