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NIV New Testament-Dramatized (16 CD) Bible

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Overview
The dramatized NIV Audio Bible is a completely new recording with new packaging. It is perfect for Christians who want to use the time they have to get into God's Word. The Bible speaks anew in this new release of Zondervan's audio NIV Bible, first released 20 years ago. This new recording keeps listeners' attention and increases their knowledge of God and His Word. Features include: The best-selling New International Version translation of the Bible; all-new, fully digital recording; a fully dramatized recording of the NIV using multiple character voices and musical accompaniment; fully orchestrated, complete with sound effects; the carrying case is made of durable nylon with a zipper. The CDs are arranged in book order in sleeves (CDs). Each unit is clearly marked so that consumers can easily find the passage they are looking for; an attractive cardboard sleeve accommodates slat-wall brackets or shelf displays; and each comes with a lifetime guarantee. 16 CDs.

Publishers Description
Hands down the finest audio Bible you can own.The NIV Audio Bible is more than a Bible to listen to. It's an experience that helps you enter into God's Word ... so God's Word can enter into you.NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION --today's most read, most trusted translationMULTIPLE-VOICE DRAMATIZATION brings the Bible to life with world-class narration and colorful, true-to-text character renderingsFULLY ORCHESTRATED BACKGROUND with sound effects provides maximum enhancement of the text readingDIGITAL ENGINEERING from start to finish delivers the ultimate in clarity and listening enjoymentLIFETIME GUARANTEEComplete NIV New Testament* Multiple-voice dramatization* Fully orchestrated background

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Item Specifications...


Format: Audiobook,   Unabridged
Studio: Zondervan
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.7" Width: 6.42" Height: 1.48"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Sep 11, 2001
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310920280  
ISBN13  9780310920281  
UPC  025986920289  

Bible Binding: Compact Disc
Color: Full Color
Point/Type Size: 0.00
Version: NIV
Introduction: Yes - Features Introduction!


Availability  0 units.


More About Zondervan Publishing


Zondervan Publishing Zondervan is an American international Christian media and publishing company located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Zondervan is a founding member of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA).

Zondervan was founded in 1931 in Grandville, MI, a suburb of Grand Rapids, by brothers Peter ("P.J.", "Pat") and Bernard (Bernie) Zondervan, who were the nephews of publisher William B. Eerdmans. The company began in the Zondervans' farmhouse and originally dealt with selling remainders and publishing public domain works. The first book it published was Women of the Old Testament by Abraham Kuyper, in 1933.

Within a few years Zondervan developed titles of its own, and began publishing Bible editions. The Berkeley Version appeared in 1959, and the Amplified Bible in 1965. The NIV New Testament was published in partnership with the International Bible Society in 1973, and the complete NIV Bible appeared in 1978.

The company was bought by HarperCollins, a division of News Corp, in 1988, and is the company's principal Christian book publishing division.

Zondervan also publishes many other books by Christian authors focusing on topics of interest to Christians. In the 1970s it published The Late Great Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey, which has sold more than 30 million copies. They are also known for the Bible storytelling books of Ethel Barrett, Joni by quadriplegic Joni Eareckson Tada, Baptist minister and author Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life, which has sold more than 35 million copies, Sacred Marriage, the modern marriage classic by Gary Thomas (author), and Rob Bell, author of Velvet Elvis and presenter of NOOMA. NOOMA is a series of short spiritual films. In 2004, Zondervan expanded to include Renee Altson, Shane Claiborne, Sarah Raymond Cunningham and Margaret Feinberg, authors writing for young readers.

Zondervan Publishing has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Beginner's Bible
  2. I Can Read!(tm) / Yo Se Leer!(tm)


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Reviews - What do customers think about NIV New Testament-Dramatized (16 CD)?

Bible on CD  Nov 12, 2006
Awesome Drama...You feel like you are right there with them.
Easy to hear and understand.
 
Not for everyone  Jan 26, 2006
SUMMARY: This is not for people who (1) often listen to audio books and (2) are distracted by over-acting.

Coming from the perspective of one who (1) listens to a LOT of audio books and (2) worked 3 years in the acting industry, this recording of the Bible is NOT for everyone. Although it may be perfectly suitable for many people (perhaps most), to others -- like myself -- it is not the best option as it is extremely distracting on many levels. To people like me, a simple reading (perhaps like Max MacLean's) is the best option.

(1) There is constant music throughout the entire thing, it never lets up, there is never silence behind the text except for the 2 seconds it takes to go to the next song. Some of the music is okay and doesn't really distract from the text, but much of it is very cliche and used as a tool to provoke the "right" emotion of the moment with trite musical mechanisms.

(2) Although most of the narrators actually did quite well, most of the voice actors in this production seem like they were pulled from Christmas pageants -- over-acting, melodramatic, fake. This too is extremely distracting. Instead of letting the text pull them into emotion, they try to force the text into whatever emotion they think they are suppose to have at the moment -- a common mistake in untrained actors. It seriously hampers the text's communication.

