Item description for Listener's New Testament-ESV by Max McLean...
Overview Max McLean brings his compelling voice and artistic narrative skills to the ESV Bible. This Gold Medallion winning new translation combines a word-for-word translation approach with a literary beauty that is perfect for the oral expression of God's Word.
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Format: Audiobook, CD
Studio: The Listener's Bible
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.1" Width: 6.14" Height: 1.51" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2003
Publisher GOOD NEWS PUBLISHING #65
ISBN 158134421X ISBN13 9781931047340
Availability 0 units.
More About Max McLean
Max McLean was born in Panama, and came to America at the age of four. Since 1983, presenting the Scriptures dramatically has become his life's work. Max has performed the Bible to millions of people of all ages and from across the religious and cultural spectrum. He maintains an active touring schedule of theaters and houses of worship across America, and his radio program of Scripture presentations is heard on more than 600 radio outlets. He also serves as president of the Fellowship for the Performing Arts. Max and his wife, Sharon, are the parents of two daughters.
Reviews - What do customers think about Listener's New Testament-ESV?
Excellent Recording of the NT Oct 1, 2007
This was a gift to me by a member in my congregation.
First let me say that the CD packaging is solid. Leather case, with easy access sleeves that are durable.
Second, the version that is read here is the finest available in English in my opinion. I came to this conclusion after carefully comparing it to the Greek New Testament for about a year, my own translation work from sermons last year, and about 7 other English translations (including the NIV, NLT, NAS, NKJV, KJV. The ESV maintains a tight mirror image to the original text, yet it sounds like a pleasant English. For more on this, you may wish to read my review on the ESV Outreach Bible here on this site. If you have access to them, ask any Greek scholar about the ESV and I think you will find they give it extremely high marks. So I prefer this audio bible mainly because it is the ESV. On to less important details...
The CD labels and finishing quality are fine. No problems.
A few CD's had data read problems with feeding the track labels to Windows Media Player. One cd I was able to get it to load onto itunes, and then it worked on Windows Media Player after I loaded it onto itunes. On another cd that didn't work, so I had to type in the track titles manually.
Otherwise, the product is flawless. A light touch of music in the background is not irritating and is soothing/meditative. The Max McLean speaks at a 'walking pace' throughout, which I find very pleasant.
I saved this onto my Windows media player, and then whatever passage I am preaching on that week I simply load onto my MP3 device so I have the scripture right there. I highly recommend this product.
Other ways this product can be used include listening while working out (I find the music background helps a bit). Also, it is good for a family devotional primer or even for use in a congregational setting. I often use it in a leaders meeting or in a small group meeting.
This is great Sep 27, 2007
I have been very happy with this CD set. Some have complained about the reading speed, but I think it is just about right. His voice takes a little getting used to, but after a while it is pleasant to listen to for extended periods. Highly recommended.
Great! Mar 23, 2006
I am using these cds for school. They're easy listening (and I listen to it a lot). One negative thing is that it is read extremely extremely slow. I use it to speed-read through the text so I listen to it through windows media player at 2-5x the speed. Good buy, and the only ESV audio I've come accross. You can hear clips of it on their website.
Praise God for the Spoken Written Word! May 7, 2005
Max McLean's voice takes a little while to get used to. I'll be honest, at first it kind of annoyed me. But to have my favorite Bible version (ESV) in audio makes up for any personal issues I may have with the reader's voice. In fact, after getting used to some of his mannerisms, I appreciate the way that he reads. He reads slowly, which I have read some others complain about. But the way that he reads allows the listener to contemplate and think about what is being heard. In my opinion, the reader is very effective. I thoroughly disagree with another review saying that Max McLean is "pompous" in his reading.
In case you might be wondering how you will use this product, let me tell you how I use them. I have put the mp3-format audio files on my iPod and use them for half of my read-through-the-Bible program. I never want to have my only regular exposure to the Bible in audio form and not in written form. So I am always reading/listening from different portions of the Bible at the same time. The way I have it set up, I will read through the Bible at least once in a year and listen through the Bible at least once in a year. I listen while I walk or jog in the morning. If that doesn't give me enough time it is very easy to listen in the car as well. I love listening aloud with my wife because it gives us the opportunity to be exposed to the same scripture at the same time.
These are just suggestions which I hope are helpful. Do it however you like. I do strongly recommend, nevertheless, that you make an audio Bible of whatever your version-of-choice is (I commend the ESV to you for many reason, contact me if you'd like guidance in this) a regular part of your Bible reading time. Inform your conscience with the Word. Why listen to the radio and inform your worldview from a worldly view. Let's fight hard to have God's perspective shown to us in His Word our perspective. The only way that I know to do that is to be prayfully and humbly exposed to massive amounts of Scripture. This is one tool to help you in that regard. I hope this helps. -Jacob Hantla
wise in his own eyes Dec 28, 2004
What a heartbreaking disappointment. Max McLean's original recording of the NT was anointed, like God reading his Word to the listener through McLean. The original OT was tedious, a work by someone impressed with their own press releases, thrilled with the sound of his own voice. This re-recording is even worse than the old OT production. McLean is even more pompous. Arrogance resounds throughout, out-shouting the Word. There is not a shred of honest zeal in this commercial venture. I'm sure the LORD will provide another voice to draw us into His testimony... until then... if you can find a copy of the original New Testament release buy it. Buy several and bless everyone you can. If not search for another artist. Remember He told us that faith comes by hearing...