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Summary

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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  • 08-01-16

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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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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A great read. Loved every minute.

Moral of the story......... "Be nice"!
Must read everything by John Niven now. I recommend "the amateur" if you like golf!

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my new testament

does anyone know where I can buy a be nice t shirt? If you like Bill Hicks religious rants, you'll like this!

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A weekend read/ listen

An excellent story with an engaging narrator. Funny,thought provoking & heartbreaking. Well worth a listen.

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Brilliant ! Loved this book

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 !

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Good idea but could have been developed further

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.

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Laughed my head off

Very funny, deeply sarcastic but lots of love. Lol be nice, very simple message. But don't take the p*ss.

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Awesome!

Loved loved loved this! Funny sad, cool, everything. I love john Niven very very much

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Entertaining & Thought Provoking

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 " :)