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Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal | [Christopher Moore]

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

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.
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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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    Evelyn M. Johnson California 12-01-13
    Evelyn M. Johnson California 12-01-13 Member Since 2009
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    "slow paces, inane, poorly written."
    What would have made Lamb better?

    a complete rewrite.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Christopher Moore again?

    not if he writes along these lines. Writing is simplistic. Boring.


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

    His performance was fine, it was the material which was substandard.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T. Josten San Diego 09-24-13
    T. Josten San Diego 09-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Most Hilarious book I've read maybe ever"
    Where does Lamb rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right at the top


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lamb?

    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........


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

    No, but he did a fabulous job! So many voices and his sarcastic Biff was the best!


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

    Stuff you didn't know about Jesus, as told by his bff Biff.


    Any additional comments?

    Awesome book! I would and have recommended it to friends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. Dunklin 09-02-13
    D. Dunklin 09-02-13

    D Beth

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    "I didn't finish listening to this book"
    What disappointed you about Lamb?

    The audience for this book, as well as the author seems to be a 13 year old boy. Yes the narrator is a child, but like a child's his humor is not funny, its stupid. This could have been a book about humanizing Christ and setting the story in a new context, or even critiquing what has become of His humanistic teachings. I was not only disappointed, but my intelligence was insulted.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Christopher Moore again?

    doubtful


    What character would you cut from Lamb?

    Biff


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Bopp West Bloomfield, MI United States 07-02-13
    Kevin Bopp West Bloomfield, MI United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Just Plain Great!"
    What made the experience of listening to Lamb the most enjoyable?

    The narration was superb and the story is sublime.


    What other book might you compare Lamb to and why?

    Christopher Moore is in a special class of humor writers all his own and Lamb may be his best story ever.


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

    The voices are tremendous and bring the characters to life, which really makes the Audible experience meaningfully better than simply reading this story.


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

    Biff, because I'm sure there's more to tell.


    Any additional comments?

    Get. This. Book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 06-28-13
    William SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 06-28-13 Member Since 2007

    Author, rabid Audible listener.

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    "Get over BIff and enjoy the story"

    It does not matter if you are a very religious person, you just need to enjoy sarcasm and a good laugh with Lamb.

    Christopher Moore creates a wholly (holy?) believable character that grew up with Jesus as a child and became his best friend. As most bible stories go, there are a lot of missing years between the birth of Jesus and the events leading up to his being hung on the cross. This book covers all those missing years from the perspective of his friend Biff.The book does an excellent job of explaining why Biff never shows up in any bibles but I won't give that little tidbit away.

    Lamb is a pretty sweeping novel that covers a lot of ground (literally) and shows how a young Jesus (pronounced Joshua at the time) learned to be the messiah by traveling for years to meet each of the three wise men. While the book is laugh-out-loud funny at times, there was never a moment I felt Christopher Moore was trying to poke fun at religion.

    Fisher Steven's was perfect as the narrator and did such an excellent job I was sad when the book ended. The characters were all fully developed and never forced.

    This was a great book and I highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ComicGurlGeek Roswell, GA, United States 06-06-13
    ComicGurlGeek Roswell, GA, United States 06-06-13

    wheee

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    "Surprisingly spiritual"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tonya gonzales, LA, United States 05-06-13
    Tonya gonzales, LA, United States 05-06-13
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    "Another great book by Christopher Moore"
    Would you listen to Lamb again? Why?

    yes; Biff is hilarious!


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen. It was a little slow at first for me and I had to make a few attempts to let it sink in before I finally let it play. Once I did, however, I could not get enough. Loved it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bessie 10-04-12
    Bessie 10-04-12 Member Since 2014
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Glover LANCASTER, CA, US 09-14-12
    Jennifer Glover LANCASTER, CA, US 09-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "WWJD? He'd buy this book!"
    Would you listen to Lamb again? Why?

    I actually listened to Lamb twice in a row. I mean, I finished listening on the way to work one day, and I started over from the beginning on my way home. I didn't want the story to end.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lamb?

    On Passover night, when Maggie (Mary Magdalene) anointed Joshua's feet with oil, I cried so hard I almost couldn't see the road (as I was driving to work). It was one of the most beautiful and touching renditions of the story I've ever heard.


    What about Fisher Stevens’s performance did you like?

    I think it's definitely tricky to tell a story about the life of Jesus without making it sound cliche or just totally sacrilegious, and I believe that Christopher Moore did a fantastic job with that (although I'm sure some will heatedly disagree with me), but in addition, Fisher Stevens did an amazing job of keeping the lightheartedness, the humanity, and the love well delivered throughout the story. He does an excellent rendition of a Jewish mother to be sure. His interpretation of the friendship between Biff and Joshua was inspired.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Sex, Lies, and Matza: Second-coming this Passover to a theater near you.


    Any additional comments?

    I think Mel Brooks could film the hell out of this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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 1 people found this review helpful
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