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Publisher's Summary

Hear the Bible come alive! This arresting world-class audio production immerses listeners in the dramatic reality of the Scriptures as never before. The Word of Promise New Testament Audio Bible is a 20-hour, star-studded audio Bible production. This multi-voiced, scripted dramatization of the New King James Version (NKJV) is presented in a compelling, dramatic audio-theater format. Complete with an original music score by prolific Italian composer Stefano Mainetti ( Abba Pater) and movie-quality sound effects, woven together with compelling narration by Michael York, the Bible comes to life for a new generation. The post-production, sound design, and Foley (sound effects) were produced, engineered, and mixed at Cerny American Creative in Chicago - an award-winning post-production facility ranked in the Top Three in the nation for sound design.

The cast includes Jim Caviezel (as Jesus), Michael York (as the Narrator), Richard Dreyfuss (as Moses), Marisa Tomei (as Mary Magdalene), Stacy Keach (as Paul), Louis Gossett, Jr. (as John), Kimberly Williams-Paisley (as Mary, Mother of Jesus), Terence Stamp (as the voice of God), Lou Diamond Phillips (as Mark), John Heard (as Matthew), Ernie Hudson (as Peter), Luke Perry (as Stephen and Judas), John Schneider (as James), Chris McDonald (as Luke), Michael W. Smith, Rebecca St. James, and many more.

©2007 Thomas Nelson (P)2007 Thomas Nelson

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  • Thomas
  • Sacramento, CA, United States
  • 02-03-12

Great Performance, Bad Layout

This Audio Bible is a great listen and the performances by the narrators are fantastic. The only thing that I don't like is the layout of the chapters. There is no way to go directly to a certain book of the Bible. I would have preferred the downloadable parts to be divided into one or two books each.
If I want to go to the book of John, for example, I have to take a guess what parts contains the book of John and then skim through the audio until I recognize some verses.

52 of 52 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Expertly dramatized

A slightly different version of this title was available on Audible until recently, and my review is based on that one. (The main difference appears to be that for this one, the books of the New Testament download individually.)

I would have preferred a different translation (my understanding is that the NKJV does not always use the best and most recent Greek texts), but the reading itself is superb. Others have singled out Jim Caviezel as Jesus and Stacy Keach as Paul for particular praise, and I would agree with that. I would include in that praise Lou Gossett Jr as John and (possibly to a lesser extent) Ernie Hudson as Peter; but in fact all the cast members are strong and the narration is clear throughout.

One interesting choice here was to omit many of the "he said/she said" tags from the scenes of dialogue, when the speaker has been previously identified or is otherwise clear. This helps to heighten the drama of some of the confrontations.

The background music is effective and unobtrusive -- something not always true of dramatized Bible readings like this one. Sound effects are also carefully deployed and support rather than detract from the reading. I look forward to the similar treatment planned for the Old Testament at some point in the future.

67 of 70 people found this review helpful

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Great to Listen to, Terrible to locate a Scripture

What disappointed you about The Word of Promise Audio Bible New Testament NKJV?

No correlation between recorded menu and position in the Bible

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

Don't know yet

How could the performance have been better?

Almost useless as is

What character would you cut from The Word of Promise Audio Bible New Testament NKJV?

N/A, excently narrated

Any additional comments?

Disappointed

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NOT USER FRIENDLY!!!!!!

Would you try another book from Thomas Nelson and/or the narrators?

there is no way to pick or see where you are by Book, chapter and verse, it's ridiculous!

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

I have anoyther version which I bought that works flawlessly.

What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

The narrators are actors, most of them are great!

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It's a great book, it's a horrible operating system to navigate in this audible configuration.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Chapters markers are bad, but performance is great

The performance is great and I really enjoy listening. This brings so much depth to the word. But unlike most audio books, I don't want to listen to this beginning to end. I want to skip to the portion of the Bible I'm currently studying. There are about 250 chapters with NO chapter titles. That makes finding "Philemon" pretty hard. Even harder, by the time you come to the shorter epistles, chapter breaks do not align to books. So you find things like the end of Hebrews and the beginning of James merged into one "chapter". Whoever lined this up as an audio book doesn't have a good feel for the basic structure of the Bible.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Tony
  • PEORIA, IL, United States
  • 03-11-13

Listening to the word of God benefits everyone.

Would you listen to The Word of Promise Audio Bible New Testament NKJV again? Why?

Yes

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lou Gossett, it seems to come from deep within his soul.

Which scene was your favorite?

Thr resurection scene was my favorite.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, it brings goosebumps.

Any additional comments?

no

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Thomas
  • Fredericksburg, VA, USA
  • 01-02-09

Simply amazing.

This audio book brings the bible to life for me like never before, the background noises have made me realize just how real these people were!

You won't be disappointed!

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Recommended.

I was afraid a dramatic rendering of the scripture would be too distracting, and too affected and cute. It can be a little too dramatic at times, but overall the it is a good rendering. It is now the favorite of the three audio Bibles I own.

The format is very easy to navigate on my Ipod. The book is divided into 12 tracks, one for each book from Matthew to Ephesians, and Revelation. The books from Philippians to Jude are on a single track. The chapters within each track are navigable also, so you can find what you are looking for fairly easily.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Nothing like it anywhere

You feel like you are with Jesus. You get lost in the sound of what you spent your whole life wishing to hear-Him. Speaking to you...and it is as if nothing has ever existed and nothing else matters but His heart toward you. You are immersed in Him and you get lost in Him. Every distraction, every worry, every impossibility and frustrating situation evaporates. You play it again and feel closer to Him than ever. You wake up every morning and can't wait to play it again. It is new and fresh every single time you hear it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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MUST BUY ....

Want TO KNOW GOD LISTEN ...........Play all night long low volume . The SPIRIT OF GOD SPEAKS .

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Rev Dr Gordon Sinclair
  • 11-08-17

Words of life

the bible is the most important book that has been written. this rendering brings the words of God to us beautifully.
Thank you

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  • AJP
  • 08-31-18

Atmospheric

Excellent production excellent spoken grammar backed up by a healthy atmospheric feel to it, listening to this is very therapeutic.

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  • MADGJ008
  • 02-28-17

Madgj008

Let the people know God made Heaven and Earth and his Son born of a virgin Our Mother of God,came into the world to save us from our daily sins and bring us to Heaven let us not continue to sin let us not continue to open his wounds because they hurt in great pain he loves us let us love him and praise him

1 of 3 people found this review helpful