When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.
Despite using the NKJV of the Bible, this is probably the best audio version of the Bible on the market. It's not only a full cast of voices bringing the characters and people in the Bible to life, the sound effects are not so irritating as with other audio Bibles.
It is a long listen, however! If you're not a devoted Christian, maybe it would be better to download buy the specific individual books of the Bible.
I can heartily recommend this excellent production to anyone who is prepared to make the time to listen to it.
I listen to this on my way to work every day, and I just completed it a couple of weeks ago. The advertisement on the cover really says it all, "Hear the Bible come alive in dramatic audio theater."
Mind you, I have, in the past, listened to numerous audio Bibles that left me annoyed due to the overwhelming music in the background. At times, it was almost as if whoever came up with the score for those audio Bibles wanted to make the listening experience as annoying as possible with awful music that did nothing but distract from the Word. This is not true for the Word of Promise. There is music in the background, but it is very calming, and I never found it distracting.
What really sets this audio Bible apart from the others is the exceptional quality of the background sounds - not just the music, but the sounds. When people are walking, you hear the footsteps. When they are crying, you hear the sobs. When the tabernacle is being constructed, you hear the construction. When Paul is writing, you hear his pen on the paper. When someone is killed, it is almost too realistic. This is all beautifully edited and mastered to very high quality standards until you feel that you are there, in the Bible, with the characters.
As to the all-star cast, you can almost see Moses crying as he delivers his final sermon knowing that he will never be able to enter the promised land. Richard Dryfuss delivers the voice of Moses with such an exceptional perfomance that you will be crying when you get to that point. Everyone in the cast did an exceptional job at delivering the content with conviction and gravitas.
The only thing, in my opinion, that would have made this work better would have been for the version to have been the Old King James rather than the New King James. That said, I really enjoyed listening to the Bible in a way that I never have before because of this audio recording. Bravo! to the entire cast and to everyone who contributed to it. I am already listening to it, again, and I believe that this is going to be an audiobook that I will enjoy listening to for the rest of my life.
This is a great audio rendition of The Bible (NKJV). I have no complaints there.
My one complaint is:
As a student, I am assigned different chapters and different books. Because each chapter covers about 1-4 books, it is so difficult to find a book without pressing every chapter and scanning the description. (I use the Android, iTunes, and iPad versions).
If only each chapter were labeled, sectioned, and titled, I would be a happy rater with five stars. But because of this one fault, I have decided to rate the overall with a mere three stars.
The rest of the book is great and the music is beautiful. It sounds like something out of Stargate (the TV series).
I've always considered dramatized versions of Scripture cheesy and unworthy of The Word despite the good intentions. But this production throws that all out the window.
Genesis 1-4 held me, my wife, and 9 year old son spell bound. My son wanted to go all night.
This is one fantastic production. The sound effects, Michael York's narration, the music...all of it combined make a fantastic impact on the movie in your mind. This is a must have.
I did notice that not every word was narrated, but any time that happened it was pretty irrelevant. It was stuff like "and the Lord said to..."; it wasn't needed because you know God was speaking to Eve. It's a nitpick that really doesn't take away from the production, but is worth noting if your looking to hear every single solitary NKJV word.
Have a listen to the sample. If it peaks your interest and you think you may enjoy listening to it, go with that instinct. You WILL NO be disappointed.
Thomas Nelson, Jim Caviezel and all the actors associated with this work have brought the Bible to life in a new way. The sounds and words become visible. Excellent job!
I'm quite pleased with the quality and eloquence with which this audio Bible is put together. The NKJV, which is probably one of the most accurate and thorough translations, comes to life in this convincing - but not overdone - dramatization. The narrator does an excellent job, as well, with clear pronunciation and a good feel for the text. He may not be quite as strong as he should be, but better that than too dramatic. Over all a very good work, and I highly recommend it.
l'enfer c'est les autres
I think this is the best deal on Audible. I'm not a believer whatsoever, but I always appreciate opening up my world to different viewpoints.
I read a lot of books on atheism (and theology) and they really don't put the whole of the New Testament in proper context when they criticize Christianity because they often look at the pieces that make up the whole instead of the whole being explained by the pieces (before you can understand a sentence you first must understand the words and to understand the words you must first understand the sentence). This audio book gave me a chance to understand the whole because it was so easy to listen to and I got to finish the New Testament in about a week on my daily bike rides (I ride a lot of miles on my bike every week).
