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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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    William R. SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 06-28-13
    William R. SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 06-28-13 Member Since 2016

    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.

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    Ram in WI Milwaukee 06-27-13
    Ram in WI Milwaukee 06-27-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Awesomely funny, well-told story"
    Would you listen to Lamb again? Why?

    This is a wonderfully told, light hearted "Biblical" story without being sacrilegious. Laugh out loud funny and I could certainly visualize the people and the places.<br/>


    What other book might you compare Lamb to and why?

    Similar to Dogma but without the edge.


    What about Fisher Stevens’s performance did you like?

    Fisher did a great job as the reader.


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

    Of course, who wouldn't want to have dinner with Jesus H. Christ, but I'd want BIF to come along too.


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    Traci Belleville, IL, United States 06-06-13
    Traci Belleville, IL, United States 06-06-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved the story and fisher's narration More please"
    Would you listen to Lamb again? Why?

    Fisher's narration rocks. The characters are people I can see having over for a Christmas party....provided moo shu pork and won tons are being served with some bacon on the side.


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    Sarah 05-08-13
    Sarah 05-08-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Blasphemy or Comedy?"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    As a Christian I found a lot of the story hard to swallow but to change those aspects would be to rewrite the entire book. Therefore you either take it or leave it as is.


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

    I would have taken out all the cussing and most of the sexual descriptions. But again that would have undone the entire story.


    What aspect of Fisher Stevens’s performance would you have changed?

    Stevens has a wide range of character voices as well as good pacing. He occasionally slips into the wrong voice or switches voices a little late though. Most of the issues are minor but some of them do cause confusion in the story if you aren't listening carefully. Overall I would say he portrays the story well but he should have been edited a little more closely.


    Could you see Lamb being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could not see Lamb doing well as a TV show since after a season it would likely get too repetitive. I did find myself thinking that the book reminded me a lot of the move Year One. Mind you Year One was terrible and the script should be burned, but applying the same basic style you could easily make Lamb into a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Lamb is full of blasphemy and comedy that are tied together like a braid. I often found myself not knowing if I should keep listening or to throw my iphone through a wall in disgust. Over all though I found myself laughing far more than I did fuming. The description on the book as well as it's extended title tell you up front though that that will be the case. So, I would use caution in approaching or sharing this book and be sure that it is a reader that can handle it's content. Check your morals at the first line and be prepared not to pick them up again till the end.

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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

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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.

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    mamaruns78 04-24-13
    mamaruns78 04-24-13

    Teacher, bookworm, aspiring ninja. What else is there?

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    "A little slow in the middle, but great narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lamb to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read it myself, so I can't really answer that.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Biff. He was just so irreverent.


    Which character – as performed by Fisher Stevens – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the difference between Biff and Josh, but I don't know if I had a favorite.


    Any additional comments?

    At first, I thought Fisher Stevens was a little goofy, and while he isn't the BEST narrator ever, I did enjoy him, and his pacing and timbre worked very well with this story.

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    Betty Salem, OR, United States 04-05-13
    Betty Salem, OR, United States 04-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Laugh out loud and giggle for days!"
    Would you listen to Lamb again? Why?

    I have listened to Lamb at least three times already. You must have a open mind and quirky sense of humor and not be offended easily. That being said, I loved this book!<br/>Seriously, learned more about the Bible and stories that I ever did in Sunday school. Picked up my Bible and brushed up after listening to Lamb. <br/><br/>


    What other book might you compare Lamb to and why?

    There is nothing like it, and I have listened to several others by the author.


    What about Fisher Stevens’s performance did you like?

    His delivery is fast, which takes some getting used to.


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

    Nope, wanted to savor it. You need time to roll the ideas around in your head.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved that "Biff" makes up scripture to quote to suite the occasion.<br/>" For it is written in the book of Dalmations"<br/>My husband and I are still making up scripture to quote and laughing like fools.

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    Mindy West Jordan, UT, United States 04-03-13
    Mindy West Jordan, UT, United States 04-03-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Crude But I love it!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lamb to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version. My husband and I were looking for a audio book to listen to that would make us laugh on our road trip.


    What other book might you compare Lamb to and why?

    Can not compare. Well it compares to the Bible, BUT not for the easily offended. I am very spiritual, but the crude humor in this book makes me roll on the floor laughing.


    Which character – as performed by Fisher Stevens – was your favorite?

    There were so many I can not pick just one!


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

    YES!!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    If you would be easily offended by a curse word in the middle of your bible verse this is NOT FOR YOU!! For those with a take on religion but also an open sense of crude humor, this is a must listen!! It puts a modern spin on a spiritual guide we most all know. God is probably offended, and I would go to confession after listening, but I can't because there is no way I can promise I won't listen over and over again!! My husband knows more now than ever before because he was so entertained he couldn't help but listen.

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    C. Keogh Austin, TX 04-03-13
    C. Keogh Austin, TX 04-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A funny take on Jesus-the missing years"

    Overall, I enjoyed this book, though it did drag a little towards the end - I felt he took a little too much time with the last quarter of the novel and rushed the ending. But aside from that, Christopher Moore crafts a humorous imagining of the years between Jesus's birth and ministry, as told by his best buddy Biff. It's Biff's plain language that sets you giggling as you listen to his recollections. His character is also an interesting blend of lowly dude, slave to his baser instincts with a quick-witted, loyal, and courageous friend. I could quote several passages, but that kinda ruins the experience, so I won't.

    I also have to give Fisher Stevens kudos for an amazing performance - he did a wonderful job of acting each character without seeming odd or pulling you out of the story. Some of his characterizations make you laugh out loud. I'll be looking for some other work of his.

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