Lots of people have been asking about what kind of Bible they should get. We tend to use the NRSV at Holy Nativity because it is very readable. That said, we use various different translations depending on what we are using it for. I also quite like The Message although it sometimes takes poetic license with how it retells the bible in a modern way.
Last night I was sent a link to the NIV Audio Bible read by David Suchet. Until next Monday it is free to download.
There is something about a familiar voice reading to you late at night when you are getting ready to sleep. Why not give it a go?