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Publisher's Summary

Would you believe it took nearly 500 years to translate the ESV (English Standard Version) Bible? That's because the ESV builds on the great translations of the past - including William Tyndale's New Testament of 1526 and the King James Version (KJV) of 1611. But the ESV Bible also builds on the best Christian scholarship of the last 100 years.

The result is a fresh and compelling Bible translation, with a timeless quality, that's trustworthy and true. That's why the ESV "sounds like" the Bible - with the kind of beauty, clarity, and dignity that we love to hear and read. That's also why the ESV retains the Bible's rich imagery and theological words - words like grace and justification and salvation - that are essential to our faith.

The result is a Bible that conveys the timeless quality of God's Word and that remains trustworthy and true to the original words breathed out by God. As Moses wrote more than 3,000 years ago, the words of God are "your very life, and by this word you shall live." (Deuteronomy 32:47).

©2009 Crossway Audio

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Study Guide

This Audiobook is broken into (15) separate PARTS.
Each "PART" has separate "Chapters":


Book (Part #) Chapter #'s


PART 1:
Genesis (Part 1) Ch. 1 - 52
Exodus (1) 52 - 91



PART 2:
Leviticus (2) 1 - 28
Numbers (2) 29 - 64



PART 3:
Deuteronomy (3) 2 - 35
Joshua (3) 36 - 59
Judges (3) 60 - 80
Ruth (3) 81 - 84


PART 4:
1 Samuel (4) 1 - 32
2 Samuel (4) 33 - 56
1 Kings (4) 57 - 78


PART 5:
2 Kings (5) 1 - 26
1 Chronicles (5) 27 - 55
2 Chronicles (5) 56- 92


PART 6:
Ezra (6) 1 - 11
Nehemiah (6) 12 - 24
Esther (6) 25 - 34
Job (6) 35 - 77


PART 7:
Psalms 1 - Psalm 99 (7) 1 - 99


PART 8:
Psalms 100 - 150 (8) 1 - 53
Proverbs (8) 54 - 85
Ecclesiastes (8) 86 - 98


PART 9:
Song of Solomon (9) 1 - 9
Isaiah (9) 10 - 75


PART 10:
Jeremiah (10) 1 - 53
Lamentations (10) 54 - 58


PART 11:
Ezekiel (11) 1 - 49
Daniel (11) 50 - 61
Hosea (11) 62 - 75
Joel (11) 76 - 78
Amos (11) 79 - 87
Obadiah (11) 88 - 89


PART 12:
Jonah (12) 1 - 5
Micah (12) 6 - 12
Nahum (12) 13 - 15
Habakkuk (12) 16 - 18
Zephaniah (12) 19 - 21
Haggai (12) 22 - 23
Zechariah (12) 24 - 37
Malachi (12) 38 - 41

Matthew (12) 42 - 69
Mark (12) 70 - 86


PART 13:
Luke (13) 1 25
John (13) 26 - 48
Acts (13) 47 - 74
Romans(13) 75 - 90


PART 14:
1 Corinthians (14) 1 - 17
2 Corinthians (14) 18 - 30
Galatians (14) 31 - 36
Ephesians (14) 37 - 42
Philippians (14) 43 - 46
Colossians (14) 47 - 50
1 Thessalonians (14) 51 - 55
2 Thessalonians (14) 56 - 58
1 Timothy (14) 59 - 64
2 Timothy (14) 65 - 68
Titus (14) 69 - 71
Philemon (14) 72
Hebrews (14) 73 - 85
James (14) 73 - 85

PART 15:
1 Peter (15) 1 - 6
2 Peter (15) 7 - 9
1 John (15) 10 - 14
2 John (15) 15
3 John (15) 16
Jude (15) 17
Revelation (15) 18 - 39

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Great Story, Pleasant Narration, Bad ChapterBreaks

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This is the best book ever written and the ESV is a great translation! David Heath's reading was simple and pleasant. The 15 sections instead of a chapter break for each book is VERY IRRITATING.

