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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

Critic Reviews

"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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funny

funny and thought provoking. I will buy this hard copy. don't listen in Public as you will be laughing alous.

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Very enjoyable!

One of the cool things about this book is that it never disrespects the belief in Christ and his story. Even a Christian could enjoy this fun story.

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Good story, weak ending

I really enjoyed the majority of this book, though the ending was a bit weak. The draw of this story was the retelling of the already known tales, or at least well known characters having new adventures. The ending just wasn't different enough to be interesting. It does a good job trying to walk the line between not offending those who are very religious, and still managing to be funny.

The performance was definitely the biggest drawback in my opinion. It very much felt like someone reading a book rather than performing the story. The narrator only seemed to use a handful of recycled voices for all the characters, some of them (i.e. some sort of stoner/surfer slur) didn't seem to fit with their characters at all, or the setting. Overall still enjoyable, but I'll probably try to avoid works by this narrator in the future.

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This is one of the best books ever

This is in of the best books ever. EVER. Biff is da man yo. Word to your motha.

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The King James Version and all the details

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Time well spent? Well maybe for you. If you are one of the faithful you perhaps would enjoy it, but I found nothing new or compelling. It was true to the Good Book and I got the jokes but I was looking for Monty Python and I got Laura Ingals Wilder.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Absolutely not! It was well received/reviewed by many people so I gave it a try. It just didn't tickle my funny bone as I hoped.

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

This is the first time I've heard one of Mr. Steven's performance and it was pretty good. I think I would like to hear him narrate some different kind of material.

Was Lamb worth the listening time?

I only listened for a couple hours and then gave up. Nice book, nice narration. Just not nice enough to make me want to finish it. I like books that take me in and transport me to a different place. These books I listen to again and again. This book is a one-timer, not worth a credit for me. I want my audible library to be filled with books that I will listen to more than once. I re-listen to Garth Nix and C. J. Sansom all the time. Oh! I forgot Carl Hiaason now that man writes FUNNY books that are based on true stories too.

Any additional comments?

I suggest Mr. Stevens get some coaching from George Wilson, Chad Lowe or George Newbern.

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Hillarious twist on Jesus's childhood

I love the sarcasm and the wonderful stories that are told with such flawless humor.

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LAME

Hardly original. Humorous if you think monkeys throwing feces at tourists is funny.
This is high school humor, where the females are all matrons or whores and the men are forever irresponsible children.
The voices in this book are done poorly; obviously rushed.

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  • Kristen
  • Falls Church, VA, United States
  • 11-01-15

made me laugh and wonder...

Overall I really enjoyed the story. It made me laugh and often wonder what life would have really been like for a young Messiah facing both everyday problems and wrestling with the weight of his mission. Somehow it seems fitting for him to have a best friend that believed but struggled to stay on the straight and narrow.

While I found the book was funny overall, there were a few places where it seemed crude just for the sake of being crude rather then for humor or making a point.

A good listen for those that enjoy a little humor in Thierry spirituality.

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There should be a Church of the Lamb.

Christopher Moore has written a fan fiction version of the Bible and in so doing, in my own opinion, reintroduced Jesus to the masses. His colorful language and creative approach towards creating a history as to how Jesus came to be a man, and came to be a leader is nothing short of astounding. Jesus, church, Bacon, and my faith will never be the same to me again.

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Great story

Easily my favorite Christopher Moore novel. Great take on an old story. I have both read and listened to it several times.