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.
It's wonderful to listen to the Bible and really get a sense of being a part of the story. We are after all, continuing the book of Acts through our own lives and writing our story. The voices give character to all the Saints who have gone before us. I know these are actors, but I believe the emotion and passion of this recording presents a faithful rendering of the heart of The Word. It's a beautiful way to add to the revelation of the written Word. Listen and be blessed!