The Bible Experience

While heading in to work this afternoon, I heard an NPR story about a new audiobook production of the Bible called “The Bible Experience.” Normally, most people who know me wouldn’t think I’d find this newsworthy. But the audiobook really piqued my curiousity when I heard some of the people who made up the voice cast for the project (unfortunately, in PDF format instead of HTML – not sure why).

In the broadcast I listened to, they played a short section from the audiobook on the baptism of Jesus. After the baptism, the voice of God, spoken by Samuel L Jackson, says:

This is my motherfucking son, in whom I am proud

OK, I did add one word in there that isn’t in the actual audiobook. But really, is it a Samuel L Jackson part without it? I didn’t think so.

The first audiobook in this production apparently only covers the new testament. The voice of God only accounts for about 2 hours of recording work, according to the interviewee on NPR. They haven’t decided yet who will play the voice of God in the old testament production, but it sounds like it won’t be Jackson, as guestimates are 80 hours of recording work. On the other hand, how cool would it be to hear Jules speak

The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.

Or better, “…when I lay my motherfucking vengeance upon thee.” Yeah, I might buy it just to hear that.

[tags]The Bible Experience, New audiobook production of the Bible to improve on past productions[/tags]