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The Life of Jesus: Dramatic Eyewitness Accounts from the Luke Reports (Radio Theatre) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD

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This drama on the life of Jesus is solidly structured and well performed. Further, it's truly produced for the ear, with sound effects--a scraping sword, the clink of coins being counted, and, even more impressive, crowd scenes over a large distance. As for the cast, one or two of their accents are a bit out of place, but overall they serve the purpose of making it possible to immediately tell Luke and Mary from other male and female voices. Finally, the story is paced well for dramatic effect (except that it starts off slowly). There are only two distractions. Framing the story of Jesus as a narrative of "news" from the Middle East comes off as gimmicky, and the background music is overdone. G.T.B. 2007 Audies Award Finalist © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Product Details

  • Series: Radio Theatre
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Tyndale Entertainment; Unabridged edition (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589973682
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589973688
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 5.1 x 2.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,205,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. Weber on January 10, 2007
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Focus on the Family has another quality product! We use audio books alot when traveling and this one is of course safe for the whole family, very thought and discussion provolking. I would recommend that children should be at least age 7 or so in order to follow the story. It is a very interesting way to interpret this Gospel. Our family has found it very enjoyable and we have listened more than once.
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This is an excellent Audio Set by Focus On The Family!!! I couldn't stop listening to it - a few times it was past midnight before I could forced myself to turn it off.

It brings the Bible to life with the account of the biblical Doctor Luke's amazing adventure and true life story!

This is sure to please any listeners no matter what their ages are. On the back it says "for All Ages"... but there are a few rough/intense moments - including when Doctor Luke gets "run through" with a sword or a knife.

It is a wonderful set that I highly recomend without any hesitation.
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I was uncertain as to the accuracy of the audio of the life of Christ, but have found it to be not only accurate but very exciting to listen to. I love it and truly recommend this to anyone who would like to listen to a fresh description of the life of Christ. Focus on the Family endorses it and I have truly enjoyed every minute of it. I even downloaded it to our I-Pod.
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I can't remember ever being so impressed with an audio book before. The production is incredible; you really are there with Luke on his journey and the sound effects are amazing! The story shows Luke as a complex, intelligent, and moral individual in an age of intense conflict, sometimes angry, frightened, discouraged, but always committed to finding the truth. He is truly a dedicated physician, offering to help everyone who needs him, compassionate and wise, but not detached from the people he encounters. This narrative is so involving that at times I couldn't tear myself away from it. I highly recommend this "Life of Jesus" to everyone who is interested in history, faith, and fine story-telling.
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Our family; myself, my husband, our four children ages 12, 11, 8 and 7, listened to this on a road trip. We were all well pleased with the entire radio drama! Our youngest, when we returned home, got out her Bible and started recounting the various points along the way in Lukes Gospel. We all highly recommend The Life of Jesus!!
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Focus on the Family does an outstanding job with their Radio Theatre productions, and this one is no exception. The voice actors and sound effects are top-notch.

In this production they turn for their source to the Gospel of Luke. And I must say that the original title of this series -- The Luke Reports -- is much more appropriate than the title it's been re-issued under, The LIfe of Jesus. For the focus is much more on the imagined backstory of Luke's writing of his gospel than on the actual life of Jesus. That isn't necessarily a negative, as Luke's story -- which is the story of the turmoil of Palestine in the time of Nero -- is interesting. However, if you're looking for a dramatization of the Gospel of Luke then you may be disappointed, as the life of Jesus occurs as just snippets throughout.

I have just a few criticisms of this production. For one, I didn't particularly care for Luke's voice -- which is purely a subjective opinion I realize. Mary the mother of Jesus was voiced way too young. The story takes place 30 to 40 years after Jesus' death, which would put her in her 80s. However, she sounds about 20 years younger than that, and much too vigorous for such an elderly woman. I didn't particularly care for the scene where Jesus scourged the money changers in the temple, as the way they had him growl and roar made him sound almost like an animal. And I was especially disappointed in the crucifixion scene as most of Jesus' words were omitted -- and thus the power of the moment was omitted, as well.

While all of these criticisms are fairly minor, taken all together they make this one 4 stars rather than 5.
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A must have audio story -for those who love listening to stories. I have listened to with my whole family over and over again. Full of inspiration and a creative way of bringing the listener into the story was the setting is dramatized. Far better than a movie!!! enjoy!!
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