I loved this book. I don't usually listen to a book more than once but I have listened to this 3 times.
This is a fun book, light and quirky, that pokes a lot of loving fun at the Jesus story, and attempts to posit where he got some of his powers and put a human face on him. Some may think this sacrilegious but the story is actually pretty reverent to the overall idea of Jesus, if not in its methods. It doesn't take itself very seriously, and is not overly deep (an extended tour of the Orient provides an interesting depth to the idea of Jesus, however), and its humor is exceedingly dry and punny. I was hoping for a Douglas Adams-style satire, but the humor isn't what I'd call laugh-out-loud funny, but more of a "hmm, how clever" funny. Numerous anachronisms abound, but it somehow works. The narrator is quirky and fits the part of Biff very well, though his range is pretty limited. If you don't take your faith too seriously, you should enjoy this book as an alternative view of Jesus, which ultimately ends up in the same place you'd want it to. If you have no faith, like me, you will find much to smirk at in this book, and perhaps a new perspective on the mythology of Jesus as well.
I enjoyed this book. Interesting characters mixed with the historical/biblical stories of the time of Jesus. Some interesting points made about the human race even though the story was fun. I think Bible readers would be offended, but it is worth the listen to others to just see things from another perspective. Sometimes the absurdity of things doesn't really sink in unless you hear it out loud. Not my favorite Christopher Moore, but a good one.
This is the kind of book that has you laughing in front of random strangers! I highly recommend this book for it's creativity and humor! The choice of narrator is also superb! One of my top favorites for sure!
Funny book. It does step on the bible and its morals quite a bit, but most of it is acceptable. It is really funny though. Not quite as good as " a dirty job". Worthwhile listen.
Though it has funny points, I found it long, drawn out and wondered regularly "when will this book ever end?" It has not ended yet, but I don't think I have the stamina to wait until it does.
A great story, characters that are so good that I was sad when the book ended. Then, all the philosophies Josh (aka Jesus) and Biff encounter that lead Josh to being the Christ are truly insightful. Anyone can enjoy this story, as long as you think Josh loved his friends and they loved him. If only it was a part of the gospels.
I listened to this book after "A Dirty Job" - which is why I think I was a little disappointed. It was a fun book and I enjoy the narrator but found myself wandering a bit at times. Raised a Catholic, I thought this view of Jesus' childhood and young adult life was very entertaining and original. Those that are devout may find it to be insulting, but I thought it was a lighthearted and silly tale. Good for listening in traffic!
This is one of the funniest books I've heard so far. The time and research that must have went into this book really shines. I would recommend this book to religious and non-religious readers alike.
I really enjoyed this book for many reasons. It was extremely funny. It was well thought out and had reasonably accurate information on other philosophies that were tied in beautifully. I did not find it at all disrespectful.
I honestly learned some things between the laughs.