New voice for audio Book of Mormon

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Re: New voice for audio Book of Mormon

Postby TerriSnaithShields » Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:43 pm

I agree with the assessment of the new narration of the scriptures. Here is a link to a FREE download of Bruce Lindsay's narration of the Book of Mormon: LDS.org still has the older recordings: https://www.lds.org/media-library/audio?lang=eng

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Re: New voice for audio Book of Mormon

Postby MindyBurton » Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:56 pm

It makes me chuckle reading these comments because I love the current narrator. But I really am just grateful to have any audio version as I have ADD and struggle with reading bible verses, rereading lines on accident, etc.

So grateful for audio. I think someone mentioned above that bible verse can easily be read in many ways.

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Re: New voice for audio Book of Mormon

Postby richard.ashcraft » Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:04 am

Resurrecting this old thread with a bit of info and in hopes of some resolution.

Although the audio quality of the synthesized voices is generally good, there won’t be a time anywhere in the near future where they can match the emotion that a human reader can. The new voices are extremely distracting. I remember far less of what I listen to, even though I’ve read the Book of Mormon many times before.

I always prefer to read my scriptures (in a physical book) because it allows for more meaningful pondering, but I do have days where I must fall back to listening to my Book of Mormon. I can’t stand listening to the synthesized voices, so I don’t.

A few of weeks ago, I discovered that my app once again restored the better recordings, and I’ve really enjoyed listening most days while getting ready in the morning (might have been version 4.2.0). However, last week I discovered that it disappeared again (between chapters, while it was playing!), and I can only get the synthesized voices that, for me, are useless for scriptures.

I was hopeful that this meant they were bringing this back as an option. I opened up the settings to check, but strangely, the male/female option had disappeared from the settings.

This highlights that this is a service-controlled feature, meaning you can’t just hold on to an old version and have the audio you want. But there was some condition that allowed it to switch dynamically. Perhaps it’s the software developer in me, but I also wondered whether this happened because the development team at the Church was testing how the voices affect people’s willingness to listen.

I really want the recorded copy (the specific Bruce Lindsay version) as permanent option. When I was in my teens, this was the way I got through the Book of Mormon the first time as I prepared for my mission. I’d really like to use that feature, but I simply can’t stand doing so in the meantime.

Also - the link shared doesn’t seem to offer the good version. It just redirects to the Book of Mormon web pages on LDS.org, and that also has the synthesized voices. I also can’t track down the CDs for purchase, otherwise I would have already purchase and converted them for my smartphone.

Does anyone have a high quality copy of the good recordings they could post somewhere temporarily for download?

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Re: New voice for audio Book of Mormon

Postby sbradshaw » Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:36 pm

richard.ashcraft wrote:A few of weeks ago, I discovered that my app once again restored the better recordings, and I’ve really enjoyed listening most days while getting ready in the morning (might have been version 4.2.0). However, last week I discovered that it disappeared again (between chapters, while it was playing!), and I can only get the synthesized voices that, for me, are useless for scriptures.

I was hopeful that this meant they were bringing this back as an option. I opened up the settings to check, but strangely, the male/female option had disappeared from the settings.

This highlights that this is a service-controlled feature, meaning you can’t just hold on to an old version and have the audio you want. But there was some condition that allowed it to switch dynamically. Perhaps it’s the software developer in me, but I also wondered whether this happened because the development team at the Church was testing how the voices affect people’s willingness to listen.

I really want the recorded copy (the specific Bruce Lindsay version) as permanent option.


Gospel Library 4 and up has never had the Bruce Lindsay recordings – if you got a different voice recently, it was either in different content (different sections of the Book of Mormon have different readers, and other content also has different readers) or the app switched to/from text-to-speech, which it falls back on if you aren't connected to the internet or if it can't find the audio for whatever reason (Android only). Last week there was a bug where the female voice audio recordings were temporarily missing from the Book of Mormon – this has been fixed with a content update.

richard.ashcraft wrote:Does anyone have a high quality copy of the good recordings they could post somewhere temporarily for download?


The LDS Media Library still has the older recordings: https://www.lds.org/media-library/audio?lang=eng
Though I expect them to go away at some point because the old recordings were based on an older edition of the scriptures.
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Re: New voice for audio Book of Mormon

Postby sueleemyr » Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:06 pm

With the new voice(s), I find myself trying to figure out if there are two male voices reading every other verse. Also, I don't care for the female voice reading the introductions.

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Re: New voice for audio Book of Mormon

Postby aburke73 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:36 am

Still no leads on the older versions? No, they are not on the website anymore. : (

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Re: New voice for audio Book of Mormon

Postby richard.ashcraft » Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:09 am

I’ve found you can use the iOS podcasts app to subscribe to and download all of the old Book of Mormon recordings. That’s how I use them now.


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