3 Stars Out Of 5
Great value for the price but...
February 16, 2015
First, I must say that to have the entire bible in audio format for $14.99 is a bargain that can't be beat and I don't regret my purchase. That said, if a company wishes to embark on such an important venture as to to place a dramatized version of the Holy Scriptures on DVD, why not do it right? There a several issues I have with the dramatization itself:
1. This is supposed to be fully dramatized. That means different voices for the different characters from Genesis to Revelation. It's not. Some books are straight readings with music. I've only listened up to 1 Samuel so far but several are straight readings - including 1 Samuel.
2. Surely it isn't difficult to find female readers for the female roles? Ruth is read by a man. Why? It's disappointing.
3. Sometimes a character reads his part but continues the reading into what should be the narration. For example "And Moses spake" is read by the character instead of the narrator? Is there no quality control? That should be easily caught. Other instances are the opposite: The narrator continues on and reads the first line of what a character should be reading before the character kicks in. It makes one wonder what these people were thinking?
4. The description mentioned pictures being interspersed throughout the narration which is one of the reasons I chose this rendition. Don't get your hopes up. The pictures are few and far between and pretty much useless. I was expecting pictures of the ruins of the cities being discussed, or maps and things like that. These are just artists rendings of some of the characters. Since we have no real idea what these people looked like, the pictures are unnecessary. They are also not placed in context which makes little sense. For example, Noah was long dead and the reading was about Moses and suddenly there appears an artists rendition of Noah.
I don't want to appear too harsh since this is a terrific value and for those who have difficulty reading for whatever reading, this is a blessing to have. But I feel people should be warned of the flaws so as to avoid disappointment. The sad part is, with a little common sense these "flaws" should never have existed.