Following on from my last posting here earlier today (two posts in a single day shock???), 2015 certainly was busy! In August 2015, after almost a year of various deliberations, producer Neil Gardner and me, started to record the New Revised Standard Version of The Bible, in all it's unabridged glory. After a further two years of transforming our recorded text into a downloadable 'app', complete with optional commentaries, publisher SPCK has just released the finished 'product'.
Here are some details:
NRSV: The Bible for Everyone app contains a superb new audio version by
John Banks, specially commissioned by SPCK from Ladbroke Audio,
bringing the NRSV to life as never before.
The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Bible is one of the most
widely loved English versions of the Bible. Descended from the King
James Version, it combines academic rigour with a flowing style.
NRSV: The Bible for Everyone app features:
- Complete NRSV Bible text
- Add your own notes to Bible verses
- Bookmark your favourite verses
- Powerful search and browse functionality
- Share verses as images on social media
This new app,
offering fantastic value, seamlessly integrates the audio with the text,
and includes the option to add access to the For Everyone series of
commentaries and Bible studies written by Tom Wright and John Goldingay,
via in-app subscription.
New and : NRSV Audio Bible for Everyone. Complete text and audio:
iTunes: Google Play:
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The notion of sitting down in front of a microphone and recording the Bible from beginning to end, was both daunting and slightly surreal. I'd never read The Bible in it's entirety before, although I did know particular sections quite well. Some of it came as a surprise, some of it made me think about things in quite a new light and some of it taught me how to build a temple!
As a school-child, we would listen to radio broadcasts of David Kossoff, a wonderful actor, (right), reading Bible stories; he was so good at being able to bring the Bible and it's huge cast of characters to life and of course, to my young ears, he was the definitive voice of God!
I certainly haven't aimed to 'compete' with anyone for similar 'deification'; instead, I wanted to articulate the text in a clear and direct manner, with a little verve perhaps and a desire to allow the stories to tell themselves, without too much of a 'helping hand' from me. Maybe I got it right, maybe not - or maybe I got it right in part. Whatever the outcome, I feel truly honoured to have been entrusted with such a challenging narration and should you decide to give this recording a try, I do hope you will forgive my errors and enjoy listening to The Bible.
...all for now, more just as soon as it happens!