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The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged) | [Reduced Shakespeare Company]

The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged)

As they tell it themselves, "We wrote The Bible (Abridged) when the good folks at Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center requested a follow-up to our eight week sold-out run of Shakespeare and America."
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The Reduced Shakespeare Company is an uproarious acting troupe that performs abridged versions of mammoth subject matter, like the complete works of Shakespeare, and the history of America, and now The Bible: The Complete Word of God.

Seemingly nothing is too reverent in the Good Book for these super-talented and very funny actors to prod and poke. Get ready for some sinfully good fun.

The Bible ran at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., for four smash hit months in 1995.

Publisher's Summary

The Reduced Shakespeare Company is a unique experience. Their fast, funny, and slightly off-kilter approach to such traditional subjects as world history, William Shakespeare, and the world's greatest literature have won them international acclaim and sold out performances at such prestigious venues as The White House, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and Montreal's famed "Just for Laughs Festival", just to name a few. With The Bible they have taken their irreverence to a new, "higher" level.

As they tell it themselves, "We wrote The Bible (Abridged) when the good folks at Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center requested a follow-up to our eight-week sold-out run of Shakespeare and America."

After workshops as far off-Broadway as possible (Alaska) the show premiered at the Kennedy Center in 1995. It ran for 12 sold-out weeks and received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding New Play.

The Bible (Abridged) was recorded over three hectic days in London.

Don't miss more gems from the Reduced Shakespeare Comany.

© and (P)2003 Reduced Shakespeare Company and Uproar Entertainment as exclusive licensee

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    Doug Tacoma, WA, USA 01-15-04
    Doug Tacoma, WA, USA 01-15-04
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    "I was laughing out loud in the car."

    For the most part I really enjoyed The complete Works of God abridged. There were a few 'Mad Magazine humor' moments, but as a whole, the Complete Works was genuinly smart and funny. They say it best in the show. "This audio work is rated PG-13...Pretty Good if you're 13." I'm 28 and I loved it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rafael Brooklyn, NY, USA 06-20-03
    Rafael Brooklyn, NY, USA 06-20-03
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    "More than I expected"

    The only thing missing in this book is the visual effects. Definitely listen to the sample and you'll see why this is one of the funniest and most well thought comedy skits that I have ever heard. Along with comic poetry and song, the interaction and timing of the actors is priceless. No doubt that the authors and narrators practiced long and hard to make this book one of the best I've ever heard. I can't wait until my brother comes over and hears it. Five thumbs up!

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Lake Worth, FL, United States 07-01-03
    Scott Lake Worth, FL, United States 07-01-03 Member Since 2001
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    "Yuck!"

    I could not bear listening after a short time. The humor was very childish and plain unfunny. I think the previous reviewer must work for the authors but, then again, humor is very subjective. Still, I found the range of talent and humor to run all the way frrom A to B. Sorry but I would not buy it. I wish I could sell it back.

    11 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Jack Winter Springs, FL, United States 01-03-12
    Jack Winter Springs, FL, United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Humorous look at a world famous set of fables"
    Where does The Bible rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was more of an EP than a book but it was a fun way to fill a workout session or two.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Reduced Shakespeare Company? Why or why not?

    The Reduced Shakespeare Company are a fun group to listen to. If they can bring life to such a dry subject as The Bible, then I imagine they can make most anything engaging.


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    "A Waste of Talent"

    I've been a huge fan of the Reduced Shakespeare Company for years and I was full of hope and expectation when I purchased this audiobook. While I'm not religious at all, I found most of the humor to be offensive. I felt myself cringing a lot more than I laughed. The cast of this audiobook are natural performers, and I enjoyed hearing their voices a lot more than I enjoyed hearing what they were saying. To each their own I guess, but I wouldn't listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sean Honolulu, HI, USA 02-07-08
    Sean Honolulu, HI, USA 02-07-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Great book"

    Catchy songs with funny cometary on religion, this book is a must get for anyone who likes a good laugh.

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    Laura Cincinnati, OH, USA 04-23-07
    Laura Cincinnati, OH, USA 04-23-07
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    "Tedious"

    I've enjoyed other productions of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, but I found this one labored rather than funny.

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    Fiona BangkokThailand 12-30-05
    Fiona BangkokThailand 12-30-05 Member Since 2001
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    "Not brilliant"

    I loved the reduced Shakespere stage show but this one is just silly. May have been good on stage but does not translate well to Audio...?

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    Sharon AlnarpSweden 07-19-05
    Sharon AlnarpSweden 07-19-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Very witty!!"

    I giggled all the way through! I've listened to this performance over and over again, and every time I hear something I missed the last time. Great listening to lift your spirits!

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    Leah Seattle, WA, USA 05-16-05
    Leah Seattle, WA, USA 05-16-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Funny but quite short"

    Reminds me of Firesign theatre

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