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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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    Christopher Brown everett, wa usa 12-19-07
    Christopher Brown everett, wa usa 12-19-07 Listener Since 2003

    res00mwd

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    "laugh"

    I laugh....alot, it is quirky offbeat and really hard to stop listening too....that is if you like christopher moore

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    wino-0 12-10-07
    wino-0 12-10-07
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    "What a let down"

    I have liked everything Christopher Moore has done so far but this book. I found the humor to be stale and uninspired and the story was to close to biblical gladhanding and not the sarcasm and wit that I expected.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Don Mayfield Heights, OH, United States 10-04-07
    Don Mayfield Heights, OH, United States 10-04-07 Member Since 2008
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    "One of the funnies books I have read!"

    Up until the last few chapters this book is a scream! If you ever wanted to know what the H. stood for in Jesus H. Christ, then you must read this book.
    Reverent, it is not, but even the devout will find the last few chapters moving, the less devout, will find them more of a cop out.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-04-07 Member Since 2011
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    "Clever and hilarious!"

    This was the second Chistopher Moore book that I listened to, the first being "A Dirty Job." Moore is a master of the satirical, poking fun at nearly everyone. "The Lamb" was definitely worthwhile. The narrator is great, adding just the right inflection to portray the author's obvious sense of sarcasm. This was a great listen and would highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James shelburne, VT, United States 08-03-07
    James shelburne, VT, United States 08-03-07 Member Since 2014
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    "Download it!"

    Yep. It's that good. If you are looking for a book to entertain you during a long ride, or while completing a mindless home improvement project this summer, this is the one. Enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amber wellington, FL, USA 05-15-07
    Amber wellington, FL, USA 05-15-07
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    "Great"

    I loved this novel, you get to know the boy Jesus and the teenager i felt more moved at his death. i felt more of a conection to him then just from the bible great listen for those with an open mind about religion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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

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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.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Meissner Putnam County, NY 06-26-12
    Carol Meissner Putnam County, NY 06-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Ugh!...not nearly good enough to merit a read"

    So juvenile, poor writing, trite, not even funny, certainly not thought provoking. After listening to two hours I simply gave up. If someone is going to write a revised version of the story of Jesus, it had better be really good. This book wasn't. Whoever wrote the synopsis did a great job of hawking the book. Unfortunately, that synopsis offered hope where there really wasn't any.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Scholfield 05-10-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Too silly"

    I loved Christopher Moore's book "Fool", which lead me to try this book. I definitely recommend "Fool", but "Lamb" is so unbelievably silly that I couldn't bring myself to even finish it. There was no real story, just a long series of overly exaggerated, disjointed, silly and totally unbelievable mini-tales.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Castro Valley, CA, USA 02-10-08
    Richard Castro Valley, CA, USA 02-10-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Save Your Time & Money"

    I only stuck it out for about the first 3.5 hours; then I decided life was just too short for this inanity. This book is not witty, it is sophomoric (at best).

    I am truly mystified by all the people who have rated this book so highly. If you are devout, you have to be supremely insulted. If you are otherwise, you will find yourself scratching your head. This book presents the absolute divinity of the Gospel of John while telling what appears will be the synoptic story, plus a bunch of never before presented vignettes of the ten-year old "Joshua."

    Personally, I enjoy reading the gospels, and atheist screeds and funny and irreverent novels. This is none of these, but essentially a Life of Brian + Mad Magazine meets wandering Buddha + The Gospel of Luke.

    Awful.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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