I listen to the Bible every day driving to and from work, and get through the entire Bible at least once per year. I love the cast and the drama: Gary Sinese as David is wonderful as is John Rhys Davies as Saul; Stacy Keach as Job: fantastic! also as Paul in NT; Lou Gossett Jr as John is perfect; Ernie Hudson as Peter is so human and believable; Michael York carries a huge narration role beautifully; I hesitate to keep naming as I do not want to leave anyone out. The only drawback is Richard Dreyfuss totally miscast as Moses: delivers the whole book of Deuteronomy like each line is his last as he "kicks the bucket". Does not really "get it": you can tell he's not a believer. Jason Alexander as Joseph is great, however. I have bought this for friends, including the elderly who cannot read the Bible due to eyesight issues, and they love hearing the Word of God. Oh, and Jim Cavieziel as Jesus is unforgettable.
I don't really enjoy this version at all. It's a quality recording technically. Honestly, I'm not use to some woman singing words in the background while Jesus' statements are being provided. The background music and the voice of God reminds me of the Wizard of Oz. Some of these actors portraying these biblical characters just does not work for me...like a highly nasal Moses...I remember the actor too much. I feel the creativity in this set decreases the majesty of God and limits my ability to see him fully. I often read the Psalms to my children; when my 10 year old had the flu I played the Psalms from this set when I could not read any more...my son started throwing up...freaky background music...like bending metal. My husband said it keeps him alert to the information while commuting. This was a gift for my husband so I'm relieved he is using it. I was excited about the carrying cases for several disks, however, I can't readily see which disks are in which case so honestly they get separated out and the disks are all over the house and cars...so that didn't work for us either. I wish I did not spend so much money on it and wish I didn't buy it at all.
I purchased the CD set to listen to during my long commute. So far, I am impressed. The recording quality is fantastic and really gives the sense that you are part of the story. The only drawback is that you cannot rewind a few seconds to clarify what was said..... rather, the rewind function brings you back to the beginning of the chapter. Could be the sound system in my car? I am giving this product 5 stars because I think it is absolutely wonderful!
I own both the MP3 and the CD version, and the MP3 is so much easier to work with. I called Thomas Nelson, and they allow you to download it to all your personal devices. I have a desktop, a laptop and I will be getting a MP3 player to keep with me in my vehicles. If you have the CD's, you can't skip around from the New Testament to the Old Testament. You also have to change them frequently, as part of a book will be on one cd and the rest on another. With the MP3's, a couple clicks of your mouse and your there. Another advantage of the MP3's is that you can highlight all the chapters in a book, right click on properties and click details, and you can see how long a book will take you to get through.