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
"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)
This has to be one of my top 10 favourite books. I adore the humor and creativity. The main character is hilarious. Having raised a son, I can easily picture the antics of this young man and of Jesus as depicted in this story. I highly recommend this book, it is sure to make you laugh out loud, unless you are defensive about religious beliefs and are offended by the depiction of Jesus and his companions as anything less that saints.
If the Bible was written like this, I would have found religion. I loved this book so much, I am going to get a braclet "WWBD" What Would Biff Do. I can't imagine reading this book and have the same effect. The narration was fantastic. I am hooked on Christopher Moore and have listened to three more books since...
Biff and Raziel,the dumb blonde angel with a New Jersey gangster accent
The first time Biff met Joshua, with the lizard in his mouth. It is so true, if a little kid had the power to heal ...it is exactly what they would do with it. My other favorite scene was when Raziel first came to announce a savior was born, ten years late, oops. There are truly to many to count. Writing this review even brings a smile to my face, just thinking about this book.
Laughed out loud, shared it with friends, and cried at the Crucifixion.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVED IT!
This book is hilarious.
The story makes The Christ and the people around him into a real people. It gives a different perspective and is completely humorous.
I loved his voice and attitude.
Addicted to reading on kindle or audiobooks. I prefer science fiction, fantasy, horror, epic series, and historical fiction. Favorite authors are Terry Goodkind, Bryce Countney, Stephen King, Joe Hill, and Diana Gabaldon. Don't care for forensic thrillers....same thing over and over.
Unique presentation of classical history that we all are familiar with, but with outrageous humorous twists. I thought it could be offensive to some, but I just don't see how as it makes me laugh and laugh. First half is hilarious, and second half is a little more slow paced and obscure. There is just nothing else out there like this.
Unique...nothing like this. I have tried other Christopher Moore novels, and those are the most similar, but this audiobook is like no other.
The closest type of story I could compare this to is Forrest Gump....the way history is woven into the book or explained by the book is so entertaining.
Other Christopher Moore novels. I think this is his best and Biff is his perfect character!
Biff. How could you not just love him! Honest and selfish but a true loyal friend.
I listen to this at least once a year. I can't think of any other audiobook that I refuse to remove from my library after I am done. Never gets old...
Yes, I would recommend this book to friends, in fact I already have. This is one of my favorite books of all time. It blends religion and fiction and hilarity. The book is great, the audiobook would be great too, if someone else was reading it.
The moments in the story that make you laugh out loud.
Some of his voices sound racist, he reads with awkward pauses, I find it very distracting.
It was thought provoking and written in modern- terms.
Biff, of course!
Never listened to "audible" but will definitely be listening in the future due to eyesight problems.
The title is fine.
In the past I had a daughter who listened to books on tape. It was wonderful for anyone who had problems reading but loved to learn. Now, I am in that same position and I appreciate my good fortune to be able to do what my daughter did through the public library many year ago (different technology)
Southerner living in Chicago who loves music, art, and books of all kinds!
I didn't read the print version so I can't compare, but the audio version was easy to follow and perfect for my long drive.
Yes. It's a bit long, but it's an easy listen and cute story.
I liked the chapter in which Joshua and Biff studied yoga.
Biff and Joshua, obviously, since the entire story is narrated by Biff and tells the story of Joshua's life.
Overall, it's a good book, but some parts are a little cheesy and obvious. It's more of an eye-opener or a new way to view Christianity than it is a comedy. I'd recommend it to anyone who is interested in comparative religion, and I think it would be enjoyed by both Christian and non-Christian readers.
Yes, but only with an open mind and sense of humor
any book by Christopher Moore
Jesus, Biff and Mary M.
This book asks and answers in a very funny but insightful manner all those questions about the young Jesus that may have occurred to you (or not). One could ignore this work as a piece of blasphemy but, while outrageous, it is insightful and surperbly funny. It takes a lot of unknown aspects of Jesus' boyhood and pushes them to wild possible story lines. Basically, this a non religious story of the coming of age of a teenage boy, who just happens to be the Son of God but isn't quite sure yet what that is all about as told through the eyes of his fictional best friend
Funny, different, thought provoking
Great voice inflections and changes for each character.
Brought back all the well known stories (gospels) from the Bible...homilies from Mass...and gave the perspective of how they might be said today. Explored the frustration of how the Son of God had to 'wing it' as he discovered and learned what his Father wanted from him during his life on Earth. Entertaining and thought provoking. Loved the book.
The narrator had no variation in his voice. He sounded the same all the time, and a bit sing-song-y. I had trouble staying awake for it, and it felt like reading passover text in english, with a joke tucked in every once in a while for entertainment.
I have loved all the other books by this author that I have read. This one is difficult.
He sounds like he's from brooklyn or somewhere with a rough, thuggish accent, and I get it that the main character is supposed to be that way, but he talked that way through every sentence. The voices were all the same, and after a while I felt like he was just talking loud and pressured in a monotone, and the story became bland.
It just didn't draw me in. The other books by Moore are creative and quirky, adding wierd twists to old stories and ideas. This seemed to be trying too hard.
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