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If Sunday school was half as entertaining as this then they would be queuing out of the doors. When taken with a pinch of salt and and a sense of humour these bible accounts are educational as well as entertaining.
Humor is hard. Ask any comedian. Most would rather die than bomb, and they work harder than a politician caught in a scandal. That is why I was surprised to see Steve Vernon, and author I really respect as a writer of horror themed books for the most part (OK, Kelpie Dreams and its kin don't apply here) doing comedy. Ok, I'll even separate Kelpie Dreams, as that had massive elements of the fantastic to pull in laughs. This is just straight up modern life seen through the eye lens of that uncle your family gets ambarrassed about.
In many ways, this story made me think of the way Jean Shepherd (A Christmas Story fame) tells stories. The funny just kind of blurts out naturally. Like Uncle Bob talking about God smoking a cigarette. I also have to agree with Vernon, everyone needs an Uncle Bob.
My family is catholic, my wife fairly devout, too. Kind of one of those "Don't tell me you only go to mass on Wednesdays and Sundays!" kind of catholics. We all listened to this together in the car, and everyone snickered, chuckled, laughed, and guffawed at some point. Repeatedly. So is the book funny you ask? Well it sure brought some big smiles to our faces as we listened.
Oh, and speaking of listening, remember me talking about Shepherd? Well, he narrated a Christmas Story, too. I think Allen kind of channeled his spirit, because he has that same quality, a rare gift in that he can tell you something straighfaced and straightlaced, but add that spin then lets you know he's aware of the joke. Enough that you laugh along with him. This was all too short, and I hope to hear more from Uncle Bob in the future. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.
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Uncle Bob's Bible Camp is a hilarious retelling of the first book of the Bible. It's told from the perspective of Uncle Bob, as he tells the story to a kid. He's a bit of a hick, and makes most of the characters in the story to be a bit of hicks. He throws in some opinion on why he thinks things happened or what God was thinking, much of the ideas being silly. But mostly, its just a whole lot of fun.
It tells the complete story - not just the well known parts - which makes it a great, fun, entertaining way to learn the story of Genesis.
But in it's retelling it carries a strange mix of revent and irreverent. It seems to respect the story in some ways, saying how it is an important story to know, but also doesn't shy away from (and even shines a light on) some of the more strange bits of the book.
As a believer, but one with a sense of humour about religion, I really enjoyed the book.
If you enjoyed this, check out 'God is Disappointed in You'. If you enjoyed that book, you will enjoy this - it is similar, just more in depth as it only covers one book, not all 66.
Scott Allen does wonderful narration. He really get's the humour and the timing of the jokes in his reading. He performs characters through. He is clear and well paced and the recording quality is good. All round a really enjoyable performance that brought the book to life.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.