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.
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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.
The background music and songs bring ambience to the reading
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.
It's really hard to write a review about the bible, because...well...it'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.
"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.
"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.
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 audible.com! Thank you!!
"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!
"Lovely...needs a section guide. I made one"
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
1 Samuel 238
2 Samuel 269
1 Kings 293
2 Kings 315
1 Chronicles 340
2 Chronicles 369
Song of Sol 673
The New Testament
1 Corinthians 1064
2 Corinthians 1080
1 Thessalonians 1113
2 Thessalonians 1118
1 Timothy 1121
2 Timothy 1127
1 Peter 1153
2 Peter 1158
1 John 1161
2 John 1166
3 John 1167
"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!
"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.
"Excellent performances, but difficult to navigate"
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.
I'd compare it to the NKJV Audio Bible. It's good for study, and this one is great for just enjoying.
Stacey Keach as Paul - and I think he also did Job.
The Bible in entirety, but coming alive with great performances!
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
"Great recording, not so great translation"
The Word of Promise is a stunning production. On the basis of the production values alone, it easily deserves five stars or even more. The acting, music, and sound effects are all superb -- often achieving "movie quality" as claimed -- and it sounds terrific in Audible's enhanced format. The books are broken down into meaningful chunks of files with lots of bookmarks for navigation. Of particular note, among the books I've listened to so far, are Michael York as narrator, Stacy Keach as Job, Gary Sinise as David, and Martin Jarvis as the voice of God. (Portions of the New Testament have been re-recorded with Martin Jarvis in this role, replacing the original performance by Terence Stamp. It may have simply been for consistency, but it's a welcome change; Jarvis's performance is much stronger.)
Why not five stars, then? Because of the translation. The more I hear the NKJV, the less I like it. Whatever its other merits as a study text, it doesn't lend itself well to immediate comprehension in an audio setting. While the text has been modernized to some extent, there are still many archaic sentence structures, many familiar words used in archaic (and therefore unfamiliar) senses, and many personal pronouns that lack clear referents. In narrative books and in the Psalms, it works well; likewise if you're already deeply familiar with a particular passage or book. But it's just not an ideal choice for an initial exploration of difficult or unfamiliar books. The prophets fare particularly badly in this respect, and to a lesser extent so do several of Paul's letters. I often found myself reaching for another translation to make sense of what I just heard.
Of course, without the NKJV and the support of Thomas Nelson, the Word of Promise probably wouldn't exist at all. But it does mean you need to carefully gauge what you want out of an audio Bible and whether this particular one is a good fit.
I'm quite pleased with the quality and eloquence with which this audio Bible is put together. The NKJV, which is probably one of the most accurate and thorough translations, comes to life in this convincing - but not overdone - dramatization. The narrator does an excellent job, as well, with clear pronunciation and a good feel for the text. He may not be quite as strong as he should be, but better that than too dramatic. Over all a very good work, and I highly recommend it.
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.
i have put this on my kindle and it's amazing! well done audible.
"NKJV Word of Promise:"
Superb rendition. Great balance of dramatic interpretation without compromising the purity of the text.
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
"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.
"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.
"Enjoyed every minute of it."
Close your eyes,relax and listen to the deep wisdom of this book in superb audio quality.
"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.
Great narative and effects. if it was all in one download instead of in sections and more user friendly it would be perfect,
"Well, it's the bible...!"
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!
I know it's sacrilegious to say it, but it really could be condensed quite a bit. Yes, I know it is unabridged...
It's good to hear all the familiar stories!
You're kidding, right? 98 hours in one sitting? It's taken a couple of months at 2 hours per working day.
I would never have read the paper version, this worked for me.
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