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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.

©2015 John Niven (P)2015 Random House AudioBooks

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  • 01-08-16

Very funny

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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  • Lesley
  • 08-25-16

Simple idea ......

. . . . 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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  • Mark
  • 05-09-20

Irreverent Satire: 'Be Nice'

I really like John Niven and the filthier and funnier he is the better. Here, it's not so much religion that is being satirised (although it does come in for quite a lot of stick), it is humanity, or our lack of it, as we fight amongst ourselves and pursue ridiculously unnecessary goals - fame, wealth, religious righteousness etc. Basically God has been away fishing for a celestial week and in the earthly equivalent of that time, 400 years, we've really screwed things up so God interrupts JC jamming with Hendrix in Heaven and sends him back to earth to sort things out by winning American Pop Idol and saving humanity. Well that's the plan... God and JC come out of this really well, less so religion. The book moves along at a brisk pace and is populated by some great characters and I was delighted to see Niven anti - hero Steven Stelfox make a cameo appearance as a Simon Cowell like figure. If you like John Niven or just like funny satires on the modern condition then this is a book for you.

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  • Joe White
  • 03-13-18

Like the Bible, but newer.

Some great stories about Jesus and friends. He's back and up to his old tricks again. Great fun. However, I found the gratuitous sex scenes a bit much.

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  • david mercer
  • 11-20-20

Great novel. Really funny and engaging

John Nivens best book in my opinion. A tip of the hat to Bill Hicks

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  • E. Osterberg
  • 07-09-20

A great listen and food for thought fir all. but a Scottish Whisky opportunity missed.

Another great Stelfox story but I wondered if when talking about God drinking a 1989 Scottish malt a reference to the angels share would have worked well, now we know who drinks the 10 percent!!

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  • miss l.
  • 11-04-19

Brilliant

My 4th Niven book.. wasn’t keen but gave it a go and boy I’m glad a did.. his usual dark shocking humour that u just can’t help but giggle at. Loved it

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-01-19

A modern take on the Son of God

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Great narration. Excellent take on what JC's life would be like if he was to live in our generation.

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  • ATK
  • 05-23-19

Excellent book..

Excellent book... can't recommend it enough.. Narration good (apart from St. Andrew terrible Scottish accent...but he's a minor character so it's forgiveable). I've read all but one John Niven books now.. This is my favourite. Brilliant !!!

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  • Ade
  • 05-08-19

Life of Brian meets the Wire with Irvine Welsh on drums!

What an amazing book. Satire of life of Brian, observational commentary of the wire with a surreal twist worthy of Marabou Stalk by Irvine Welsh! Couldn’t put this down. Loved kill your friends and The Amateurs but this one takes the biscuit!