- MP3 CD
- Publisher: Zondervan; Unabridged edition (October 24, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 031092264X
- ISBN-13: 978-0310922643
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.1 x 5.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 236 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,057,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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NIV Dramatized Audio Bible MP3 CD – Unabridged, MP3 Audio
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The complete Bible--6 disk MP3 set includes both Old and New Testaments
â¢ New International Version--today's most read, most trusted translation
â¢ Multiple-voice dramatization brings the Bible to life with world-class narration and colorful, true-to-the-text character renderings
â¢ Fully orchestrated background with sound effects provides maximum enhancement of the text reading
â¢ Digital engineering from start to finish delivers the ultimate in clarity and listening enjoyment
â¢ Brief book introductions give you a quick, preparatory overview of each book of the Bible
â¢ Running time 76 hours
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1. Overall it is very respectful.
2. The voices are generally not overly dramatic, and yet sufficiently expressive.
3. The voices are very clear and pleasant to listen to.
4. The music and sounds are mostly calm, appropriate and respectful.
5. Using different voices for different speakers enhances the hearing of the text and the listening experience.
6. There are different narrators for different Bible books, giving some variety in style.
7. The text is exactly the NIV text, word for word.
8. There are helpful brief introductions to each Bible book.
9. Each chapter is on a separate track, so it is easy to select which chapter to listen to.
1. The sounds and music are sometimes overly dramatized, occasionally detracting from the Biblical text.
2. The vocalization of "selah" in the Psalms is unnecessary and somewhat annoying.
3. The decision as to which voices should be used is sometimes subjective and interpretive (eg what verses of the Song of Solomon are to be attributed to the different speakers is a controversial and difficult exegetical matter). To be fair, the audio Bible simply follows the interpretation suggested in the headings of the NIV translation, so this is more of an issue with the translation, not the recording.
4. Although the chapters that are on each CD are printed on the CD itself, an additional booklet with this information would be helpful.
5. Some Bible books are read somewhat too fast by the narrator (eg Jonah).
6. One of the Old Testament narrators is somewhat repetitive and predictable in expression.
1. You can listen to it while you are travelling or are busy doing other things.
2. You notice things in the Bible that you overlook when you are reading it.
3. You don't need the energy to absorb the Biblical text, unlike reading.
4. You can easily listen to several chapters at a time, or a whole book.
5. Children love listening to the familiar Bible stories - straight from God's Word
Our family has benefited immensely from this product, and you are sure to find the same! Very highly recommended!
I bought Zondervan's 2002 edition from Amazon, not knowing that the version I'd been accustomed to listening to on the internet and on a CD our church gave out was done by Hosanna. Zondervan's is dull, lifeless, and plain boring. It plays background music that is irrelevant to the scenes and texts they underscore, and the effects don't punch--they lack drama and reality.
The one put out by Hosanna, however, is outstanding. It's alive, powerful, and dramatic--and here I'm thinking mostly of their Book of Revelations. Hosanna's MP3 NIV Bible's effects punch, its music is better but still not outstanding (the best music I ever heard from an audio Bible was from a set of now-defunct dramatized NKJV tapes put out by Thomas/Nelson). But it's readers are superb, professional--like the difference between high-schoolers and pros. All of their books which contain drama and action pretty well punch, though. Even the Epistles and Proverbs are superb (but without sound effects). And a man and a woman make Song of Solomon so sexy I blushed with my husband in the room. Even he said, "Wow!" And Proverbs 23 has the best immitation of a drunk I've ever heard.
In the first drop down box, pick "English." In the second box, pick "New International Version." In the third, pick "New Testament--Drama." And last, click on "MP3 Disc." A box will appear to the right with "play sample." Click on it. If you try to play a sample of the complete Bible, it will try to load; but their site is broken, so the sample clip won't play, says customer service at 1(800)545-6552.
You can hear clips of Hosanna's NIV's entire new testament and Proverbs--be sure and listen to Revelations and to the drunk in Proverbs 23--in free podcasts here (note: Each podcast begins with an introduction. None of these intros, however, are included on their CD):
They offer free downloads of several other versions at Faith Comes by Hearing on their page called "Free Audio Bibles," but none as good as the NIV you must buy (for 29 bucks).
They also let you stream the English Standard Version from their page "Store", in addition to allowing you to download it or other versions listed in the drop-down box. But at least you can hear the quality of the English Standard Version first before downloading (but no others). It has the same sound effects and music as their NIV, but not the same quality of readers and singers. The NIV uses top, professional readers--and they make quite a difference in the quality and enjoyment of the NIV's presentation.
I don't like the free, cheapy English Standard Version nearly as well as their NIV, but it's still better than Zondervan's, which is what Amazon offers (and I bought not knowing that Hosanna's version was what I'd heard and was looking for instead).
The page where you can download free versions shows a picture of downloading the NIV, which seems to indicate that you can download it through their Audio Bible Ambassador. Not so, says customer service. They're in the process of correcting that contradiction on their website. The drop-down box doesn't even list the NIV as a downloadable option.
Here's another place that plays Hosanna's NIV audio Bible: The Bible and Music at Live 365 internet radio.
He plays a chapter from the Bible, then a song, then a chapter, etc. He plays chapters from both the Old and New Testaments, so you can hear what the Old Testament sounds like. You'll have to listen to a commercial first, then maybe a song or maybe a chapter of the Hosanna's audio Bible, whichever is up next in the queue. If your computer won't play their station, you might have to do some other things, too, to make it work.
Compared to Hosanna's, the Zondervan's NIV sounds dead. And cheap. As exciting as cardboard.
But I love Hosanna's NIV. It's alive and pulsating--and for only a few bucks.