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Lamb Audiobook

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

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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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    Dalen Hamilton, ON, Canada 06-02-14
    Dalen Hamilton, ON, Canada 06-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "creative look at Jesus' formative years"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes. its funny, heartfelt, enticing, and inspiring. its got everything in a book.


    Any additional comments?

    the first part of the book, where Josh and Biff are still kids in some of the best humor and my fav. part of the book

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    Kindle Customers 05-24-14

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    "Sacreligious or very entertaining"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lamb to be better than the print version?

    I'm not sure as I didnt read the print version, but a good narrator really makes a good book great.


    What other book might you compare Lamb to and why?

    I cant think of any as it was such a great concept. I think laughter is important and this book really made me laugh. The whole concept of God, Christ, Buddah, Krishna, etc. all wrapped up neatly, well not so neat in some cases, but in a way that wasnt putting any on the moral high ground and putting others down as a lesser Faith.


    What about Fisher Stevens’s performance did you like?

    This narrator was great, each character was easily discernable and each had their own humor. I dont know how this narrator wasnt laughing the whole time


    Who was the most memorable character of Lamb and why?

    Obviously, Biff. Long suffering and well loved by everyone but his Mother.


    Any additional comments?

    Dont judge it as sacrelgious, just enjoy it. God must have a sense of humor, look around us.

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    Sebastian Phantomhive Manor 04-29-14
    Sebastian Phantomhive Manor 04-29-14
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    "Wonderful Irreverence"

    This is a beautifully irreverent look at the childhood of Joshua (Jesus). Told from the point of view of a good friend, it is a marvelously amusing reminder of His humanity. Makes me feel even closer to Him.

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    Theresa 03-09-14
    Theresa 03-09-14
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    "Delightful"
    If you could sum up Lamb in three words, what would they be?

    Irreverent, thoughtful, fun


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lamb?

    There were so many, but what got stuck in my head was "BOOM! chaka-laka-laka"


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Again, hard to say. I will add that I was reading passages out loud to my husband, and even without the full context, he was laughing, too.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was surprised at how it could be low brow and thoughtful at the same time.


    Any additional comments?

    Very glad my son recommended it, only wish I hadn't waited so long to listen.

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    Diana 02-13-14
    Diana 02-13-14 Member Since 2013

    Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)

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    "Not funny, but good history & belief twists"

    I listened to the whole book, simply because the narrator was awesome and gave a fantastic performance.

    Surprisingly, I laughed only a few times. The book is full of wit and sarcasm and fantastic twists on historical events, cultural beliefs, and even word roots. That kept me going, but I had been hoping for some laughs.

    There was a lot of sex, often it was unnecessary and cheapened the story. There were too many dirty words. And, if I were a deeply religious Christian, I would find many parts of the story and biblical or historical interpretation to be blasphemous. Or, small-minded.

    I wondered if this book was written to be controversial and hopefully attract attention.

    I had previously read the author's first book, Practical Demonkeeping, and that was funny, made me laugh, and was good humor. There were light sexual references, but the book was fairly clean. I had intended on going through all this author's other books based on how funny the first one was, but the sexuality in this book is juvenile and if another book is as heavy on sex as this one is, it'll be the last.

    I enjoyed reading most of Patrick McManus' books, and also recently discovered Jim Bernheimer's books, and they were able to provide laughs, good stories, and keep it clean. A good author should be able to get laughs, tell a good story, and not have to use sex or curse words.

    While listening to this book, I got the feeling that the author (or someone) did a lot of research first, and then wrote the story, ticking off a list of all the references and twists to be included. The middle of the story really lagged, and the humor didn't return till near the end, but even then it was feeble.

    The narrator was awesome, and I continued listening just to hear his outstanding rendition of voices and accents.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 01-18-14
    Robert 01-18-14

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    "I liked it, but I didn't love it."
    What did you love best about Lamb?

    It is well written. The characters are easy to relate to. However, it's rarely laugh out loud funny. I think I will stick to humorists and comedians to get my laughs out of audio books. I just don't find fiction to be that funny.


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    Abby 01-16-14
    Abby 01-16-14

    Four years on Audible now. Love the convenience of listening while driving, cooking, folding laundry.....

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    "Interesting take on the Bible"
    Would you try another book from Christopher Moore and/or Fisher Stevens?

    I did find their perspective amusing and definitely had some laugh out loud moments but for the most part, the hyperbole was a bit overdone.


    Would you recommend Lamb to your friends? Why or why not?

    There are so many good books to read and so little time; I would probably tell them to give it a pass.


    What about Fisher Stevens’s performance did you like?

    The performance was fine.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not sure; maybe.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not religious so I found this book amusing but I think very religious people may find it offensive.

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    lipomaman Bethesda, MD 12-27-13
    lipomaman Bethesda, MD 12-27-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Very entertaining!"
    If you could sum up Lamb in three words, what would they be?

    irreverantly thoughtful


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lamb?

    tough to say...


    What about Fisher Stevens’s performance did you like?

    easy on the ears.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Lots of laughs...clever humor!


    Any additional comments?

    Tasteful parody of religion...even believers should be entertained.

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    Evie M. California 12-01-13
    Evie M. 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.


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    Amanda Dickson, TN, United States 11-19-13
    Amanda Dickson, TN, United States 11-19-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Satire at it's Best...."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lamb to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed Fisher Stevens narration immensely. This is a book to be heard.


    What other book might you compare Lamb to and why?

    Wicked by Gregory Maguire as it too gives us a refreshing contrast to a well loved story from a different perspective.


    What about Fisher Stevens’s performance did you like?

    Wow! Stellar performance. I'm going to find more Audible books in which he narrates. He really brought the characters to life with the voices he developed for them. It made listening very enjoyable and entertaining.


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

    Obviously Biff!


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