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|1. Matthew Ch. 1-14 - Sample||Tyndale House||N/A||Album Only|
The Breathe Bible Audio New Testament is a remarkably vivid listening experience that transports you into the world of the Bible. Performed in the New Living Translation by a cast of internationally acclaimed film, television, and recording artists, this captivating multi-million dollar audio production features cinema-quality sound with an original music score. It’s an experience you will never forget. The Breathe Bible Audio New Testament—“It’s like being there.”
This 18-CD set also includes a code to receive the user-friendly mobile App for free! Listen however you like! Breathe Bible lets you easily share your favorite verses with friends and family on social media.
Created by an award-winning team, this dramatic production features a cast of leading Hollywood entertainers, 600 supporting actors, a full-orchestral score, and cutting-edge sound design. Stars of stage and film such as Kevin Sorbo (Voice of God), Josh Lucas (Jesus), John Rhys-Davies (narrator), Ashley Judd (Mary Magdalene), Jesse McCartney (Matthew), Hill Harper (Mark), Corbin Bleu (John), Christian Stolte (Luke), Marshall Allman (John the Baptist), Wintley Phipps (Peter), and Bailee Madison (Young Mary Mother of Jesus) headline this production bringing a new level of excitement to the forefront of Bible audio innovation.
Featuring the New Living Translation (NLT)—the translation created to be read aloud.
|Format: Compact disc|
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2017
The Message Remix: The Bible in Contemporary Language - Audio Bible on CDNarrated by Rebecca St. James, Bart Millard & OthersOasis Audio / 2008 / Compact disc$54.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 7 Reviews
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CharlieOmaha, Ne.Age: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Breathe audio bibleOctober 27, 2017CharlieOmaha, Ne.Age: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I love it, it brings me peace in a cruel world.
It is a story I've read and heard before and love to hear again.
Amazing and a must buy for everyone.
I hope someday they will do the OT.
toomanyfurkidsGalesburg, IllinoisAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Good ProductJune 28, 2017toomanyfurkidsGalesburg, IllinoisAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have enjoyed the NLT Breathe audio Bible and hope to see the OT version available soon. I would buy this again. It isn't perfect but what is in this fallen world. Its very soothing and captures my attention. The voices are pleasant and not monotone like some audio Bibles I've listened to. I haven't found anything wrong with this yet.
theChristianReviewerAge: 45-54Gender: Male4 Stars Out Of 5Nice quality NLT New Testament Dramatized Audio Bible plus bonus appJune 8, 2017theChristianReviewerAge: 45-54Gender: MaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This is really a good product, but I did have a couple items that I felt could have been just a little better. I did like the packaging for the most part - it could have been a little higher quality with the binder, but still, not bad and it really does look nice. The printed part of the package looked very nice, but it is very clear they want to promote all of the very well-known actors that they cast for this large project. The audio quality is actually pretty good. It is dramatized and some of the actors didn't do quite as well as some of the others in my opinion which was probably my main mixed feeling topic. For me personally, I would rather have a physical Bible in my hands personally, but for those that can't see as well or maybe in the vehicle driving quite a bit, I totally understand the desire to have an audio Bible. In fact I was driving for work on a 7 hour drive and I listened to the CDs the entire trip there and back. I'm curious if they will do the Old Testament project at some point in the near future. If they do, I'm sincerely hoping they keep John Rhys-Davies and Kevin Sorbo lined up for that project! They were my favorite voices on this production in my opinion. If you enjoy the NLT translation of the Bible and want to get an audio Bible, then you will enjoy this dramatized audio Bible of the New Testament.I received a copy of this Dramatized Audio Bible in exchange for this review from Tyndale House Publishers and all opinions are my own.
InkBlotsbyTRD3 Stars Out Of 5Breathe Bible Audio New Testament, NLTJune 5, 2017InkBlotsbyTRDQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 3The Breathe Bible Audio New Testament, NLT comes packaged in a heavy chipboard box with a slipcover. Inside the chipboard box is where you will find the "binder" (for lack of a better word) of 18 CDs. The binder has a sturdy chipboard cover with plastic CD storage sleeves inside. (CD storage sleeves are directly attached to the cover. There are no rings or other mechanisms.)
