Thursday, December 15, 2011
Review of The World's Greatest Stories
When I received this CD free for my review, I was expecting to love it. My kids really enjoy Bible stories, and I loved the thought of them being able to listen to them in the car or on their MP3 players. Unfortunately, this CD received the support of only one of my four children.
The World's Greatest Stories are stories read word-for-word from the Bible (either KJV or NIV) by George Sarris. What makes them different is the dramatic way in which they are read. There are currently six CDs available; my family listened to The Prophets. For only $7.95 per CD, you likely won't be disappointed if you choose to buy these recordings, but they are not for everyone.
I have always been of the opinion that the Bible (with the exception of some of the "begats" and the Laws) is exciting reading in its own right. It doesn't require dramatization. I have never had to urge my children to listen to Bible stories, and they have never (I don't think!) found them boring. The problem with this CD, though, is that the reading (the actor actually memorizes the stories before recording them) is so over-the-top that my children actually laughed too hard to hear it. Stories that they knew suddenly became almost farcical. I understood why they laughed, but I was sad that that was their reaction. Only my 7 year-old son enjoyed the CD.
The best thing to do if you're interested in the CDs is to listen to samples of them on the website. That way, you can be sure that they are right for your family.
Hey, my opinion is just that: mine. To hear other opinions (and a ton of people really love this product!), read the Crew blog.