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God Is Disappointed in You | [Mark Russell, Shannon Wheeler]

God Is Disappointed in You

God Is Disappointed in You is for people who would like to read the Bible...if it would just cut to the chase. Stripped of its arcane language and interminable passages, every book of the Bible is condensed down to its core message, in no more than a few pages each. Written by Mark Russell with cartoons by New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler, God Is Disappointed in You is a frequently hilarious, often shocking, but always accurate retelling of the Bible, including the parts selectively left out by Sunday School teachers.
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Publisher's Summary

God Is Disappointed in You is for people who would like to read the Bible...if it would just cut to the chase. Stripped of its arcane language and interminable passages, every book of the Bible is condensed down to its core message, in no more than a few pages each.

Written by Mark Russell with cartoons by New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler, God Is Disappointed in You is a frequently hilarious, often shocking, but always accurate retelling of the Bible, including the parts selectively left out by Sunday School teachers and church sermons.

Irreverent yet faithful, this book is a must-listen for anyone who wants to see past the fog of religious agendas and cultural debates to discover what the Bible really says.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2011 Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    Sasha 07-29-14
    Sasha 07-29-14 Member Since 2015

    My turn; are you ready Audible world?

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    "A New Bible"

    This is an highly inventive and enjoyable way to look at biblical literature. While humorous and irreverent it is also respectful and actually more informative than you would think. I'm recommending this one as both entertainment and a tutorial.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Allen Moody planet earth, solar system 01-24-15
    Allen Moody planet earth, solar system 01-24-15 Member Since 2015

    kanzaguy

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    "The Only Audio Book I Started Again Immediately"
    What made the experience of listening to God Is Disappointed in You the most enjoyable?

    Funny, intellectually stimulating, irreverence on steroids.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of God Is Disappointed in You?

    When Mary and Joseph realized they had forgotten Jesus back at the Temple.


    Have you listened to any of James Urbaniak’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I liked how he sounded very Jewish.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    God is Disappointed in You


    Any additional comments?

    The only audio book where upon completion I immediately started again and I bought 10 copies for friends and family. I still read it daily.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    courtney 03-18-15
    courtney 03-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very Fresh and Funny"

    This is an easy listen and incredibly enjoyable. Perhaps condensing so far steals a bit of nuance from the stories, but the essence is there and hilarious.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Susie Santa Cruz, CA, United States 08-04-14
    Susie Santa Cruz, CA, United States 08-04-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South."

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    "Funny as Sin"

    The story of God's dysfunctional relationship with his chosen people.

    "Like most marriages, it was a non-sexual affair, but unlike most marriages, it was anything but snoozy and passionless. God's marriage to the Jews was a tempestuous, rancorous affair."

    The deadpan, impeccable comedic timing of James Urbaniac had me literally laughing out loud as I listened.

    After years of research and translation to pithy modern language,
    ​the authors point out that although so many people are saturated in Bible stories, few remember the absolute zaniness that goes on inside.

    ​If you love the Bible or you love a good Bible satire, it’s just as satisfying. ​

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Kendall Waterbury, VT, United States 10-12-14
    Kendall Waterbury, VT, United States 10-12-14 Member Since 2014

    Mad for Westies

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    "Hilarious!"
    What did you love best about God Is Disappointed in You?

    A hilarious retelling of the bible, updated for the 21rst century.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Perfect for those of us who have never read the bible, nor had any inclination to.


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Pen Name 03-25-15
    Pen Name 03-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I have now read(heard) the Bible."

    Reading from The Beginning, pun intended, I was never able to make it much further than Genesis. Thanks to the authors, and a great performance from the narrator, I was able to finish the Bible in less than six hours. I will be revisiting this one. The trip was enjoyable since the fluff had been meticulously wrung out and replaced with equal parts sarcasm and accuracy. If a reading of the Bible doesn't contain the phrase "tip slip", it's just not worth my time.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Peggy Marshall 04-04-15 Member Since 2013

    If I ever stopped reading long enough, I might be able to write. For now though, I'll just keep reading.

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    "Wish everyone would read it!!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would. If the Bible had originally been written this way, I think we would be much closer to world peace.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator.


    Which character – as performed by James Urbaniak – was your favorite?

    All of them.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me chuckle and more than a few times go "Ahah, I wondered what that meant"


    Any additional comments?

    I have tried several times reading the bible from the beginning and ended up just using it to help me overcome insomnia. (Never made it past Genesis). Even the Bible verses I learned in Sunday School, I understand much better now. I think it's a shame so many religious leaders and pious zealots pick and choose only the verses they can interpret to promote their own narrow minded beliefs and claim it to be The Truth".

