Saturday, March 28, 2009

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the Word of Promise Next Generation New Testament Audio Bible review

New Testament Dramatic Audio Bible

Format: MP3

This is the first Audio Bible that I have owned. Glancing at the front cover you can see that there are a lot of talented actors/entertainers/etc used to read the story of the Bible. I must admit that I am not up on the teen scene and didn't recognize some of the readers.

Voice: The readers on this MP3 were easy to listen to and seemed to fit their part fine. I especially enjoyd Max Lucado and his daughter reading the introduction to each of the books. None of the actors were "boring" and they had great voice inflection. At the same time, I wouldn't say that any of the readers were "amazing" (Though Sean Astin is a sure hit as usual).

Presentation: The set comes with three MP3 disks and one "behind the scenes" DVD. I did find it odd that the front of the case was a picture of all of the cast instead of something related to the Bible. Maybe covers are different for audio MP3's as compared to a book that has a more artistic cover. A note that these will not play in most CD players because they are in MP3 format. MP3 was the right way to go though, packing around 50 cd's just is not convienent :-)

Overall: After listening through one of the gospels, 1 Corinthians, and other parts of the disk, I would say this is a job well done. I prefer to read the Bible, but on long car trips, and in medium doses my two children should enjoy this. My 4 year old daughter was listening for the first time today (I played it on my computer) and she seemed to enjoy it.

4/5 Stars

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Skeeter and the Mystery of the Lost Mosquito Treasure (DVD review)

Title: Skeeter and the Mystery of the Lost Mosquito Treasure
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Running Time: 60 minutes including bonus features

Story: From DVD back cover: "Skeeter can't do anything right. But his famous brother can do no wrong. Which will find the treasure? Skeeter's "perfect" brother Sir Sinclair M. Skeeto, the world famous adventurer, comes to the garden with a mysterious treasure map left by their father. All the garden gang are in awe of Sinclair, and fawn all over him. But could it really be up to wrong-way Skeeter and his crooked stinger to solve the mystery of the treasure's location? Lesson is based on Psalm 139:13-14."

Production Quality: Bright and vivid computer animation. The backgrounds were well done, but no lavish.

Music: The background music and songs were very upbeat. My son and daughter were dancing at the start of the movie. There was a chirping bird sound in the background that was a little annoying during most of the scenes.

Story: There were several unique insect characters that helped to serve as the basis of this story. I enjoyed how God spoke directly to the characters at one point in the film. The movie did an excellent job showing the importance of each persons special talents and skills God has given them. The voice acting was excellent and enjoyable.

Kids Viewpoint: My four year old stayed in rapt attention throughout the whole film. She said she liked when the two brothers used teamwork to solve the mystery!

DVD extras: Mary had a little Lamb was added to the end of the main Skeeter movie, but really should have been included as bonus material on the DVD. It seemed a little thrown together and not funny or creative like the main film. Bonus features include: A trivia quiz, the sounds of Hermie (shows how/what sounds were used in the movie. I found this very interesting), a sing-along, and quite a bit of DVD ROM for computer stuff.

Final opinion: This DVD had great animation, good music, unique characters, and an amazing story. There were a couple twists and turns that were unique and original. The length of the film seemed just right for adults and young children. I would recommend this for children (and adults) of all ages! Psalm 139:13-14 - "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made your works are wonderful, I know that full well." (NIV)

4.5/5 Stars