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The Listener's NIV MP3 Audio Bible MP3 CD – October 15, 2002


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Product Details

  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Fellowship for the Performing Arts (October 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931047308
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931047302
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,208,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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This is a powerful recording. Max McLean presents the gospels and letters of St. Paul as living history. The voice of Jesus is very human: reflective, exasperated, commanding and anguished. Above all, the voice of Jesus conveys authority...these are not academic or reflective readings. McLean s voice is clear and present. He conveys excitement and conviction which sweeps the listener into the heart of the Word of God. --AudioFile Magazine, The Audiobook Review

He sounds as you might expect the writers of the text to sound if they were speaking instead of writing... McLean reads the Bible like it is the Word of God. --Donald S. Whitney D.Min, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

About the Author

As the narrator of the Listener s Bible (available in KJV, NIV and ESV translations) McLean is committed to recapturing the early oral tradition of telling the Bible story with clarity and power. He brings a unique blend of dramatic expression and theological understanding that make listening to the Bible a joyous, rewarding experience. His recordings of the Bible have been nominated for Best Inspirational Audio by the Audio Publisher's Association on two separate occasions.

Customer Reviews

Max McLean shows a passion for the word that is very moving.
Andy Kaylor
I really am enjoying this purchase. this was bought for both me and my mother to listen to while at work. though work leavse little time to listen to it.
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The Listener's NIV MP3 Audio Bible is well organized and catalogued.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

77 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Andy Kaylor on January 2, 2003
This is so much more than just hearing the Bible read. Max McLean shows a passion for the word that is very moving. I delayed getting this for some time, because I'm not a particular fan of the NIV translation, but after hearing some samples I realized that the strength of performance overcomes any imprecision in translation.
The audio quality of the MP3's isn't quite as good as the audio CDs (the MP3's are 96 Kbps, 44 MHz), so if you aren't concerned about the price difference or the extra bulk, the audio CDs might be the way to go. Even so, I wouldn't say the lower sound quality is a significant distraction (just a bit of "tinny" ring from time to time), and the MP3 format is very convenient.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Jacob & Kiki Hantla TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 7, 2005
Max McLean's voice takes a little while to get used to. I'll be honest, at first it kind of annoyed me. But to have my favorite Bible version (ESV) in audio makes up for any personal issues I may have with the reader's voice. In fact, after getting used to some of his mannerisms, I appreciate the way that he reads. He reads slowly, which I have read some others complain about. But the way that he reads allows the listener to contemplate and think about what is being heard. In my opinion, the reader is very effective.

In case you might be wondering how you will use this product, let me tell you how I use them. I have put the mp3-format audio files on my iPod and use them for half of my read-through-the-Bible program. I never want to have my only regular exposure to the Bible in audio form and not in written form. So I am always reading/listening from different portions of the Bible at the same time. The way I have it set up, I will read through the Bible at least once in a year and listen through the Bible at least once in a year. I listen while I walk or jog in the morning. If that doesn't give me enough time it is very easy to listen in the car as well. I love listening aloud with my wife because it gives us the opportunity to be exposed to the same scripture at the same time.

These are just suggestions which I hope are helpful. Do it however you like. I do strongly recommend, nevertheless, that you make an audio Bible of whatever your version-of-choice is (I commend the ESV to you for many reason, contact me if you'd like guidance in this) a regular part of your Bible reading time. Inform your conscience with the Word. Why listen to the radio and inform your worldview from a worldly view. Let's fight hard to have God's perspective shown to us in His Word our perspective.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Bura L. Robinson on May 25, 2004
This is my 3rd audio Bible. My first was dramatized, second with Alexander Scorby. This by all means my favorite. It is like I step into a Virtual Bible. I put my headphones on and all the imagination my brain can harness paints a picture before my eyes. My big beef and main reason for not giving it 5 stars is because of a technical issue. I had the purpose of listening to this on my Creative Labs 40GB Nomad MP3 Player. The struggle was that when I imported them into my "Real" player all the names for each chapter file were the same. So I had to rename each file and give each file a CD track # so my MP3 Player could play each track in each book in the proper order. Otherwise very well done.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By G. A. Gudger on January 27, 2007
I am a devout KJV bible reader, but when it came to the car I knew I needed something a little lighter and easier to understand (I didn't want to be thinking too hard on something other than driving), so the NIV audio bible by Max McLean it was.

He is very easy to understand. His dramatic presentation makes it very easy to absorb and retain the bible. I also look forward to purchasing more of his products.

The audio bible came in a well presented double case with 4 CDs. The files are all organized well that they should be compatible with any MP3 player and play in the correct order. Each chapter is its own MP3 so it is very easy to skip backwards or forwards. I downloaded it onto my Creative Zen Micro and it works beautifully. I only have a 1GB flash player so I was only able to copy from Genesis throgh Job. That doesn't bother me any, I just know I need a bigger player. The data size is just a shade over 2GBs (my computer says it is 2.08G) so you will likely need a 3GB player to fit it all on.

This MP3 CD will work in your computer or on an MP3 player. If you want this to work in your car stereo or home stereo system they must be able to read the special MP3 CDs as this CD does not contain any audio tracks but rather a single data track with the MP3 files.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Randy Given on September 29, 2004
This is a fantastic product at a fantastic price. Yes, you have to be able to play MP3 files (or convert them to audio files), but you get a very handy carrying case and only seven (7) CDs -- hard to believe that would include the whole Bible in NIV translation.

When I first listened to Max McLean on the cassette version, several years ago, I was thrilled. I was worried about the quality when going from audio to MP3. Now, I have transferred many sermons from CD quality to MP3, so I also knew that it can be done well and still save a lot of space. These CDs do just that -- great audio on one-tenth the number of CDs.

The audio chapters are short and make it easy to skip around. The reading is dynamic, articulated and dynamic. Just all around great.
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