We all like reading the Bible, but there are times when reading isn’t the best option. For example, it probably wouldn’t be in anyone’s best interest to read the Bible and drive a car. There is also the possibility that you may not be an avid or great reader. Others might not have the eyesight they used to have. Maybe reading puts you to sleep. This begins the search of finding the Bible on audio. There are some truly outstanding websites and CDs out there for every dedicated Christian. I’m here to point you in the right direction.
Best Bible on Audio CDs and MP3s
This is your very basic, reasonably priced Bible audio book. I’ve always been a much bigger fan of the King James Version, so if you are a fan of old English this is right up your ally. The King James Version dates back to 1611 when King James the I allowed for a translation of the Bible from Latin to English. He approved of the translation in 1604, and it was completed seven years later. Anyways, enough history for now. This audio book is the Bible being read with no dramatizations. There is nothing fancy going on here compared to the other Bible audio books available.
James Earl Jones does an absolutely outstanding job. He doesn’t read too fast or too slow.
There is no dramatization which I guess could either be a pro or con depending on what kind of reading style you are in to. My personal preference is no dramatization, but that’s just me.
The price is very reasonable. $29.95 for 64 CDs is great.
There has been the occasional problem of a disc or two skipping. This is a rare event, but it does happen.
No dramatization (like I said this can be either a pro or con)
This audio book is quite different than the other ones I’ve reviewed. This is the New King James Version which is a modified, copyrighted version of the King James Version. There are a few variations compared to the KJV, but it doesn’t take away from the message. The voice actors are outstanding which includes Jim Caviezel, Richard Dreyfuss, Gary Sinise, Jason Alexander, Marisa Tomei, Stacy Keach, Louis Gossett Jr., Jon Voight, Marcia Gay Harden, and many others. It includes 79 CDs with many bonus features. Some of the bonus features include actor interviews and worship resources.
Outstanding voice actors
Plenty of bonus features
The sound affects are kind of neat
90 hours of Bible plus bonuses
It is a bit pricey. The collections of CDs is $96.99. If you are just interested in the MP3 though, it’s a modest $40.98.
The music at times is irritating.
This uses the New International Version of the Bible which is quite a bit different than the King James Version. This is copyrighted and owned by Biblica. Zondervan is the company that published this particular audio version. The NIV version is, by far, the most popular version of the Bible today. This set consists of 64 CDs which is roughly 76 hours of audio.
It is one of a few NIV on audio out there
At times it can be very over dramatic
The background music is pretty bad
No bonus features
If you are thinking about buying this one, and you don’t have a problem with the KJV drop a few extra bucks, and go with the The Word of Promise: Complete Audio Bible. The music, sound effects, and voice acting is much better.
Bible on Audio While Browsing
Biblestudytools.com has by far the best Bible audio book on the internet. If you are busy browsing and want to listen to the Bible, this is the place to go. It is clear and to the point. There is no background music. Max McLean has an outstanding voice that goes very well with the cryptic beauty of the Bible. This site has three versions of the Bible which is great for those of you who have a preference. It includes the King James Version (KJV), New Living Translation, and the World English Bible. For those who are unaware of the differences, I’ve listed them below:
- KJV – The King James Version was published in 1611. The translation was done by the Church of England.
- New Living Translation – This is the more scholarly approach to the Bible. This version tried to translate as close as possible to the original texts.
- World English Bible – This is essentially the American Standard Version.
Another great place to go is Biblica.com. This site has a great feature where one can read along with the narrator page by page. This site, along with the previous one, has a narrator with a very clear and concise voice. Biblica uses the New International Version (NIV) which is a much more recent version of the Bible. This version was published in the 1970s and has been updated a few times since.
I hope this helps you decide which Bible on audio is for you. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave a comment or mail me.