60 reading errors -- Stephen Johnston reading NKJV
April 28, 2015
Age: Over 65
After being a Christian for 40 years and periodically attempting various Bible reading plans, I finally realized that my learning style fit reading the text while I listened to a professional reader (and on fast-speed mp3) and I made it though the whole Bible in two months (this is survey Bible reading). The reader did not stop to underline or to ponder, he did not stumble over big words, .... and in 30 minutes I had read/listened to 30 minutes of audio! Also, keeping a sharp eye out for reading errors kept me alert -- I found 60+ (mostly minor) and sent the table of errors to Hendrickson publishers. Sadly, the product is still dated 2008 and contains these errors. NOTE: After all, this is the Bible and no printed Bible would have this level of errors.
I like Stephen Johnston's voice better than most, and I'm thinking that the speed may not be him as I have another recording by him that is not as fast. I don't know for sure, but perhaps the editors sped up the recording deliberately. It seems that wherever there is a caption in the text, someone edited it out and left only a tiny fraction of a second between sentences. This makes it sound like run-on sentences. I'm using an audio editing program to insert longer silences and that seems to help, but is very time consuming. Don't know how to account for the drastic volume and quality changes, but if nothing else, they do draw my attention back when my mind starts wandering.
Stephen Johnson has an engaging an easy to listen to voice. It is also clear that the editors were meticulous about the pronunciation of Hebrew names. There are no sound effects with the narration (which for me is a good thing). When you buy this MP3 Bible you get two copies, the whole Bible on one DVD, and another copy split into three CDs. Before beginning each book (sometimes small books are lumped together), the narrator provides a ~30 second introduction. The negative comments about changing volume and not enough pauses are fair. It appears that they may have used a different microphone or studio when they recorded revisions to the original recording and then they edited out pauses (maybe to squeeze it onto so many CDs).
What does that mean? It seems his reading pace is so fast that my heart begins to race while listening. It is like he never takes a breath. Then, there are these random spots where the audio quality drastically changes as if these were later edited into the recording.
To me, the speed of his racing through the scripture coupled with the multiple audio quality issues were very distracting and makes this recording one I would not recommend if you like to set back and listen to a story teller orate the Bible.