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Neuron Sweden 03-13-15
    Neuron Sweden 03-13-15 Member Since 2015

    Family father, neuroscientist, and non-fiction addict.

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    "Excellent way to read the bible without having to"

    I once began reading the bible. However, I only got a few chapters beyond genesis before the dull language and pages after pages of genealogy forced my attention away to other things that seemed more relevant, such a fly sitting on the wall. So, when I read the synopsis of “God is disappointed in you” I thought that this book was for me, and I was certainly right.

    In his introduction, Mark Russell, assures the reader that, yes, everything in “God is disappointed in you” is indeed in the bible. Russell says that he has merely excluded the excessively boring parts and rephrased conversations so that a modern reader can actually understand the dialogues. I am sure that many people (especially those who praise God) will object to Russell’s presentation, and I have not fact checked any substantial portion of the book, however, in those cases where I have compared God is disappointed in you with the bible (King James version), it gives an accurate account of the stories in the bible.

    Even though I knew that the bible was filled with a lot of crazy people doing even more crazy things, the extent of the madness still baffled me. To actually read the stories in the bible confirmed that the bible is certainly no masterpiece. The bible can be compared to the Grimm fairy tales, with all its cruelty and magical stories, only much more boring. Surely, this book cannot have been written by God(!?), and if so, God is a terrible writer, which may not be so strange given that he appears to be occupied with making weird rules and committing genocides left and right...

    14 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Stacy Perry 02-24-15
    Stacy Perry 02-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "funny and informative"

    I just loved listening to this! it was clever and funny and discussed some of my favorite bible stories while explaining a lot of stuff I didn't understand about this old book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nick 05-29-15
    Nick 05-29-15
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    "Not exactly"

    I was able to enjoy this book for what it is only because I was already educated in the Bible. If you have never studied the Bible, don't start here. The Bible is so much more vast, passionate, and profound than this. The very essence of the word gets completely lost in this hyper condensed story. Also, there is never a need for profanity when you are telling this story, unless you are trying to make it seem funny or cheap. I understand what the author was going for, but in my opinion, he missed the mark.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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  • Stan
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    "The bible in a nutshell"

    Mark Russell condenses the bible into short chapters for those who have better things to do than read the actual book. He claims he sought to treat the subject matter as neutrally as possible, but it doesn't take long to figure out what side he falls on. That said, he does it wonderfully and there were times I literally laughed out loud. The old testament gets treated as it deserves, as a series of bronze age shepherds trying to make sense of a world
    full of unexplained phenomena. The authour mellows out in the new testament, but then there wasn't as much crazy stuff that went on in that half. The afterword was very interesting as well.

    As for the narrator, James did a brilliant job. I prefer the author to read their own books, but that is not always possible. In this case, is wasn't necessary, he really gets the tone of the book and reads accordingly. A true pleasure to listen to.

    So glad I got this.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • MICK
    4/16/15
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    "Funny, beyond words!!"
    Would you listen to God Is Disappointed in You again? Why?

    Yes, this should be on national curriculum


    What did you like best about this story?

    So funny and a real eye opener!


    What does James Urbaniak bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Great narration


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jon Davies
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    "lighthearted but informative, a great listen."

    manages to breeze through a difficult topic with irreverence but a sincere desire to simply convey the ideas in a bloody inaccessible tome! well worth a listen. performer just a tad too american for my personal tastes, being a rather dry Brit, but otherwise superb.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mark Doyle
    1/27/15
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    "Entertaining"

    This book is well written, delivered and informative. The colloquial language had made the content easier to enjoy and even understand.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Timea
    12/14/14
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    "Incredible!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of God Is Disappointed in You to be better than the print version?

    The narrator made the book so much fun, and was fantastic in audio format.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Witty and charming, a nice approach to breaking down the bible in a fun fashion.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Galbally Jr.
    7/31/15
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    "Better as a book"

    The clever summarisation of the bible is fun, funny and informative. However this particular book is best enjoyed with the eyes not the ears. You miss out on the cartoons and honestly I found parts of it hard to follow. Was it author commentary or sections of the gospel. I might give the paper version a try but I wish I'd passed on this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/3/15
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    "A very good book"

    This doesn't attack the bible it simply lets the bible tell its own story, and show itself as flawed, inconsistent and FUNNY This reading had me laughing out loud so many times.
    It's also an excellent summary - for anyone wanting a relatively quick understanding of the main stories and characters you can't go far wrong.
    Stone pronunciation is a bit iffy but a good job still.
    Will put a smile on your face. And a few thoughts in your head.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grace
    5/26/15
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    "Found Russell's writing very funny."

    Obviously the narrative can become dry in places (it is the Bible after all) but on a whole Russell manages to keep even the dullest passages entertaining and witty. An enjoyable listen!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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