First of all, I’m going to focus on the actual audiobook/dramatization of the New Testament rather than delve into the pros and cons of the New King James Version of the New Testament. I’m not a major fan of that translation, but there’s nothing wrong with it.
Second, do keep in mind that this is a full CD set. While it would all fit on one thumb drive, the actual product here is physical CD. That’s a great thing for those of us with in-dash CD players, because we don’t have to wonder if it’s okay to be burning the data off the drive. The physical product, including the case is good. Holds it all together, the CDs all worked. I don’t know of a better way to put 20 discs in a case, so the strange stacking is just something to cope with.
Now, to the real meat of The Word of Promise New Testament: the content. This is not just the Bible read aloud to you. You have a multitude of actors doing the various characters of Scripture. I especially liked that a specific voice was used for Moses when he is quoted from the Old Testament.
Generally, most of the actors are well placed. I’m not sure Kimberly Williams-Paisley was the first name that popped in my head for Mary, but she does well. Richard Dreyfuss does a good Moses, and Jim Caviezel carries the lines for Jesus well enough. Voicing Jesus is not an easy one—you need to sound tough, loving, compassionate, and strong all at once. Caviezel is as up to that challenge as anyone else I can think of would have been.
If there’s a drawback, it is that some of the letters do drone a bit, because once you are past the narratives of the Gospels and Acts, it’s one voice. There are shifts from Paul to the General Epistles, but you still get the whole thing in one voice. I don’t know that there’s a way to vary that, unless you take the co-authorship theory for some letters and let Timothy speak as well!
It’s not your ideal Bible, but it’s a far better thing for your travel listening than many other options.
Again, free product in exchange for the review.