The Word of Promise Audio Bible New Testament NKJV

  • by Thomas Nelson
  • Narrated by Jim Caviezel, Michael York, Richard Dreyfuss, Marisa Tomei
  • 20 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Hear the Bible come alive! This arresting world-class audio production immerses listeners in the dramatic reality of the Scriptures as never before. The Word of Promise New Testament Audio Bible is a 20-hour, star-studded audio Bible production. This multi-voiced, scripted dramatization of the New King James Version (NKJV) is presented in a compelling, dramatic audio-theater format. Complete with an original music score by prolific Italian composer Stefano Mainetti (Abba Pater) and movie-quality sound effects, woven together with compelling narration by Michael York, the Bible comes to life for a new generation. The post-production, sound design, and Foley (sound effects) were produced, engineered, and mixed at Cerny American Creative in Chicago - an award-winning post-production facility ranked in the Top Three in the nation for sound design.The cast includes Jim Caviezel (as Jesus), Michael York (as the Narrator), Richard Dreyfuss (as Moses), Marisa Tomei (as Mary Magdalene), Stacy Keach (as Paul), Louis Gossett, Jr. (as John), Kimberly Williams-Paisley (as Mary, Mother of Jesus), Terence Stamp (as the voice of God), Lou Diamond Phillips (as Mark), John Heard (as Matthew), Ernie Hudson (as Peter), Luke Perry (as Stephen and Judas), John Schneider (as James), Chris McDonald (as Luke), Michael W. Smith, Rebecca St. James, and many more.

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Great Performance, Bad Layout

This Audio Bible is a great listen and the performances by the narrators are fantastic. The only thing that I don't like is the layout of the chapters. There is no way to go directly to a certain book of the Bible. I would have preferred the downloadable parts to be divided into one or two books each.
If I want to go to the book of John, for example, I have to take a guess what parts contains the book of John and then skim through the audio until I recognize some verses.
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- Thomas

Expertly dramatized

A slightly different version of this title was available on Audible until recently, and my review is based on that one. (The main difference appears to be that for this one, the books of the New Testament download individually.)

I would have preferred a different translation (my understanding is that the NKJV does not always use the best and most recent Greek texts), but the reading itself is superb. Others have singled out Jim Caviezel as Jesus and Stacy Keach as Paul for particular praise, and I would agree with that. I would include in that praise Lou Gossett Jr as John and (possibly to a lesser extent) Ernie Hudson as Peter; but in fact all the cast members are strong and the narration is clear throughout.

One interesting choice here was to omit many of the "he said/she said" tags from the scenes of dialogue, when the speaker has been previously identified or is otherwise clear. This helps to heighten the drama of some of the confrontations.

The background music is effective and unobtrusive -- something not always true of dramatized Bible readings like this one. Sound effects are also carefully deployed and support rather than detract from the reading. I look forward to the similar treatment planned for the Old Testament at some point in the future.
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- Tad Davis

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-28-2008
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers