TOS Review: World’s Greatest Stories
Years ago I heard a friend do a dramatized reading of a Bible passage. She read the actual Bible. I think it was the King James Version. She brought the Bible to life. It was incredible. When I visited the website for World’s Greatest Stories, I could not help but be reminded of Nikki and her Bible readings. If these CD’s were dramatized Bible stories, I knew I would love them and my daughter’s would enjoy them.
I was not wrong. Through the TOS Review Crew, we received Volume 1 of The World’s Greatest Stories “The Prophets. We were given our choice of the KJV or the NIV version. I love the language, style, and poetry of the KJV so I picked that one. This is available in both CD and Cassette Tape format. We received the CD, which retails for $7.95. Visit the website at Worlds Greatest Stories or give them a call toll free at 1-888-STORIES for more information. Visit the FAQ page for some great questions and answers such as “Does Mr. Sarris memorize the stories before recording them?” (The short answer: Yes.)
This volume contains the following stories: “The Blazing Furnace”, “The Handwriting on the Wall”, “Daniel in the Lion’s Den”, “Elijah and the Prophets of Baal”, and “The Prophecy of Jonah”. Professional actor and narrator, George W. Sarris, brings these stories to life using the art of dramatic storytelling. These stories are word for word from the Bible. No words are added and no words are taken away; it’s straight from the Bible!
All four of my girls found some aspect of the CD enjoyable but I’ll let them each share their experience:
Thoughts from Supergirl (cognitively around age 7): “My favorite story is the one about the Fiery Furnace. I like when he talks about Meschach & Abednego walking around the furnace. I liked the sound effects of the fire. Another story I liked was about Daniel trying to read the [handwriting on the] wall and the king’s wives drank the wine.”
Thoughts from Tailorbear (age 12, 7th grade):”I liked when he did accents otherwise I thought he was way too dramatic but that was just me. He’s a great storyteller otherwise. He talked the characters the way I would have talked them probably just not during the story part. I would have preferred the emotion to be when the character was speaking rather than during the narrative part of the story. Some parts I enjoy hearing and others I don’t care for.”
Thoughts from Turtlegirl (age 14, 9th grade): “I just really liked the CD. I’ve always enjoyed well told stories and these were very good. I liked how with the things that he did made it sound like it wasn’t word for word from the Bible. It was much more interesting than just hearing or reading the Bible passage word for word. I liked how he changed his voice for each person. I liked his vocal expressions. I didn’t really have a favorite story, I liked them all.”
Thoughts from BooBear (age 16, 11th grade): “I thought they were very interesting. I enjoyed his talent for story telling and dramatizing. I think they are very good for little kids to learn about the Bible in a way that is more interesting.”
Perhaps it’s because of my theater background or maybe it’s because of my friend Nikki who I mentioned above, but I found these very entertaining. It was hard to not to smile and giggle while driving but my oldest and I couldn’t help but laugh out loud at the “drunkeness of the King as he slurred his words.” or the “anger of Nebuchadnezzar” as he ordered the furnace to be heated up 7 times more. I appreciated that these stories were straight from the Bible. It’s less than two weeks until Christmas but these would make great Christmas gifts. I’m considering getting Volume 2 “The Life of Christ” as a Pascha (Easter) gift this spring.
Disclaimer: As a TOS Crew member, I received this product free of charge to review. This review is my honest opinion with, hopefully, enough detail as to why I liked or did not like a product so that my readers can make an informed decision. I received no compensation.