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.
. . . . 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?
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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.
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does anyone know where I can buy a be nice t shirt? If you like Bill Hicks religious rants, you'll like this!
An excellent story with an engaging narrator. Funny,thought provoking & heartbreaking. Well worth a listen.
An excellent book with excellent narration. Definitely one of my best Audible purchases.
I bought in as has the anti hero from Kill Your Friends Steven Stellfox in it and was intrigued to see how he'd turned out years later. He was not the main character but I enjoyed how he'd evolved.
It's almost a polar opposite of KYF in that the hero's underlying message is just to "be nice" to each other, whereas KYF it's dog eat dog. And still has the same razor sharp dark humour.
This story made me laugh, cry and think. It has some great perceptions and analyses of western society , the cult of celebrity and prejudice., as seen through the eyes and thoughts of the characters.
Jesus Christ, or JC to his friends, was a great character in this. I visualised him as a bit Curt Kobain ! the supporting characters were great too.
Definitely worth a listen !
I really liked the idea for this book but I felt the plot and characters weren't developed fully and this book could have been so much better.
Very funny, deeply sarcastic but lots of love. Lol be nice, very simple message. But don't take the p*ss.
Loved loved loved this! Funny sad, cool, everything. I love john Niven very very much
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 " :)
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