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Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal | [Christopher Moore]

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more (except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdalan) and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.
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Publisher's Summary

The birth of Jesus has been well chronicled, as have his glorious teachings, acts, and divine sacrifice after his 30th birthday. But no one knows about the early life of the Son of God, the missing years - except Biff, the Messiah's best bud, who has been resurrected to tell the story in this divinely hilarious yet heartfelt work, "reminiscent of Vonnegut and Douglas Adams" (Philadelphia Inquirer).

Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more (except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdalan) and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

©2002 Christopher Moore; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Moore...gets style points for his wild imagination as Biff recalls his journey with Jesus...into and out of the clutches of Balthasar, then into a Buddhist monastery in China and finally off to India, where they dabble in the spiritual and erotic aspects of Hinduism. The author gets more serious in his climax, offering a relatively straightforward, heartfelt account of the Passion and Christ's final days that includes an intriguing spin on how the Resurrection might have happened." (Publishers Weekly)
"An instant classic...terrific, funny, and poignant." (Rocky Mountain News)

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    Jessica 11-20-11
    Jessica 11-20-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Funny!!!"

    After years of Catholic schooling, I'm pretty sure I'm going to hell for enjoying this book as much as I did. Tongue in cheek laugh out loud funny. Highly entertaining and very funny.

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    Harvey Trabuco Canyon, CA, United States 10-28-11
    Harvey Trabuco Canyon, CA, United States 10-28-11 Member Since 2004
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    "well worth it"

    I am often not a fan of true comedy novels, but Lamb seldom goes too far over the top. It even seems to intersperse real historical research and knowledge and an overall plausible implausibility. Fisher Stevens is the perfect narrator for this story. If you do not mind jokes about sex and religion, give it a try.

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    J 10-26-11
    J 10-26-11
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    "Pre-teen boy humor, at best"

    This is not a humorous book for an adult. It is apparently intended for 13 year old boys who learned their Bible and become giddy at the prospect of their favorite biblical characters behaving like, well, 13 year old boys. It exploits every gimmick available to make young boys giggle: innumerable masturbation references, animal scatological scenes, explosions, bloody corpses, lots of scantily clad women available for sexual favors, and the Three Wise Men as sorcerers. I can only imagine the adults who enjoyed the book were so enthralled by the concept (what Christ did in his first 30+ years as told by his irreverent friend Biff) that they overlooked the poor writing, silly dialogue, non- existent character development, and contrived story line.

    As quality humor writing, this book is an abject failure.

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    Brent Goodyear, AZ, United States 09-09-11
    Brent Goodyear, AZ, United States 09-09-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Funniest story ever told"

    Moore is at his best - Hilarious, but always shows a respectful presence of Jesus.
    We have never laughed so hard while being reminded of some of the stories from the bible.
    Fisher Stevens many voices are fantastic.
    Everyone should listen to tis one.

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    Reeve Coleville, CA, United States 09-09-11
    Reeve Coleville, CA, United States 09-09-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A Favorite Story Made Better by Talented Narrator"

    I've read the book a number of times and bought the audio version just to avoid having to buy it again and again after not getting it back when loaning it out. The narrator accomplished the ultimate goal of total story immersion. Great book and great reading! This is often never achieved. Kudos to Stevens.

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    Jonathon decatur, MI, United States 07-12-11
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    "Modest Blasphamy"

    Christopher Moore's Novel about the missing years of Jesus (Joseph) told by Joseph's childhood buddy Biff, this hilarious, tongue and cheek novel will keep you laughing to the end.

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    amchain Virginia 04-13-11
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    "One of my all time favorites"

    Every once in a while a story comes along that you can listen to (read? lol)again and again. Lamb is just such a story. I've had this title in my audible library for five plus years and have listened to it over a dozen times. The story it's self is original, funny, and keeps me smiling the superb narration puts it over the top. Give it a shot, you won't be disappointed!

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    Amazon Customer ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, United States 03-29-11
    Amazon Customer ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, United States 03-29-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it!"

    I had heard many good things about this book and they were right. It's incredibly touching and hilarious. The narrator was clear when reading and his voice quite soothing. I recommend this book to anyone who is even curious about it!

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    Bennie Marietta, GA USA 03-26-11
    Bennie Marietta, GA USA 03-26-11 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!"

    Hilarious and, surprisingly, sensitive in the handling of Josh and his relationship with his dad, his friends, and the nonspiritual side of life. I'm only sorry CM isn't two people so he could turn out twice as much stuff.

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    Kimberly St Amant, LA, United States 02-26-11
    Kimberly St Amant, LA, United States 02-26-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Do not buy!"

    This is the worst book I have purchased from Audible. I could not get past the second chapter. The plot of the book is boring and the manner in which it is told reminds me of the 60s in Soho. I wish I had not wasted a credit on this book.

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