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 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.
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.
I loved this book. I don't usually listen to a book more than once but I have listened to this 3 times.
This is a fun book, light and quirky, that pokes a lot of loving fun at the Jesus story, and attempts to posit where he got some of his powers and put a human face on him. Some may think this sacrilegious but the story is actually pretty reverent to the overall idea of Jesus, if not in its methods. It doesn't take itself very seriously, and is not overly deep (an extended tour of the Orient provides an interesting depth to the idea of Jesus, however), and its humor is exceedingly dry and punny. I was hoping for a Douglas Adams-style satire, but the humor isn't what I'd call laugh-out-loud funny, but more of a "hmm, how clever" funny. Numerous anachronisms abound, but it somehow works. The narrator is quirky and fits the part of Biff very well, though his range is pretty limited. If you don't take your faith too seriously, you should enjoy this book as an alternative view of Jesus, which ultimately ends up in the same place you'd want it to. If you have no faith, like me, you will find much to smirk at in this book, and perhaps a new perspective on the mythology of Jesus as well.
I enjoyed this book. Interesting characters mixed with the historical/biblical stories of the time of Jesus. Some interesting points made about the human race even though the story was fun. I think Bible readers would be offended, but it is worth the listen to others to just see things from another perspective. Sometimes the absurdity of things doesn't really sink in unless you hear it out loud. Not my favorite Christopher Moore, but a good one.
This is the kind of book that has you laughing in front of random strangers! I highly recommend this book for it's creativity and humor! The choice of narrator is also superb! One of my top favorites for sure!
Funny book. It does step on the bible and its morals quite a bit, but most of it is acceptable. It is really funny though. Not quite as good as " a dirty job". Worthwhile listen.
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.
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.
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