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The Old Testament (Unabridged Selections)

Narrated by: Philip Madoc, Anton Lesser
Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
4 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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These beautifully narrated selections from the King James Version are peppered with classical music selections from the Naxos catalogue. Production, performances, and editing are top-notch. Featuring an ensemble of four actors, all are high caliber, and give careful thoughtful interpretations. Michael Sheen and Josette Simon are especially memorable.

Publisher's Summary

Here are the greatest and best-loved stories from the Old Testament of the Bible, stories which can be read as much for their human, literary, and historical appeal as for their religious meaning. The selection ranges from childhood favorites like David and Goliath, to key moments in Jewish history (such as Exodus), and also includes some of the finest poetry in the Old Testament (the Song of Solomon, for example).

(P)1996 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.; ©1996 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.

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Excellent!

A superb narration by dramatic actors. The narrators are well chosen & they speak the King James text with the dramatic effect that stage actors can have. The only reason I am dropping one star down to four stars is that this is only a part of the Old Testament. While the selections are well chosen and all the best known events are present, it is simply not the complete Old Testament. The MP3 sounds great.

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Magestic performances of favorite passages

I loved all the performances here. (I’d listen to Anton Lesser read assembly directions for a lawn mower!) With the music, I’d give it ten stars if I could. I’ve never found a disappointing Naxos title, but this one is exceptionally well done. I’ll be listening to the New Testament selections next.

Note: The title clearly says both that this is abridged and that these are selections, so no one should expect the whole Old Testament, especially at this length!

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  • 11-06-18

Good but too short!

Good but too short! I wish more stories and more Psalms had been included. The music in between the the chapters was beautiful! Please do a longer version.

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  • 12-13-18

Excellent readings, but ...

Excellent readings of well-chosen passages from four contrasting voices, though I did find Philip Madoc’s voice a bit too portentous at times. A great pity that the chapters are so long, and are unlabelled, so it is not possible to locate particular books and passages for future listening without quite a bit of trouble.

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