I had been listening to this version of the ESV streaming on the Crossway website for the ESV study Bible, but wanted the actual CDs so I could have them installed at work and home and on a USB stick in the car. I very much like this version of the Holy Bible and I like this reading. For the KJV I do like the Alexander Scourby version. Both are masterful readings. Thank you to CBD for such a wide array of Christian resources! :)
I listened to the Max McLean NIV CD's a few years ago and thought the quality was great. I listened to Luke on the ESV MP3's today and did not sense the same passion because it seemed to me that Max McLean was speaking faster on these CD's. Also, the last word of several chapters was cut off. That being said, anytime you listen to the word of God it can be a real blessing. Would I buy them again - probably not. Will I continue to listen to them - yes.
I bought this to listen to in the car, and it exceeds my expectations! Mr. Mclean's voice is very clear, he enunciates the words thoroughly, and he reads at a perfect speed - slow enough to comprehend, but not to the point of being dreary. He also uses the perfect amount of voice inflection - enough to convey emotion, but it's not over-dramatic. I also like the MP3 format - it's way easier than having to lug around a pack of 40+ CDs and having to constantly change out the discs. Overall, a fantastic product!
What can be said of McClean? Better than Stephen Johnston but that's not saying anything at all. Whereas Johnston reads the Holy Bible in monotone at lightspeed like a runaway teleprompter, McClean intones in this horrendous singsong inflection, aggravated by his heavy accent. "TherewasaMAN, sentfrom GAWD, whose name was, JOHN. Hecameasawitness to bear witness, about, the LIGHT..." You might make it throw some of the of New Testament but there's no way you're getting through the Prophets with McClean. If the letter of the law kills, so does McClean's voice. I highly recommend the Hear the Word ESV version narrated by David Cochran Heath. Heath reads the Bible with both a natural inflection and rhythm.