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1)       I don’t much like the sound of my own voice but it is dismal to note how few free online audio bibles are available so here’s one.

 

2)      The translation is that of the World English Bible which is an update of the 1901 ASV. I disagree with a number of its textual and  translation decisions and it seems to me that in a number of places the English simply doesn’t make sense, but it has three significant advantages:

a.       it is public domain so that non-commercial use is free;

b.      it is related to the ESV (itself a grandchild of the ASV) which means that it is easy silently to read the ESV along with a WEB audio recording;

c.       it is “conservative” in the sense of being more “literal” or “wooden”.  I’ve little understanding of the philosophies of translation and I know that every term one cares to use is liable to criticism, but most understand roughly what I mean by these words.

 

3)      There are lots of different ways that audio Bibles can be used.  I have used an audio Bible alongside a visual reading of the actual text – with a hard copy of the Bible in front of me.  That is why this reading is faster than most audio Bibles – we can follow written words as they are spoken much more quickly than spoken words with no text in front of us.  The point of such an exercise is

a.       it increases the likelihood of properly attending to what the Scripture says since it is coming in on two channels at once;

b.      it provides a discipline – one can decide to listen to / read a certain number of chapters / minutes each day and the fact that this is, in part, on audio files makes it easier to keep to one’s commitments.

 

4)      While I have provided files for individual chapters, the reading of the entire Bible takes around 54 hours.  In case it is of use to anyone, I have produced a suggested reading schedule below which divides up the readings into 56 units for those who want to plan their listening.

 

5)      There are various choices to be made in such an exercise. Here are mine:

 

a.       Translation:                        World English Bible – see above

b.      Accent:                 ­­                English

c.       Posh or street:                   midway

d.      Pace:                                     fast but could be faster

e.       Error tolerance:                 quite high – there are lots of stumbles but few outright errors. I will correct the latter as and when I find them.

 

6)      If this is too fast for people then Windows Media Player or AIMP2 and probably iTunes allow for adjusting the playback speed. (For example, in Windows Media Player 11, go to “Now Playing” then to “Enhancements” and then to “Play Speed Settings” and you can make it a lot faster or a lot slower.)

 

7)      There’s an alternative to this reading – also free, online, complete, and World English Bible. David Williams’ reading is at http://www.audiotreasure.com .  It’s American accent, medium pace (70 hours) with very few errors indeed.

 

1)       I don’t know much about the techy side of things but this has been produced using a cheap microphone, Audacity with free MP3 export thingy, and Windows Media Player 11 for listening.  Windows Media Player 11 makes it easy to put these files on an MP3 player or to burn them as either MP3 or audio CDs.

 

2)      Total cost:   this has taken me around 200 hours, cost £9 for the microphone and whatever (small) charge it is to have it up here on my site. How I wish that there were 100 free, online, complete audio Bibles to choose from.  It’s not that I like mine or am proud of it but it’s of some use to me, it may be of some use to someone else, and it may provoke (inspire or, more likely, irritate) others into producing audio Bibles of their own.

 

3)      Please EMAIL ME if you find a fault.

 

 

 

Book

Chapters

Size

MB

Length

mins

 

Book

Chapters

Size

MB

Length

mins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genesis

50

141

154

 

Matthew

28

85

93

 

Exodus

40

113

125

 

Mark

16

55

60

 

Leviticus

27

86

94

 

Luke

24

88

96

 

Numbers

36

120

132

 

John

21

68

75

 

Deuteronomy

34

104

114

 

Acts

28

87

95

 

Joshua

24

72

78

 

Romans

16

39

43

 

Judges

21

71

78

 

I Corinthians

16

37

40

 

Ruth

4

10

11

 

II Corinthians

13

24

27

 

I Samuel

31

93

102

 

Galatians

6

13

14

 

II Samuel

24

74

81

 

Ephesians

6

13

15

 

I Kings

22

86

94

 

Philippians

4

9

10

 

II Kings

25

80

87

 

Colossians

4

8

9

 

I Chronicles

29

85

93

 

I Thessalonians

5

7

8

 

II Chronicles

36

99

108

 

