This is a wonderful way to experience the Bible. No matter how many times you've read it, hearing it in this way brings it to life in a whole new way. You'll find God speaking to you in new ways, and pointing out things you may not have noticed before. The full cast narration, music and sound effects are top-notch. It is handled with respect and dignity, and you can tell a lot of thought and preparation was put into it.
I would recommend this as a daily devotional, with the sections broken down into easily digestible chapters. Just sit back, relax and listen, and let God's Word speak to you. As others have mentioned, you can't really look up a verse, so it isn't really for study or anything like that. But for a long time the only way people had to hear the Word of God was audibly, and in that light I would highly recommend it to anyone. Grab this great deal, 97 hours for only one credit!
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.
This is my go-to version for relaxed listening to the Bible. I keep six or seven favorite sections on my iPod and listen to them while driving, travelling, walking, knitting, relaxing before bedtime, etc. This version is wonderfullly, sensitively, creatively narrated, and its pleasant sound effects enhance the experience, never detract. The background music is a soothing delight.
It's true that this Bible being divided into 17 long sections does not allow for easy access to specific books or chapters, if that's what you want for study or directed reading. But I have other versions to use for that (an old free one from iTunes) With this version, I just choose a section, let it pick up wherever I left off, and enjoy the lovely presentation of God's word.
I'm glad that the translation chosen was New King James--the translation is very important to me, and I wouldn't have bought just any one. When I read that this version was "dramatized," I was worried that it would be too dramatized for my taste, but it hasn't been at all. I have not listened to the whole thing yet--only Psalms, Proverbs, and the New Testament so far.
Only one criticism, and that is regarding, in a few places, the interpretation of Jim Caviezel as Jesus. It is very good and appropriate to represent Jesus as feeling emotion, even strong emotion. But sometimes I hear despair in his voice--and that I object to. Jesus was never in despair--He knew everything was working out exactly as it should at all times. But other than that, I appreciate how human this actor makes him sound, because of course it's of such importance that he was human.
Based on what I have heard of this audiobook so far, I gladly recommend it.
Most of these books were excellent, but the ones Richard Dreyfuss voice was in sucked!
It was almost as if he were trying to sabotage this recording. Maybe it is just me - but I unfortunately have to skip when he starts reading because his voice is so annoying!
This narration was possibly the best I have heard yet. With the exception of RD
I have been trying to ready straight through the Bible for years and every time I get hung up somewhere between Exodus and Duteronomy...Well not this time! I love the voice acting it really brings the people to life... I began to recognize voices ..hey was that Jason Alexander as Joseph...sure was and he did a great job.
Well its the greatest ever told ..enough said
I really loved the multiple voices..often when reading you can forget who it is that is speaking, but with the unique actors and voices for each character it makes it easy to follow.
I am supprised by how much I am enjoying listening to it. I had expected it to be a better reading than most but I didnt realize that I would choose to listen to it while I was eating dinner rather than watching TV
I listen to this on my way to and from work mostly, 15-20 min each way... in the harder chapters (brought a silver bowl worth 20 schekles according to the scheckel of the sanctuary filled with....) I was able to power through and found a couple gems because of it, the story of Kora and of Nadab and Abahu stories I usually miss because of the content around them. I highly recomend this audiobook.
I love listening to books from Audible and reading them from Amazon as well. I also love listening to music. I am presently reading" Buying the Farm" my only regret with this book is that I didn't get the the Audible Edition as well.
The voices and true to life enactments
Jesus being beaten and then being nailed to the cross!
Yes, and I will want to listen to it again and again.
Every character was well acted and very well portrayed in their homeland`s nationality. Every book of the Bible was so well performed I felt that I was there among the people in the Biblical times. It was truly a very spiritually moving experience. I loved every second of it!
Different, Engaging, Interesting
Other audio presentations of the Bible in Audible. Having a dramatic presentation of the text adds to the story, rather than having just one narrator.
I didn't really have a favorite
at over 70 hours I did not want to listen to it all in one sitting. However, I do enjoy listening to the dramatic presentation of the scriptures, both those that are familiar as well as the rest.
This is another way I enjoy the Bible
This rendition is blessed of God any way you look at it. I'm a very experienced listener for audio books. This version is the best ever. You feel like you are right smack in the middle of the Bible stories -- alive!
Clarity of rendition MD sound effects. And that it is blessed of God.
It's alive with a whole host of voices.
Simply put -- it's ALIVE!
Yes, on each section of this very large audio book of the Bible, you really need to simple list all the Bible books on the front page of each section so that we can easily tell what portion we want to go to or that we're in. This is VERY IMPORTANT and is missing without hunting for it.
I agree with others that the formatting is very awkward in this rendition. The reading performances are mostly very good, and there are minimal distracting background sounds and music. (If you just want a pure Bible reading with no "dramatic" presentation, this is not the book for you. Still, this version does a nice job of not overly dramatizing.) The big critique of this version is that the formatting makes it virtually impossible to make content selection. It downloads in 17 parts, and you have no idea how the 66 books of the Bible are distributed among these parts. I had to bump around through several parts to try to find where the Old Testament ends and the New Testament begins. Within each part, the "chapters" breakdown into the actual chapters of each book of the Bible, hence countless chapters per part. If you click on a particular chapter, you have no idea what book you are in (unless you happen to luck upon the start of a new book, which is announced at the beginning of the chapter). Having read (and listened to) the Bible several times, I can more or less figure out what book I'm in, but anyone who hasn't spent a LOT of time in the Bible would be completely lost unless listening "cover to cover." Finally, there is awkward and excessive silence between each of the many chapters, making the flow quite disjointed. These are all unfortunate oversights and/or flaws, since this book would be pretty amazing were it more user-friendly (hence my overall rating of 4 despite these serious formatting problems).
Still, it is the Bible, and for those like me who enjoy it in almost any form, it is worth the download, since it is a somewhat more "entertaining" presentation.
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I was expecting a Bible in the form of a"Bible"..I thought quite reasonably the audible book would have named books.There is only numbers...Its all guess work.I am disappointed to say the least..