I received this book from Thomas Nelson as I am a book reviewer for them. I am very glad that I did get this Bible because I love that I am experiencing and hearing the Bible as if it is a surround sound experience verses a flat one reader internal experience. I also enjoy that it is a NKJv because it is not the typical translation for me. I usually use the NLT, ASV, and occasionally the NIV. When I first received this Bible I was concerned about the translation b/c to me it makes The Word seem stiff and un-natural, like the language of yesteryear trying to reach a child taught a new English language. However, the radio theater style makes the language natural and easier to understand even for my kiddos.While this Bible is full of a star-studded cast of characters I felt that the acting and emotion in voice was lacking at times and this is my biggest complaint about it. The voice of the Narrator was amazing as are most of the other voices. However, the voice of Jesus was so dry and emotionless. Track 8 on the John CD brings a bit more emotion to Jesus and his word but then it instantly goes back to the meek and mild tone when we get to track 9. At times it is so unnatural sounding that it is hard to tell that the voice is suppose to be Jesus talking.While I would recommend this Bible to others for the radio-theater aspect and the delightful way it draws you into hearing and experiencing Gods word in a different way; I am still on the lookout for an audio Bible that brings the radio theater experience with a more natural emotion filled portrayal especially from the voice of Jesus. However, because it is the NKJV and I very much enjoyed having a version that I do not usually use and because the actor portraying Jesus is not in all books of the New Testament, the ones that did not include him were tremendously enjoyable such that it did make the entire product worth it to me. So much that I would love to have this version in the Old Testament too!
The Word of Promise is a very different form of audio Bible than I'm used to. The ones I've listened to in the past have been an interesting but not recognizable voice. This product is the NKJ version on 20 audio CDs in a nice zippered CD case. It includes over 21 hours of well-acted audio, contains an original soundtrack and high quality sound effects, and includes a Behind the Scenes DVD. It uses well known actors/actresses to portray the various Biblical characters. Jim Caviezel lends his voice to Jesus, Kimberly Williams-Paisley portrays Mary (Jesus' mother), Richard Dreyfuss brings Moses' quotes to life, and Louis Gossett Jr. is John. These are just a few of the over 120 actors in this set.I loved listening to the Bible in this particular format. It was very easy to pay attention to and held my 4 small children spellbound. That is the biggest advantage of this set of CD's, in my opinion. Even the smallest child will enjoy hearing God's powerful Word from these dramatic actors. The most powerful sections were the Passion Week selections. Similar to the movie, "Passion of the Christ", these CD's brought the entire Bible to life. My oldest son (8yo) commented how he didn't want to quit listening. That's a very high review in my book! I'd recommend this to anyone looking for an audio Bible. There is not one negative thing I cansay.Disclosure of Material Connection: Id like to thank Thomas Nelson Publishers for providing me this audio-book free as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
The Word of Promise New Testament is a well-produced Audio Bible. There are many, many different Bibles on Audio but this is one of the best I've come across. It's full of famous and recognizable voices (which may or may not be a bonus depending on your viewpoint). Because the voices The Word of Promise uses are for the most part actors it means it never feel amateurish This particular edition I'm reviewing comes with a travel cd case to carry all 20 discs of audio, plus a behind the scenes bonus disc.The only "bad" thing about this audio Bible is the music, at times it was too loud for the voices and then became distracting from the verses being spoken. It's beautiful music - even though it repeats, a lot, but was overpowering for my taste.It would be a great listen for long car trips or even on the commute to work! I think even the entire family would enjoy this Audio Bible!
The Word of Promise is an audio Bible (NKJV) unlike any I've encountered. With a vast amount of vocal talent, as well as beautiful music, it makes the New Testament come alive! It comes in a beautiful zip case, so there's no need to worry about misplacing disks. Perfect for long drives, or even short ones. As a bonus the set includes a "Behind the Scenes" DVD, which was extremely interesting, and Michael W. Smith's new song "The Promise". All in all, I thoroughly enjoy this audio set, and am hopeful that they will record an Old Testament to match.
The Search for an Audio Bible is Over with The Word of Promise New Testament. The Word of Promise audio Bible is a treasure to have for sure. This particular release features the entire New Testament on CD format and is based on the rock solid New King James translation of the Bible. Produced in the footsteps of the classic radio productions of the yesterdays the Word of Promise succeeds in bringing a quality audio bible which up until now was so hard to find. The cast is packed with professional talent, and is produced near perfectly as it is not over dramatized to the point of loosing the actual Words. What also makes this so great is that the publishers and the produces decided to use a trusted and time tested translation, rather then a newer paraphrasing translation. Hearing the bible is very different then reading it, nothing profound there, but it can be a tough thing to pull off. It either becomes real cheesy and/or over dramatic or it is to boring and becomes very mundane. However, the Word of Promise features Dramatic audio Theatre an original soundtrack, enhanced sound effects, and over 120 actors. The CD New Testament edition comes packaged in a travel sized zipper pack that conveniently stores all 20 CDs, and includes a behind the scenes DVD which became a pleasant surprise bonus. The definite highlight of this edition is the dramatic telling of the book of Revelation which truly makes the account come to life which is worth the price of the set all by itself.