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Product Details

  • MP3 CD: 3 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; MP3 edition (October 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1418534366
  • ISBN-13: 978-1418534363
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #987,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Exclusive: A Letter From Carl Amari, Producer of The Word of Promise

Dear Friends,

I am very excited for you all to experience The Word of Promise New Testament Audio Bible. It has been a true labor of love and I’m thrilled that it has finally released.

I would like to take a few minutes to share with you how The Word of Promise came to be. As a young man, I was introduced to and intrigued by recordings of old radio shows. Long before the advent of TV, people were entertained by radio mysteries, comedies and dramas. These stories were presented by actors, complete with sound effects and music enhancing the experience. The imagination, which we have all but forgotten today, was totally engaged.

While in college, I started a company to market these audio gems of the past. In only a few years, Radio Spirits became the largest seller and marketer of classic radio shows in the world.

Then during the filming of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ I visited the set in Rome. Seeing first hand what Mel was creating, and encountering his vision for the film, made a profound and lasting impression on me.

One night, over two years ago, while reading to my children from the Bible, the vision of a dramatized version of the Bible began to take shape in my heart. Why not engage the powerful medium of audio to impact lives with the Word of God as the radio shows from yesterday impacted me as a child? We could reach more people.

Only a few years later and by the profound grace of God, the combined efforts of an incredibly talented group of artisans have brought forth an audio New Testament that I believe will stand the test of time. I've never been more excited or passionate about a project and I want to thank God and everyone who has touched this in their own unique way...especially you. Savor these eternal words "which will not pass away" and may many blessings be yours as a result.

God Bless,

Carl Amari
CEO, Falcon Picture Group
Producer, The Word of Promise

The Voices of Promise

Jim Caviezel, Jesus

Richard Dreyfuss, Voice of Moses

Lou Gossett, Jr., John

John Heard, Matthew

Ernie Hudson, Peter

Stacy Keach, Paul

Chris McDonald, Luke

Excerpt: Taking the Place of Barrabas (Matthew 27.15-25)

Luke Perry, Stephen and Judas

Lou Diamond Phillips, Mark

John Schneider, James

Marisa Tomei, Mary Magadalene

Terence Stamp, Voice of God

Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Mary, Mother of Jesus

Michael York, Narrator

Excerpt: Jesus Dies on the Cross (Matthew 27.51-56)

--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

From AudioFile

Boasting a cast of notable actors, THE WORD OF PROMISE provides a captivating rendering of the New Testament. This production brings to life the Gospels, combining enlivening sound effects, intense dialogue, and illuminating music. Jim Caviezel delivers a compelling performance of Jesus, with a steady tone that can as effectively recount parables as reenact the crucifixion. Following the theatrical portrayal of the life of Jesus, the remaining books shift in narrative character. More philosophical in nature, each book is read as a continuous monologue by one narrator, with fewer interludes of dialogue. Among the variety of actors, Stacy Keach boldly portrays the message of Paul, and Michael York eloquently recounts Acts and Hebrews. Overall, the production is engaging for the listener and well executed. T.D.M. 2008 Audies Finalist © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

Customer Reviews

It is like listening to a movie.
It's the best audio bible to come out in a very long time, and in my opinion far better then reading the bible yourself.
Christopher Gray
Plus, there is an amazing cast of actors who play the parts in the story.

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272 of 279 people found the following review helpful By Michael L. Sheppard on November 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Since I have now listened to the entire NT, I wanted to comment on the Word of Promise New Testament Audio Bible.

I'll preface by saying that I am a Christian who loves the Bible but who has been disappointed over the years with the various audio bibles available.

A brief survey.

In my opinion the greatest audio presentation to date by a single reader is Alexander Scourby's reading of both the King James Version and the Revised Standard Version (no longer available). Mr. Scourby's reading is effortless, beautiful, and he delivers the words of the bible with the right emotional weight almost without exception. A phenomenal performance.

Other single readers include Max McLean who has an odd way of emphasizing words/phrases at times that brings attention to himself and the oddity rather than realistically delivering the words in a believable manner. Marquis Laughlin does a better job but still tends to over dramatize too often when not called for by the text. James Earl Jones' great voice is alas trapped in a version with poor background music that is very distracting and artificial.

