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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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    James Brooklyn, NY, USA 12-10-09
    James Brooklyn, NY, USA 12-10-09
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    "Funny and entertaining"

    Christopher Moore is one of the greatest authors I've ever read. His books are wonderfully entertaining, and witty. One of the great humorists of our time.

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    Patti Northglenn, CO, United States 12-10-09
    Patti Northglenn, CO, United States 12-10-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Moore's best book ever"

    I loved this book. I don't usually listen to a book more than once but I have listened to this 3 times.

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    Chad Louisville, KY, USA 11-30-09
    Chad Louisville, KY, USA 11-30-09
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    "An enjoyable romp through the gospels"

    This is a fun book, light and quirky, that pokes a lot of loving fun at the Jesus story, and attempts to posit where he got some of his powers and put a human face on him. Some may think this sacrilegious but the story is actually pretty reverent to the overall idea of Jesus, if not in its methods. It doesn't take itself very seriously, and is not overly deep (an extended tour of the Orient provides an interesting depth to the idea of Jesus, however), and its humor is exceedingly dry and punny. I was hoping for a Douglas Adams-style satire, but the humor isn't what I'd call laugh-out-loud funny, but more of a "hmm, how clever" funny. Numerous anachronisms abound, but it somehow works. The narrator is quirky and fits the part of Biff very well, though his range is pretty limited. If you don't take your faith too seriously, you should enjoy this book as an alternative view of Jesus, which ultimately ends up in the same place you'd want it to. If you have no faith, like me, you will find much to smirk at in this book, and perhaps a new perspective on the mythology of Jesus as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. McRitchie Iowa, United States 10-17-09
    K. McRitchie Iowa, United States 10-17-09 Member Since 2009

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    "Interesting view of biblical times...."

    I enjoyed this book. Interesting characters mixed with the historical/biblical stories of the time of Jesus. Some interesting points made about the human race even though the story was fun. I think Bible readers would be offended, but it is worth the listen to others to just see things from another perspective. Sometimes the absurdity of things doesn't really sink in unless you hear it out loud. Not my favorite Christopher Moore, but a good one.

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    Tina Yachats, OR, United States 08-22-09
    Tina Yachats, OR, United States 08-22-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Most Clever & Very Funny!"

    This is the kind of book that has you laughing in front of random strangers! I highly recommend this book for it's creativity and humor! The choice of narrator is also superb! One of my top favorites for sure!

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    Oliver 11-05-08
    Oliver 11-05-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Funny"

    Funny book. It does step on the bible and its morals quite a bit, but most of it is acceptable. It is really funny though. Not quite as good as " a dirty job". Worthwhile listen.

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    David West Vancouver, BC, Canada 08-23-08
    David West Vancouver, BC, Canada 08-23-08
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    "when will this book ever end?"

    Though it has funny points, I found it long, drawn out and wondered regularly "when will this book ever end?" It has not ended yet, but I don't think I have the stamina to wait until it does.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Berkley, MI, USA 08-07-08
    Scott Berkley, MI, USA 08-07-08
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    "Awesome, a must listen from a non-believer"

    A great story, characters that are so good that I was sad when the book ended. Then, all the philosophies Josh (aka Jesus) and Biff encounter that lead Josh to being the Christ are truly insightful. Anyone can enjoy this story, as long as you think Josh loved his friends and they loved him. If only it was a part of the gospels.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Redmond, WA, United States 04-06-08
    Diana Redmond, WA, United States 04-06-08 Member Since 2007
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    "fun, but not great."

    I listened to this book after "A Dirty Job" - which is why I think I was a little disappointed. It was a fun book and I enjoy the narrator but found myself wandering a bit at times. Raised a Catholic, I thought this view of Jesus' childhood and young adult life was very entertaining and original. Those that are devout may find it to be insulting, but I thought it was a lighthearted and silly tale. Good for listening in traffic!

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    Daniel Ogden, UT, United States 03-09-08
    Daniel Ogden, UT, United States 03-09-08
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    "God Bless Christopher Moore!"

    This is one of the funniest books I've heard so far. The time and research that must have went into this book really shines. I would recommend this book to religious and non-religious readers alike.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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