"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander." ~ 1 Peter 3:15-16

Review: Word of Promise Next Generation - New Testament MP3

Thomas Nelson has earlier released Word of Promise Next Generation - New Testament, a dramatised Audio Bible recorded in the International Childrens Bible (NCV) over 23 hours for children and youths. This review is part of Thomas Nelson’s Book Review Blogger program, of which I have received a free review copy.

Let me begin by confessing that this is my first set of Audio Bible, and that I am not at all familiar with ICB or NCV. Thus I find this audio translation pretty much interesting as an adult. It is not exactly a word for word reading, as some of the brief narratives between dialogues has been dropped for a smoother reading. It is also a pleasant surprise to find a simple introduction before the reading of every books. Of course, it couldn't be compared with the detailed survey found in most study bibles, but at least the effort to put something there is appreciated.

Being a dramatised Audio Bible, the best feature is definitely in the narrative portion of the 4 gospels. The epistles are pretty much well done too. The background music is beautifully done without robbing much attention from the content of the reading. Since the target audience is the children and youths, the not so matured voices in the reading are just right.

If there's anything that I find unsatisfactory, I wish the packaging could come in a standard DVD box instead of the CD casing. Perhaps it could also include a companion book (or PDF format to be included in the CD) of the reading, for those who wish to read and listen at the same time. And of course, it shouldn't become the only version but as supplement in stimulating our children and youths for a wider exposure.

Overall, it is a good product from Thomas Nelson, though I think it would even be better if the pricing could be slightly lower.