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Breathe Bible Review – an NLT Audio New Testament

Breathe Bible New Testament is a dramatized NLT with an all-star cast of 90 internationally acclaimed actors and recording artists. The dramatization includes an original score for background music.

Tyndale provided this audio Bible free for review. I was not required to give a positive review – only an honest review. My opinions are my own.

Names that stand out to me include:

  • John Rhys-Davies
  • Josh Lucas
  • Kevin Sorbo
  • Jesse McCartney
  • Corbin Bleu
  • Ashley Judd

The names I don’t recognize are still excellent actors that fit their parts well.

Production Quality

Breathe Bible sounds like a large, high quality, big budget, production. The overall production does a great job of creating the setting in audio. I close my eyes and can easily picture the scenes on location. The background music and sound effects add to the ambiance of the settings. The background sounds include voices of the crowds and sometimes lines that are not in the text, but you can tell from the recording that it’s a background effect and not part of the text.

It doesn’t always include the narrator’s introduction of the person talking. For example, instead of something like “Jesus spoke to them”, it would just have Jesus speaking. This makes for a smoother flow of audio, which is easier to listen to, and is the way it would be done in video, but it can also make it difficult to know who’s talking sometimes. In other words, this isn’t the NLT word-for-word. Instead, it’s the NLT acted out – just like a movie.

What’s in the Box

With 18 CDs, it has a running time of over 21 hours. The CD’s come in a case that opens like a notebook with sleeves that includes cover art with a mosaic photo gallery of people, plants, locations, and a photo of single-column Bibles lying open. Inside the CD notebook’s front and back cover is an index that tells you where to find 18 well known stories. It also includes a page with the full cast and credits. The notebook is cardboard but I feel good about using it considering it comes in a sturdy slipcase.

Ending Thoughts About the Breathe Bible

Breathe Bible sounds great and would make a good choice for anyone seeking a high quality dramatized production of the NLT. Breathe Bible, the audio quality as well as the NLT translation, is easy to listen to for long periods of time and the quality of production is so high that I found it easy to imagine the setting for each scene. I’d like to see, or hear, Breathe Bible available in the Old Testament so we can have a completed dramatized NLT.

Breathe Bible is also available as an app for both iOS and Android. You can see the complete list of actors, hear audio samples, and learn more about Breathe Bible from their website:


Where to buy

Breathe Bible


Barnes & Noble


Photography by hannah C brown


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