II Thessalonians

3

4

5

Ezra

10

30

33

 

I Timothy

6

9

10

 

Nehemiah

13

42

45

 

II Timothy

4

7

8

 

Esther

10

22

24

 

Titus

3

4

5

 

Job

42

71

78

 

Philemon

1

2

2

 

Psalms

150

176

192

 

Hebrews

13

29

32

 

Proverbs

31

67

68

 

James

5

10

10

 

Ecclesiastes

12

22

24

 

I Peter

5

11

12

 

Song of Songs

8

11

12

 

II Peter

3

7

7

 

Isaiah

66

139

127

 

I John

5

10

11

 

Jeremiah

52

156

171

 

II John

1

1

2

 

Lamentations

5

14

15

 

III John

1

1

2

 

Ezekiel

48

142

156

 

Jude

1

3

3

 

Daniel

12

44

49

 

Revelation

22

45

50

 

Hosea

14

20

22

 

 

 

Total

744m

 

Joel

3

8

9

 

 

 

 

(12h 24m)

 

Amos

9

16

17

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obadiah

1

3

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonah

4

5

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Micah

7

12

13

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nahum

3

5

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Habakkuk

3

6

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zephaniah

3

6

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haggai

2

4

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zechariah

14

22

25

 

 

 

 

 

 

Malachi

4

7

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

2467m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(41h 7m)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the table below I have arranged this reading of the Bible into 56 blocks (“days”) of around 1 hour each. Rather obviously, this makes for a reading of the whole Bible in two months at an hour each day, in four months at 30 minutes each day, or in a year at 10 minutes each day.

 

 

Day

Readings

Mins

 

Day

Readings

Mins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Gen 1-23

58

 

29

Psalms 75-118

60

2

Gen 24-39

58

 

30

Psalms 119-150;  Prov 1-9

53

3

Gen 40-50;  Ex 1-7

57

 

31

Prov 10-31;  Eccl 1-4

60

4

Ex 8-26

59

 

32

Eccl 5-12;  Songs 1-8;  Isa 1-14

60

5

Ex 27-40;  Lev 1-5

60

 

33

Isa 15-41

61

6

Lev 6-22

59

 

34

Isa 42-66

59

7

Lev 23-27;  Num 1-8

59

 

35

Jer 1-20

58

8

Num 9-25

55

 

36

Jer 21-37

58

9

Num 26-36;  Deut 1-4

60

 

37

Jer 38-52

56

10

Deut 5-24

59

 

38

Lam 1-5;  Ezek 1-16

58

11

Deut 25-34;  Josh 1-8

60

 

39

Ezek 17-32

55

12

Josh 9-24

55

 

40

Ezek 33-48

58

13

Judges 1-17

60

 

41

Dan 1-12;  Hosea 1-7

59

14

Judges 18-21;  Ruth;  I Sam 1-11

59

 

42

Hosea 8 – Micah 7

57

15

I Sam 12-27

60

 

43

Nahum - Malachi

53

16

I Sam 28-31; II Sam 1-16

60

 

44

Matt 1-20

59

17

II Sam 17-24; I Kings 1-5

56

 

45

Matt 21-28;  Mark 1-7

59

18

I Kings 6-19

59

 

46

Mark 8-16;  Luke 1-6

59

19

I Kings 20-22;  II Kings 1-13

58

 

47

Luke 7-21

57

20

II Kings 14-25;  I Chron 1-4

59

 

48

Luke 22-24;  John 1-13

61

21

I Chron 5-24

61

 

49

John 14-21; Acts 1-10

59

22

I Chron 25-29;  II Chron 1-16

60

 

50

Acts 11-28

61

23

II Chron 17-36

65

 

51

Rom; I Cor 1-6

55

24

Ezra 1-10;  Neh 1-8

57

 

52

I Cor 7 – II Cor 13

55

25

Neh 9-13;  Esther 1-10

46

 

53

Gal – II Thess

58

26

Job 1-33

59

 

54

I Tim – Heb

55

27

Job 34-42;  Psalms 1-32

59

 

55

James – Jude

45

28

Psalms 33-74

60

 

56

Rev 1-22

50