• James Earl Jones Reads The Bible: King James Version

  • By: Topics Media Group
  • Narrated by: James Earl Jones
  • Length: 17 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-04-03
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Topics Media Group
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (464 ratings)

Regular price: $27.99

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Publisher's Summary

In a voice as rich as it is recognized, James Earl Jones lends his award-winning acting and iconic narrative talents to the King James Version of the Holy Bible’s New Testament. This newly updated recording from Topics Media Group has had the previous edition’s music background score removed entirely to allow the listener to more easily hear and appreciate the Scripture. 
This skilled and resonating interpretation by Mr. Jones has been hailed as one of the greatest spoken-word New Testament recordings of all-time. With more than a half a million copies sold to date, this audio masterwork is certain to soothe, satisfy, and inspire.        
©2018 Public Domain Audio Recording © 2018 DZ Distribution, L.L.C., D.B.A. Topics Media Group, Bellevue, WA Graphic Design ©2018 DZ Distribution, L.L.C., D.B.A. Topics Media Group, Bellevue, WA* New Testament narration licensed from Armchair Entertainment, Inc., Salem, NH All Rights Reserved . (P)2002 TOPICS Entertainment
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Critic Reviews

"[James Earl Jones'] performance is beautiful; he reads the entire work in a gentle tone that is so compelling that the listener will find it hard to switch off.... A truly inspiring production." (AudioFile)
"Somehow that voice of his, calm, deep, powerful...makes the words seem more thrilling than ever." (Washington Post
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4 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 06-27-10

It gave me the feeling of sitting under a tree....

I know that many of the reviewers of this version of audio Bible thought that the background music was not fitting or even a bit distracting to the listeners, but I think that it is just a matter of listening and getting used to this format. I do believe that the 'sample' piece could have been chosen from a better exerpt of the book, but I didn't let that sway me from going ahead and purchasing it. Once I listened for a little while, I found that the music plus the wonderful and eloquent sound of JEJ's voice was very soothing and for me, a severe insomniac, that was a delightful experience!

However, that being said, I did find that sometimes the volume or maybe it was just JEJ's way of pronouncing some names and words often made it hard to understand what he was reading and that is the only reason why I didn't give his version of the New Testament reading five stars!

Mr. Jones is one of my favorite actors and the sound of his voice in whatever character he portrayed is always such a joy to listening to. He could have put a little more emphysis in some places, but that is just my opinion and the way I read and not necessarily how others would read some passages, so I am not going to put that into the rating.

All in all,this particular audio version of the KJV Bible gave me the feeling of sitting under a tree in the cool of the evening with the wind gently blowing and hearing sweet music come down from the heavens as this strong, yet soft, gentle, deep voice tells you the story of Jesus, His love, and the life yet to come....and peaceful sleep comes a little easier - at least for me!

I will be very honest and say that I am looking into a more dramatized version of the entire Bible at Audible.com for use during the day when I need to try and visualize more of what I am hearing while I go about my daily routine; but for relaxing and drifting off to sleep - I'll stick with this version.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Happy on 01-15-13

Bible New Testament

My acquaintance with the Bible has beeen Sunday School and Church as an adult. The person giving the sermon read and also interpreted. After decades, I realized we kept hearing the same parts of the Bible and perhaps it was time to read the book. For me, reading the Bible was boring. Decided to try listening and this changed everything. James Earl Jones' voice makes the passages clear. Not far into listening I realized I had never heard some of these things before. Every day, for about an hour while doing miscellaneous chores, I listen. Really enjoying the story and the deep voice coming through my earbuds.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Martin on 07-31-06

Voice good, music terrible.

The voice of Mr. Jones is very good. However, it was a bit too soft and reverential for my taste. Would it not have been better if it carried a bit more punch and authority?

However, that's a minor quibble when compared to the accompanying 'music'. It was spectacularly horrendous. Saccharine nonsense that destroyed the recording. (And that piano!)

It was the King James bible. Could we not have some music from that period to accompany it? Something appropriate. The english is beautiful and powerful, but how can we listen to it when it's accompanied by that noise?

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4 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 09-22-09

the bible and music

James Earl John is marvellous, except for rather fast delivery. The background music is a distraction, but you can get used to it. I have, but it took all of Matthew.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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