When you are listening to someone else read, you are listening to their interpretation of scripture. I was a professional actor for 30 years, and I can take a script and make it mean very different things depending on how I approach it. So can they. Nothing can replace the direct interaction with a book. It is the only way that you are not putting someone else between you and the written word.
Barna is great. In spite of his being an evangelical Christian, he pulls no punches with his polling and research. What he finds is, of course, very disappointing from the point of view of uplifting the reputation of believers. As it turns out, they are quite average in most respects. I spoke with him once about going to work for him, as I have a great deal of respect for his work. His pride doesn't get in the way of his telling the truth.
As for your husband, or whatever he may be, I didn't call him an idiot. I said he has put himself in the perfect position to become a malleable drone. He has. If he is as bright as you say he is, tell him to shake off the lazies and read if he has a real interest. The fact is, he doesn't, as you said he has been unmoved toward belief by hearing the others try to convince him. Perhaps he needs better actors to play their parts. They clearly aren't believable to him.