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'...an 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|'I am a lover of the Bible. I own a very large collection of them from all over the world. I have been reading it in Dutch, German and English for most of my 79 years. I cannot live without regular, daily doses of the Word of God. However, I have never 'experienced' the Word of God in the unique way I have since I started listening to The Bible Experience. As a lover of God's Word, you owe it to yourself to regularly listen to The Bible Experience. It will make the Bible come even more alive for you as it has for me, especially when your eyes are too tired to read.' -- Brother Andrew, , Author|'The words written in the book of Acts have come to life in our living room as our family has sat listening together to The Bible Experience. The resulting family discussions have ignited conversations with our children about Jesus, the disciples, religion, the growth of the early church and the commitment of the early believers. I am thankful for this quality resource that brings the Word to life. We are telling all youth pastors and parents who come near Student Life about this incredible tool and its potential benefit to young people.' -- Randy Hall, , President|'The Bible Experience is exciting to listen to! If you want to hear a stirring audio recording of the Bible of the highest quality, then The Bible Experience is for you. Listen, and be prepared for an encounter with the Bible that you have never had before but you will certainly enjoy and remember!' -- Robert A. Schuller, , Senior Pastor|“As a pastor and a student of the Bible, I have spent most of my life reading it, studying it and preaching from it. It is a never-ending surprise to me how I find more to learn and apply the more I read it. Recently I obtained a copy of The Bible Experience, and to my amazement I found in it a way to experience the Bible that took my appreciation for it to another level. I highly commend The Bible Experience to everyone. You will discover how this incredible high quality, word for word, dramatic presentation of the Bible can take to new heights your appreciation for what the Word can do to change your life.” -- Dr. Robert Jeffress, , Senior Pastor|“Even if you've read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, you have to listen to Inspired By...The Bible Experience. I guarantee you will walk away with a deeper appreciation and understanding of God's Word having experienced it through that such an amazing dramatic performance. I am strongly encouraging everyone in our congregation to listen to it, listen again, and to share it with others. It is truly remarkable.” -- Dr. Tom Mullins, , Senior Pastor|'When I first heard the impact of this one-of-a-kind recording, I immediately wanted to share it with my friends and staff members. This fully dramatized recording of the entire Bible on CD brings the Scriptures to life in a very real way, with an unprecedented ensemble of distinguished actors, musicians, and personalities. I have listened to it first-hand, and it moved me deeply.' -- Dr. David Jeremiah, , Founder

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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 19 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Unabridged edition (September 27, 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 (229 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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117 of 123 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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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By butchdaulton on November 20, 2006
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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 Gospel.com. 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
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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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