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)
If fart jokes offend you, this is not the book for you. If the idea of a young Christ laughing at a fart joke offends you, this book is definitely not for you.
If you are open to an alternative view of the Messiah, and a how He came of age in the company of his sarcastic, libidinous, and totally devoted friend, you will love this book.
Narrator Fisher Stevens does an excellent job, and, in my opinon, is on the short list for "Best.Narrator.Ever."
I gave this 5 stars because I could not give it 6. Fisher Stevens is one of my favorite narrators now and when you listen to the job he did with "A Dirty Job" you will know that he is made for Christopher Moore's writing. I can't wait for audible to get more of Moore's stuff.
I have tried to get some of my more Christian friends to listen this story and several have stopped half way through. They think it is funny, but have a hard time reconciling the story with their beliefs. If you are very uptight about religion, this might not be the book for you, but if you can keep an open mind, then you will ultimately find this book very fulfilling. No one that I know that has finished this book has been disappointed.
I never really got into it, although I wanted too. It's a funny idea, and could have been awesome, but after the initial laugh at hearing Biff curse and talk about sex I got bored and tuned in and out of the story until it was done. My over all rating is a big fat Meh.
"Lamb" is the product of a fertile mind. When I think about a book like this, I always wonder most about how anyone could think of writing it. Here we have a (roughly) historical account of the life of Christ told through different and VERY irreverent eyes in such a way that would likely make a fundamentalist explode but possibly make an unbeliever think "Christ is cool." Christopher Moore takes New Testament facts, throws in some of the wilder beliefs about what He did between ages 13 and 30, and then resurrects (literally) a childhood pal to tell the tale. Wow.
This is a highly enjoyable book. I don't think it's blasphemous, but it does walk right up to the line.
If you aren't convinced, then let me just give you two reasons to listen to it:
1) You get to hear the very revealing comments from two blind men after getting their sight back. Amazing.
2) You (finally) find out why bunnies are a part of Easter.
Having read previous books by Mr. Moore, I couldn't wait to read this one; it did not dissapoint and I must say has become one of my favorite books! Although I agree with some other reviewers that Moore's humor could make the "uptight bible thumpers" cringe, I don't understand how anyone could deny that he gives his "Joshua" a fun and human side. Biff's all too-human antics along with his devotion, loyalty, protection and pure love for his friend remind me that the bible may indeed be the "word of God", but it's quite true that there's a whole heck of alot of everyday reality that wasn't included. Maybe, just maybe, Moore is on to something...At the very least, despite what one's religious or spiritual leanings are,I would hope that readers would glean from this book that if Jesus was real, he had real friends, laughed, ate, worked and suffered all the same emotions and fears that we do to this day. And hey, who's to say what really went on during those years of the Christ's life that curiously are absent from the bible???? Listen to this story and loosen up a little--it's a hoot!!
This book is a good "read." After knowing the real story of Jesus's life from the Bible, this book was an interesting view of His life... the life between what we already know. You have to have an open mind... I found myself laughing out loud to some parts. BTW: this story is not for those wanting the cold hard facts of Jesus's life. That's all I'll say.
This book is similar to other Christopher Moore books in the sense that it deals with his odd humor and writing style. If you like other Moore books, then you'll probably like this book. The story itself was an interesting twist on what could have happened during the "lost" years of Jesus' early adulthood. On the surface, this book sounds like it would be offensive to Christianity, but it definitly isn't. Don't be afraid of the content, this book is a fun, intriguing, and funny read, and all of the humor is in good taste. I definitly recommend it.
I am not even finished and I've told anybody that will listen to listen to this book. I know that when people see me driving in the car they probably think I've lost my mind because I'm laughing uncontrollably at some of this stuff.
I almost gave this book 4 stars instead of 5, but then I realized that I was comparing it to "A Dirty Job," and that wasn't fair. It is a truly fun read and in these days of the Davinci Code madness, a fresh new take on the story. Loved it!
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