FOR more than 27 years, it’s been the greatest story never told. Now, after a marathon 200-hour stint in a recording booth, it’s almost ready to be heard.
Actor David Suchet, best-known for his role as Belgium supersleuth Poirot, has recorded a new version of the NIV Bible, covering the whole of the good book, from Genesis to Revelation.
To be released by Hodder Faith at Easter, the 200 hours David has spent reading all 752,702 words of Scripture have been condensed to 80 hours worth of material. It’s the first-ever full-length audio version of the NIV Bible to be spoken by a single British actor.
It’s not the first time that David has read the Bible for a release: 25 years ago, in 1989, he was one of a number of British actors who recorded books of the Bible for a previous Hodder release. On that occasion, he read the Gospel of John.
For this new version, he recorded the Bible while on filming breaks for the final episodes of Poirot – the actor has filmed every one of Agatha Christie’s books featuring the great detective with the famous moustache, with the final one being aired last year.
The series is a huge hit, airing in more than 100 countries and having a worldwide audience of up to 700 million people.
David has also served as a patron of the River Thames Boat Project and served as chairman of the River Thames Alliance.
One of his earliest acting jobs was at the Watermill rep theatre near Newbury.
He became a Christian in a hotel room in 1986. He said that reading Paul’s letter to the Romans gave him a revelation. The words he read – “if God be for us, who can be against us?” – changed his life and has remained a constant ever since.
He said: “I am a Christian by faith. I like to think it sees me through a great deal of my life.”
The project to record the whole Bible has been his dream ever since.
“For me, it fulfils a 27-year ambition,” he said.
The Bible will be made available over four CDs, or as a digital download. All formats are MP3s. Ebooks of each section of the Bible – enhanced with Suchet’s audio narration – are also available. The audio files can be transferred for use on computers, smartphones, MP3 players and other compatible devices.
The NIV Holy Bible – Complete And Unabridged, read by David Suchet, will be released by Hodder & Stoughton on April 24, at £39.99.
It will be available from local booksellers including Quench Bookshops.