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Truth and Life Dramatized Audio Bible New Testament Audio CD – Audiobook, November 21, 2010
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My only wish is that the chapters on each disk were labeled. The disk itself is, but one you put it in your computer, car, whatever, it doesn't say which readings you are on. And since we are using it for lessons, we could really use that. I have to find (say) Mark, then skip each reading till I hear where we are. Actually have them say something like "Mark 1:10" etc would be very helpful. I'm sure most bought it to just listen along from beginning to end but we didn't. I also thought (though it did say) I was buying the entire Bible. And so far I can't find the Old Testament in this same format. Would love to have both....with commentary too. I'm very happy. Just thought it would be nice to have the extra stuff I mentioned above.
The translation used seems pretty close to what I have read in my Bible copy and what I hear at church. Neal McDonough does a fine job as Jesus. Most of the main actors do a good job as either the narrators and characters. However, although I have always enjoyed Sean Astin as an actor his narration of Matthew is possiblly the weakest of the lot. Blair Underwood and Michael York both do a good job narrating and are pleasant to listen too. Malcolm McDowell has that evil quality to his voice and is perfect as Caiaphas. Some of the lesser parts have some questionable voices however. One voice who portrays one of the Zebedee brothers is just awful. It's rather deep and gruff and sounds like an old mountain man and doesn't fit at all. A few of the one word character voices sound like they are spoken at random and don't fit the context. Those are the main complaints I have which are minimal and don't occur very often.
The music is done rather well and I didn't find it jarring or overbearing. The sound effects are just there really. I don't know how they came up with them and for me weren't really that important.
All in all I think this is a great production using a translation other than, what I believe to be an outdated translation, the King James version of the Bible. I hope that the group that produced this version will now bring us the audio of Old Testament!