44 of 44 people found this review helpful

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Just the Word

If you're looking to do without the music and drama that some of the other versions put out on Scripture, this is your book. There is nothing but the reading of the word, and Mr. Heath does a adequate job at it.

His inflections when he reads the words spoken by prominent biblical figure (e.g., God, Moses, Abraham) or a less prominent figure (e.g., the disgruntled Jews in the wilderness, enemies of the Jews) is a bit strained, but it could've been worse. Still, I knocked off a star because I could see where it may annoy some folks. I was only slightly put off at first, but got over it.

The main reason I dropped a star was because of the breakup of the Bible into 15 files. Each section starts at the beginning of one of the Books of the Bible, but within each section there's no rhyme or reason when you skip ahead. Sometimes it's at the beginning of the next chapter, other times it's not.

So best you can do is re-label the 15 sections with the first and last Book/Chapter.

Here's the naming convention I used for all 15 sections on my iPod for your consideration:
01. ESV Genesis 1 - Exodus 40
02. ESV Leviticus 1 - Numbers 36
03. ESV Deuteronomy 1 - Ruth 4
04. ESV 1 Samuel 1 - 1 Kings 22
05. ESV 2 Kings 1 - 2 Chronicles 36
06. ESV Ezra 1 - Job 42
07. ESV Psalms 1 - Psalms 99
08. ESV Psalm 100 - Ecclesiastes 12
09. ESV Song of Solomon 1 - Isaiah 66
10. ESV Jeremiah 1 - Lamentations 5
11. ESV Ezekiel 1 - Obadiah 1
12. ESV Jonah 1 - Mark 16
13. ESV Luke 1 - Romans 16
14. ESV 1 Corinthians 1 - James 5
15. ESV 1 Peter 1 - Revelation 22

All that being said, this a fine rendition of the Word of God. Frankly, I got tired of all the flashy productions and just wanted to hear the Word. In my opinion, you can't go wrong with this translation if you're looking for that angle. So I definitely recommend it.

Tu Rex Gloriae Christe!

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  • John
  • BIRMINGHAM, AL, United States
  • 02-09-11

Bad formatting!

I am disappointed with the formatting; it is essential in any audio Bible to have clear, searchable formatting so that you can search for books and chapters. This is only broken up into 12 massive chunks. Fix this please!

34 of 35 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • United States
  • 05-01-11

Lost in space

Not good, there is no way to know what chapter you are opening are a way to find what you are looking for . What it needs is a table of contents.

26 of 27 people found this review helpful

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On the quiet side

The translation is straightforward, in the KJV tradition but with fewer archaisms than the NKJV. The narrator reads quietly and steadily, with reasonable inflection but without much passion. It may serve if you want a quiet, reflective reading with no musical distractions.

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  • Jason
  • LEXINGTON, SC, United States
  • 11-02-11

Thanks to whoever divvied up the files into books

First, I never knew how much I'd love using an audio Bible. This has made soaking up God's word so much more accessible throughout my day.

That being said, I agree with the common disbelief among commenters that the file parsing is so bad. I listen via my iPod shuffle, so everything is found with scanning. It's brutal. :-) A big thanks to the folks who've shared the breakdowns here. And I agree that 66 files would be so much better.

The reading does feel a bit robotic at times and I laughed out loud when I read the comments about the strained sound on quotes. It's so true, though I hadn't though about it much after the first day or so. I guess one person's "emphasis" is another's "strain." Also, the change in tone/pitch/etc on the quotes really does help you separate them out in your mind.

It's quite a feat to read the entire 66 books of the Bible with a consistent tone and gate, so Mr. Heath has my respect for this momentous task, and I appreciate his efforts.

32 of 34 people found this review helpful

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  • Kellie
  • Winona Lake, IN, United States
  • 04-25-11

A good choice for an AudioBible

A beautiful, literary translation that works very well for being read aloud. Also, the narrator has a pleasant voice that gives appropriate weight to the words. I recommend it highly.

