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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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    Chase Charlottesville, VA, United States 11-28-10
    Chase Charlottesville, VA, United States 11-28-10
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    "Awful"

    I realize I'm an outlier among the reviewers for this book, but I just had to write to warn anyone who might be considering downloading this. I had high hopes, but it was juvenile and tacky; all of the dialogue and events were forced and contrived to work in stupid Bible jokes. I was hoping for some good satire, but Mark Twain it ain't. Do yourself a favor and pass on this one.

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    Harold Flagstaff, AZ, United States 09-28-10
    Harold Flagstaff, AZ, United States 09-28-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Unoriginal, childish, and a complete waste of time"

    Am I the only one who thinks this humor is a total re-hash of every joke in the Mel Brooks movie "History of the World Part 1" and Monte Python's "Life of Brian". I keep hearing about how "original" this book is and could not disagree more. What a complete waste of a credit and numerous hours of listening. Somebody please tell me that this celebrated author has more to offer than this childish humor. I was ready for some good old Vonnegut style satire and this is just rubbish. . . . and then, while submitting the review I find out I have to give it at least one star. Please, it doesn't deserve it. . . . Want to listen to an excellent book? Try Franzen's newest, "Freedom".

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    Heather Johns Creek, GA, United States 09-16-10
    Heather Johns Creek, GA, United States 09-16-10
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    "Laugh Out Loud!"

    I have been a huge fan of Christopher Moore since the beginning and "Practical Demon Keeping" but "Lamb" is my all time favorite. Do you believe that God has a sense of humor? Then this book is for you. I have always loved the way that Moore takes the stories you know from the bible or indian lore or wherever and tweaks them JUST ENOUGH so they are the same story but hilarious. As I listen to or read his books I always find myself laughing out loud and then looking around to see who might have noticed.
    And the narrator of this book did a wonderful job. I've listened to some that I had to suffer through (even when the author read their own work) and this was definitely not that. He did a great job reading this book.
    I highly recommend this book and all of Christopher Moore's books to anyone that loves a laugh and a great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diana 09-07-10
    Diana 09-07-10
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    "LOVED IT"

    This is a great book! I cannot imagine anyone else narrating, Fisher Stevens is fantastic!!! I have not 'read' Dirty Jobs yet but it has moved to the top of the wish list after this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Uncle Gyrus Los Angeles, CA 06-10-10
    Uncle Gyrus Los Angeles, CA 06-10-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Laugh out loud!"


    Fisher Stevens and Christopher Moore are a match made in heaven! Some stories are made worse by their narrators, some are elevated to a new level. "Lamb" has been taken to new heights with Fisher Stevens at the wheel. After "Lamb", I also bought Moore's "A Dirty Job" read by Fisher Stevens, even though I had already read it. Now I am almost done with it, sadly. More Moore and Stevens!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Neil Toronto, Ontario, Canada 04-28-10
    Neil Toronto, Ontario, Canada 04-28-10
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    "Top-notch"

    This was a great book to read, and the anrrator does full justice to it. OK, accented voices aside, he did a fantstic job with it. Well worth the investment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Pueblo, CO, USA 04-07-10
    Martin Pueblo, CO, USA 04-07-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Book!"

    This book was amazingly fun!

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    Tom Stamford, CT, USA 12-25-09
    Tom Stamford, CT, USA 12-25-09 Member Since 2010
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    "OK, a bit sophomoric"

    I was disappointed, but probably mostly because of high expectations and the rave reviews from my friend. I enjoyed others of Moore's novels, but this one struck me as kinda silly. But my taste runs to more biting satire, this is kind of mild. Try it. Good recording.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Northglenn, CO, United States 12-10-09
    Patti Northglenn, CO, United States 12-10-09 Member Since 2013
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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