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.
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.
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.
1 CREDIT , I'M SORRY FOR YELLING BUT ,, 1 CREDIT ,,, WOW , WOW , WOW , ITS A PORTAL TO THE REALM ALL DESIRE DEEP IN THEIR HEART , LOVE , GOD IS LOVE , AND HIS WORD COMES FROM THAT . thanks audible.com , The special effects take you right into the book , But It's up to your heart to let the book take you to the author.
Very frustrating...... I can't locate my place again and not sure how to resolve this problem.
LOVE the narrators, they bring me into the story.
Help!!!! I wan't to start where I left off.
Biggest complaint: Jesus. Understand that being the narrator for Jesus is a tall order for anyone, that said, I found the performance to be forced, slightly whiny, and unappealing.
Biggest compliment: The voice of Job was outstanding.
There is absolutely no way to pick up where one left off in iTunes or on my iPod. If I stop to go home from work, or if I turn it off to go to sleep, I have to start all over from the beginning, or write the timestamp down and hope I keep the paper somewhere where I can get to it in the next place and time I wish to listen again.
If I have all the time in the world to listen to it in its entirety. There's not markers or bookmarks.
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!
A lover of audiobooks of all kinds, since childhood, when long car journeys were accompanied by Discworld stories. @ReineDesLivres (Twitter)
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.