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.
So juvenile, poor writing, trite, not even funny, certainly not thought provoking. After listening to two hours I simply gave up. If someone is going to write a revised version of the story of Jesus, it had better be really good. This book wasn't. Whoever wrote the synopsis did a great job of hawking the book. Unfortunately, that synopsis offered hope where there really wasn't any.
I loved Christopher Moore's book "Fool", which lead me to try this book. I definitely recommend "Fool", but "Lamb" is so unbelievably silly that I couldn't bring myself to even finish it. There was no real story, just a long series of overly exaggerated, disjointed, silly and totally unbelievable mini-tales.
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.
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.