It is great to hear the Bible read by several voices (although I can't help but think about Pulp Fiction every time Samuel Jackson speaks). By having several voices read it, I don't attach a particular voice to God, I just hear the words. The overall production is good, though a bit heavy on the synthesized muzak.
The main problem is the extremely long title (for example "Inspired By...The Bible Experience: Old Testament (Unabridged) Part 12"): The NT is broken down into 3 parts and the OT into 19 with "part n" at the very end and it is not possible to shorten or otherwise change titles in Audible Player. That makes it difficult to find the part you want on your mp3 player- first you need to know which part has which books of the Bible and then you need to count or wait for the entire title to scroll across the little screen before you know which part it is.
I got this because I wanted to HEAR the spoken word of God. Now there were some solid narrators enlisted that knew the subject matter, developed an affinity for the material and delivered it to their audience. They were articulate and talented enough to pull it off whether they were believers or not. (Blair Underwood, Phillip Morris, LeVar Burton and T. D. Jakes were absolutely brilliant.) Others in main roles were miscast and their lack of diction or modulating articulation made listening to them a real challenge (Kirk Franklin and Donnie McClurkin were the worst offenders. Love them as musicians, but they made poor narrators. Samuel L. Jackson joined them from time to time.). Overall the gospels were read quite well. When it came to the reading of the epistles, the production hit many bumps. Interrupting the flow of the narrations were songs, which were great in their own right, but in this arena, were a major distraction. I wanted to hear the word. Incidental music is fine, but wailing gospel solos or foot stomping choir renditions came out of nowhere and stayed a long time before I could continue hearing what I came to hear. It frequently broke the flow of the narrator???many times. This wasn't supposed to be a musical, but a heartfelt reading of the New Testament ... and it was for a while. If they stuck with just that idea alone (and replaced K. Franklin) this really would have been a five star production. It???s still worth a listen, but with this caveat in mind.
This Bible Experience is definitely well put together. I have purchased several versions of audio Bibles; this is by far the most lively. If you are a Bible reader or listener this is a great addition to your library.
This was a good audio bible. The dramatizations were a bit odd at times but all in all it was good for my purposes - to listen to the entire bible (new then old). The gospels were great, I have to say Romans was incredible. Then in the letters to the Corinthians, there started to be musical interludes - long ones. I don't particularly care for the style presented, so I try to skip past it but that took me 10-20 minutes past the music ending. So I started fast forwarding through - just like in the old cassette tape days. I made it halfway through Galatians before giving up. The music became more frequent and it was just too frustrating to keep fast forwarding through. If the musical sections were there own tracks (like I am told that they are on the CDs), then it would not be a show-stopper for me.
So if you like gospel music and don't mind it scattered throughout the reading of the bible, then by all means - I recommend this to you. I, however, am shopping for an alternative.
Generally speaking, this is a good Bible reading; the voice characterisations are accurate and help elucidate the text. However, in the last part, things start getting really odd. Readers change mid-book, with one voice overlapping another, and for some reason, from 2 Corinthians onward, the books are broken up by songs, which generally don't come from the text and don't add anything to it - except sheer annoyance.
It is a good but the sound itself is not the way i like it. The speakers voices are muffled in some places. I believe it well beyond the worth of 7 but i wouldn't buy it for the 34 dollars sounding the way it sounds.
It's like your in the movies without a pictures. The actors done okay
While I thoroughly love the idea and the voices used, I found some of the sound clips to be distracting from the actual text itself, especially in the NT epistles. I also found it a tad annoying that in the middle of Galatians a music vocal interlude was inserted. Yes, it was appropriate to the text, but I want the text only. I have not listened to the OT at all so not sure how I feel about that.
With the numerous sound effects, added songs and over-acting by numerous readers, this version of the New Testament tends subdue the substance with an emphasis on theatrics.
Frequently, one must strain to understand the words due to crowd noises, background birds and other "enhancements". Blair Underwood's Jesus comes across as very condescending and the reader for Paul tends to sound so full of himself that one is distracted by the arrogance of his tone and finds it hard to listen to his message.
While it is enjoyable to have a reading of the bible that brings more of the reality of the era into perspective, this version seems to try just a bit too hard.
I had hoped to find an audio version of the Bible that I could listen to on my walks. Instead I received a mish-mash of all the gospels shouted at me like a bad movie version of a "fire and brimstone" preacher. I would have preferred hearing all these wonderful actors reading the Bible as if they were the characters in it. I listened to about 15 min of the Part 1 and have never even downloaded Part 3. Try again, please. This is awful.