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  • MP3 CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway; MP3 edition (31 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143350295X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433502958
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 15.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 512,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading, good quality product 24 Mar 2010
Format:MP3 CD
As ESV is the main translation I use and memorise, I used the 'listen' function on the ESV website for ages - but that has the obvious limitation of playing only through the website, rather than for download. I requested this Hear the Word Audio Bible (ESV) for a birthday in order to put it on my computer and mp3 player to listen on the train, while cycling or just while moving round the house. For that, having an audio Bible comes highly recommended by this user.

As to this particular audio Bible, the reading is immensely sensible: following the sense of the text, without being overly dramatic or giving emphasis in strange places (as Max McLean (Listener's Bible) does in my opinion). It is one of the only audio Bibles I know to have no distracting background music. The pace also seems appropriate. The actor David Heath is American, but for this British listener, his accent is not so strong or distinctive as to be offputting, nor too dull!

The mp3 CDs come in a fairly thin zip-shut carry case, which is practical and light. That said, if you have an mp3 player with large capacity, you wouldn't need to use the CDs more than once anyway, to copy them to that for personal use.

I can't think of any negatives: I thoroughly recommend this.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:MP3 CD
This is a lot for the money. No annoying whale song and daft music in the back ground- simply a great voice reading the Word clearly. Despite being American, the reader is easy to listen to. I'm a part time pastor, part time dairy engineer so I spend most of my time working from a van. I also have 5 kids so finding tht ideal quiet time in the morning is hard work- these cd's allow me to access scripture both devotionally and for sermon prep while on the way to work and in the van between jobs. If you have an mp3 capeable phone then it's worth getting a 16gb memory card to go with this as you can fit the whole bible on your phone and listen to it any where.
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165 of 173 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best I've ever heard......and no annoying music !!!!! 17 Sep 2009
By Allen R. Beecham - Published on Amazon.com
Format:MP3 CD
I spend a lot of time in my car and I get tired of listening to music and talk radio. I wanted to use this time to be more productive, so the Bible on mp3 has proven to be the solution.

First, let me discuss the ESV. I have a hard time relating to the KJV, even though I was weaned on it; ditto the NKJV. I prefer the NIV, but couldn't find a suitable reading. The ESV has been widely accepted and is a solid, scholarly version of the Scripture which is also easily understandable by English-speaking individuals who were not born in the 1600's (don't get me started).

Secondly, I wanted a reading of the Scripture without the annoying and distracting background music or sound effects.

Thirdly, I wanted a reading that didn't sound like an off-off-off-off-off-Broadway rendition of "Richard III".

Bottom line......this interpretation by David Heath is a perfect fit for me. No music....no sound effects.....no pompous inflections or accents. Just a solid reading of the Word. The pace is perfect.....not too fast and not too slow.

I was able to listen to numerous versions online prior to making my purchase. I will very briefly comment on a few of those below:

1) "The Word of Promise" ---- has music and sound effects, which make for a very slow "performance". The actors inflect and stress passages that don't necessarily need stressing. Since it is THEIR interpretation of how the passage should be read, many people may disagree with that interpretation.....myself included. In addition, every time I hear a particular actor's voice, I flash back to the movies that I've seen them in. I mean.....Mary Magdalene in "My Cousin Vinny" doesn't seem to invoke a particularly spiritual response while listening to the Scripture. And Michael York emotes as though he's reading to a kindergarten audience.....very aggravating.

2) "The Listener's Bible" - Max McLean reads this version. I almost bought this version, but couldn't get past the background music. I kept wanting to say "Hush....I'm trying to listen to the Scripture". It became VERY annoying after only a few minutes of listening. And Max gets a bit over-dramatic at times, which is also distracting and annoying.

3) Alexander Scourby - I haven't heard this version in many years. It was the first, and arguably the best version, according to many sources. But, the availability of KJV-only ruled this one out for me.

4) Stephen Johnston - I found his reading to be too rushed. It felt like he was being paid by the job and not by the hour, if you know what I mean. Or maybe the passages I listened to were recorded just before breaking for lunch. Otherwise, a fairly good rendition, if not a bit over-dramatic. One strong point about this version is...NO MUSIC !!!!

5) Marquis Laughlin - Nice reading with NO MUSIC, but too dramatic for my tastes.

So...I hope this review helps you sift through some of the offerings that are available out there. It's wonderful to have such a wide range of choices, isn't it?

One caveat......I was discussing the various versions with some other Christian friends of mine and every one preferred a different reading. I advise you to listen to as many as you can before making your purchase.....there are several sources on the internet where you can try before you buy.
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Great 6 Mar 2009
By B. Embry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:MP3 CD
In shopping for an audio Bible, I wanted to hear someone simply reading the Bible, not performing it. I listened to pieces of some other audio Bibles and they were too dramatic for what I wanted, with background music, overly expressive readings, and so forth.

This audio Bible has been just what I wanted. The reader uses enough inflection to convey the sense of the text he's reading, but not so much that you end up hearing his interpretation instead of God's word.

In the quest for an audio recording of the Bible, this recording has truly been a treasure.
43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Narrated 11 Nov 2008
By D. Dickerson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have been looking forward to the release of the ESV Hear the Word Audio Bible. In recent years, I have started using the ESV because of the translators' commitment to a near literal word for word approach.

Since I am entering my senior years, I wanted a quality audio edition of the ESV. The low pre-release cost made the set too hard to resist; however, it wasn't until recently that audio samples were available.

I am well pleased. Mr. Heath beautifully narrates the text. This morning during my hour commute into work, I listened to all of Hosea. I loved the way Mr. Heath changed his tone when voicing God's words to Hosea.

My only disappointment is with the "Product Description" on Amazon. It states: "The new ESV Hear the Word Audio Bible provides more than 80 hours of Bible reading, conveniently captured on 60 CDs and 6 MP3 discs for listening at home, in your car, or for loading on an MP3 player." The truth is the set only had 59 audio CDs. Initially, I thought the set would include both audio CDs and MP3 discs (a total of 66 disks). I wished the description had read 60 audio CDs or 6 MP3 discs.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I was looking for! 15 Aug 2010
By Matt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:MP3 CD|Verified Purchase
This is a great product. Although there may be a chapter that is incomplete in Ezekial (I haven't gotten there yet), this is well worth the money! I listen to it in the car daily and it is awesome to be able to listen to the Word of God on the go. The reading of this version is very straight forward - David Heath has a great voice and there are no extra gimmicks in the background which is what I wanted. Also, these cds load into iTunes as separate files for each chapter which makes navigation super easy on an iPod. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for an audio bible.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for help with bible study 8 Mar 2009
By B. K. Clifton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:MP3 CD
As a "new" Christian, I don't know how to pronounce all of the names of people and places in the old and new testament. This audio bible is great to listen to as I read along in God's word. It is not as "dramatic" as other versions that I have heard, and I prefer that. I would recommend this version to all. The only drawback was that I didn't have a portable mp3 player.
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