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

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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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    Julie W. Capell Milwaukee, WI USA 11-02-13
    Julie W. Capell Milwaukee, WI USA 11-02-13 Member Since 2007

    The audio books I get tend to be either 1) scifi or 2) things for my husband and me to listen to on long road trips--humor or history

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    "Offensive for all the wrong reasons"

    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.

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    Susan 10-21-13
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    "Couldn't Finish"
    What would have made Lamb better?

    I think it could have been shorter. A lot of it seemed to drag for me.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Christopher Moore again?

    Probably not.


    Did Fisher Stevens do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    This part I thought was pretty good. I liked the different voices.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I thought the idea was good about what happened in those years but I just got bored toward the middle of the book. Just didn't feel like I wanted to waste any more of my time to finish it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lyn LADY LAKE, FL, United States 10-05-13
    Lyn LADY LAKE, FL, United States 10-05-13 Member Since 2007

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Almost Great"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes and I would like to recommend it for young adults but a few graphic sexual descriptions rule it out. And I felt they were gratuitous. A great premise, Jesus' alter ego and buddy, the story of the "hidden years" could be accurate Tying in the Magi was very clever.. I really enjoyed the references to present day subjects, like the Yeti and even Thanksgiving. I loved tongue in cheek comments like the Bhuddist Master developing defence fighting for the non-aggressive Jewish boys and naming it after what would a Jew do? ie Judo.


    If you’ve listened to books by Christopher Moore before, how does this one compare?

    N/A


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

    I don't think I have heard this narrator before but he was remarkable, throwing in Asian,Indian and especially Yiddish accents for appropriate characters


    Who was the most memorable character of Lamb and why?

    PossiblyMary Magdeline as she was presented in a totally different light than I have ever seen before.


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    Shelley SAINT PAUL, MN, United States 09-29-13
    Shelley SAINT PAUL, MN, United States 09-29-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoyable"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was well researched and Moore had done his home work.


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

    He did a nice job with the different voices, but initially I found his voice irritating.


    Who was the most memorable character of Lamb and why?

    The story was told from the eyes of Biff. I enjoyed the humor and the "personalizing" of the story of Jesus told from a creative perspective.


    Any additional comments?

    I found Moore's book to be an enjoyable story. While there was a lot of humor (more juvenile that cerebral), it was not offensive in that it did not attack any of the traditionally held Christian beliefs nor did it poke fun at the religion.

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    D. J. 09-02-13
    D. J. 09-02-13

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    "I didn't finish listening to this book"
    What disappointed you about Lamb?

    The audience for this book, as well as the author seems to be a 13 year old boy. Yes the narrator is a child, but like a child's his humor is not funny, its stupid. This could have been a book about humanizing Christ and setting the story in a new context, or even critiquing what has become of His humanistic teachings. I was not only disappointed, but my intelligence was insulted.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Christopher Moore again?

    doubtful


    What character would you cut from Lamb?

    Biff


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard calhoun, GA, United States 08-18-13
    Richard calhoun, GA, United States 08-18-13
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    "The best Christopher Moore novel, hands down."
    What did you love best about Lamb?

    Biff. This character should go down in literature as one of the greatest ever created.


    What other book might you compare Lamb to and why?

    Huck Finn....because this book also tells a story about a journey. When I say journey I mean of the soul as well as the "on the road" type journey.


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

    I haven't. I am afraid I would be disappointed if I listen to any other performance. He totally owned this one.


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

    Jesus: the missing years.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my all-time favorite Moore novel. One of the few books that has ever made me chuckle out loud.

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    Maoberb Iowa 07-29-13
    Maoberb Iowa 07-29-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Best Christopher Moore book"

    I love everything about this book. From Biff being Joshua's "bad" friend to the massive amounts of research Moore must have had to do to write it. I've listened to this book at least three times. I'm sure I'll listen again!

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    KBopp Detroit, MI United States 07-02-13
    KBopp Detroit, MI United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Just Plain Great!"
    What made the experience of listening to Lamb the most enjoyable?

    The narration was superb and the story is sublime.


    What other book might you compare Lamb to and why?

    Christopher Moore is in a special class of humor writers all his own and Lamb may be his best story ever.


    What does Fisher Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices are tremendous and bring the characters to life, which really makes the Audible experience meaningfully better than simply reading this story.


    If you could take any character from Lamb out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Biff, because I'm sure there's more to tell.


    Any additional comments?

    Get. This. Book!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    William R. SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 06-28-13
    William R. SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 06-28-13 Member Since 2016

    Author, rabid Audible listener.

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    "Get over BIff and enjoy the story"

    It does not matter if you are a very religious person, you just need to enjoy sarcasm and a good laugh with Lamb.

    Christopher Moore creates a wholly (holy?) believable character that grew up with Jesus as a child and became his best friend. As most bible stories go, there are a lot of missing years between the birth of Jesus and the events leading up to his being hung on the cross. This book covers all those missing years from the perspective of his friend Biff.The book does an excellent job of explaining why Biff never shows up in any bibles but I won't give that little tidbit away.

    Lamb is a pretty sweeping novel that covers a lot of ground (literally) and shows how a young Jesus (pronounced Joshua at the time) learned to be the messiah by traveling for years to meet each of the three wise men. While the book is laugh-out-loud funny at times, there was never a moment I felt Christopher Moore was trying to poke fun at religion.

    Fisher Steven's was perfect as the narrator and did such an excellent job I was sad when the book ended. The characters were all fully developed and never forced.

    This was a great book and I highly recommend it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ram in WI Milwaukee 06-27-13
    Ram in WI Milwaukee 06-27-13 Member Since 2013

    Ram

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    "Awesomely funny, well-told story"
    Would you listen to Lamb again? Why?

    This is a wonderfully told, light hearted "Biblical" story without being sacrilegious. Laugh out loud funny and I could certainly visualize the people and the places.


    What other book might you compare Lamb to and why?

    Similar to Dogma but without the edge.


    What about Fisher Stevens’s performance did you like?

    Fisher did a great job as the reader.


    If you could take any character from Lamb out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Of course, who wouldn't want to have dinner with Jesus H. Christ, but I'd want BIF to come along too.


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