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Zondervan NIV Live: A Bible Experience--CDs with DVD

Approachable, relatable and immersive, this new Bible experience connects you with God… passionately, emotionally. This multi-sensory cinematic, high definition sound and visual masterpiece presents the Bible in an engaging and entertaining manner that allows you to enjoy God's eternal story anywhere and anytime you desire. This complete set of audio CDs allows you to hear the Bible performed through over 400 powerful performances by an unrivaled cast of award-winning talent and spiritual leaders who truly bring the New International Version of the Holy Scriptures to life.

The high profile and inspirational 21st century cast include leading actors, musicians and personalities, many of whom have won or been nominated for Grammy, Oscar and Emmy awards. These amazing individuals deliver the engaging and emotional experience of a lifetime. From the first moment you hear NIV LIVE, you will feel and connect with God, memorably….unforgettably!
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Better Than the Bible Experience

Date:July 18, 2014
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Let me give a brief review of this product.
Music4/5: The music can be breathtaking at times, but it does tend to overtake the reading of scripture on multiple occasions. The most problematic to me is the semi-rock music during certain prophetic books and the many battles recorded throughout the Old Testament. Does it match the emotion of the action? The answer is yes, but I'm not sure it is appropriate for the Bible. That being said, the music is usually fantastic. Beautifully produced and thought inducing, it does add outstanding quality to this production.
Acting4/5: Of course, anytime you have multiple actors that portray biblical characters, you will get a mixed bag. Most of the acting is incredible though. Some of the standouts include:
The voice of God: Alex Warner
The narrator: (Don't know his name)
David: Kristoffer Polaha
Moses: Phil Crowley
Jesus: Christopher Gorham
Abraham: Jessi Corti
Job: (Don't know his name either)
Production Values 3.5/5: This is one of the most problematic aspects of this product. Throughout the project there are some major flaws that the producer just didn't catch.
1. In the book of 2nd King's, a small child plays King Josiah, even though the text clearly states that he was a young man (not child) when the repentance began. Then in 2 Chron., an older gentlemen plays King Josiah performing the same actions! I can't believe this wasn't caught.
2. In the Book of Isaiah the 6th chapter, the angel that speaks to Isaiah is clearly male according to scripture ("his" and "he" provide an excellent clue as to the gender of the angel), yet a woman reads this part.
3. There is a sound effect that the producers are quite proud of apparently, because it is used WAY too frequently. The sound of musicians playing celebration music is sometimes used in long passages. It can get on your nerves after a while.
Now, after I pointed out all these flaws, you're probably thinking that I did not enjoy the production. That is not the case, because these problems only make up about 3% of the production. The rest is excellent indeed.
Overall, this is an incredible audio Bible that even rivals the king of the audio Bible market: the Word of Promise. I enjoyed this product immensely and I believe you will as well.
It is much better than the Bible Experience, which was very good overall, but bordered on corny at times. There are no cheesy moments in this production.
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