(3) Direction/Production made some poor decisions, especailly in narrative sections. For example, often when it is said that a group of people said something, they actually have a group of people say something all at the same time, which really just makes me laugh because it sounds so ridiculous -- again, distracting to the text.

Overall, this production does not let the text be king, it tries to contrive everything according to its own interpretation of how it should be. This is necessary to an extent for any audio recording of a text, but this production takes it to the absolute extreme. As I said already, this may be wonderful for many people. However, if you are a frequent listener of audio books, this is probably not for you. And this may sound very elitest, but if you are a lover of art that is carefully done, this is probably not for you either.
 
Well done  Jan 8, 2004
Reasons for buying this:

a. The NIV is a very good translation.
b. It's a good memorization tool.
c. It's a good aid to your Quiet Time and Bible Study (especially when driving long distances in the car equipped with a CD player).
d. Some people learn better visually. Others learn better audibly. Others learn by doing. This is good for people who learn well audibly.
e. This is well-made as evidenced by it being a winner of the 2002 Audie Award (no small feat).
f. I liked the multiple voices. It makes it easier distinguishing when different characters are speaking. Most of the characters' voices are very well-done.
g. Effective sound effects (e.g., storm in the boat; groaning voices in Revelations).
h. The narrator has a good, clear voice.

Reasons for not buying this:

a. Jesus' voice lacks passion. Even in passages when Jesus was angry (e.g., when he was whipping the money-changers out of the temple in John 2 ) or when Jesus was very sad (while being "deeply moved" during Lazarus' resurrection in John 11), the emotion in Jesus' voice hardly changes. Most of the time, he sounds like a scientist narrating fact after fact.
b. It would be nice if each book starts on a new CD, but Zondervan decided it was too important to minimize the number of CDs. Why can't the book of John start in its own CD?
c. Not a biggie, but the "good guys" have "nice-guy" voices, and the "bad guys" have relatively "evil" voices. Some of the "bad guys" in the Bible are actually well-intentioned but misled people.
d. You may not like the background music (others may not agree, but I wouldn't have minded if they matched the background music with the tone of the particular passage).
e. Sometimes, the loudness of the voices changes too much (in Revelations, I had to keep adjusting the volume knob as it sounds like the narrator sometimes is not as close to the mike as he should be).
f. I wish it would be more accessible in terms of price (it's the Bible after all).
g. You may want the full bible (Zondervan has that version as well).

 
Wonderful presentation!!  Jul 20, 2003
I was very pleased with the quality of this audio version of the New Testament. The background music is top notch. Not to overpowering. The narration is excellent. I highly recommend this audio Bible. Just a side note, The Bible should never be presented in an abridged version.
 
Brilliant, but get the version with the whole Bible!  May 30, 2002
Consisting of 16 audio CDs in plastic sleeves in a zippered box, here you have the entire text of the NIV New Testament in audio format. A brief overview of the strengths, weaknesses, and benefits of this great product:

Strengths:
1. Overall it is very respectful.
2. The voices are generally not overly dramatic, and yet sufficiently expressive.
3. The voices are very clear and pleasant to listen to.
4. The music and sounds are mostly calm, appropriate and respectful.
5. Using different voices for different speakers enhances the hearing of the text and the listening experience.
6. There are different narrators for different Bible books, giving some variety in style.
7. The text is exactly the NIV text, word for word.
8. There are helpful brief introductions to each Bible book.
9. Each chapter is on a separate track, so it is easy to select which chapter to listen to.

Weaknesses:
1. The sounds and music are sometimes overly dramatized, occasionally detracting from the Biblical text.
2. The decision as to which voices should be used is sometimes subjective and interpretive. To be fair, the audio Bible simply follows the interpretation suggested in the headings of the NIV translation, so this is more of an issue with the translation, not the recording.
3. Although the chapters that are on each CD are printed on the CD itself, an additional booklet with this information would be helpful.
4. Some Bible books are read somewhat too fast by the narrator.
5. This product only contains the New Testament, and the package containing both Old and New Testament is not significantly more expensive.

Benefits:
1. You can listen to it while you are travelling or are busy doing other things.
2. You notice things in the Bible that you overlook when you are reading it.
3. You don't need the energy to absorb the Biblical text, unlike reading.
4. You can easily listen to several chapters at a time, or a whole book.
5. Children love listening to the familiar Bible stories - straight from God's Word

Our family has benefited immensely from this product, and you are sure to find the same! However, be aware that this particular product only contains the New Testament (16 CDs). Zondervan also offers the entire Bible in 64 CDs, which for the little extra money is much better value because it includes the whole Old Testament as well as this New Testament. Purchasers would do well to consider spending a bit more and getting the complete version, since the quality of the Old Testament production nearly matches that of the New. Very highly recommended!

 

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