Inside the binder cover are some references to popular portions of Scripture with notation of where you can find them. (Ex: "The Beatitudes", Matthew 5:3-11, Disc 1, Track 5) This is a handy quick reference, but other than looking on the cover of the CDs themselves, this is the only reference of what Scriptures are on which discs...and it is incomplete. I would have appreciated the full reference list to also be placed on the product packaging itself, rather than multiple references to the actors who are involved in the project.
There are a total of 18 audio CDs in the Breathe Bible Audio New Testament, NLT collection. Each CD has around 75 minutes of content, with the total New Testament dramatization coming in at 21 hours. This contains only the New Testament - this is not the full NLT Bible in audio form.
Each voice/character in the text is read by a different actor/artist. Some of the actors do seem a bit lackluster compared to other dramatizations I have heard, but I wouldn't consider this version to be boring. In the background, there is music along with some mild sound effects. Although this may not be as "exciting" as some of the other dramatized versions, it is a definite plus that it is mild enough that you can clearly hear the words being spoken. There is no audio mark of where you are in the text (Ex: the narrator will not say "Matthew 5"); there are, however, track breaks between each chapter.
As for the text, it is read almost word-for-word from the NLT (New Living Translation). I say "almost" word-for-word, because there are instances where a person is quoted in the NLT with something like "he said" or "the man said" stated in the text, but those are not included. Also, portions of the text such as "Then Jesus said to him" (in Matthew 8:4) are often omitted completely, even when the narrator was already talking. Even little clues in the text, such as the word "shouting" are excluded from the phrase "The disciples went and woke him up, shouting..." (in Matthew 8:25).
Here's an example from Matthew 8:
NLT text of Matthew 8: 1-4a -
1 Large crowds followed Jesus as he came down the mountainside.
2 Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him. Lord, the man said, if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.
3 Jesus reached out and touched him. I am willing, he said. Be healed! And instantly the leprosy disappeared.
4 Then Jesus said to him, Dont tell anyone about this."...
Breathe Bible Audio New Testament, NLT dramatization of Matthew 8:1-4a -
1 Large crowds followed Jesus as he came down the mountainside.
2 Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him. Lord, if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.
3 Jesus reached out and touched him. I am willing, be healed! And instantly the leprosy disappeared.
4 Dont tell anyone about this."...
Sure, things like this make it more movie-like, but since you are not able to see the actors, it can be difficult to tell who is talking. It can also make it harder to follow along if you are trying to read along with the NLT text.
Although this may seem like a small change, it really has a bigger impact than I think the creators of this project realized. Imagine only being able to listen to a story without having clues as to who is talking. Without reading along in the NLT (which will skip around a bit because the text is not identical to what is being read), you may have no idea who is doing the talking.
If the full word-for-word text had been included in the Breathe Bible Audio New Testament, NLT dramatization, I would have rated this higher. The packaging, the background music and sound effects, the music to voice ratio...all of these were great...but I just felt that the content was changed enough by these "minor" changes to the text that it makes a difference in how I will recommend this product.
If you do choose to buy the Breathe Bible Audio New Testament, NLT, I would definitely recommend that you sit down with an NLT version of the Bible to follow along while you listen.
FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this product through their book review bloggers program. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.
BibleFan15 Stars Out Of 5Awesome Audio BibleMay 12, 2017BibleFan1Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What can I say? I am an audio Bible connoisseur. I have purchases every single major market dramatized audio Bible. Here are a few of the ones I've purchased and listened to multiple times:
Word of Promise
Next Generation Word of Promise
Truth and Life Audio New Testament
KJV Dramatized by Zondervan
NLT Bible Alive
Faith Comes by Hearing KJV and NIV
I have read the Bible more times than I can remember. I have listened to it completely through more times than I can remember and in many different translations. My favorite translation remains the KJV because I love the old English and the poetic beauty of that translation, plus it is a word for word translation.
The Breathe Audio Bible is a dramatic recording of the New Living Translation which is considered a loose thought for thought translation. In other words, they translated the Hebrew and Greek as to communicate what they thought was being said instead of aiming at word for word accuracy. Perhaps you should read some of this translation first so that you can make sure you like the translation philosophy before purchasing.
