The Authorized Version, an eighteenth-century edition based on the King James Bible, can be difficult for modern readers. The British narrators in this recording, however, breathe life into the ancient text. The Very Rev. Hugh Dickinson delivers all of Matthew and John, plus selections from Luke, in his Oxbridge accent, while Williams's presentation of Revelation is superbly chilling. De Souza is excellent in his handling of a well-chosen selection from Paul's epistles, and Kerrigan's expressive narration of the Acts of the Apostles demonstrates his comfort with the rhythm of the language. This fine package also benefits from smart editing.
The New Testament tells the extraordinary and moving story of the life of Christ and the founding of His Church. This generous selection from the texts which lie at the root of 2,000 years of European civilization ranges between the powerful sincerity of the Evangelists and the ecstatic vision of John's New Jerusalem.