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The Second Coming

Narrated by: Nick Landrum
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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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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  • P
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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!

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  • Nicholas Pringle
  • 03-20-19

Niven Never Disappoints

The only previous books I've read/listened to from John Niven have been the Steven Stelfox stories, I'll admit to picking this one up purely because it had Stelfox in it and I'm glad I did. Breezier than Kill Your Friends or Kill 'Em All it still has Niven's trademark biting social commentary, laugh out loud comedy and moments of real emotional weight! This book had me laughing (one once crying) on my bus to work every morning for this past week! Highly recommended!

My only slight quibble is the narration, the narrator has a strong voice and it carries the dramatic prose and the comedy very well but sometimes the distinctions between voices aren't quite as distinct as I'd like, and I'm so used to Tom Riley (or something like that) as Stelfox it was hard to adjust to his dialogue, but that's not really the narrator's fault!

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  • Brian
  • 01-28-19

best yet

funny and well written. loved this book and enjoyed the poking fun of religion .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-26-19

Brilliant!

John Niven is just the best author, loved this book didn't want it to end.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-22-19

Hand's down one of the best books I've read.

Absolutely hilarious in parts. This book is a great read. John is a true wordsmith. Get this book.