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
"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)
I love Christopher Moore. I will read practically anything he has written. Lamb is no exception. The book is hysterical; it pokes fun at all sorts of taboo issues. Don't take the book too seriously and you will love it. I probably wouldn't give this book to my mom to read - I am not sure she could manage the snarky jibes at all religions; but I did suggest it to friends and co-workers who have a pretty good sense of humor.
Fisher Stevens does a great job reading this book and creating difference voices for the narrator (Biff) and Joshua (Jesus). In order to really appreciate this book, you have to have a sense of humor about Jesus and the missing years in the Bible. Some of it was long-winded and hard to believe, but overall it was an interesting perspective to consider about Jesus' teenage to mid-adult life. The ending was a bit of a shock and I didn't love it. However, Fisher Stevens makes this a worthy listen.
The surprising story and humor
There is no comparison!
As always, he's absolutely fabulous!
Biff, because he's just so human!
One of the best comedies I've ever read!
Not by Moore. Not sure what I was expecting, but the story was quite uneven. Some interesting parts... some some slightly amusing... some just plain dumb.
Yes, he did a nice job.
Go outside and get some sun?
It easily has to be the Top Three...shameless.
Of course it is Biff. He is someone I can relate to if I had a personal physical relationship with Jesus. His Character Traits resemble those of myself and my own circle of friends.
I loved the Scene when we are introduced to John the Baptist and his penchant to almost drown people..
I had a hard time stopping. I did not want to break my day up from listening to the story. The voice actor did a awesome job of character interaction and comic timing. I will probably listen again.
Lamb is one of my favorite books, audio or otherwise, of all time. Fisher Stevens is a terrific narrator, and Christopher Moore is hands down one of the funniest authors I've ever read.
Well, it would make the most sense to say Joshua, since he's the Son of God. But Maggie's pretty amazing, too. And I love Biff. So I equivocate to the three main characters!
His voice and the ability he has to sound different without really "doing voices" was terrific. Also, his impression of Raziel is what I will always hear in my mind for that character.
Biff. I'd love to have dinner with Josh as well, but I want to hug Biff a lot. And ask him questions. And hear more of his sex stories!
I'm not religious, but I'm very spiritual, and Lamb means so much to me that I'm planning on getting a Divine Spark tattoo some day!
Great execution of a great idea. A wonderful book that will be with you for a while after you have stopped laughing out loud.
Biff, hands down, the best friend anyone can have.
Author, Raising Baby Green
I've read many of Christopher Moore's books. I especially enjoyed this one. It is best if you have a working knowledge of the Bible.
This book really got me imagining what the Life of Christ might have been like. This is fiction, but there is a lot of contextual information that gives you a picture of the times. I enjoyed the humor of Christopher Moore and caught myself grinning several times throughout.
Biff is, of course, fantastic. I love Balthazar too, and Josh. I loved their humanity.
Fisher Stevens has kind of a cartoony voice... There were times when he would slow down at the end of a paragraph and I found that distracting.
I had started reading the print book a while back and then decided to switch to audio. I listened to this book on a road trip and found myself sitting in the car in driveways and parking lots. When it got to the point where Josh begins his ministry it kind of slowed down a bit for me and I wasn't as interested, but from the beginning to that point I was really into it.
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