The Listener's Bible NIV 1984 Translation Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1931047173
ISBN-10: 1931047170
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"His delivery is hypnotic...his clarion voice communicates the power and passion encapsulated in God's Word ...you become engrossed." -- Hank Hanegraaff, The Bible Answer Man

"This is the best audio bible I've ever heard...one of my most prized biblical resources." -- A Listener from Newport Beach, CA

"Your voice, inflection, pronunciation, and passion for the Scriptures are extremely effective in bringing the words/word pictures to life." -- A Listener in Macon, GA

This is a powerful recording. He sweeps the listener into the heart of the Word of God. -- AudioFile

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2002 Finalist for Inspirational/Spiritual Audio Book of the Year by the Audio Publisher's Association!

2002 Finalist for Best Package Design by the Audio Publisher's Association!

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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 66 pages
  • Publisher: Fellowship for the Performing Arts; 1984 Translation edition (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931047170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931047173
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 6.7 x 2.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #447,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Manis on July 19, 2006
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I first discovered Max McLean reading the Bible online at another website. I found reading the Bible myself with the audio reinforcement of Max McLean reading to be an excellent way to read God's Word. After reading at my computer I found the best value for this product at Amazon. I bought one for myself. I took it into my Wednesday night Bible study and the group really liked it. When I was away on vacation they pleaded with me to bring the Audio Bible back. That was enough encouragement for me to buy a copy for the class. I also sent one to my Aunt who is awaiting delivery.

I have started listening to the Audio Bible during my commute. What a positive difference! Hearing God's Word certainly helps reduce the stress of South Florida traffic.

Personally, I really like the Max McLean's reading performance. The background sounds are just enough and while some may not like Max McLean's style, I feel the emphasis usually makes what is being said more clear.

A GREAT GIFT IDEA FOR ANYONE, especially for people who are out of town!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Truth Teller on March 9, 2007
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Max McLean has the most beautiful, soothing voice I have heard on any audio recording. His delivery of the Bible texts is superb. I purchased both McLean's "The Listener's Bible" and "The Valley of Vision" recordings for my husband as a Christmas gift, and he has enjoyed immensely his daily commute of two hours ever since.

One reviewer mentioned attempting to read along as Mr. McLean delivered the beautiful biblical verses and having difficulty with the theatricality of Mr. McLean's voice. I disagree that his voice is theatrical; I do find it dramatic and moving and precisely how I would expect to hear the Word of the Lord - dramatic enough to know who is speaking but lovingly delivered.

As a teacher, I would suggest a method which might help persons reading the Bible and having difficulty with older, non-modern versions of any text. As with other fine literature, the modern, untrained reader must develop a knack for reading and understanding older literature and other texts correctly over time. One way is by hearing it again and again before attempting to decipher it in print.

In other words, listen to develop a familiarity with how the text would have been spoken, the inflections of voice, and the emphasis on certain words in order to "translate" concepts into modern terms. Then when one sits down to read the written word, it becomes much more clear and revealing. (Try this with Homer or Shakespeare as well.)

The best way I have found to fully appreciate Max McLean's narrative talent and the soul-soothing balm of the Bible is to close the drapes, lie back, exclude as many outside sounds as possible and devote an hour or more solely to LISTENING. Allow McLean's lovely voice to read to you. Just ENJOY it!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Yeargin on May 26, 2005
Much better than the Alexander Scourby recordings, both in sound quality, and in the entire presentation. The emotion and action can be felt in hearing the words. McLean indeed has a very special gift for presenting the scriptures in a way that holds the listener's attention, something that is lacking in other audio Bible products. Good work.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 9, 2006
Max McLean does an excellent job of making the reading dynamic and impassioned without making it overly dramatic. The background music (although it is more sounds than music per se) creates a wonderful listening atmosphere that helps keep one's attention focused. Many other audio Bibles out there are rather insipid and are about as engaging as an automated answering machine; not so with this one. Overall I would highly recommend this audio version of the NIV Bible.
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100 of 129 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 1, 2002
I purchased this for several reasons, but mostly because I love Scripture. Having read most of the Bible at least once, and other parts numerous times, I figured that this would help me keep refreshed, as I listen to it during my frequent 2 and a half hour road trips in my car. Well delivered Scripture can be a better companion than even good music at times...
Max McLean has a wonderful delivery, and the subtle, simple music in the background adds just the right amount of color. I especially liked his telling of the 4 Gospels. It sounded real, fresh, but never over-dramatized.
As a Catholic, I do have two objections. One cannot however be considered an objection, as I bought this knowing that it was a Protestant translation, and therefore is missing the Deuterocanonicals. Alas, I won't have the pleasure of hearing Max recite those; I'll simply have to read the text to keep refreshed :)
Third - and this is actually a criticism, is the translation used. While the choice of the NIV was logical for the producers, as its a popular and easily-readable translation, I do take issue with the way some things are inconsistently translated. I was actually not aware of a few finer points of translation until I heard this, my previous Scripture studies having used other translations (NAB, KJV, RSV, Jerusalem Bible).
While I feel that the NIV is an accurate translation overall, and don't want to accuse the translators of intentional doctoring without a compelling case, there are two words that seem to have been inconsistently translated in order to de-Catholicize the Bible on the two foundational points of Catholic/Protestant contention. The two words are paradosis and ergon, which mean, respectively, tradition and works.
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