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Listening to Scripture in an Elevator
- N. Houghton
very disappointing, returned it.
I don't know why so many recordings of the scriptures insist on sounding like the astronomy show at a planetarium--tinny space music, overly slow and deep narration, the avoidance of human inflection, and either flat or badly-acted emotion. And why, oh why, must God's voice have a mechanical echo?! If these types of scripture readings appeal to you, here is another.
Also, this is not just the bible--there are tedious and insipid introductions before every book, and no way to just skip those to get to the text itself. These introductions seem to focus more on what the scriptures should mean to you than on providing helpful historical or theological context.This is particularly frustrating if you have limited time for daily listening and are trying to get to and through the scriptures themselves. I've given it 3 stars only because the NIV is a good translation, but this particular production I would only give 1 star.
The voice on the sample is not the narrator of the text but the woman who reads the introductions only. I would not give this as a gift--I think it would turn off anyone not very committed to trying to hear scripture. For an entirely different (much more LIVING) approach to scripture recordings, try some of the ones produced in England and Scotland. Johnny Cash also did an absolutely terrific reading/recording of the whole New Testament which audible carries, it's one of my favorites.
- Brenda P