Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Word of Promise: Audio Bible Review

The Word of Promise® New Testament Audio Bible (NKJV)
ISBN-13: 9780718024246
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Book Description

Hear the Bible Come Alive in Dramatic Audio Theater™!

This multi-voiced, scripted dramatization of the New King James Version (NKJV) features a star-studded cast of actors, an original music score, and incredible feature film quality sound effects. This world-class production creates a dramatic audio theater experience that makes you feel like you’re really there with Jesus and His disciples. Listen in your car, on your MP3 player, or with your family or small group to gain a new perspective of the Bible.

The Word of Promise® New Testament Audio Bible is a 20-CD set and includes a bonus “Behind-the-Scenes” DVD.

My Review

I love books on CD and to have the Bible in theatrical form on CD was an exciting option. I wasn't aware of the number of well known Cast Members included in the recording of this set. Some names you might not expect:
  • Marisa Tomei

  • Richard Dreyfuss

  • Lou Diamond Phillips

  • John Heard

  • Luke Perry

After listening to the CD, I'd have to say my favorite actor to listen to was Lou Gosset Jr. He has such a rich, convincing voice. I didn't feel as though I was being read to. Each actor/actress made theirs a vital part of the coming alive of the New Testament. The only downside for me was that I listened to it while I was driving so I couldn't flip through the little booklet that comes with the set that tells who is acting out each part. I'd hear a voice and do my best to pick out which actor I thought it might be.

I have to be honest in my personal response to the role of Jim Caviezel as Jesus. I like him as an actor, but I wasn't sure I'd like him as Jesus, again. He played Jesus in The Passion and did it spectacularly. I kind of cringed when I found out he was the voice of Jesus. I didn't feel his voice carried the strength of Jesus. He seemed to be begging us to believe him as he "acted" out his part. I just wasn't convinced and couldn't get into his narration.

I felt the creators did a good job on the background noises to help the listener feel a part of moment. I also felt the music lent itself well to the mood of the reading. The cast and sound effects makes this Audio Bible and experience. I know there are many versions of the Bible on audio, but they truly can't compare to a dramatic reading such as this. And to have such a wonderful selection of artists as part of it, made the listening that much more enjoyable.

I received my review copy from Thomas Nelson.


Lucie said...

Hello Mimi!

Thank you for this review. I hadn't heard of this audio version of the Bible.

Maybe if I listened to the Bible I would 'read' all of it! I think that this version would be interesting because of the well-known actors and actresses involved.

I appreciate that you really thought alot about what you were listening to and examined it so well.

Mimi N said...

Thank you Lucie! I think I'm in the same boat as you. Maybe next year if I start the year off to "read" the Bible in a year, I could do it with it on CD. Would that be cheating? hahaha


David@wordofpromise said...

this was a great review Mimi... I agree about Jim Caveziel. He doesnt do it for me either. I really actually dont like him at all as Jesus BUT what are you going to do.

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