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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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    Kelly FORT WORTH, TX, United States 02-20-10
    Kelly FORT WORTH, TX, United States 02-20-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Loved it!!"

    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!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Littleton, MA, USA 05-14-08
    Tim Littleton, MA, USA 05-14-08
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    "Fun and Funny"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Plano, TX, USA 06-05-07
    Kim Plano, TX, USA 06-05-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Tee Hee"

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia H Philadelphia, PA 01-06-15
    Claudia H Philadelphia, PA 01-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Nonstop fun"
    Where does Lamb rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was very high on my list. I would be stuck in traffic, and people in the cars around me would be angry and yelling, and I would be laughing so hard that I cried.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were times that I cried because I was overcome with sadness, but for the joy that I felt the rest of the time, it was all well worth it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    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 R. SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 06-28-13
    William R. 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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    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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    David Tampa, FL 04-30-13
    David Tampa, FL 04-30-13 Member Since 2013

    Love listening to books.

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    "Great book that is highly recommended"

    A highly imaginative view of the missing years of Jesus. Well crafted story leveraging some well known historical characters, adding some believable emotional relationships, and paced by well timed sarcasm.

    The book starts strong with a lizard, travels to far off lands, and ends as you already know - or does it? I won't tell! You must read the book.

    Highly recommended! One of the best satire / comedies I have read in years.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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