I purchased this audio Bible for three reasons. First, I have enjoyed Carl Amari's previous work (Word of Promise, WOP NG, Truth and Life Audio Bible, Twilight Zone Radio Drama) and I thought it was worth a try. Second, I love the Bible and I love dramatized audio. Third, I do not have a decent NLT dramatized Audio Bible. So what are my impressions of this particular production?
Overall, I think this is Amari's best work. He used all that he has learned from criticism from previous productions and he has fixed most of the errors made in the past. The Word of Promise remains the greatest overall audio Bible for the masses because of the star power, but there were certainly problems (see my review of that product).
This time Amari was not able to attract the star power as in the past, probably because the market is now flooded with these types of audio Bibles so interest has waned a little. However, I don't even know the actors names on the Breathe Audio Bible and that is probably a good thing. Less distraction.
So let me give you a breakdown of the good and bad things about this product:
Good: The Acting 4/5
I believe that the acting is incredibly consistent throughout, unlike other productions in this market. The Gospels are well read with Mark being the weakest, but still well done. The book of Acts is great and the Epistles are outstanding. There are no terrible moments at all and considering that the Breathe Audio Bible clocks in at over 17 hours, that is saying something.
Kevin Sorbo as the voice of God 5/5: This man has an incredible deep, booming voice. I can't wait to hear the Old Testament!
Josh Lucas as the voice of Jesus 3/5: Josh is the weakest actor on this production, but he isn't terrible. He just comes off as dry. However, his voice is pleasant and he isn't corny at all. I just wish he would've shown more emotion.
Kurt Naebig as Paul 4/5: My only complaints have more to do with production than acting. I think he should've raised his voice when talking to large crowds. Overall, his voice sounds young, but his acting is great and he reads the epistles well.
Christian Stolte as Luke 5/5: Christian Stolte is not a well known actor. I recognize his voice from the Twilight Zone Audio Dramas that Carl Amari produces. But in this production, he is simply amazing. His reading of Luke and Acts were a highlight to me.
Jesse Maccartney as Matthew 4/5: He sounds a little young to be believable, but he reads well enough.
Hill Harper as Mark 4/5: He sounded like he had some voice problems. I heard his voice crack multiple times. Yet this does not mean that he didn't do a good job. He reads good and is not dry at all.
Cobin Bleu as John 5/5: Corbin was fantastic in his reading of John! Couldn't have been done better.
Wintley Phipps as Peter 4/5: His voice is hard to get used to at first. Once I got used to his voice, I had to admit that he did a good job acting his part.
John Rhys Davies as narrator 5/5: I love his voice and he did amazing as usual.
Secondary actors perform great as well. There are no glaring flaws in this production like others in this market. Some might be irritated by the omitting of biblical text like "he said unto them", but it doesn't bother me. I can tell the difference in the voices well enough. Plus, if you listen through the app you can read along.
Music 3/5: Honestly I wasn't crazy about the music. First, the music plays non-stop throughout the production and this drives me crazy. I don't know who started this tradition on audio Bible productions, but it is not necessary. The music does add something to certain scenes, but why do we need music to set the mood for us in every single scene? I'm just being picky as this might not bother the average person. The music is fine and never distracting, I just wish it had been spread out a little more.
Production 4/5: For the most part it is produced masterfully. The voices are balanced well, the sound effects add to the experience, but never detract or distract. The Music could've been turned down in the mix at times, but this is minor. One problem I have is the dialog between multiple characters is not always natural. I happen to know that each actor was recording separately. This is obvious at times because there is no natural pause in response. If I was answering someone's question, I would take a second to respond to certain questions. This takes away from the realism of certain moments in the Bible.
Overall 5/5: Pickiness aside, I loved this audio Bible and I personally think it is the best I've ever heard. The NLT is not the best translation, but it lends itself to this type of production. The actors do not struggle with the text and it sounds like our everyday speech for the most part. I would recommend this for children to young adults and adults who desire to hear the Bible in clear-easy to understand English. Just know that translators are interpreting the scripture the way they think it should be interpreted. If you are okay with that, then have at it. Or perhaps your like me and you like to read other translations to get multiple pictures so that you can see the whole perspective of what was written for our admonition. I loved this product and I believe you will love it as well. Just don't go in expecting a strict word for word translation or production and you should enjoy the experience.