I disagree with some of the other reviewers. I think they have missed the point. This is an excellent translation that would be a great part of any bible study series. King James, on the other hand, is excellent poetry. I have gotten much more spiritual enlightenment from this document than I ever could from a more formal version. I find it hard to believe that Jesus or Paul actually spoke as formally as King James, but I find it quite plausible for them to speak in the manner found in The Message. Anyone could benefit from this book. Lighten up guys.
I love the flowing idiom of this paraphrase of the Bible. The unique achievement of every day tone and a steady translation from Greek to English communicates successfully. A fresh breath!
This version of the Bible is easy to listen to. Peterson's use of modern language and the narrators style bring new light onto passages I have heard since childhood. I hope that Audible will have the Old Testament Message soon!
I like Eugene Peterson's books, and I like 'The Message', but it's boring to listen to. The narrator just doesn't know how to hold a listener's attention. Try 'The Listener's NIV Bible' or, even better, Wangerin's 'The Book of God'.
I like the way the Message flows, and challenges you to look at Scripture & its stories with a fresh ear. However, superficially, I found the narrator's inflections not so fresh, but redundant, making it monotonous after the first 45 minutes or so. I'd hate for this to hinder someone from hearing The Message and its life-changing truths, and its introduction to the man, yet God named Jesus, but I'm hoping to find the Bible on audible that makes me want to come back to it with more enthusiasm. Hearing scripture in general is a GREAT way to learn, remember, and incorporate it into daily life.
Come on with this guy! Was he whispering, hoarse, or in terrible need of a glass of water? I tried slowing it down, speeding it up, listening through headphones underwater, broadcasting it through a bull horn. Nothing made this guys voice work for me! Mr.Intensity made it hard to get to the meat of a great version of the New Testament.
I spent many hours listening to this VERY LOOSE PARAPHRASE of the Bible. I tried to like it, but the more I listened the more it bothered me. It is so full of 21st century American idioms that it is distracting. I find myself listening for the next with-it cool idiom, instead of hearing the message.
Although it is very easy to understand it often isn't even close to what the original text said,. and sometimes (surprisingly) harder to understand than the original for example John 1:1 reads "The Word was first, the Word present to God, God present to the Word. The Word was God, in readiness for God from day one." The New Living Translation reads, "In the beginning the Word already existed. He was with God, and he was God. He was in the beginning with God."
Many readers are not aware that the Bible warns 3 different times that we are not to add to it or take away from it. This Bible does both on a regular basis. One odd example is in 2 Timothy 4:6 it has Paul saying to Timothy, "You take over. I'm about to die, my life an offering on God's altar" (2 Tim. 4:6). YOU TAKE OVER????? Where'd he get that? It's nowhere in the text. The NLT says, "As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God."
If you are concerned with something easy to understand (and could care less what the text really says), this one's for you. If you want something easy to understand AND ACCURATE try the NIV or the NLT.
This was actually told like a story and each section was summarized so that we were told what was going on in that time. I loved it
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The story and performance are great, but navigating this book was very difficult! The chapter heading music was much too long, and there was no way to view what chapter you are in (eg., Mark, Chapter 1). Thus, I bought it, but rarely listen.