The 10 Best Audio Bibles

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This wiki has been updated 15 times since it was first published in November of 2018. The Bible can be both stimulating and enlightening, but not everyone has the time or faculties to read the text in its entirety. These audio editions can be a more convenient way to enjoy the Good Word, and we’ve included everything from dramatized renditions that feature award-winning actors to more stripped down versions, and even some handheld devices with built-in speakers. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. The Word of Promise

2. Inspired by the Bible Experience

3. Talking Bible

Editor's Notes

July 14, 2020:

Just like with an illustrated or study bible, audible bibles can offer a brand new perspective on Scripture just by delivering it in a fresh way. They're also ideal for commuters, those who prefer listening rather than reading, and anyone who struggles with the pronunciation of antiquated places and names. We favored selections with crisp sound, dedicated and talented narrators, and varied translations.

For today's update, we said goodbye to Adventures in Odyssey and the Daily Meditation Electronic, which we swapped for The Wonder Bible. While similar, the latter is loaded with almost double the meditation music and sports a design that has fewer buttons, is slightly more intuitive, and has a display that's easier to see. That being said, some still complain that it can be confusing for the less technologically-inclined to operate, so be prepared to parse the directions or ask someone for help if you fall in that camp.

We also brought on The One Year Chronological Bible, which is meant to be listened to in daily snippets that get you through the entire Bible within a year. It goes in historical order, which is a boon for readers who get confuddled by jumping timelines, beginners, and anyone who wants to get a handle on the chronological perspective to enhance their knowledge.

November 20, 2018:

We've compiled an assortment that will satisfy users who own MP3 and CD players, need digital downloads, or have no audio devices whatsoever and require an all-in-one solution. Placed The Word of Promise at the top spot due to its faithful rendering and meticulous performances, and included the Holy Bible NASB Complete and Talking Bible for those who have more simplistic tastes.

Special Honors

Dwell App Dwell is a well-designed, intuitive app that allows users to listen to the Bible in a highly personalized way. You can choose from a handful of narrators with varying accents and storytelling approaches who relate passages from the NIV, KJV, and ESV translations. It contains themed playlists that collect notable verses on subjects such as hope and forgiveness, lists of stories and passages, and original music composed exclusively for Scripture.

4. The Message Bible

5. Holy Bible King James Version

6. The One Year Chronological Bible

7. Complete Audio Holy Bible

8. NIV Live

9. Holy Bible NASB Complete

10. The Wonder Bible

Gia Vescovi-Chiordi
Last updated by Gia Vescovi-Chiordi

Born in Arizona, Gia is a writer and autodidact who fled the heat of the desert for California, where she enjoys drinking beer, overanalyzing the minutiae of life, and channeling Rick Steves. After arriving in Los Angeles a decade ago, she quickly nabbed a copywriting job at a major clothing company and derived years of editing and proofreading experience from her tenure there, all while sharpening her skills further with myriad freelance projects. In her spare time, she teaches herself French and Italian, has earned an ESL teaching certificate, traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States, and unashamedly devours television shows and books. The result of these pursuits is expertise in fashion, travel, beauty, literature, textbooks, and pop culture, in addition to whatever obsession consumes her next.

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