ESV Complete Bible on MP3 CDs
Really wanted to have a cd of the whole Bible to listen in the car and ESV is one of the versions I currently use so this MP3 version fit perfectly.
November 30, 2012
I really wanted this to work but it doesn't.
PROS: Arrived very fast. Gives me the ability to continuously listen to the Bible without having to stream it over the phone. This is great. Clear recording. Also, FYI: takes just over a GB of space on phone/mp3 player.
CONS: Very difficult to listen to due to the way text is read. The reader pauses at inappropriate places. This sometimes gives the inference that a sentence is finished and then the last few words are read (actually finishing the sentence). It is as if the additional words were a surprise.
The reader's intonation changes up and down a lot. What could be an aid to understanding scripture is a distraction because it causes you to consciously reinterpret what is being said (you have to mentally discard the changes in pitch). Even within single syllables the reader changes pitch - this is not a normal way of reading. I have listened to audio books for years, and I have used the "youVersion" Bible on my android device. Throughout that, I have never listened to an audio book (or presentation) which is as difficult to follow as this.
Here is just one example of the pitch changes which are awkward. When you talk, your voice naturally goes down in pitch at the end of a sentence and up in pitch when you ask a question. In this reading, you must listen to the context (i.e., the next sentence) before you can determine whether the previous section was a sentence or question.
I would have been OK if it were just a "dramatic" reading of the Bible, where words are emphasized or even over-emphasized to aid in meaning. The pitch changes are, unfortunately, random. I am very, very disappointed because I really wanted to be able to use this.
October 18, 2012
Listening to this has been wonderful, REALLY love it!
September 12, 2012
A great translation that is read well
The discs came quickly. The reading of the text is clear . The ESV translation is solid and readily understandable. I highly recommend this product and the price is very reasonable.
September 6, 2012