The price was great as so the quality for the price. I expected a lot more dramatization from the person reading the part of Jesus. His voice does not reflect the up and down tones in a way that I expected.
I wanted to give this fewer stars because I really disliked it, but that's more my fault for thinking I might actually like a dramatized version of the bible. I guess in theory dramatizing the new testament sounds like a good idea, but it slows the pacing down, the music and sound effects are distracting and all of the actors seem really unnecessary to me. In reality the new testament was written as letters to be read to the churches and not as plays.
Supposing though you really wanted to get a dramatized reading, I still couldn't rate this more than 3 stars. For starters Jim Caviezel as Jesus is pretty terrible, it sounds as if he is reading the text for the first time and no matter how bad he is there isn't any do overs. He pauses at awkward times in some sentences and it sounded like a couple of times he actually giggles while reading a line, unexcusable. There should be at least some reverence in reading the words of the Savior. The other problem I had was the annoying background noises in the Paul's epistles. Every new chapter we're greeted by someone pouring a glass of something to drink, writing noises and background music. For some of the harder theological themes this is really distracting, plus does Paul really have to pour a new drink before every new chapter? (note I didn't even bother listening to the other new testament stuff so it might be worse or better)
If someone really wants a dramatized reading, I would recommend previewing this first (especially the Jesus lines if you can find them) and looking at others. If you're like me and just want to hear the word and maybe use it as additional study (such as at work or driving), then this is just distracting.
The Word of Promise: New Testament is a dramatized version of the complete New Testament with more than 20 hours of audio. Using the New King James version of the Bible, over 120 actors provide voices for the numerous characters of the New Testament. This 20 CD set comes in a padded case with a bonus DVD. The DVD includes behind the scenes clips of the making of this audio set. Here are just a few of the people who provided their voices for this production: Michael W. Smith, Jim Caviezel, Michael York, Louis Gossett, Jr., Kimberly Williams-Paisley, and Richard Dreyfuss. I enjoy listening to the Bible on audio. We actually have a few versions around the house. While this version isn't my favorite audio Bible, I enjoyed listening to it. The actors do a very nice job of bringing the characters to life. But there was one voice that got on my nerves the actor doing Jesus' voice (Jim Caviezel). He just sounds wimpy. I believe that Jesus spoke with authority and Caviezel speaks like he's not sure of what he's saying. It's not exactly like I imagined Jesus to sound. But the other actors make up for this and I did enjoy listening. Overall it's a nice audio version of the Bible.