The Word of Promise: New Testament Audio Bible

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Hear the Bible Come Alive in Dramatic Audio Theater™!

This multi-voiced, scripted dramatization of the New King James Version (NKJV) features a star-studded cast of actors, an original music score, and incredible feature film quality sound effects. This world-class production creates a dramatic audio theater experience that makes you feel like you’re really there with Jesus and His disciples. Listen in your car, on your MP3 player, or with your...

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Overview

Hear the Bible Come Alive in Dramatic Audio Theater™!

This multi-voiced, scripted dramatization of the New King James Version (NKJV) features a star-studded cast of actors, an original music score, and incredible feature film quality sound effects. This world-class production creates a dramatic audio theater experience that makes you feel like you’re really there with Jesus and His disciples. Listen in your car, on your MP3 player, or with your family or small group to gain a new perspective of the Bible.

The Word of Promise® New Testament Audio Bible is a 20-CD set and includes a bonus “Behind-the-Scenes” DVD.

Cast Includes:

  • Jim Caviezel (The Passion of The Christ, Déjà vu) - Jesus
  • Academy Award winner Richard Dreyfuss (Mr. Holland's Opus, The Goodbye Girl) - Quotes from Moses
  • Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny, What Women Want) - Mary Magdalene
  • Golden Globe winner Stacy Keach (Prison Break, Hemingway) - Paul
  • Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Louis Gossett, Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman, Roots) - John
  • Kimberly Williams-Paisley (According to Jim, Father of the Bride) - Mary, Mother of Jesus
  • And many others
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780718024246
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/2/2007
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 20
  • Sales rank: 401,502
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.90 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2007

    A reviewer

    Tired of bloviats on talk radio? Bored by watching talking heads tell you how you should be thinking? Want to participate while reading the world's number one best seller? Then listen to The Word of Promise: New Testament Audio Bible. It is a reading of the New Kings James Version of the New Testament. The listener gets a 25-hour, 20-CD audio Bible including a DVD presenting comments by the actors, musicians. Co-produced by Jim Caviezel (voice of Jesus role of Jesus in Mel Gibson move Passion of Christ), author Raymond Arroyo and Carl Amari. It helps to have trained voices add passionate depth and devote timber to each word. John Heard narrates the Gospel of Matthew, Lou Diamond Phillops narrates the Gospel of Luke, Chris McDonald present the Gospel of Luke. The New King James Version (NKJV) can be read along with listening to the actors. The producers have eliminated many of the textual introductions which make for the stories, parables, and voices flow evenly. When reading straight from the bible you must first read lead in comment and other writers' tools to introduce Jesus, describe a scene or present the dialogue of the possesed individual or witness. Instead, the producer splice together the dialogue. Jesus moves from one parable to another. You hear the themes, messages, and lessons presented without interuption. The 25 hours of listening goes quickly enough to allow you to pick up the recurring lessons. If you follow along with you bible, as I did, you have to be involved with the audio. You have to listen very closely as if someone is talking directly to you. The actors have a dialogue and you are eavesdropping because extraneous words have been removed from their script. If you have never read the New Testament then the CDs can be used to get involved with an entire gospel or letter quickly. And if you want to review or have your spirit renewed you can listen again to each letter or Gospel passage. I don't focus on the 'stars' performing for that would defeat the focus of what I should be impressed by. It is what comes out of their mouths which is important (see Matthew 15). The Message becomes easier to understant when you hear it in all four Gospels in 3 or 4 hours. The judicious use of sound effects adds reality to the actors messsage but without distracting from their words. The multiple electric sound effect heavy voices used for the demons does sound hoaky. Otherwise, you hear doors opening, people walking, and background chatter of the crowds. These subtle sound effects are reminiscent of listening to an old fashioned radio show. They work because they don't distract from the real drama within the Message. I look forward to listening their soon to be released audio presentation of the Old Testament.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2008

    The New Testiment brought to LIFE!

    This is a must have for all Christians. Hearing the message is so much more enthralling than just reading it. The actors bring Christ and the Apostles alive. The dramatic delivery of the new testiment is so compelling that even my 4 year-old enjoys listening to it. I highly recommend it for those who don't yet believe!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2010

    Reviewing for Book Sneeze

    Usually I review books for BookSneeze, but this time I sent in for a free copy of this audio new testament.

    I popped the cd's into my player and listened as some wonderful voice actors read the bible to me as I did my laundry and cooked dinner.

    The disc's are not just a straight reading, but rather include a beautiful musical score in the background as well as some sound effects (coins shuffling, footsteps, etc) and the actors really bring the story to life with the wonderful emotion that they put into their readings.

    I would not recommend that this audio bible take the place of sitting down and reading the bible from an actual book, simply because it's easy for other distractions to take away your attention when you aren't actively involved, but it is a great supplement and I found stories stayed "alive" after listening to them when I sat down to read them from my bible later.

    The "cast" of the Word of Promise is Jim Caviezel, Stacy Keach, Louis Gossett Jr, Ernie Hudson, Michael York, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Marisa Tomei, Richard Dreyfuss, Michael W. Smith, Terence Stamp, John Heard, Luke Perry, John Schneider, Ernie Hudson, Lou Diamond Phillips, Chris McDonald, and other award winning actors.

    The set included 20 discs in a beautiful zipped case for easy storage and access. The case was then stored inside another beautiful box for safe keeping.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2009

    Excelent audio book

    The New Testament audio was very wonderful to listen to while driving to work or relaxing at home. I found the narrator's voice enjoyable to listen to. I highly recommend The Word of Promise: New Testament Bible audio for anyone who is interested to learn the Bible.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    Review Of The Word of Promise Audio Bible

    This is not the first Bible on CD I've listened to while driving, but it is now my favorite. It came in a zipper closed CD case that was easily portable. There were sound effects that at times added to the drama and at other times helped to set the scene. The only negative to me is that it was just the New Testament. I would enjoy listening to the Old Testament in this format. I actually gave this to my Dad because it was so well done and better than the one I borrowed from him in the past.

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  • Posted April 7, 2010

    The Word of Promise New Testament Audio Bible

    This Audio Bible contains a 20 CD set packaged in a very nice zippered case which will protect your CD's and keep them organized for ease of use. Each CD is approximately one hour long. They have chosen to use the New King James translation of the Bible and have added music, sound effects, and professional dramatization to accompany the reading by over 120 professional actors. Also included in the set is a DVD with behind the scenes footage and interviews.
    Audio Bibles are a great way to fill your heart and mind with Scripture when reading is not an option. The CD's have pauses between each chapter and book of the Bible which make it easy to stop and start at your convenience. Many of the actors did an excellent job reading their portion of the Bible. Others lacked emotion and were boring to listen to. Overall, I enjoy listening to this audio Bible and am glad they used the NKJV. I would caution parents of young children about allowing children to listen without supervision. The sound effects and dramatization can be intense at times and may frighten sensitive children.
    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

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    Great Audio Bible; Two Thumbs Up!

    For about two years now, I've been eyeing the Word of Promise New Testament Audio Bible, NKJV, a dramatized version. Thanks to BookSneeze, I was able to review this awesome set. A set of 21 discs, including a Behind the Scenes DVD, this Audio Bible is a wonderful resource to anyone's bookshelves. The CDs come in a convenient zippered case that is durable and attractive. There is a separate pocket within for each CD, so that they stay protected. The case really makes it easy to carry with you anywhere you go.

    The New Testament Scriptures contained on these CDs are dramatized, with the help of actors, such as Jim Caviezel, Richard Dreyfuss, Marisa Tomei, Louis Gossett, Jr., Michael W. Smith, and Kimberly Williams-Paisley, etc. The depth of meaning within the verses just comes alive for me as I listen, and it really makes me feel as if I'm watching a movie in my head or that I'm really there. The music in the bacground that rises and falls, along with the voices of the actors, really balance each other out and make this a great thing to listen to for both adults and children. It's something that I can carry in my car when we're going back and forth to soccer practice or Tae Kwon Do; yet it's also something I can put on while I'm cooking supper. It's a great way for a busy mom with two littles running around, to really glean Scripture day in and day out.

    The Behind the Scenes DVD includes footage from the recording studio and interviews with the actors and crew. You get to listen to them relate how making Word of Promise and being involved with this project really affected their lives. The DVD also includes Michael W. Smith's song, The Promise.

    The parts that most affected me were the Scriptures about Jesus' crucifixion. With Easter coming, I can't help but think about that time and what it meant for all of us as Christians, just the sacrifice that it took for us to be free and to truly live. The dramatization really makes the crucifixion story come alive and would be a great witnessing tool.....not just that, but a great reminder for all of us because sometimes we just, not really forget, but we don't remember as much as we should how much Jesus sacrificed.

    I definitely recommend this set for every person who is reading this. You can read more reviews on BookSneeze, and you can purchase the Word of Promise New Testament from Thomas Nelson for $49.99 or from Amazon for $30.70.

    (Disclosure: I received a copy of the Word of Promise New Testament, free of charge, from Thomas Nelson, for the purposes of this review.)

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  • Posted March 2, 2010

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    The Word of Promise New Testament

    I was excited when I received this audio bible. Growing up I remember listening to what seemed like an innumerable amount of cassette tapes with the velvety smooth voice of James Earl Jones as he "thee" and "thou" his way through the King's English. So, needless to say, I was very excited when I saw this was a multi-voiced dramatization of the New King James Version with great actors like Jim Caviezel as Jesus, Lou Gossett Jr. as John, and Michael York .

    The case is very nice and holds each disc snuggly in place so there is no risk of a disc slipping out of its spot. The tracks can easily be uploaded to an MP3 player for on the go or use the CDs in your player at home or in your car. Each disc holds enough chapters to provide enough listening for a good, non-interrupted, hour or so of round trip commuting. There is a song by Michael W. Smith and behind the scenes DVD.

    The audio quality was good. I felt like the music score could have been a little bit more variety but was nice to listen to in addition to the sound effects. One thing I didn't care for was the choice of "casting" the demon voices and the usage of distortion on their voices. To me it seemed to take away from the class of the rest of the recording.

    Overall, I feel like this is a great product and would highly recommend it to any Christian. Whether they be a new convert or seasoned saint, the Word of Promise New Testament will be a blessing to their life.

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  • Posted February 17, 2010

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    God's gift

    The Word of Promise is the 21 hours reading of the New King James Version of the New Testament. I never heard an audio bible before, but I have to agree that this came out more than my expectation. Instead of reading out the book, you can listen to the New Testament while travelling or doing any household work. This is much better than the old radio shows and portrays the messages in an effective way.
    The actors have done a tremendous job in bringing out every character alive. The way in which every message and lesson is presented is simply remarkable. Stefano Mainetti has done an admirable work in music & background score. The sound effects also add up to your imagination.
    In the direction of Jobe Cerny, the cast features Jim Caviezel, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Marisa Tomei, Michael York, Terrance Stamp, Richard Dreyfuss, Stacy Keach, John Heard, Chris McDonald, Ernie Hudson and many other award winning actors.
    This audio bible comes in a pack of 20 CDs which are beautifully arranged in a storage case. It also includes a bonus DVD which features behind the scene experiences of actors and musicians. I have received a review copy of this audio bible from Thomas Nelson. I will recommend this bible to every Christian. Also, if someone is new to bible, this audio book makes it a great first read.

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  • Posted February 12, 2010

    Incredible Gift

    This is an incredible collection. The actors chosen to read are just perfect and it's the little audio details such as doors being opened at the right time that makes it perfect. If you are looking for a gift for a Sunday School Teacher, this is it!

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

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    The Word of Promise New Testament

    The Word of Promise New Testament Audio Bible by Thomas Nelson Is the NKJV Translation read by Actors such as Jim Caviezel, Louis Gossett Jr., Richard Dreyfuss and others. The Word of Promise New Testament has added music and sound effects like birds chirping, footsteps, waves in the sea hitting a boat and voice effects to provide a dramatic effect.

    The Word of Promise New Testament is produced well; the voices are deep, clear, and warm the background sound effects added depth to the audio. I enjoyed listening to God's Word especially while driving home from work. Sometimes I thought the commute was too short because I wanted to continue to listen. There are a few moments when they added more voice effects than what was needed. Other than that, it is a great way to hear God's Word. This will never replace reading the Bible but is a good way to be washed by God's Word when working out, driving or at work. Therefore, if you do not have an Audio Bible yet I recommend you go out and get yourself a copy of The Word of Promise New Testament.

    * Disclosure: I received a free copy of this Bible for being a member of Thomas Nelson's BookSneeze.com (http://BookSneeze.com) Book Review Blogger program.

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  • Posted February 4, 2010

    The Word

    The Word of Promise is an audio Bible (NKJV) unlike any I've encountered. With a vast amount of vocal talent, as well as beautiful music, it makes the New Testament come alive! It comes in a beautiful zip case, so there's no need to worry about misplacing disks. Perfect for long drives, or even short ones. As a bonus the set includes a "Behind the Scenes" DVD, which was extremely interesting, and Michael W. Smith's new song "The Promise". All in all, I thoroughly enjoy this audio set, and am hopeful that they will record an Old Testament to match.