The "dramatic" editions of most audio bibles that feature a cast of speakers too often sound very amateurish. Dialog and narrative are not delivered well much of the time and the results frequently sound like a group of individuals taken from any number of Sunday School Classes around a community and placed before microphones. Well meaning attempts to be sure, but distracting for listeners who know what good performance artists can deliver and who want desperately to hear someone read the bible as it may have actually been spoken.

Which brings me to the Word of Promise.
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Bennet Pomerantz VINE VOICE on April 7, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Most people have said, "I wish I could read the bible cover to cover." Many have tried with limited success. A few who have spoken to me, when I have spoken at appearances. Some have suggested there should be a bible on audio.

There have been versions of the New Testament brought onto the audio format with such celebrities like Gregory Peck, Pat Boone, James Earl Jones and Johnny Cash. These people have done great narrating efforts in speaking of the gospels. Moreover, many who have been intriguing with these audio productions. A few have been honest and said these audios tended to drone on with one vocal talent. No matter how good he is in his rendition of the testament.

A few years ago, Carl Amari from Falcon Pictures group brought to the spoken word format, audio adaptions in a radio theater style of The Twilight Zone episodes. Before I received this production, I knew Carl was involved and knew this set was a project of quality.

And it is. The talent in front and behind the microphone showcases a excellence audio showcase that will not bore, even the casual listener. Jim Caviezel, who portrayed Jesus in Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, does the vocal honors as Jesus. His vocals alone holds this project together . His gentle timbers shows a kind and a gentle man who was also a god of men.

The rest of the major cast is an A list of film and movie actors. Most are experts in audio books or audio theater. Such talents like Lou Diamond Phillips (Mark), John Heard (Matthew), John Schneider (James), Terence Stamp (The voice of God), Stacy Keach (Paul). Louis Gossett jr (John), Marisa Tomei (Mary Magdelene) and Luke Perry (Judas) make this audio presentation more of an event than just simple piece of spoken word.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Nerd Alert TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 8, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I really had my doubts about this one. The use of mainstream actors and the "theater" concept gave me the impression that this was just another step in the fall of Christianity in America, as we continually try to make the message more appealing to the mainstream and sacrifice a lot of substance in the process. However, I was dead wrong. This is an incredibly powerful way to study the Word! Being a stodgy old man (okay, I'm in my 20's), I've really forgotten about the large difference between hearing and reading the Bible, but this was a reminder that faith comes by "hearing the word," and there is something truly inspiring about this production. As odd as it seems to me, I will be one of the first in line for the Old Testament.

As to the other reviewer's concern about a lack of "righteous anger," I really had the opposite view. In some places where Jesus was warning people in love, I felt the actor portrayed a more indignant or cold emotion. This just illustrates that they could have never decided on a script that everyone would agree with. The Word is what is is, though, and I truly appreciate this compelling format, regardless of a few potential stumbles or controversial intonations.
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49 of 58 people found the following review helpful By W. Schley on April 18, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I am a Christian and Bible scholar who collects audio Bibles.

The most important textual readings in this production are delivered by its single weakest performer, James Caviezel. I assume the producers banked on star power from The Passion when they chose Jim Caviezel to read for Jesus. But his delivery in The Word of Promise is, in my opinion, almost a complete failure. His tone is inappropriate throughout most of the four Gospels. He often sounds petulant, which is a particularly inappropriate tone for Christ. It sounds as though Caviezel is unrehearsed, as though he just jumps into the text and reads it impromptu. He ruins some of the passages and fails to carry many others. Surrounded by such veteran and accomplished voice talent who deliver such excellent performances in this production, Caviezel seems to be out of his league. Because of Caviezel's poor reading the rendering of the Gospels is disappointing in The Word of Promise. But from Acts forward the listening experience is thoroughly rewarding.

There is an unfortunate phrase in the music. It is repeated again and again throughout the production. Around Acts 4, it suddenly dawned on me that this exact short musical phrase is a major motif in The Godfather II movie, and thereafter I couldn't help thinking about that movie whenever the phrase turned up in The Word. I would call that distracting!

I would recommend this audio Bible for the high technical quality and imaginative devices, and also for the excellence of most of the voice talent. Unfortunately, and surprisingly, the producers selected an inexperienced and unprepared actor for the most important role.
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