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The Book of God

By: Walter Wangerin Jr.
Narrated by: Walter Wangerin Jr.
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Master storyteller Walter Wangerin, Jr. makes the Bible come alive in vivid detail with The Book of God, his passionate, exciting dramatization of the events and people of the Scriptures. Recreating the high drama, low comedy, gentle humor, and awe-inspiring holiness of the Biblical narrative, Wangerin reveals the humanity and eternal messages behind the text. Imaginative yet meticulously researched, The Book of God is a sweeping history that covers thousands of years and hundreds of lives, in a myriad of foreign yet familiar cultures. The award-winning Wangerin, one of our most respected and beloved contemporary writers, has produced his magnum opus, a timeless masterpiece that rekindles the imagination and nurtures the spirit.
©1996 Walter Wangerin, Jr. (P)1996 Walter Wangerin, Jr.

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The Book of God: The Bible as Novel (Unabridged)

I enjoyed every chapter in this book. It made the stories and the people much more alive and real. I have a different impression of Simon Peter,Mary Magdaline,the time of Abraham and even Judas. I find myself remembering parts that I never would think of before and pick up the Bible to re-read different chapters and verses with a new understanding. Just reading the Bible never brought me back for clarification, but this book brought me back to the Bible.

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Don't let the voice throw you. Awesome book!

This man has made me cry tears of joy and wonder. The voice of the guy that reads it grates on you at first, but he is able to be many voices through the course of the book, and becomes very intimate and convincing. Hang in for a while and at the end of this very long book, all you can do is eagerly look forward to the other one on the life of Paul. Its not just me saying this. Several friends to whom I have recommended the audiobook say the same thing. If you have never read a chronological Bible, this is going to be a special treat for you. Enjoy!

23 people found this helpful

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The Bible in Living Color - Inspired

As a Christian for 20 years, I still find the Bible a daunting read. While I size up a front-to-back read of the real (Audible-version) thing, I have found this to be a superb primer. The book is true to the Word and full of 'living color portraits' of most of the essential characters. It inspired my faith, and it lifted my perception and appreciation of each person, from Abraham to David to Jesus, particularly Jesus. Anyone who is seeking the heart of Christianity will find it in this book. And when you're done, you have to read PAUL, Walter Wangerin Jr.'s other 5-star book. Both superb!

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Avoid audiobooks narrated by author!!

The book content is actually pretty good - basically a novelization of Scripture with coverations between biblical figures extrapolated from the facts. I think this book helps to understand the linear flow of scripture.
HOWEVER, the narration often made me cringe! The dramatic tone was often frustrating - the pitch and volume of the narration often rose and fell in an unnatural pattern. I think I would love this book with a different (trained) narrator.
Personally, I have not had positive experiences with audiobooks narrated by the author. I actually did not realize that the author was narrating, but was so frustrated by the narration, that I decided to check and. . . sure enough - the author was narrating. For me, it just means I need to watch for this and read reviews before I purchase!

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Not the Bible... but

This won't substitute for your Bible, but it sure will bring the Bible to life! It's true the author has used some literary license to fill in some blanks, but he clothes the Biblical characters in flesh and blood! And the narrator is EXCELLENT. I was brought to tears many times and I rejoiced for a new appreciation of "God's Book."

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Good Book

A great book and this recording is satisfactory. I personally don't like the way it is read. The reader often doesn't pause in the correct place, and his tone often rises at the end of a sentence inappropriately.

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This is Not the Book of G-D

The Author takes more than artistic licence with the Torah, and butchers the rest of the Bible!

There is no G-d in this book. Period.
If you have not read the Bible,
The Bible is not a collection of stories of dysfunctional families,alduterous characters and incestuos rapist. Not enough, the author also let Tamra "fell in love" with is brother Solomon.

Please skip the New Testament go straight to the End. The teaching of Jesus is not much present. Instead the disciples seem a bunch of people that just want to know who, among them, Jesus loves most. I am very very disappointed. The Teaching of Jesus is so out of order that you would not know he started with the Bible.

John & James are the Sons of Thunder! Not Wimps!!!

The Torah and the Gospels are so inspiring and so wonderful written and so powerful... so divine.

READ or LISTEN TO THE REAL THING NOT THIS BOOK!

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Great Narrative

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book, start to finish. While not a replacement for Bible study, it is easy to follow, thoroughly entertaining, and brings to life the Bible stories. Definitely worth the time. My 80 year old mother heard some of it and said, "that's really in the Bible?"

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The Whole Good News - Alive!

I got The Book of God as a gift on cassette many years ago. It totally changed my perspective on The WHOLE story of the bible - especially the old testement. Wangerian's story telling ability brings the characters to life. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be changed.... Now that I have it digitally, it's poratble in the 21st century.

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Book Of God

I was really looking forward to listening to this, but ....

The writing itself I have enjoyed, the 5 hours or so that I have listened to so far, but ....

I just can't deal with the narrator. I want badly to experience the whole book, and I thought I would get used to the narrator, but it isn't happening. I am having to put it aside, listen to something else, and then I will try again later.

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  • 02-14-21

An 84 year old lady

Wonderful account of the bible
I was overcome by the way it affected me thankyou