• ESV Hear the Word Audio Bible

  • The Bible for Life
  • By: Crossway
  • Narrated by: David Heath
  • Length: 74 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-10-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Crossway Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (45 ratings)

Summary

Would you believe it took nearly 500 years to translate the ESV (English Standard Version) Bible? That's because the ESV builds on the great translations of the past - including William Tyndale's New Testament of 1526 and the King James Version (KJV) of 1611. But the ESV Bible also builds on the best Christian scholarship of the last 100 years. The result is a fresh and compelling Bible translation, with a timeless quality, that's trustworthy and true. That's why the ESV "sounds like" the Bible - with the kind of beauty, clarity, and dignity that we love to hear and read. That's also why the ESV retains the Bible's rich imagery and theological words - words like grace and justification and salvation - that are essential to our faith.
The result is a Bible that conveys the timeless quality of God's Word and that remains trustworthy and true to the original words breathed out by God. As Moses wrote more than 3,000 years ago, the words of God are "your very life, and by this word you shall live." (Deuteronomy 32:47).
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1 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 12-03-15

Cannot navigate to particular books

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The narration is good, but the navigation does not allow you to see which books are in each part, or where particular books start in each downloaded part.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Stephen on 27-04-12

David Heath's voice helps focus

This has been well worth the outlay, I have used robot controlled text to speech. This has enhanced my Bible reading. Thank you for a great product.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Aaron on 16-02-13

Study Guide

This Audiobook is broken into (15) separate PARTS.
Each "PART" has separate "Chapters":


Book (Part #) Chapter #'s


PART 1:
Genesis (Part 1) Ch. 1 - 52
Exodus (1) 52 - 91



PART 2:
Leviticus (2) 1 - 28
Numbers (2) 29 - 64



PART 3:
Deuteronomy (3) 2 - 35
Joshua (3) 36 - 59
Judges (3) 60 - 80
Ruth (3) 81 - 84


PART 4:
1 Samuel (4) 1 - 32
2 Samuel (4) 33 - 56
1 Kings (4) 57 - 78


PART 5:
2 Kings (5) 1 - 26
1 Chronicles (5) 27 - 55
2 Chronicles (5) 56- 92


PART 6:
Ezra (6) 1 - 11
Nehemiah (6) 12 - 24
Esther (6) 25 - 34
Job (6) 35 - 77


PART 7:
Psalms 1 - Psalm 99 (7) 1 - 99


PART 8:
Psalms 100 - 150 (8) 1 - 53
Proverbs (8) 54 - 85
Ecclesiastes (8) 86 - 98


PART 9:
Song of Solomon (9) 1 - 9
Isaiah (9) 10 - 75


PART 10:
Jeremiah (10) 1 - 53
Lamentations (10) 54 - 58


PART 11:
Ezekiel (11) 1 - 49
Daniel (11) 50 - 61
Hosea (11) 62 - 75
Joel (11) 76 - 78
Amos (11) 79 - 87
Obadiah (11) 88 - 89


PART 12:
Jonah (12) 1 - 5
Micah (12) 6 - 12
Nahum (12) 13 - 15
Habakkuk (12) 16 - 18
Zephaniah (12) 19 - 21
Haggai (12) 22 - 23
Zechariah (12) 24 - 37
Malachi (12) 38 - 41

Matthew (12) 42 - 69
Mark (12) 70 - 86


PART 13:
Luke (13) 1 25
John (13) 26 - 48
Acts (13) 47 - 74
Romans(13) 75 - 90


PART 14:
1 Corinthians (14) 1 - 17
2 Corinthians (14) 18 - 30
Galatians (14) 31 - 36
Ephesians (14) 37 - 42
Philippians (14) 43 - 46
Colossians (14) 47 - 50
1 Thessalonians (14) 51 - 55
2 Thessalonians (14) 56 - 58
1 Timothy (14) 59 - 64
2 Timothy (14) 65 - 68
Titus (14) 69 - 71
Philemon (14) 72
Hebrews (14) 73 - 85
James (14) 73 - 85

PART 15:
1 Peter (15) 1 - 6
2 Peter (15) 7 - 9
1 John (15) 10 - 14
2 John (15) 15
3 John (15) 16
Jude (15) 17
Revelation (15) 18 - 39

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238 of 241 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By OneFederalist on 03-09-11

Just the Word

If you're looking to do without the music and drama that some of the other versions put out on Scripture, this is your book. There is nothing but the reading of the word, and Mr. Heath does a adequate job at it.

His inflections when he reads the words spoken by prominent biblical figure (e.g., God, Moses, Abraham) or a less prominent figure (e.g., the disgruntled Jews in the wilderness, enemies of the Jews) is a bit strained, but it could've been worse. Still, I knocked off a star because I could see where it may annoy some folks. I was only slightly put off at first, but got over it.

The main reason I dropped a star was because of the breakup of the Bible into 15 files. Each section starts at the beginning of one of the Books of the Bible, but within each section there's no rhyme or reason when you skip ahead. Sometimes it's at the beginning of the next chapter, other times it's not.

So best you can do is re-label the 15 sections with the first and last Book/Chapter.

Here's the naming convention I used for all 15 sections on my iPod for your consideration:
01. ESV Genesis 1 - Exodus 40
02. ESV Leviticus 1 - Numbers 36
03. ESV Deuteronomy 1 - Ruth 4
04. ESV 1 Samuel 1 - 1 Kings 22
05. ESV 2 Kings 1 - 2 Chronicles 36
06. ESV Ezra 1 - Job 42
07. ESV Psalms 1 - Psalms 99
08. ESV Psalm 100 - Ecclesiastes 12
09. ESV Song of Solomon 1 - Isaiah 66
10. ESV Jeremiah 1 - Lamentations 5
11. ESV Ezekiel 1 - Obadiah 1
12. ESV Jonah 1 - Mark 16
13. ESV Luke 1 - Romans 16
14. ESV 1 Corinthians 1 - James 5
15. ESV 1 Peter 1 - Revelation 22

All that being said, this a fine rendition of the Word of God. Frankly, I got tired of all the flashy productions and just wanted to hear the Word. In my opinion, you can't go wrong with this translation if you're looking for that angle. So I definitely recommend it.

Tu Rex Gloriae Christe!

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158 of 164 people found this review helpful

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