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The Second Coming Audiobook

The Second Coming

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God takes a look at the Earth around the time of the Renaissance, and everything looks pretty good - so he takes a holiday. In heaven time this is just a week's fishing trip, but on Earth several hundred years go by.

When God returns, he finds all hell has broken loose: world wars, holocausts, famine, capitalism and "fucking Christians everywhere". There's only one thing for it. They're sending the kid back.

JC, reborn, is a struggling musician in New York City, trying to teach the one true commandment: be nice! His best chance to win hearts and minds is to enter American Pop Star. But the number-one show in America is the unholy creation of a record executive who's more than a match for the Son of God...Steven Stelfox.

©2015 John Niven (P)2015 Random House AudioBooks

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  • Lesley
    Scotland
    8/25/16
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    "Simple idea ......"

    . . . . well executed.

    After what I consider a slow and obvious start, I quickly got into this story. A great vehicle for the author to express his likes and dislikes simply by placing them in heaven or hell. Especially Niven's musical preferences. I laughed when Jesus could only get Budweiser when he tried to order a beer in hell's restaurant.

    As the title suggests, the story is about when Jesus reluctantly gets sent back to the 21st Century because God's been on a fishing trip for 400 Earth years and neglected things somewhat. Christ can't really tell a lie and it gets him into some scrapes with some amusing outcomes - some not so good.

    Narrator Nick Landrum's performance is good although his English accent has certain inconsistencies (not unlike the story). I did smile at his impression of St Andrew (Scottish accent, even though he is said to be from Galilee). All it needed was, "Beam me up!"

    Does anyone actually read these?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • P
    Woolwich, United Kingdom
    1/8/16
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    "Very funny"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Second Coming to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version.


    If you’ve listened to books by John Niven before, how does this one compare?

    This is my 1st John Niven book & I shall be listening to more.


    Which character – as performed by Nick Landrum – was your favourite?

    Jesus Christ of course.


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

    I could have listened in one sitting if I had the time.


    Any additional comments?

    Very funny, great satire on modern life & particularly religion. Great performance by the narrator except that his Scottish accent for Saint Andrew is atrocious, especially puzzling as the author is himself Scottish. I can only presume he never got to hear the performance himself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • candygardner
    11/1/16
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    "Awesome!"

    Loved loved loved this! Funny sad, cool, everything. I love john Niven very very much

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Dunbar, United Kingdom
    8/29/16
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    "Entertaining & Thought Provoking"

    Put a smile on my face whilst listening but not without a wee sense of despair about some of the not so nice things that happen around us all the time. Far be it for me to preach, but reckon it wouldn't harm for this to be included in the national curriculum. Would "be nice " :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nick_Exeter
    6/2/16
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    "Brilliant story, brilliant performance"

    Another great excellent John Niven book. I have read them all and they are all beautiful gripping tales full of meaning that make you look at the world in a slightly new light

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    5/27/16
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    "Excellent story"

    This is a very funny story and is very true about the way the world is today. Definitely worth listening to

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nick Ross
    London
    3/16/16
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    "Excellent. Great story, well read."

    Great stuff from Niven. Very funny. A biting look at the twin cults of celebrity and religion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • clivep
    2/6/16
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    "Be nice"

    Only downside is that it's far to short. Great idea enjoyed every minute of it. Some great tongue in cheek moments that are thought provoking. I shall certainly quote from it. be nice!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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