31 December 2015

Audiobook Review: "The Bible Experience: Old Testament"

Written by: God (original text) / Zondervan (translator/publisher)
Performed by: Samuel L. Jackson, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Angela Bassett, Denzel Washington, and countless others
Released: September 28, 2007
Synopsis: Hear the Bible come alive in this dramatic audio presentation! This word-for-word adaptation of the TNIV (Today's New International Version) translation features an expansive cast which includes Samuel L. Jackson as the voice of God, a fully orchestrated soundtrack, and radio-play-style sound effects! Listen as God creates the earth, Adam and Eve sin, the patriarchs have their triumphs and defeats, Moses leads God's people out of Egypt, Saul, David, and Solomon reign as kings, and the prophets foretell of a coming Messiah!

The Good: I love the Bible, and a well-made audio or celluloid presentation can make the words leap off the page! This was very well-produced; the music, sound effects, voices, etc., were all amazingly done.  For people who want to study the Bible, but would fall asleep trying to read it themselves, this would be a valuable tool!

The Bad: The only problem I have is this: While I understand the need for non-gender-specific pronouns in some verses, it makes the wording awkward at times.  That, though, is a minor complaint.

Conclusion: Doing the Bible is audio format is an arduous task, especially when it involves such big-name talent.  Still, the makers of this audiobook prove that they're more than up to the task.  If you like the Bible on audio, but haven't given this one a try, you definitely should.

Score: 4.5/5

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