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)
The first thirty to forty-five minutes of this book, I wasn't sure how I felt, but as I got pulled into the story more and more, I loved it. The narrator's voice is perfect for the main character and the story gets better as Biff and Jesus travel around the world learning different philosophies.
Some of the jokes are a little low brow, but it works and it's funny.
It's one of those books you listen to and are sad when it's over.
I thoroughly enjoyed it and do recomend it to others.
The story of Jesus' missing years - his adolesence and early adulthood - is here told by his decidedly worldly best friend, Biff. Don't worry; it's not disrespectful. It's actually joyous, in its own hilarious way. The idea that Christ had a sense of humor was a huge theological heresy in the 13th century. It shouldn't be so today. As on "A Dirty Job", also by Moore, Fisher Stevens (the narrator) is really, really good. He completely inhabits the prose and totally sells it. I wish he had narrated all of Mr Moore's books.
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So many to list. Loved the apostle John, Biff inventing Sarcasm, Joshua and Biff as Buddhist monks, Joshua's face on the bread all over town, etc........
No, but he did a fabulous job! So many voices and his sarcastic Biff was the best!
Stuff you didn't know about Jesus, as told by his bff Biff.
Awesome book! I would and have recommended it to friends.
This is a very entertaining listen! Fisher Stevens is outstanding!! If you like "A Dirty Job" then you'll enjoy this one. If you haven't listened to "A Dirty Job" then get it!
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.
Really. Fisher Stevens's reading is, I think, even better than Nigel Planer's readings of Pratchett's books. I am not entirely sure this would be a great book to read on paper, but it was truly great to listen to.
Not that the story is bad. Moore does a nice job of weaving various religions/philosophies into Jesus's experiences during the missing decades. It makes for a very entertaining story, and quite a twist on coming-of-age. The humor is definitely laugh-out-loud quality in many places. The quality trends down over time, with the childhood story being best, and the travels as a young adult being good, but the end -- where the story needs to be congruent with the "real" gospels -- being rather weak.
Oh, and it is definitely just entertainment, with maybe a splash of pointing out how many spiritualities are quite similar at their core. If the author wanted and expected the reader to really think anything new and different after finishing this, I have to admit that the lesson was lost on me.
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.
This book is first and foremost a coming-of-age tale.
The narrator meets Jesus (Joshua) when they are both children. From the beginning, the young Joshua knows who he is, but not exactly how to go about fulfilling his difficult destiny. Josh must travel to the ends of the land in order to learn what he needs to do, and Biff needs to go with him because Josh would get himself killed if he went alone. Together they have adventures as fantastic as those in the Bible, but not nearly as bloody.
Biff's tale is about a wonderful man striving to live up to his divine origins by embracing humanity. To a hardened apostate like myself, this portrayal as Jesus as a good man who would not only associate with sinners, but consider them his best friends, warmed my heart. If the church I was dragged to as a child had preached about this loving man, instead of his jealous, violent, judgemental and distant father, I might still have faith.
"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 a Catholic background, I thought, "Mom would not approve of my reading this book", but I went ahead anyway.
This story is not the least religiously offensive, (but it does have a bit of foul language)and is instead thought provoking and considerate, while being hilariously funny.
I highly recommend this book for those of you who can appreciate a good story, written with humor and insight. Trust me - it will not smear or crush your religious beliefs.
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