Inspired By … The Bible Experience Audio Bible - Today's New International Version, TNIV: (18) Psalms

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Publisher's Summary

Enjoy Psalms from the most ambitious, critically acclaimed presentation of the Bible ever produced, Inspired By... The Bible Experience features a star-studded cast of almost 200 performers. Highlighting the cast is 2007 Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker as the voice of Moses, along with Angela Bassett (Esther), Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jonah), Denzel and Pauletta Washington (Song of Songs), LL Cool J (Samson), Eartha Kitt (Serpent), Bishop T. D. Jakes (Abraham), and Bishop Eddie L. Long (Joel), among others. The Bible Experience uses Today’s New International Version (TNIV) and includes dramatic performances set to an original musical underscore by the Prague Symphony Orchestra and Hollywood-style sound design created at Technicolor Studios.  

The Bible Experience has become not just the best-selling audio Bible but also one of the all-time fastest-selling new Bibles. In addition to record-breaking sales, Inspired By... The Bible Experience has received unprecedented consumer satisfaction and national recognition including numerous five-star reviews on Amazon.com, an Audies Audiobook of the Year (the highest honor of the Audio Publisher’s Association), an AudioFile Earphones Award, and a nomination for an NAACP Image Award.

©2007 Inspired By Media Group (P)2007 Zondervan

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Excellent!

I like this interpretation of the Psalms. It helps make a little more real and easier to apply to my everyday life, which I need more of.

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The Bible Experience - Psalms

I love this! This dramatization is not only inspiring but also engaging to the point of making it extremely personal. Hearing the Psalms with women's voices and such talented actresses touches me deeply. Thank you!

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A great way to hear Psalms

This was a great way to hear the book of psalms. One complaint though. There was never any reading of chapters so it is hard to follow along. The artists were great at reading and sometimes singing the psalms. Well worth listening to.

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Um, I know this is gonna sound horrible...

What did you like best about Psalms? What did you like least?

There is a lot of female narration.... A lot. I love the Psalms but since they we're mostly written by David I've always imagined a more masculine tone as I read.. Not that it's bad to have female readers but it just isn't my particular thing.

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Not the Best

I have heard and listened to many people read the Bible and I was not empressed with the multiple readers. Some of them did and excellent job but others did not. It seemed to me that the ones who did had taken time to practise while those who didn't I felt did not the true tone of the passage they were reading. I will not recommend this to anyone.

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Very pleased

Bought it for my mom for her birthday and she loved it. The contrasting voices are nice and ever so often parts of the psalms and sung and this really breaks up the listening nicely. Now she wants to buy copies for her friends too.

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Overly Dramatized with horrid background music

What did you like best about Psalms? What did you like least?

Dramatization overkill + Lame background non-sensical chimes, nature sounds and other noise = Miserable. Angela Bassett is way overly dramatized. Every single syllable of every single word is overly pronounces and the dramatization turns to annoyance. Couple that with background music that once would expect in a spa, it takes away from one's ability to absorb the meant of each Psalm.

Would you be willing to try another book from Inspired By Media Group? Why or why not?

No. This was not up to what my exceptions were.

Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

Not if I see Angela Bassett's name in there. I saw Samuel L. Jackson and Cuba Gooding and though it was going to be awesome. Instead, it was was so grating that I had to turn it off.

Do you think Psalms needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

This questions is irrelevant an quite comical. Unless you are asking God you ain't gonna get a follow-up book.

Any additional comments?

Overall, I would look at other resources that will spare the reading and off-key singing.

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Disappointing

I was really looking forward to listening to the Psalms read. I felt like the readers tried too hard to make them into a full-blown production instead of allowing the beauty of the words be enough for the listener.

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Needs a little tweaking

It's very hard to find the verses, The verses are not categorized. awesome performance, Liked

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Exceptional!

The reading of this book is so passionate and dramatic. It conveys the deep heartfelt emotions the psalamist were expressing when they were writing their psalms.

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  • Terry
  • 07-25-11

Psalmist

I can understand that regional and even national accents are in play here, but the poor quality of accent is irritating especially in the drawl and in this over staged presentation. There is no emotion and little room for contemplation. This makes this version the psalms an experience, which I don’t prefer. I bought this recording to take into hospital with me, thinking that when I feel alone after surgery and unable to read, I could listen to something comforting. Instead, I will listen to God through silence and prayer.

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  • Angela
  • 03-08-11

stunning soundscape

A great audio panorama. The artists read the Psalms as if they are on stage performing, with power, emotion and clarity. You can hear and understand all the words. It is performance poetry at its best. The background sound effects add a great feel to the experience of listening. Makes the listening seem like a big story being told. Somehow the Psalms come alive as words real people felt and real people wrote. The performers are young, old, male, female, all US black I think by the sound of their voices. The varied voices add texture and richness to the experience of hearing the Psalms that brings them alive. Such a change from cultured UK English accents. I am uplifted and energised listening to this recording. Part of my aim in getting this recording was to learn more psalms off by heart by repeated listening to them spoken. That can only work inf the recording is one I listen to over and over again. This fits that bill perfectly.