Like never before, you can experience the beauty, drama, and life-changing power of the Bible. Inspired By... The Bible Experience breaks new ground in the presentation of the Bible. Unique among audio Bible productions, The Bible Experience is a captivating performance of the Bible presented by a stellar ensemble of today's top-name actors, musicians, clergy, directors, and award-winning producers. This historic production also features a cinematic musical score, unparalleled sound design, and the highest production values. A star-studded cast has been brought together for a remarkable dramatization of the entire Bible. With performances by Yolanda Adams, Angela Bassett, James Brown, Levar Burton, Dr. Juanita Bynum, Shirley Caesar, Common, Charles S. Dutton, Faith Evans, Kirk Franklin, Tyrese Gibson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Fred Hammond, Samuel L. Jackson, Bishop T. D. Jakes, Star Jones, Yolanda King, Boris Kodjoe, Nikki Kodjoe, Eriq LaSalle, Derek Luke, Tisha Campbell Martin, Donne McClurkin, Dwight "Heavy D" Myers, Keke Palmer, Tyler Perry, Angie Stone, Tye Tribbett, Blair Underwood, Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, and more.More
On The Bible Experience: "The lavish production pulls out all the stops....If a modern multimedia production experience is what you're after, enjoy the fine voices and often dynamic dramatized readings." (AudioFile)
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More Enhanced Than I Needed, Thanks Anyway
Cut back on the ambient sound (seagulls, rain, etc.) and background voices by about 50 percent. Actually, cut out the background voices completely. This being the New King James version, it's already paraphrased enough - don't need the echo of actors' voices repeating the ideas for me just under the main narration.
I was so excited to find this recording: some of my very favorite actors (Angela Bassett, Denzel Washington) involved! Since my interest is literary and cultural, not spiritual, the choice of narrator and text were key, and I thought I'd hit the jackpot.
That said, I made an impulse purchase without listening to the sample, so it's my fault that the experience disappointed: went looking for apples in the orange store. I didn't realize how much more of a "performance" (vs. a reading) this would be. Listening to either Angela Bassett or Denzel Washington (or any of the other performers) simply READ - as if they were sitting next to me, with a Bible in their hands - would have been a delight, but that is not what you hear... so if it's what you're LOOKING for, be warned!
I also wish I'd looked more carefully into the difference between KJV and NKJV, because I would chosen a KJV recording the first time. There is definite value - spiritually - to telling these stories in a way that makes the characters more relatable and drives home the point that even with thousands of years of history between us, we are all human beings with our same human desires, fears, flaws and gifts. Abraham was still just a man, Queen Esther just a woman. When you're coming at it as a work of literature, though... you really want all the thees, thines, thy's and -eths.
Wow, stunningly annoying reading..