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M. hooper

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glitches in recording

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-19

there are some glitches in this recording and it does have a tendency to get "sing song" I tried to like it.

Thought it would be better

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-20-18

Ho hum. Not as good as I anticipated from such a good author. Tends to meander quite a bit.

Good Bible Info, poor delivery

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-18

The author/ narrator is obviously quite knowledgeable about the Bible, but his delivery is difficient. He meanders quite a bit off subject, often sort of mumbles which makes it hard to understand at times and also, at times, he speeds up his delivery, blurring his words and making it again hard to understand. With some work on delivery this could be very good. Thanks

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Not What It Appears To Be

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-18-18

This audiobook pretends it is a historical investigation of the 12 apostles and what happened to them after the resurrection. However, as the author admits at the opening(which I wish had been in sample), he has lost his faith and is not a believer. So he appears to be writing this book on his investigation of the actual available history of where the apostles went and what they did. Instead Mr. Bissell tries to debunk every bit of what historical evidence there is and point out inconsistancies in the Biblical texts. What comes off is a strong criticism of the Bible, the apostles and the people then and now involved. He does try to throw in some insights but his viewpoint is very biased and often pointed. So please, Bible study fans, avoid this one.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Good Overview of Early Church History

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-18

This is a very good history of the early Christian church which is difficult to obtain otherwise. There are some minor flaws in content which are clearly laid out since it was an early written history by an author that didn't use modern modes of history writing but the vast majority of it is balanced and fair and gives interesting details of early Christian saints and martyrs(of which some grisly details are also exposed.) The narration is excellent, clear, with good diction and just enough inflection to convey the import of some stories. This is well worth listening to.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Book great, narrator grating

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-18

Some of the best narrators on the audible website are British. When well done, they have perfect diction along with a smooth tone of voice. Unfortunately not so with Surprised by Hope. When a British broadcaster also has a sing-song vocal rhythm and a nasal voice the effect can be grating after a while. Unfortunately this seems to be what James Langdon has though he does often try to change the inflections and emphasis at times the sing song pattern does often come back with the nasal intonation.(There are some famous singers like that too.) So after a while the narration almost becomes a distraction or even irritating for this book(Surprised by Hope) which is an excellent book with some very good points. I don't know who chose this narrator(maybe because he is British and NT Wright is) but they need to be more selective in choosing a narrator.

Creasy well worth the effort!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-16

What made the experience of listening to One Year Bible the most enjoyable?

Bill Creasy has been doing this for some time and therefore seems at ease yet very knowledgeable. Excellent overview with nice presentation. It is a classroom with occasional cell phones going off and jet planes occasionally flying over but that only seems to add to the casual yet interested and interesting atmosphere. I also like Skip Heitzig who has a somewhat different presentation(more like sermons) but both are wonderful and the only difference is their style and presentation, Skip's being more protestant and evangelical and Creasy slightly more Catholic and academic. Would recommend trying both teachers at short sessions to see which won suits you better. Great prices for both also. A bargain for Bible study. Enjoy. Michael

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Suchet Does It Best!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-24-16

What did you love best about Complete NIV Audio Bible (New Testament)?

First of all, I'm very glad to have the NIV version of the Bible without music or dramatic readings(though nothing wrong with them) But it seems the Bible doesn't need drama or music to highlight it(have same problem with red letter versions) But a good solid reading with perfect diction and at least some dramatic inflection seems the best reading for appreciation of the very words of the Bible. I thought Alexander Scourby's reading of the Bible would never be equalled because it never has, with many readings--until now. Suchet's reading has the right tone, perfect diction and inflection with just enough presentation to bring the words alive. At last, I think he's even better than Scourby, though similar. This is a reading to relish and hear again and again. A new summit reached!

What did you like best about this story?

The Bible speaks for itself, though often underread,underappreciated, and misinterpreted. If read fresh and open it will open up broad horizens of spiritual understanding and appreciation.

What about David Suchet’s performance did you like?

I liked his beautiful, well rounded, English voice and pronunciation.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There are many moments but I leave it to a listener to find their own.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful