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- Listening Length: 22 hours and 4 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Zondervan
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 10 Dec. 2010
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004FVO4AW
Truth and Life Dramatized Audio Bible New Testament Audio Download – Unabridged
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When you see the cast list it looks fantastic, but most of the important parts go to relative unknowns (notable exceptions being Michael York as Luke and Stacey Keach as John) while some prestigious actors, like Brian Cox and Malcolm McDowell, are left with little to do. The 'dramatisation' concept obviously means that there are no major roles for women. It would be easy to criticise the performances: Paul frequently loses the sense, Jesus is a bit neurotic (an easy trap to fall into, I reckon), James sounds as though he's just off to hang out at the Mall - I'm sure I won't be the only one who finds the predominantly American accents a bit of an obstacle. Though billed as a 'Catholic Bible', this translation (RSV-CE) is not the one used in the liturgy in Britain nor, apparently, in the States; splitting some of the books over 2 disks is obviously not ideal; and finally, the packaging is neither particularly handy nor particularly robust.
But all these criticisms have to be put into the context of getting 18 well-produced CDs for just over a fiver (if you buy from the US). Listening to a Book as a whole - usually while doing the washing up, in my case - it is amazing how things leap out at you which you hadn't really noticed before. It comes over more clearly than reading to yourself (and certainly more than hearing it in church), and the overall intention of the writer becomes easier to get at.
Pity, as it could have been good.