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- Publisher: Zondervan (1687)
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NIV, New Testament Audio Bible, Dramatized, Audio CD by Zondervan (2012-10-13) Audio CD – 1687
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The classic 1984 NIV Dramatized Audio Bible has a wide variety of talented, expressive narrators, appropriate author/voice choices, and excellent, appropriate music---majestic and inspiring where it should be, strong and intense or soft and barely there as needed. Truly enjoyable with a natural flow, whether for listening as a family or memorizing scripture during a long commute or at home. Since it is only available on CD at the time of this review, I'm in the process of digitizing all 64 CDs so I can upload it to an MP3 player.
On the other hand, several aspects of the just released 2012 version of the NIV Dramatized Bible---which you can extensively sample for free at Bible Gateway or YouVersion dot com---were disappointing. (Cover has photo of girl on bus w/ headphones.) First, it use a newer version of the NIV, which is a mixed bag---some improved rendering of some passages, some politically correct flattening of other passages---and really throws off your meditation if you've memorized a lot of scripture in the previous version. In addition, the narrators' voices seem so flat and unexpressive (this is supposed to be a *dramatized* reading---if I was a kid, this would bore me to no end and turn me off scripture) and the music does not seem choreographed as appropriately as the 1984 version to support the theology and emotion of the sections of scripture it plays under.
Zondervan, if you are reading these reviews, PLEASE bring back a "classic" offering---a nice compact MP3 download of the 1984 NIV Dramatized Audio Bible!
It worked great! But you should know a couple of things: If your CD player (home, car etc. ) does not play MP3 it WILL NOT WORK for you. You have to make sure that your CD player says somehwere in the front that it does play MP3.
If you are planning to download it to your iPod, 80 Gigabites MAY NOT be enough. A regular audio Bible has 16+ CDs, and MP3 Bible has the entire Bible in only 6 CDs.
The only downside to this MP3 Bible is that it is difficult to get to a particular verse because the Bible is divided by chapters only.
The dramatizations are very subtle and do not change in anyway the content of Scripture. I absolutely recommend it!
Overall, I'd recommend this but there are a few things that could be better. They've chosen good readers, but for an audio Bible, the audio needs to be leveled volume wise for readers who seem to whisper one moment then yell the next. Secondly, background audio could use some work - there seems to be only a few repetitive music loops and those loops are short enough that it's noticeably repetitive - makes it difficult to focus on the words when the music overpowers the speaker's voice.
The dramatization not only breaks monotony, the three or four different voices in the dramatizations are higher- pitched and easier to hear. The narrator, while a baritone, has an sharper edge and more variation to his voice than the readers in other products. Ever so, the narrator is often lost in the rumble. That's why I gave it a four. I would like to see a company produce "commuter editions" in the various translations, which are designed to be heard over the low- frequency road noise typically encountered in non- luxury cars and trucks. Most products use low male voices, but tenor and female voices come across more clearly. This product also provides introductions to each book to aid persons unfamiliar with the Bible. I would not mind at all if the woman reading these introductions were the main narrator, since I can hear her better above the noise.
If you do not like the NIV, this set will disappoint you. If you do, however, wish to learn more about the Bible than ever before, please try this set. I cannot begin to explain how my perspective on certain scriptures changed when I hear them read in such a dramatic fashion. I understand new meanings about certain passages that I never realized.
Faciliating your absorption of the ENTIRE Bible makes this set priceless. I have listened to this CD set everyday going to and back to work. In the past 3 years, I have listened to the entire Bible which has revolutionized my life.
Just Try Him.