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  • Posted February 3, 2010

    Brings Bible to Life

    I am very excited about receiving and reviewing the NKJV format audio Bible called The Word of Promise. Though this is only the New Testament, there is so much that I continue to pick up and learn every time I listen to it. It is performed in dramatic audio theater, meaning that it is not read by one narrator in a monotone voice. Through the use of different actors and background noise/music it draws you into the New Testament immediately. It gives a depth to the pages of the Bible. It contains 20 CD's including a Behind the Scenes DVD.

    I would love to get the Old Testament also on CD from The Word of Promise. It is a great tool for me when I am commuting to work 45 minutes away. I personally feel that the Bible could be read/heard over and over again, and each time would be uniquely different. Whether it be where you are in your life, or the information you pass over previously which now has new meaning, whatever the case I would recommend this great tool to anyone. It is an awesome way of keeping yourself in the Word, while keeping your eyes on the road ahead.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

    Listening to the Bible...

    Interestingly enough, after all these years of reading the Bible, I have never listened to it on CD. I've often considered it. I've listened to lots of teaching on CD from Ravi Zacharias, John Piper, and others, but I've never actually listened to the Word on CD.

    Two weeks ago, I received a copy of the Word of Promise Bible on CD. I opened it up with excitement and wonders of what it would be like to "listen" rather than to "read" the Word. The Word of Promise Bible was published 2 or 3 years ago by Thomas Nelson. It is a dramatic reading done by many famous actors including Jim Caviezel, Marisa Tomei, Louis Gossett, Jr., and others. It is a recording of the NKJV translation of the Bible. I have always thought of the NKJV as one of the less easily read translations of the Bible, but these CDs really opened my eyes that it is quite easy to understand, listen to, and read.

    As soon as I put the first CD in, my 6 yr old daughter plopped herself down on the floor and began to listen. God has given her such a desire to hear his Word. She loved it. She asked to listen to it during their afternoon room time, but I said that it was something for us to listen to together. There are some things in the New Testament that I suspected Autumn wouldn't be able to understand or process on her own yet--and as we listened through the whole thing I discovered that I was right.

    In the past, I have been cautious and a little skeptical about dramatized recordings of the Bible. But, I genuinely enjoyed listening to these CDs. The recordings were amazingly well done and I enjoyed the voices of the people they chose to read each of the parts. The Bible was brought to life. One of the most surprising things to me was the reminder that God spoke through different people when they wrote down the books of the New Testament. When I read it on my own, I often forget that Paul didn't write all of the books, because he wrote so many of them. I had always assumed that the Bible would either be read to fast or too slow, but I was so impressed at the speed at which the actors read--it was just right--not too slow or too fast.

    This recording is very good and is perfect for sitting down with a cup of coffee or tea and settling down for a long winter's night with or for listening to on a long commute or trip.

    One last quick notes...I love the case it came in because it organized all of the CDs.

    * Please note that I was provided with a complimentary copy of this Audio Bible set for review by Thomas Nelson Publishing.

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  • Posted January 28, 2010

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    Beautiful Bible!!

    I love this audio Bible. I think it is refreshing to hear the Bible in a new way. The music and sound effects are far from distracting. Instead, they leave the listener feeling as if she is walking along the shores of Galilee with Jesus or standing in the presence of angels. I am excited that this is in the New King James Version, allowing me to hear the Bible I grew up with in a beautifully dramatized way. The twenty cd's come in a zippered case. This set is sells for around fifty dollars, which is a phenomenal deal for the entire New Testament on cd! I am excited to listen to this Bible while driving, cleaning, and blogging. This is a fabulous way to be saturated in the Word in a new, exciting way.

    This cd set was provided for my review by Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2010

    A Family Treasure!

    Do you have a tight schedule and yet you want to have some quiet time to meditate on God's Word? Want to listen to your favorite scriptures while you exercise, take a jog, are on the way to work or running errands, or just relaxing?
    This is a perfect gift for you! You may be a little leery of the price, but it is worth every penny of it! You will be very happy with this amazing set of 20 CD's! They come in a really good, compact and zipped carry case that you can take with you everywhere you go! And know that they will be kept safe for years to come! A great family treasure! I foresee many happy times of sitting around listening to these with my children!
    What a great way to meditate, memorize the scriptures and let the Word sink into your heart and soul! This dramatic audio will take you to every scene in the New Testament and make you feel like you are really there, in the presence of the most amazing people in history!

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

    Audio Bible

    We purchased this for an elderly relative whose health limits his activity. It has brought him great peace!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2007

    Bible come to life

    These recordings bring the Bible to life as it should be read or heard. Outstanding! A must have for all.

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