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The Word of Promise New Testament
on 15 March 2010
The Word of Promise New Testament is a dramatised audio version of the NKJV translation of the New Testament, with full orchestral soundtrack, sound effects, and the voices of almost 150 actors (including some Academy Award winners). It's recorded over 20 CDs with an extra DVD which has a Behind The Scenes documentary, and a new song by Michael W. Smith written especially for this recording.
To start, I absolutely love the concept. Listening to the Bible with a full soundtrack and effects, and with different actors speaking the different parts with emotion etc. is a good idea! I think anything that gets people into Scripture is a winner, and this is just different enough to attract a whole new audience. The choice of translation is a good one, and it's presented in a good way - each chapter is a separate track, and where possible books have been presented on one CD.
Something that the dramatisation and additional sound adds is real emotion. It's great because it presents enough information to inspire our emotions without dictating exactly what we should think. Highlights for me included being moved to tears by the stoning of Stephen, and some pretty exciting action in the book of Revelation. If you like audio Bibles, this is a real treat.
That all being said, this recording has some serious flaws. The sound effects are often dropped in almost as an afterthought and sometimes feel out of place. The orchestral soundtrack is beautiful but at times gets a bit too much, and tends to repeat itself.
The worst part of it, however, is that it's just a bit cringeworthy. Some of the voice actors, and in particular Jim Caviezel who provides the voice of Jesus (he acted as Jesus in The Passion of the Christ), just seem a bit melodramatic. I would have liked Jesus' voice to be full of joy and authority, but it's this sombre, gentle voice of someone sounding sorry for themselves, which unfortunately takes any joy out of hearing the gospels, which should be the highlight of the New Testament!
So in conclusion I really want to give a positive review for this because it's such a good idea and I'd love for these to continue to be made, but there are too many flaws for me I'm afraid.