I only stuck it out for about the first 3.5 hours; then I decided life was just too short for this inanity. This book is not witty, it is sophomoric (at best).
I am truly mystified by all the people who have rated this book so highly. If you are devout, you have to be supremely insulted. If you are otherwise, you will find yourself scratching your head. This book presents the absolute divinity of the Gospel of John while telling what appears will be the synoptic story, plus a bunch of never before presented vignettes of the ten-year old "Joshua."
Personally, I enjoy reading the gospels, and atheist screeds and funny and irreverent novels. This is none of these, but essentially a Life of Brian + Mad Magazine meets wandering Buddha + The Gospel of Luke.
I just did not get this book. I seems like it was written for children and I did not understand that from the discription. Even so it is so predectable and corny ( the book - not Jesus) I just could not listen to more that 2-3 hours and deleted the book.
This book is terrible. I was excited to read it based on other reviews I read. However, I couldn't even get through all of it. I finished about 3/4 of it and had to delete it. The story, even though fiction, is ridiculous and hard to believe it's about 13 year olds. It is littered with misogyny and SPOILER ALERT: Bif basically rapes Mary Magdaline by pretending to be Joshua "Jesus" during a sexual encounter. Additionally, it's just not funny. Humor can often overcome weak plots for me, but this guy just isn't funny On top of how bad the book is, the narrator is equally as horrible. He sounds like he smoked 5 cartons of Pall Mall unfiltereds every day since he was 5. He's constantly struggling to catch a breath and the "accents" he does are not only awful but they're offensive (for example, when he does an Asian accent he makes sure they don't know the difference between the letter 'R' and 'L' - example: Flied Lice (Fried Rice). This book is absolutely not worth the $25 full price or a free credit. I wish I could get back my credit and the 10 hours of my life I wasted listening to it.
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Say something about yourself!
creative idea. gets on my nerves after 30 minutes. I think chris has promise in my world? loosing train of thought, just heard wifes car door. I wonder if I have to leave secret hide out for a listening session? Thats what my useless congressman Vern Buchannon calls it! I had hi hopes he would be like tom hanks in charlie wilsons war. no luck. same useless corrupt politician but charlie reluctantly did something.
Probably the most disappointing book I have listen to thus far. The narrator spoke so fast and it felt as though the volume was always on fast speed.
A gentle, imagnitive read. This book is sure to enlighten, and entertain,.. funny as hell. I was surprised at how easy this book was to digest. Garenteed to give you new perculiar perspective on one of humanities oldest diatribes.
I enjoyed this audio immensely! Witty and fun with respect for the basis of anyone's belief system. I was concerned by some of the less positive reviews but was pleasantly entertained by this listen.
I was disappointed in this because a friend had raved about the novel. I think maybe it's the performance that is the problem so I am going to try the regular book and see if that helps. The narrator's emphasis and inflection make the writing feel clunky.