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Inspired By... The Bible Experience: New Testament Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged

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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 19 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Unabridged edition (October 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310926319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310926313
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


' opportunity to experience the Bible in a fresh way. ' (Rick Warren's Ministry Toolbox)

'...a full show of music, sound effects, and a dazzling array of celebrity voices. The producers...put together a cast of...actors who deliver a rich, diverse rendering of the contemporary Today's New International Version (TNIV) translation in gospel-meeting style. Listeners are treated to a sort of aural kaleidoscope with layers of voices, sound, and music....The lavish production pulls out all the stops....If a modern multimedia production experience is what you're after, enjoy the fine voices and often dynamic dramatized readings.' (AudioFile)

'Wow. Featuring more than 80 black actors, singers, and ministers, this production of the New Testament (Today's New International Version) is a showstopper. In June, it was named Audio Book of the Year, the top award in the spoken-word community. But this audio offers more than words: There is music, singing, sound effects, and dramatic acting throughout....' (USA TODAY)


“Inspired By…The Bible Experience is exactly what its title indicates, an experience. I’ve listened to many audio Bibles over the years, but none have achieved what The Bible Experience has, which is to bring the Bible to life in a very real, compelling, accessible and experiential way. I would strongly recommend that you listen to it and share it with others. I guarantee it will change the way you and they engage with the word of God.” -- John C. Maxwell, , Author

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Customer Reviews

I love this CD, I have purchase 4 copies already for family and friends.
Reader's Paradise
I love to read the WORD of God, but listening to it with such amazing special effects makes the WORD feel real, alive and relevant.
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I often replay a cd more than once--as I listen to it in the car and then at home as I read along with my bible.

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115 of 120 people found the following review helpful By M. Fields on October 17, 2006
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Finally. Not just a reading or recitation of the Holy Scriptures but a re-enactment of them. The words leap and dance off of the page due to the passion infused into every word. What a wonderful project. This is indeed a sight and sound generation. Try getting kids to sit down and read a book these days. Impossible! But now we have The Bible Experience. It's packed with more stars than a blockbuster movie. Although the cast is entirely African American, it makes no difference because when God speaks, he speaks to every person.

The set includes 19 CD's which hold the complete New Testament. There is also a CD which includes bonus features. That's where you will find the Making of Video, pictures and cast list and what characters they play. The really nice thing about this set is that the discs are already tucked into a nice cd case, ready to take with you as soon as you open the box.

The talent used here is a smart move. It creates an audience that may not have been attracted to a project like this. What a cast: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Blair Underwood, Yolanda Adams, Shirely Ceasar, Faith Evans, Kirk Franklin, Hill Harper, Levar Burton, Tisha Campbell, Loretta Devine, Kim Fields, Eriq Lasalle, MC Lyte, Glynn Turman, Garrett Morris, James Avery, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Donnie McClurkin, etc., etc., etc. There are too many to name here.

The cast re-enacts from the new testament of Today's New International Version of the bible. Not only is there acting but wonderfully scored music and sound effects to make the listener feel as though he is at the scene.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By butchdaulton on November 20, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Fantastic! When I first heard of this product, I expected something very much like my NIV on CD - clearly presented, but still having that "reading-a-book" feel. However, the Bible Experience accomplishes exactly what its name implies. In the Gospels and Acts, you feel the action taking place. In the Epistles, you get the experience of the letters actually being written.

I read an earlier review that criticized the production quality of this project. As a former professional editor in radio and video and as a current pastor, I can assure you that I was thoroughly satisfied with both production and content. The fact that there is little pause between narrator and actor keeps the momentum moving and eliminates the "wooden" feel of more traditional readings. However, even with this more realistic pace, nowhere do you feel that the text is being treated with anything but respect.

I also thought that the background sounds were very well done. Two of my favorites were the marching soldiers panning slowly from right to left in Romans and the dank, dripping feel of the prison in 1 Corinthians. Never overwhelming - just enough to create the "experience".

Finally, I thought the scoring was very appropriate. That was one of my criticisms with the NIV recording, where it seemed that the background music was on a continuous loop and would rise and fall at random times. In The Bible Experience, the music fit the scenes - and there are many times when there is no music, just the ambient sound that would surround a 1st century letter being written.

I have been recommending this project in my church, and will highly recommend it on this website. It treats the NT with reverence, while realistically animating it from an oft-times lifeless page. I can't wait until next year's OT release - the history books are going to be a blast!
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Reader's Paradise VINE VOICE on November 17, 2006
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I have waited for this release since last year when I first got the email from As soon as it came out in October I brought it. I love this CD, I have purchase 4 copies already for family and friends. This is on the top of my gift giving list.

I have read many versions of the bible since 2003, and to be honest this is the best. I can see the story as it is being told to me. The drama that is accompanied by the reading is fantastic.

I love the way the executive producers surround the angel "Gabriel" with such a voice and the speed of it "wow" very exciting, you can truly feel his sense of urgency when talking to Zechariah about the birth "John" YES Lord!!

This is such an anointing project and I am sure many who NEVER would pick up a bible or attend church services WILL be blessed by this audio version of the bible.

As God inspired in the four gospels he meets everyone right where they are and then waits for us to get there. The Bible Experience is living testimony of just that...

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By S. Minor on October 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The words of Jesus come to life with Blair Underwood in The Bible Experience. Hear the Beautitudes spoken to you from the mouth of Jesus. I am in awe of the power of the Bible experience. The words, music, background take you to the place where the words are spoken. I have been blessed with comprehension and study of the KJV of the bible, I am having a more enlightened experience with the audio.

This is a must have for any family, African American or otherwise.

I am presenting this to my family members for Christmas presents. What better way to honor the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

I listened to the book of Matthew on my daily commute, and received powerful revelations from God's word.

I recommend that you read the New Testment Chapters before you listen to the tape to realize the blessing of the Bible Experience.

Wonderful casting of the Books of the New Testament.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
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