28 December 2015

Audiobook Review: "NIV Audio Bible Dramatized"

Written by: God (original text) / Zondervan (translator/publisher)
Starring: An expansive cast (names unknown)
Published: 2001
Synopsis: The Bible comes alive in this dramatized, multi-cast, unabridged reading! Featuring an expansive cast, fully orchestrated background music, and the beloved 1984 edition of the New International Version as its text, God's Word leaps off of the page! Hear beloved stories and timeless teachings as never before!

The Good: It's an audio adaptation of the best book ever written, so, how could it not be good? Seriously, though, the readers mostly do a good job, and the vocal effects and background music and sounds mostly make for a good experience.  Since this is based on the older NIV, it doesn't have the genderless pronouns found in the newer versions that annoyed many people.  It stays true to the original text very well, and, all in all, was a good experience, except...

The Bad: Some of the readers, especially when it came to the prophets and epistles, were a bit dull and slow; not only that, but, in those books in particular, they had a single reader instead of letting the guy who did the voice of God in the other books read the divinely spoken words.  Also, the intros to every single book were annoying, and some parts weren't as dramatized as they could have been.

Conclusion: While mostly impressive, this still isn't the best audio Bible I've heard.  The talent is there, but, the production values could have been a bit better.  Still, for fans of the original NIV, this is definitely worth listening to, though, by now, it may be hard to find.

Score: 3.5/5

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