"The Greatest Story Ever Told" is more than just a cliche.
God has gone to great lengths to rescue lost and hurting people. That is what The Story is all about - the story of the Bible, God's great love affair with humanity. Condensed into 31 accessible chapters, The Story sweeps you into the unfolding progression of Bible characters and events from Genesis to Revelation. Using the clear, accurate, and easy-to-understand text of the NIV, it allows the stories, poems, and teachings of the Bible to read like a novel. And like any good story, The Story is filled with intrigue, drama, conflict, romance, and redemption. Features:
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This book was far more enjoyable than other audio versions of the Bible I have listened to.
The Bible. The Story is basically an abridged version of the Bible. What they have done is combined stories that were told in multiple places in the Bible into one place. They have attempted to put the stories into chronological order by event. Some stories were completely omitted. However, in these instances the Zondervan people seemed to be careful not to change the meaning of the surrounding passages by these omissions.
Yes. God in particular has an easily recognizable voice.
I think this would be a great listen for someone who has never attempted to read the Bible. It is ideal for new christians and non-christians who know very little about what the Bible actually says. It hits all the "high points" giving the listener a good understanding of the Christian faith. It is abridged in a way that will help keep the listener from loosing interest in the early books of law. It is not a good book for someone wanting an in depth study of the Bible. While nothing is taken "out of context" much of what an in depth study would require is left out. If you have constantly tried to read through the Bible, but never make it, this is a great place to start.
The book was an excellent performance of the story, but it was missing critical parts if you are planning to use this for a small group. I hope Audible realizes this and gets a hold of the missing parts from the Author in pdf or epub form.
Missing the following:
Timeline of The Story
Chart of Reference
I bought this book as I haven't yet read the bible cover to cover. I'd heard that The Story was great for getting an overview. It certainly is... but in listening to it I easily pick up parts that are "smoothed over" or omitted completely in order to facilitate The Story(line). It seems I'm a stickler for little details :-)
If you want this purely to get an overview.. in 16 hours - you'll probably enjoy it. I'll plan follow this up with the 90+ hours full (dramatized) Bible version.
BEING ABLE TO CLOSE MY EYES AND LISTEN WITH FULL CONCENTRATION.
I FELT VERY CLOSE TO GOD.
GREATEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN. EVERYONE SHOULD LISTEN TO THIS.
I loved how easy this book was to listen too...learned several things...will listen to it again.
This is your story...
This was fun to listen to. The story of Joseph is esp moving. I Love the book!
I got the audio book to compliment the actual book. We are using it in church and bible study.
Even though I grew up with the bible it makes a nice introduction and easy for
adults and children to follow.
I saw a few comments about The Story leaving out parts of the Bible..absolutely, it is not a translation or even a paraphrase. The purpose of this book was to allow all members of a family to study the same time in Bible history at church and then give them common themes and events to talk about. It does leave out lots of what I consider "important" things, but since we were doing it in "adult" church and my grandsons were doing the kids version we all were studying the same part of God's upper story together. Without taking part in the study that happens along with this book it may be difficult to understand the purpose of this format.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
I got The Story so I could listen to the Bible on the way to and from work. I was able to finish the whole Bible before too long. I liked the flow and continuity. Having said that, it does not take the place of being in God's word daily. For that, I prefer the One Year Bible and reading it on my Kindle.
I'm having a hard time listening to this book. The music is distracting. There is way too much background noise going on. I think reading the book would be better for me.
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