What a shame to almost destroy a wonderful reading by a noted actor's voice by the insipid background music. I feel cheated. Could only get through about ten minutes of the reading before I had to give up. It's just too much. You can't hearing the reading because of the horrid music. This one deserves my money back.
What a waste of a great voice and a great story. The music is to loud and one can not focus on the intended material. At times it almost seems as though James Earl Jones is competing with the music to be heard.
I looked forward to hearing this great voice reading the bible, but the sound quality is awful...it sounds as if he's talking to me on the phone, and the music is too much.
Okay, I took other listeners' advice and heard the sample first. The sample was great: the James Earl Jones is a great reader. The KJV is a perfect text to hear. However, the background music is horrible. If there was a way to turn it off, it would be a "five star" recording. It is not so loud that it obscures Jones' voice, but it just obnoxious enough to obscure the words he is reading. I try to ignore it. If you want bed-time listening, you can turn the whole thing down low, and then it is a nice white noise of piano and soothing murmurs. Otherwise, the music is just an annoyance.
I have listened to the reading by James Earl Jones on a palm T3 and have found it to be a great way to listen to the scriptures. The music sometimes is a little loud, but he comes through loud and clear. I am an over the road driver so the noise is louder than most and I can hear clearly, and I highly recommend the download. Next time I will get it at the 3 level and not the 2, because I think the FM would be better.
I can tell from the sample that the music would drive me nuts. I am hard of hearing and it is like trying to listen to two sound tracks at once. Get them to redub the book and leave out the piano and I will buy.
My acquaintance with the Bible has beeen Sunday School and Church as an adult. The person giving the sermon read and also interpreted. After decades, I realized we kept hearing the same parts of the Bible and perhaps it was time to read the book. For me, reading the Bible was boring. Decided to try listening and this changed everything. James Earl Jones' voice makes the passages clear. Not far into listening I realized I had never heard some of these things before. Every day, for about an hour while doing miscellaneous chores, I listen. Really enjoying the story and the deep voice coming through my earbuds.
I know that many of the reviewers of this version of audio Bible thought that the background music was not fitting or even a bit distracting to the listeners, but I think that it is just a matter of listening and getting used to this format. I do believe that the 'sample' piece could have been chosen from a better exerpt of the book, but I didn't let that sway me from going ahead and purchasing it. Once I listened for a little while, I found that the music plus the wonderful and eloquent sound of JEJ's voice was very soothing and for me, a severe insomniac, that was a delightful experience!
However, that being said, I did find that sometimes the volume or maybe it was just JEJ's way of pronouncing some names and words often made it hard to understand what he was reading and that is the only reason why I didn't give his version of the New Testament reading five stars!
Mr. Jones is one of my favorite actors and the sound of his voice in whatever character he portrayed is always such a joy to listening to. He could have put a little more emphysis in some places, but that is just my opinion and the way I read and not necessarily how others would read some passages, so I am not going to put that into the rating.
All in all,this particular audio version of the KJV Bible gave me the feeling of sitting under a tree in the cool of the evening with the wind gently blowing and hearing sweet music come down from the heavens as this strong, yet soft, gentle, deep voice tells you the story of Jesus, His love, and the life yet to come....and peaceful sleep comes a little easier - at least for me!
I will be very honest and say that I am looking into a more dramatized version of the entire Bible at Audible.com for use during the day when I need to try and visualize more of what I am hearing while I go about my daily routine; but for relaxing and drifting off to sleep - I'll stick with this version.
When you listen to Mr Jones read his voice is almost musical. The music playing in the background only completements the whole experence. I will be looking for more of his work. I will and have recommend this book to others.
I almost did not get this do to the reviews saying the music is bad. I gald I did not listen to them. This is a wonderful audiobook. I am very happy with it and enjoy listening to it.