Human history traced from our once-upon-a-time origins, through the great disaster that nearly wiped the human race from the planet. From an insignificant family of displaced nomads, kings and poets arise who will shape human destiny.
The spinal cord of the world's oldest and most influential book - the story line of the Old Testament reduced to a gripping tale, told with warmth and wit. The essence of the Bible - true to the text, true to the spirit, eminently understandable.
©2014 Justyn Rees (P)2015 Justyn Rees
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5 out of 5 stars
By Carôle on 12-08-17


This has got to be the most fabulous synopsis of the Old Testament! I am currently in the eighth month of reading the entire bible from Genesis to Revelation and 'wading' through Ezra... I came across this audiobook by chance and intrigue and, to my deep joy, it has covered the entire Old Testament factually, and coherently, so that it is perfectly understandable!

So much so, that I have immediately purchased To Make a Long Story Short, which is The New Testament version. It promises to be just as good (I hope), given that most of TNT are letters - but Revelation should be mind blowing!

This is not a dry as dust historical rendition, it is as exciting and as entertaining as the Bible is itself. The other thing that bought a smile to my face was, the fact that the dialects for most of the characters ranged from all over the UK! English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish! The Queen of Sheba appeared to be Indian!!! Hahahahaha!

A thoroughly enjoyable listen.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ian Smith on 30-08-17

Excellent Intro to the Old Testament

Would you consider the audio edition of To Make an Old Story New to be better than the print version?

I prefer audiobooks and don't read many physical books. But to those considering one or the other, I'd say the audiobook would probably be better. Justyn does a fantastic job of narrating and keeping it interesting.

What does Justyn Rees bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A lot of different accents. The balance of narrative and characters is perfect. Keeps it mixed up and fresh.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Pretty even amount of stories and problems. The Bible isn't exactly the most exciting book compared to some modern media. I didn't know that a lot of the stories that you learn in Sunday school aren't exactly as pretty as they tell them. Such as David cutting Goliath's head off and dragging it around or God repeatedly killing a bunch of people because he's mad.

Any additional comments?

I have never been able to get through the Bible on my own. It has too many people, lineages, the language is weird, etc. I get bored and can't pay attention.

But this book really brings things together in a new light and is compelling. I think Justyn does a good job of bringing some colloquialism and a touch of humor without being kitschy. Well done, Justyn! Thanks for your work on this.

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