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Lamb Audiobook

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

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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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    Dianne Baxter, MN, United States 02-12-13
    Dianne Baxter, MN, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2012

    Addicted to reading on kindle or audiobooks. I prefer science fiction, fantasy, horror, epic series, and historical fiction. Favorite authors are Terry Goodkind, Bryce Countney, Stephen King, Joe Hill, and Diana Gabaldon. Don't care for forensic thrillers....same thing over and over.

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    "I have listened to this more than once..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Unique presentation of classical history that we all are familiar with, but with outrageous humorous twists. I thought it could be offensive to some, but I just don't see how as it makes me laugh and laugh. First half is hilarious, and second half is a little more slow paced and obscure. There is just nothing else out there like this.


    What other book might you compare Lamb to and why?

    Unique...nothing like this. I have tried other Christopher Moore novels, and those are the most similar, but this audiobook is like no other.

    The closest type of story I could compare this to is Forrest Gump....the way history is woven into the book or explained by the book is so entertaining.


    Have you listened to any of Fisher Stevens’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Other Christopher Moore novels. I think this is his best and Biff is his perfect character!


    Who was the most memorable character of Lamb and why?

    Biff. How could you not just love him! Honest and selfish but a true loyal friend.


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to this at least once a year. I can't think of any other audiobook that I refuse to remove from my library after I am done. Never gets old...

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    Amazon Customer EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, NJ, United States 02-08-13
    Amazon Customer EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, NJ, United States 02-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "This narrator is not right for this book!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would recommend this book to friends, in fact I already have. This is one of my favorite books of all time. It blends religion and fiction and hilarity. The book is great, the audiobook would be great too, if someone else was reading it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The moments in the story that make you laugh out loud.


    What didn’t you like about Fisher Stevens’s performance?

    Some of his voices sound racist, he reads with awkward pauses, I find it very distracting.


    Was Lamb worth the listening time?

    Yes absolutely.


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    Beth Longmont, CO, United States 02-05-13
    Beth Longmont, CO, United States 02-05-13
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    "Lamb..very interesting view!"
    What made the experience of listening to Lamb the most enjoyable?

    It was thought provoking and written in modern- terms.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Biff, of course!


    Have you listened to any of Fisher Stevens’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Never listened to "audible" but will definitely be listening in the future due to eyesight problems.


    If you could rename Lamb, what would you call it?

    The title is fine.


    Any additional comments?

    In the past I had a daughter who listened to books on tape. It was wonderful for anyone who had problems reading but loved to learn. Now, I am in that same position and I appreciate my good fortune to be able to do what my daughter did through the public library many year ago (different technology)

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    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL 01-23-13
    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL 01-23-13 Member Since 2016

    Southerner living in Chicago who loves music, art, and books of all kinds!

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    "Good but a little too obvious in parts"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lamb to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version so I can't compare, but the audio version was easy to follow and perfect for my long drive.


    Would you recommend Lamb to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. It's a bit long, but it's an easy listen and cute story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the chapter in which Joshua and Biff studied yoga.


    Who was the most memorable character of Lamb and why?

    Biff and Joshua, obviously, since the entire story is narrated by Biff and tells the story of Joshua's life.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, it's a good book, but some parts are a little cheesy and obvious. It's more of an eye-opener or a new way to view Christianity than it is a comedy. I'd recommend it to anyone who is interested in comparative religion, and I think it would be enjoyed by both Christian and non-Christian readers.

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    Robert Ross 01-22-13
    Robert Ross 01-22-13
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    "A wonderful iconoclast read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but only with an open mind and sense of humor


    What other book might you compare Lamb to and why?

    Dogma
    any book by Christopher Moore


    Which character – as performed by Fisher Stevens – was your favorite?

    Biff


    If you could take any character from Lamb out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Jesus, Biff and Mary M.


    Any additional comments?

    This book asks and answers in a very funny but insightful manner all those questions about the young Jesus that may have occurred to you (or not). One could ignore this work as a piece of blasphemy but, while outrageous, it is insightful and surperbly funny. It takes a lot of unknown aspects of Jesus' boyhood and pushes them to wild possible story lines. Basically, this a non religious story of the coming of age of a teenage boy, who just happens to be the Son of God but isn't quite sure yet what that is all about as told through the eyes of his fictional best friend

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    Debi salisbury, MD, United States 01-06-13
    Debi salisbury, MD, United States 01-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Historical...and entertaining"
    If you could sum up Lamb in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, different, thought provoking


    What does Fisher Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great voice inflections and changes for each character.


    Any additional comments?

    Brought back all the well known stories (gospels) from the Bible...homilies from Mass...and gave the perspective of how they might be said today. Explored the frustration of how the Son of God had to 'wing it' as he discovered and learned what his Father wanted from him during his life on Earth. Entertaining and thought provoking. Loved the book.

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    Bessie 10-04-12
    Bessie 10-04-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Couldn't get through it"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator had no variation in his voice. He sounded the same all the time, and a bit sing-song-y. I had trouble staying awake for it, and it felt like reading passover text in english, with a joke tucked in every once in a while for entertainment.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Christopher Moore again?

    I have loved all the other books by this author that I have read. This one is difficult.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He sounds like he's from brooklyn or somewhere with a rough, thuggish accent, and I get it that the main character is supposed to be that way, but he talked that way through every sentence. The voices were all the same, and after a while I felt like he was just talking loud and pressured in a monotone, and the story became bland.


    Any additional comments?

    It just didn't draw me in. The other books by Moore are creative and quirky, adding wierd twists to old stories and ideas. This seemed to be trying too hard.

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    Janels 09-28-12
    Janels 09-28-12
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    "Irreverent, entertaining, and oddly educational"

    I love most of Christopher Moore's works (except the vampire ones) as they are sprinkled with enough historical fact, then interjected with a modern viewpoint and irreverent perception that they, besides being really clever and humorous, force you to view history from a different and more objective perspective. His satire is food for thought, and cause to rethink predigested lore of the ages.

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    K. Sanchez 09-04-12
    K. Sanchez 09-04-12 Member Since 2013

    Gettin' old

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    "Irreverance - The Ultimate Form of Flattery"
    If you could sum up Lamb in three words, what would they be?

    Not possible in three words. I could write 3000 and it would not be enough. You have to experience this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lamb?

    God doesn't care about bacon.


    What does Fisher Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A fantastic ability to audibly portray sarcasm or maybe that was irony, no...really I mean it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but life gets in the way.


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    Sandy Bloomington, IL USA 08-31-12
    Sandy Bloomington, IL USA 08-31-12 Member Since 2014

    I am web designer and while I work I listen to audio books rather than music. I love historical fiction, sci-fi/fantasy, classics and books about spirituality.

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    "Funny & Clever"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I actually think he did a great job in making the story of Jesus entertaining but not irreverant. I found his take on things almost plausible even though they are a work of fiction. This book is not for someone that takes a hard line on religeon. You must be open and have a sense of humor to truly enjoy it.


    Have you listened to any of Fisher Stevens’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I had not listened to him before but I thought he did a great job.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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