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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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  • Lisa
  • South River, NJ, United States
  • 05-02-07

One of my favorites of all time

I just can't seem to delete this one from my ipod. I go back to different parts just for a good laugh during the day.

This is one of the books I am recommending to all of my friends, church goers and athiests alike. It is well written and clever.

Pick this one up, You won't regret it!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Hilarious

Truely enjoyed listening to this book. The author interprets the events of the messiah's life in a entertaining and sometimes comical way. Going to look for more listening titles from this author.

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Not his best work

Its irreverent, very clever, and fits well into the bible stories we know. Picture Jesus and his best friend as normal adolescent and young adult men (wait, isn't that the same thing as adolescent?) out exploring the world while Jesus grows into his role as the man we all know and love. Its clever, and silly but it just didn't have the same quick pace and razor sharp humor of some of his other books. I love Christopher Moore. This was the first book of his that didn't have me belly laughing outloud and I wasn't lining up his next work before this one was over as I did with A Dirty Job and Bloodsucking Fiends. I could have skipped it.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Poor editing

The presentation of this audiobook does the actual book a disservice. The story had me laughing out loud, but the nonexistent transitions between sections and random insertions of music made it a difficult listen. As for the narrator, he did well overall, but his voices for Joshua and Biff were too similar and I had difficulty knowing who was talking at times. I recommend this book, but not the audiobook.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Rick
  • Seattle
  • 11-25-14

The most hilarious book I've ever heard!

Would you listen to Lamb again? Why?

I have - twice now. There are still things I catch anew, since I'm constantly chortling, chuckling, guffawing.

Any additional comments?

Just get it! You'll thank yourself.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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it's just ok

I never really got into it, although I wanted too. It's a funny idea, and could have been awesome, but after the initial laugh at hearing Biff curse and talk about sex I got bored and tuned in and out of the story until it was done. My over all rating is a big fat Meh.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Long running gag humor

If this audiobook was abridged, it would probably be much better. The first 1/3 of it is pretty funny and original, but after several hours, it loses its humor.

Not that it becomes less well-written (the writing and reading are consistent) but more like it is a sit-com that goes on for 14 hours - no matter how good it is, the 12th hour of a running gag is not as funny as the first.

I guess most strong Christians would find it offensive, but then again, if you find irreverency offensive, I don't think you'd buy a book that claims to be a lost gospel written by a guy named Biff, would you?

If you like the ongoing "humor" in this type of story, you might like Lullaby by Palahnuik (or not 'cause Lullaby is more a humorous satire than the "gag humor style" of this one).

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Kim
  • Plano, TX, USA
  • 06-05-07

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!

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  • Kenton
  • Highland Park, IL, United States
  • 08-01-12

God, why wasn't this one cannonized?

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A christian friend asked me – "It's not blasphemy, or anything, is it?" Honestly had to think about it for a sec. <br/><br/>So fun. So irreverent. And yet, so poignantly in worship of all that is right in the Jesus story. Probably a lot closer to the truth than we will ever know.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great Irreverent Inside Joke!

Reverent? No. More like one big inside joke. When taken with a grain of salt, this book is a great way to imagine what could have possibly happened in those years since Jesus' birth and when he begin gathering his disciples. Also, this book brings a good deal of humanity to the character Joshua, the Messiah of the novel, and explains in a funny way the inspiration behind Joshua's teachings and parables.

I chose this novel because I had listened to another book by Christopher Moore and was impressed with sense of humor and excitement that I found in his books. Also, both books were narrated by Fisher Stevens who I feel did a great job bringing the characters in the books to life.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has a sense of humor and a knowledge of the Bible.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful