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This faithful rendering of the New King James Version presents the Bible in more than 90 hours of compelling, dramatic audio theater format. This world-class audio production immerses listeners in the dramatic reality of the Scriptures as never before, with an original music score by composer Stefano Mainetti (Abba Pater), feature-film quality sound effects, and compelling narration by Michael York and the work of over 500 actors.

Each beloved book of the Bible comes to life with outstanding performances by Jim Caviezel as Jesus, Richard Dreyfuss as Moses, Gary Sinise as David, Jason Alexander as Joseph, Marisa Tomei as Mary Magdalene, Stacy Keach as Paul, Louis Gossett, Jr. as John, Jon Voight as Abraham, Marcia Gay Harden as Esther, Joan Allen as Deborah, Max von Sydow as Noah, and Malcolm McDowell as Solomon.

This title is broken into 17 parts and the following are included in each part.

  • Part 1: Genesis - Exodus
  • Part 2: Leviticus - Numbers
  • Part 3: Deuteronomy - Joshua
  • Part 4: Judges - 2 Samuel
  • Part 5: 1 Kings - 1 Chronicles
  • Part 6: 2 Chronicles - Esther
  • Part 7: Job
  • Part 8: Psalms 1-75
  • Part 9: Psalm 76 - 150
  • Part 10: Proverbs - Song of Solomon
  • Part 11: Isaiah
  • Part 12: Jeremiah - Lamentations
  • Part 13: Ezekiel - Daniel
  • Part 14: Hosea - Malachi
  • Part 15: Matthew - Luke
  • Part 16: John - 2 Corinthians
  • Part 17: Galatians - Revelation
  • ©1982 Thomas Nelson, Inc. (P)2009 Thomas Nelson, Inc.

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    Lovely...needs a section guide. I made one

    Would you listen to The Word of Promise Complete Audio Bible: NKJV again? Why?

    This is a wonderful recording. I like the performances and the variety of voices. For example, while there is one main narrator for each book there are diff voices for dialogue and the actors for those people are consistent. The voices are well cast and performed. The music in the background rarely bothered me, but is too loud or exciting in a few spots. I find listening to the word to be a good way to 'hear' it in a new way and is a valuable experience. I also love to play it for my children:) The one main problem is the lack of a guide to the 'sections'. I found a guide to 'parts' but my players show sections. This make it impossible to select which book to listen to! I made a guide, figuring out there there is one section for each chapter starting with 2. So if you need a particular chapter, simply add that number to the book's start.
    The Old Testament
    Genesis 2
    Exodus 52
    Leviticus 92
    Numbers 119
    Deuteronomy 155
    Joshua 189
    Judges 213
    Ruth 234
    1 Samuel 238
    2 Samuel 269
    1 Kings 293
    2 Kings 315
    1 Chronicles 340
    2 Chronicles 369
    Ezra 405
    Nehemiah 415
    Esther 428
    Job 438
    Psalms 480
    Proverbs 630
    Ecclesiastes 661
    Song of Sol 673
    Isaiah 681
    Jeremiah 747
    Lamentations 799
    Ezekiel 804
    Daniel 852
    Hosea 864
    Joel 878
    Amos 881
    Obadiah 890
    Jonah 891
    Micah 895
    Nahum 902
    Habakkuk 905
    Zephaniah 908
    Haggai 911
    Zechariah 913
    Malachi 927
    The New Testament
    Matthew 931
    Mark 959
    Luke 975
    John 999
    Acts 1020
    Romans 1047
    1 Corinthians 1064
    2 Corinthians 1080
    Galatians 1093
    Ephesians 1099
    Philippians 1105
    Colossians 1109
    1 Thessalonians 1113
    2 Thessalonians 1118
    1 Timothy 1121
    2 Timothy 1127
    Titus 1131
    Philemon 1134
    Hebrews 1135
    James 1148
    1 Peter 1153
    2 Peter 1158
    1 John 1161
    2 John 1166
    3 John 1167
    Jude 1168
    Revelation 1169

    341 of 347 people found this review helpful

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    • Robert
    • Topeka, KS, United States
    • 04-19-11

    A bargain for one credit

    First, the good: This is a terrific bargain for a single credit. For readability, I have most recently relied either upon the NIV or New Living Translations, but I was pleased with the NKJV translation. It is accurate and easily understandable; this translation was suited perfectly for an Audio book. The readers were outstanding, and there was just enough dramatization, music and background effects to keep the stories moving without being annoying or overly-distracting. The sound quality was flawless.

    Now, the bad: As other reviewers have detailed, dividing the Bible into 17 tracks is puzzling. Finding any particular passage is laborious and frustrating.

    If you are seeking an Audio presentation of the Bible to listen to and experience a cover-to-cover read, you will find this production very much to your liking. If, on the other hand, you are looking for an Audio Bible to add to your library to listen to various individual scriptures, this format is not well suited for such an endeavor; other audio renditions may be more navigable for such a purpose.

    370 of 380 people found this review helpful

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    Best Audible purchase I ever made

    I listen to this on my way to work every day, and I just completed it a couple of weeks ago. The advertisement on the cover really says it all, "Hear the Bible come alive in dramatic audio theater."

    Mind you, I have, in the past, listened to numerous audio Bibles that left me annoyed due to the overwhelming music in the background. At times, it was almost as if whoever came up with the score for those audio Bibles wanted to make the listening experience as annoying as possible with awful music that did nothing but distract from the Word. This is not true for the Word of Promise. There is music in the background, but it is very calming, and I never found it distracting.

    What really sets this audio Bible apart from the others is the exceptional quality of the background sounds - not just the music, but the sounds. When people are walking, you hear the footsteps. When they are crying, you hear the sobs. When the tabernacle is being constructed, you hear the construction. When Paul is writing, you hear his pen on the paper. When someone is killed, it is almost too realistic. This is all beautifully edited and mastered to very high quality standards until you feel that you are there, in the Bible, with the characters.

    As to the all-star cast, you can almost see Moses crying as he delivers his final sermon knowing that he will never be able to enter the promised land. Richard Dryfuss delivers the voice of Moses with such an exceptional perfomance that you will be crying when you get to that point. Everyone in the cast did an exceptional job at delivering the content with conviction and gravitas.

    The only thing, in my opinion, that would have made this work better would have been for the version to have been the Old King James rather than the New King James. That said, I really enjoyed listening to the Bible in a way that I never have before because of this audio recording. Bravo! to the entire cast and to everyone who contributed to it. I am already listening to it, again, and I believe that this is going to be an audiobook that I will enjoy listening to for the rest of my life.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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    Amazing Narration! Impossible to Navigate!

    This version of the Bible is the best audio version I have ever heard hands down. This one is treated, almost, like a normal book, but with small (tasteful) sound effects and music. Other versions I have heard either have a terrible narrator or the sound effects and music is so triumphal and overdone it drowns out the Bible it self. Michael York does a fantastic job as the primary narrator. The only gripe is that it is hard to navigate. The books not separated, some seem to be split down the middle and then other books are bundled together. The math says it all about this 66 books only 17 parts. 66 books 66 parts would be easier for a book like the Bible. A normal book split in to chapters would be ridiculous, but Bible readers want to hear a certain book not have to go hunting. Again, just fantastic the first useable audio version of the Bible I have ever used.

    139 of 146 people found this review helpful

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    • Nancy
    • Louisville, KY, USA
    • 12-05-09

    Majestic listening

    Majestic!! I have for many years wanted to go through the scriptures but due to limited eyesight I had all but given up!! Michael York's reading is beyond anything I expected. The music in the background makes it so much more powerful! I listen to it as I go to sleep at night! Pour yourself a cup of tea, sit back in a comfortable chair and prepare to be transported to another place and another time. What a value for one credit!! I am a believer in! Thank you!!

    163 of 172 people found this review helpful

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    Amazing production word-for-word and get Enhanced!

    Without a doubt, get over any bias you have with your favorite bible translation, and get this! Download the enhanced format (64kbps/22kHz) stereo production and use a good set of earphones/earbuds and hold on! This brings to life what it was like to be there when each book was written. No additional wording, no additional explanations, just word-for-word NKJV bible! I am through to 2nd Samuel and can't wait to turn it on again and continue reading. Use this in the off times when you can't read the Book, like in the car, around the house, at lunch time. You will enjoy this. Keep on reading!

    75 of 79 people found this review helpful

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    Excellent performances, but difficult to navigate

    Would you consider the audio edition of The Word of Promise Complete Audio Bible: NKJV to be better than the print version?

    Yes - it's wonderful to just sit and listen to the performances and enjoy the enhancements that come with them. For me it makes the text come alive. I have memory problems and so it also makes it easier to concentrate on the text and make my way through it.

    What other book might you compare The Word of Promise Complete Audio Bible: NKJV to and why?

    I'd compare it to the NKJV Audio Bible. It's good for study, and this one is great for just enjoying.

    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Stacey Keach as Paul - and I think he also did Job.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Bible in entirety, but coming alive with great performances!

    Any additional comments?

    It's helpful to have the section divisions in the blurb about the recording, but I have to say that navigating through them is very difficult. The chapter divisions are fine, but in some books, the chapters aren't announced so I had a really hard time figuring out where I was going, unless I had a Bible right in front of me so I could search out where it was. I really wish that could be

    28 of 29 people found this review helpful

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    Brings the Word to Life

    I absolutely love this audio bible! I've read the bible through a few times but listening to this audio book makes the bible more alive to me. Its sad to admit but sometimes when I read my bible I feel sleepy but when I listen to this audiobook keeps me interested. The narrators and background sounds are wonderful. I put this on my ipod and start cleaning my house or do my yard work and I feel closer to God. This is definitely worth a credit to me!

    25 of 26 people found this review helpful

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    Heavenly Production!

    I've always considered dramatized versions of Scripture cheesy and unworthy of The Word despite the good intentions. But this production throws that all out the window.

    Genesis 1-4 held me, my wife, and 9 year old son spell bound. My son wanted to go all night.

    This is one fantastic production. The sound effects, Michael York's narration, the music...all of it combined make a fantastic impact on the movie in your mind. This is a must have.

    I did notice that not every word was narrated, but any time that happened it was pretty irrelevant. It was stuff like "and the Lord said to..."; it wasn't needed because you know God was speaking to Eve. It's a nitpick that really doesn't take away from the production, but is worth noting if your looking to hear every single solitary NKJV word.

    Have a listen to the sample. If it peaks your interest and you think you may enjoy listening to it, go with that instinct. You WILL NO be disappointed.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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    • Abiding
    • Denver, CO, United States
    • 09-21-10

    God is so revealed in His sovereigntry & intimacy

    I have been listening to this audio Bible and it is so superb. I love the Amplified Bible but this is entirely different in that it is dramatized, and very professionally done. It is like listening to a motion picture audio. They have captured the essence of each book, of each chapter, with the voice and music bringing you into it and revealing what God is saying in a way that no other dramatized version has done. I have others. When he says, "In the beginning God created...," the enunciation of the text with the orchestra makes it seem as if we know the significance of the event. I got it for the Old Testament because it is harder to be attentive to some passages, while the Amplified Bible brings out meaning in devotional passages where it is easier to connect with God. As I listened through it, I gained a greater respect for God. I saw humanity and the world as not just under His control, but He created everything and has a purpose. The scene where Cain is telling God that because of the punishment on him, that anyone who comes upon him will kill him, God seems so manifested. God established that if they did their punishment would be 7 times greater. The way it was conveyed was so real, I began talking to God as to His mercy there, and He said, no, justice. When it comes to the flood and then the animal sacrifices after leaving Egypt, it is grievous because God is such a wonderful Father, and no one was getting it. They were carnal and in the flesh and totally unaware that God is what is desirable, not the forbidden fruit and the other distractions. I felt so intimate with God because of it. The Psalms are amazingly intimate. The narrator of the Psalms has a voice with a touch of rasp that sounds melodiously beautiful and intimate with God. It is a blessing. Wow is a good brief description for the overall impact. Everyone should hear it, as it will bless every part of your life as you see God's ability and love to give you life abundant.

    62 of 67 people found this review helpful

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    • ChangePro
    • 08-09-11

    Audio gold

    For the money, and for the benefit, nothing can beat this superb rendition. Brits nervous of the sound of American voices are soothed by Michael York's melifluous tones as the Narrator, and Malcolm McDowell as God the Father - reassuring once again that God is an Englishman ;-). It is also a joy to hear familiar American stars with their rich and varied timbres.
    Readers jaded or defeated by the printed page have the words of life reinvigorated. Long-held goals to read end-to-end can now be achieved and a full perspective on the span and comprehensiveness of scripture is gained.
    I agree that the addition of a referenced search facility would be wonderful, but the characterisations and humanity of the voices more than compensate for this. God's Word was mediated by human vessels and this feature of the Bible - its particular authenticity - is drawn out for those who have ears to hear.

    37 of 38 people found this review helpful

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    • mollypolly
    • 10-21-10

    incredible value

    i have put this on my kindle and it's amazing! well done audible.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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    • Lance
    • 02-05-11

    Excellent Buy

    I loved the download version so much I went out and bought the CD's just to make sure I have hard copies as well as the MP3.

    The dramatised versions brings the Bible alive and makes its very exciting.

    I am very satisified with Audible so far and look forward to purchasing more material

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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    • esther
    • 04-17-13

    Esther's review of Word of Promise

    I bought “The Word of Promise” as I thought it would be good to listen to in the car as I drive back and forth to work. Sadly I have found it a little difficult to move around to different parts \ books of the Bible. I felt it missed out big chunks … like when Moses was born and put into the Nile …. There is no mention of this. I wanted to hear that as we are doing a study on it and it would have been good to have heard it a few times before the study, but it just did not seem to be included. It did mean that I tried to go back and see if I missed it, which is why I say its not easy to move around like you could with a Bible in your hands. I liked the sound effects and want to listen to more of it.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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    • Dobromir
    • 12-23-12

    An Amazing Achievement

    An Amazing Achievement in the audio portrayal of the Bible. This presentation features fantastic voice acting by the various actors in this masterpiece. The music and the background audio in the audio book are also excellent in my opinion. The Audio Book manages to create an atmosphere which contributes to the overall wonderful feeling of listening to this work of art. This is in my opinion one of the best Audio Bibles ever made.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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    • David
    • 12-23-12

    Film quality entertainment

    The bible turned into a captivating drama production complete with everything as if sitting in a great movie. Great sound effects naturally stimulate your equally greater imagination projecting movie quality pictures onto the screen of your mind as when listening to a great radio production. In all, inspiring, entertaining, greatly recommended and a wholesome uplifting experience bringing the whole bible alive and listened to anywhere as when otherwise impossible to read if driving, walking, working etc.


    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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    • mr.andrius
    • 12-23-12

    Enjoyed every minute of it.

    Close your eyes,relax and listen to the deep wisdom of this book in superb audio quality.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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    • Stephen
    • 05-26-10

    NKJV Word of Promise:

    Superb rendition. Great balance of dramatic interpretation without compromising the purity of the text.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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    • adolfo
    • 07-15-12


    Great narative and effects. if it was all in one download instead of in sections and more user friendly it would be perfect,

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    • David
    • 07-11-13

    Well, it's the bible...!

    Where does The Word of Promise Complete Audio Bible: NKJV rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've always been interested in the Bible but, despite having had many, never read it before.

    It's excellent value - 98 hours of audio for 1 credit!

    What was most disappointing about Thomas Nelson, Inc.’s story?

    I know it's sacrilegious to say it, but it really could be condensed quite a bit. Yes, I know it is unabridged...

    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    It's good to hear all the familiar stories!

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    You're kidding, right? 98 hours in one sitting? It's taken a couple of months at 2 hours per working day.

    Any additional comments?

    I would never have read the paper version, this worked for me.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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    • Trish
    • 09-02-16

    A real revelation

    It's really hard to write a review about the bible,'s the bible!

    But what I can say is that I can't recommend The Word of Promise highly enough. The sound effects used throughout the readings really helped to add to the entertainment aspect of the books. But what I was most impressed with, and surprised by, was the way the actors expressed their characters. They brought things to life to the extent that I actually understood things better than I ever have before. I think it's because the bible doesn't say things like: "Jesus was furious and said", and because of that I often find my own reading of the bible to be flat and have to really concentrate really hard to figure things out sometimes. But the performance of the actors revealed things to me that blew my mind.

    There was one part, I can't remember which book (which is my only problem with the audio version, was that it was virtually impossible to navigate because it's so huge!!) where God was really, really furious with the Israelites and honestly, I was a bit afraid, especially because I'm a believer. I mean, when I'd read that part in the bible myself, I knew God was mad, but I didn't realise 'how' mad He was until listening to this. It was a far different experience to listening to a fiction novel being read, it's really hard to explain.

    But anyway, despite my moment of knee shaking fear, I enjoyed every moment of it and will probably start again at the beginning, but more slowly so I can see what else is made clear to me. I just really enjoyed hearing God's word being spoken so clearly, and being brought to life so well that I couldn't stop listening

    And look, to be truthful, in my opinion there will never be another actor who can play Jesus as well as Jim Calviezel. I mean, I see Jim Calviezel and I feel like I'm looking at Jesus, so to hear him speaking, this time in English and not Aramaic (although I loved hearing Aramaic in the Passion).... Well, it was just amazing. I think I even started crying.

    Last but not least was the sheer value of the book! 17 audio books for 1 credit. I think it took me three months to listen to it all. So yeah, if you are a believer (and if you aren't I still hope you get this book and become one!) get this book with your next credit. You won't regret it. Every actor was amazing and the Psalms! Oh and the actor who played God! OH my, yeah, just get it! You won't regret it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    • Yvonne Vujcich
    • 03-11-17

    it is finished!

    Easy way of reading the whole Bible - just listen while you are getting up doing dishes and in the car travelling. 😊

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    • Daniel Johnson
    • 03-06-17

    Word<br />

    get to know a Glorious God for yourself . Each book of the bible shows how awesome, Holy, Sovereign Righteous the creator of heaven and earth is. He is my great reward the hope I look forward too more and more eevery time I listen to the Word of God over and over

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    • Lydia
    • 09-07-16

    Better indexing needed

    Would you consider the audio edition of The Word of Promise Complete Audio Bible: NKJV to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because it is easy to listen to the chapters you might other wise find hard to read and comprehend due to context it is written in.

    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The background music and songs bring ambience to the reading

    Any additional comments?

    It is really hard to look up a specific chapter or book to listen to, because of the fact that many chapters and books are contained within one part of the the audio. Some proper scriptural index or order might make it more valuable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    • Kindle Customer lee lee
    • 07-27-17

    Reshing and grest

    Great to listen to while going to sleep.
    It resheshes and helps you understand i will
    start again to listen to it.