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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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    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 Member Since 2015
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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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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    psnorb Northwest Chicago Suburb, United States 01-06-08
    psnorb Northwest Chicago Suburb, United States 01-06-08 Member Since 2011

    Loving Father

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    "Not just a farce"

    I really enjoyed this book for many reasons. It was extremely funny. It was well thought out and had reasonably accurate information on other philosophies that were tied in beautifully. I did not find it at all disrespectful.

    I honestly learned some things between the laughs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Johnna Elmwood Park, IL, USA 12-25-07
    Johnna Elmwood Park, IL, USA 12-25-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Pass"

    If I were more familiar with the Bible, this book may have been more interesting. Not being familiar, it was dull. I do recommend A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore and plan to listen to his other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Brown everett, wa usa 12-19-07
    Christopher Brown everett, wa usa 12-19-07 Listener Since 2003

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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

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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 10-04-07
    Don 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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    "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.

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