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  • Hannah
  • Hendersonville, Tennessee, United States
  • 10-27-10

Best Audio Bible available on Audible :)

In my opinion, this is the best audio Bible on this site. I used my 1 credit from my trial membership for this book...it is the only Bible I found without distracting background music, and I love that it is ESV! ESV is one of the main translations I regularly read and consult because of its accuracy with the original languages of the Bible. The files are rather large, but I just changed their names on my iTunes to show which books of the Bible are in each one. I hope this audiobook is a blessing to all of you like it is to me! Don't miss your chance to learn the Word of God, which comes from the mind of God, whatever Bible you choose to read.

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  • Jim Burk
  • Medicine Hat, Alberta Canada
  • 08-12-16

The "Word as a Lamp" this is not!!

This is s complete waste of money and resources. There appears to be no way to quickly access a book or chapter and just start to listen to the Word.
I would discourage anyone from trying to use this cumbersome and unfriendly app.
I am so disappointed as my husband paid good money for this so I could easily listen to the Word as I go for a walk.
There is no ease in moving back and forth thru the different aspects of this cumbersome app. A person gets lost and frustrated and gives up.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • 03-12-15

Cannot navigate to particular books

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The narration is good, but the navigation does not allow you to see which books are in each part, or where particular books start in each downloaded part.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Stephen
  • 04-27-12

David Heath's voice helps focus

This has been well worth the outlay, I have used robot controlled text to speech. This has enhanced my Bible reading. Thank you for a great product.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Marcus
  • 08-06-11

Easy Listening

This is a very clear and easy to follow audio bible, that is available among many others at present.

The Narrators voice does seem a little monotone,but at least there is not any intrusive background music constantly playing.

Navigation requires a little patience in finding where you want to start from,but then this is no different to many other audio bibles.

I selected this because it is an ESV Version and for it's easy to follow style, so all in all a very good Audio Book enjoy!

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  • Bozena
  • 06-06-13

Best audio Bible on audible!

Excellent translation and narrator! If I could, I would have given it ten stars! I have listened already to half a dozen audio Bibles but this one is best by far! Highly recommended to every lover of God's Word! I listen to it over and over and over again, it is so good!

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  • David
  • 04-13-13

Praise for the ESV audio Bible

This is a tremendous download of the whole of the Bible. Over 70 hours for 1 credit. Read by an American but with superb accent, and as it comes in 15 parts various books of

the Bible can be accessed at any time. I am addicted and listening to 30 to 50 minutes per day. The best item I've bought from audible!

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  • Alphababe55
  • 09-13-17

Index

I was looking for an ESV and this was the only one I could find.
It is hard to find the chapters and verses you are looking for.
I spent a long time making my own index that will help me with this.
But a really good clear voice. I would recommend if you just want to listen but if you are looking for certain chapters it could be a bit frustrating .

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  • Mrs. Jill Harrison
  • 06-14-17

Bit confused....

Whilst I like the idea of listening to the bible as a seamless book, the fact that there are no chapter headings makes it extremely difficult to know where about's in the bible you are reading. Also you can't select to listen to Luke's Gospel for example as they are just numerical chapter headings. I find this quite irritating. Having said that I am enjoying listening to The bible as a whole text.

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  • DaveDude1975
  • 10-06-16

Worth listening to.

The bible. what more can i say, easy to listen to and worth listening to.

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  • Danzbarr
  • 05-05-16

Be warned... not divided well

Would you try another book written by Crossway or narrated by David Heath?

The book is great (it's the bible) and David Heath does well.

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Problem is that this 75 hour book is not divided by the books of the bible or its chapters... it's just randomly spliced. BAD and hard to use!!

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  • Ben
  • 11-09-16

Please divide into books and chapters!!!

Please divide into books and chapters. It makes it difficult to know where you are in the bible unless you recognise the scripture. Poor.