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In a voice as rich as it is recognized, James Earl Jones lends his narrative talents to the King James Version of the New Testament. In over 19 hours enhanced with a complete musical score, James Earl Jones interprets the most enduring book of our time utilizing the acclaimed actor's superb storytelling and skilled characterizations. Hailed as the greatest spoken-word Bible version ever, and with almost half a million copies sold, this exquisite audio treasury is certain to enthuse and inspire.
Public Domain (P)2002 TOPICS Entertainment

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"[James Earl Jones'] performance is beautiful; he reads the entire work in a gentle tone that is so compelling that the listener will find it hard to switch off.... A truly inspiring production." (AudioFile)

"Somehow that voice of his, calm, deep, powerful...makes the words seem more thrilling than ever." (Washington Post

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    2 out of 5 stars

Background music

The narrator is excellent. His voice is deep, yet very soothing.
The only thing I found annoying is the music playing in the background. Personally I think it would be a much more enjoyable listening if there was no music at all.
If you can, lisen to the sample before buying.

50 of 50 people found this review helpful

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  • Roy
  • Beaumont, TX, United States
  • 02-28-09

James Earl Jones

This version of the New Testament is read so well. Those who listen out of faith will be rewarded as well as those who will listen because it is good literature. However, why the music background? It is so distracting that the words are hard to follow. I am disappointed that the producers just didn't think that the New Testament would be worthy of consideration on its own terms. I can't understand why James Early Jone's work couldn't stand alone. The producer didn't apparently believe the public can tolerate literature for its own sake and that Jame Earl Jone's isn't worth listening to without something "extra" to carry his work. If you can follow the reading despite the music background, rent it. Otherwise, don't.

29 of 29 people found this review helpful

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  • Brigid
  • 12-27-06

Beautiful reading - bad music

Like other reviewers I was looking forward to this recording. I love James Earl Jones' voice and I felt sure of his respect for the material. I was so disappointed to find that there is a musical 'background'to the reading. It's not just unecessary, it's disruptive. Much of the music is taken from very familiar hymns - hymns which have words, words which I could not help hearing in my imagination as I tried to listen to the words Jones was reading. I would happily exchange what I got for a music-free version.

22 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Jean
  • Garden Grove, CA, USA
  • 09-25-04

Is the Focus God's Word or the music?

I tend to agree with many of the above comments. Mr. Jones has, as always, a wonderful voice, clear deliverance/vocal inflections and proper pacing. BUT the piano is often distracting. I'd be able to listen to the Word of God better without the music.

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  • Ranjit
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 08-04-05

I am so sorry.

I am so sorry I bought this. The hokey electronica piano music is TERRIBLE. James Earl Jones voice is great, but the music is the kiss of death. Boy do I wish I had listened to the comments about this audiobook before buying it.

35 of 36 people found this review helpful

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It?s hard to believe that anything being read by James Earl Jones can be described as irritating, but that is the only word for the mediocre background music. After a few minutes, the music begins to affect the ability to listen to the words. A few minutes more and all you hear is the bad music and the words are secondary. I am so sorry I wasted my money on this.

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  • Bonnie
  • Bentonville, AR, USA
  • 02-14-07


I wonder if the great James Earl Jones had any idea that his reading was going to laced with awful piano music? Example: the first part of Matthew regarding the lineage of Joseph - is articulate, and perfect in it's pronunciation - sounds like it's being read outside a funeral chapel's open windows. I'd have listened better if it was the vocal alone :(

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

Jones good, music bad

The background music is too loud and disjointed. It sound like a CD was playing in the background with gaps of 2 or 3 seconds between songs. Other than that, James Earl Jones did a great read!

66 of 70 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

I wanted the voice, I couldn't handle the music!

A wonderful voice is drowned out by commercial grade muzak! If music is required at all -- and James Earl Jones' voice alone is music enough for my ears -- something of quality on a par with the narrartor's voice and more subtly and appropraitely integrated is called for. Not a B play list from Macy's 8-track archives of elevator music! Definitely hear the sample BEFORE you buy this one.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

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James Earl Jones Reads The Bible (unabridged)

What a shame to destroy such a beautiful voice with background music that sounds like someone is playing the radio in a garage and drowns Mr. Jones out. Hopefully the publishers will edit out the music, or at least not waste the talent of such a great preformer.

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  • Martin
  • 07-31-06

Voice good, music terrible.

The voice of Mr. Jones is very good. However, it was a bit too soft and reverential for my taste. Would it not have been better if it carried a bit more punch and authority?

However, that's a minor quibble when compared to the accompanying 'music'. It was spectacularly horrendous. Saccharine nonsense that destroyed the recording. (And that piano!)

It was the King James bible. Could we not have some music from that period to accompany it? Something appropriate. The english is beautiful and powerful, but how can we listen to it when it's accompanied by that noise?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-22-09

the bible and music

James Earl John is marvellous, except for rather fast delivery. The background music is a distraction, but you can get used to it. I have, but it took all of Matthew.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful