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.
The translation of the bible used is very good, and the narrators are excellent, but I found the sound effects used in this audiobook rather distracting. However, it has been very well produced, and as I mentioned the cast is fantastic, but the additional effects are (IMHO) a touch over the top. Just have a listen to the extended sample before deciding whether to buy or not.
By far the best dramatized audio bible released in recent years. Unfortunately the sound quality on audible pales in comparison to the actual disks.
One thing I was really dissapointed in was the Psalms. The presentation of the Psalms in this recording is far too dark and serrious, making even psalms of praise and joy leave the listener with a disturbing impression. I'm not sure if it's available on audible, but the Faith Comes by Hearing dramatized NIV presentation of the psalms is much better, providing a full range of emotions rather than the somewhat self righteous and vindictive undertones prevalent throughout this presentation. Outside of the Psalms, I loved almost everything else.
This is an incredible deal, one credit for a few thousand pages worth of inspiration. The background music does get old after 90 hours but I do think it enhances the experience overall. Some would complain about the translation NKJV vs KJV vs NIV VS NLT etc. but just face it, no translation is perfect, even the originals aren't perfect, there are minor differences among the thousands of Greek and Hebrew manuscripts we translate from. The NKJV keeps the grace of the KJV while making the language more accessible to the modern listener, thus it was a good choice for this recording.
Yes - it's wonderful to just sit and listen to the performances and enjoy the enhancements that come with them. For me it makes the text come alive. I have memory problems and so it also makes it easier to concentrate on the text and make my way through it.
I'd compare it to the NKJV Audio Bible. It's good for study, and this one is great for just enjoying.
Stacey Keach as Paul - and I think he also did Job.
The Bible in entirety, but coming alive with great performances!
It's helpful to have the section divisions in the blurb about the recording, but I have to say that navigating through them is very difficult. The chapter divisions are fine, but in some books, the chapters aren't announced so I had a really hard time figuring out where I was going, unless I had a Bible right in front of me so I could search out where it was. I really wish that could be
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.
I love the dramatized Bible. It's almost like being at a play. At least this version used respectable artists....
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I absolutely love this audio bible! I've read the bible through a few times but listening to this audio book makes the bible more alive to me. Its sad to admit but sometimes when I read my bible I feel sleepy but when I listen to this audiobook keeps me interested. The narrators and background sounds are wonderful. I put this on my ipod and start cleaning my house or do my yard work and I feel closer to God. This is definitely worth a credit to me!
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).
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.
First of all, New King James is a great version of Bible. (Probably the Best) As you probably all know, it's the most similar to original vesion than any other English version. Second of all, the narration, the sound effects are just splendid, flawless. It has the WHOLE Bible in it. You can carry the whole Bible in your ipod.