Science is indeterminate. A basic statement that is shown to be factually wrong doesn't mean that the whole edifice is incorrect. It just means that within the whole edifice there is a misunderstanding somewhere within the web of belief ('epistemic holism'). For example, within Quantum physics there is no cause and effect, superposition and duality exist (particle is both a wave and particle at the same time). Each of these are against the fundamental laws of logic, but it doesn't mean that all of physics is wrong. It just means there is a misunderstanding somewhere.
I started with the Old Testament but that was sort of a mistake. I found it tedious beyond belief and gave up on this audio book. In the mean time, I read "On the Nature of Things" (written slightly before Jesus) and that made me want to listen to the book of Ecclesiastics (by far my favorite book in the Old Testament) and that made me realize how pleasant this audio book could really be.
The Acts of the Apostles is probably the most important book in the bible for its historicity (at least that's my opinion, and I suspect Wiki would say so too). The story as spoken really flows beautifully. I never really picked up on that as I had previously would just randomly read pieces of the New Testament but never really read it cover to cover as it really needs to be in order to fully understood. I never realized how intelligent The Book of Hebrews was (I would say it's the most intelligently written of the New Testament books, and Wiki seemed to support that too).
My only point is that by listening to this version of the Bible one really gets to understand the Bible as a whole and gets a feeling for why it's such an interesting book. Reading it never gave me that perspective the way listening to this has (when I read I take the feeling out, but listening puts it back in for me).
Paul seemed to have gotten repetitive in his Epistles. He seemed mostly to talk about what he believed not necessarily what he thought was truth as such. He doesn't seem to think women are the equal of men, slavery seems to be okay, a whole lot of people are "deserving of death" (fornicators, drunkards (too bad for me), idolators, and others). A lot of his arguments appeal to the Old Testament truth of Adam and Eve. There is definitely a belief in prophecies (don't go to Jerusalem or you'll be arrested warned a person and they took it seriously), and the Holy Spirit can kill if you lie about holding back money while giving to the Church (or Peter and James).
Everyone who believes has their strong beliefs about the bible. I don't believe therefore I don't have a strong opinion regarding the bible one way or another, but I really enjoyed this version of the Bible because I got a peek into why it means almost nothing to me except for helping me to better understand Western Civilization since it had such a large role in forming our civilization and who we became. Also, I would recommend this audio version for any one including believers as well as non-believers because it flows beautifully together as a whole and allows one to listen fairly fast thus helping understand the book as a whole not in pieces as often happens when one reads the Bible on ones own.
It would be very helpful to label the chapters. 17 parts with up to 90 odd chapters in each. None are labeled so finding a passage is virtually impossible. Similarly starting at a point, or trying to listen to a particular gospel is virtually impossible. It is possible for Nelson Inc. to label and would suggest that this be done.
A wonderful reading; dramatic yet respectful.
Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.
WOW! I finally finished my journey through the Bible. It has been fascinating as I have been able to put many things into perspective. I loved listening to this semi-dramatized, modernized language version of the scriptures. It gave me a new understanding. I am sure I will listen to it over and over again as I work at learning all that is there for me. Except for "Leviticus." It is the worst book EVER. Truthfully, there are some really slooooooooww parts throughout the book! But so much of it is so great, especially the New Testament.
It took me a long time to complete this 98-hour project, as I did not listen to it every day. It was very much worth it, though, and I highly recommend this experience!
I wasn't sure if I would like this semi-dramatized version at first. but I am now a believer. It makes this rather tough old book come alive. All but Leviticus. It would take a miracle for it to come alive!!!!! Still, some of the narrators were not well suited to their rolls. I know they are all famous actors, but some of them just didn't seem to fit right. "God" and the narrator (and many others) were great! Some of them, not so much.
In the Old Testament, there is so much genealogy, recitation of the many, many laws, warfare (out and out brutality) and repetition. I believe it is those aspects that make it so difficult to read. But the good stuff is really good.
I loved listening to the poetic quality of parts of Ezekial, Daniel, and of many of the smaller books. Some of the best scriptures ever written make their appearances near the end of the OT in these "lesser prophets." But the real treasure of the bible is the life of the Savior, Jesus Christ in the NT. I cherish the new perspective I gained on His life. It sounds rather odd, but this recording made Him seem so human. Well, real then. I would have liked to know Him then. All in all, I loved this recording.