Not exactly riveting stuff, with no car chases, CIA double agents or political scheming. It's well worth a listen when you need a change of pace. Whether you're a deeply-religous Christian, vaguely Christian, of another religion, agnostic or atheist, if you want a relaxing, thought-provoking listen, this is worth a download.
In an allegory, characters are often straight forward with little depth to them. That is the way Christian is in this timeless tale from John Bunyan, originally published in 1678. Nevertheless, he does grow and change as he advances in his journey toward the Celestial City. I really loved this story, and I think I liked the second half, the story of Christian's wife, Christiana, and her own journey with their four sons, even better than the first. This book is easy to understand and has many lessons for life contained in it, and presented in a way that won't be soon forgotten. I will read and listen to it agina.
The combination of the old English style of writing and the narrator's strong English accent made it really difficult to listen to this book. Unlike other audiobooks that I've downloaded I had to really concentrate when listening to this book. Also, the chapters are very long and hard to navigate. A couple of times I had paused the book on my iPod in the middle of a chapter, accidentally clicked the wrong chapter and had to listen to the entire chapter from the beginning.
The story is an excellent allegory and I found myself thinking about Christian's journey throughout my day. Reading the book in the old English has always been tough for me and I had hoped the audio version would help. However, even with the audio, the book is still a difficult read.
I've read this book several times but this was my first time listening to it. It was wonderful! Pilgrim’s Progress is so inspiring and uplifting. It is the story of Christian's journey from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City. This story represents struggles, blessings and victories of the Christian life. The author uses (very clear) symbolism to make the story interesting and enlightening.
One might say that I have a bias as I am a Christian but, I'm pretty critical. I certainly don't have a problem noting my objections or dislikes for any title. In a work such as this, I look for the relevance across the ages, the flow of the story (an important part given the language and references from 300 years ago)and the quality of the narration. The Pilgrim's Progress scores high on all three points. I very much enjoyed the title, even more so the second time through.
This is truly an interesting book, nothing like I expected. It is well narrated and easy to listen to, and understand. The Narrator has the perfect voice for this book. I also own the book but have never had the chance to read it. so I sometimes read along with the narration but it was more interesting to just listen. This book is similar to "Hinds feet in high places," Which I also really liked in writing and will soon be downloading to listen to.
Great book I will be listening to it again, and again.
Once you get past the introduction this book is well worth your time. As a Christian I found The Pilgrim's Progress thought provoking. Furthermore, I was able to relate to the characters within the story.
This is a lovely adventure story that both myself and my children enjoyed listening to. The reader is animated and changes accent and tone as he reads the voices of various characters which makes the book fun to hear.
The language and manners are strange, but after listening a while become familiar and don't hinder the tale at all. Not for those who are antagonistic to Christianity and unwilling to suspend their viewpoint or cynicism enough to enjoy the sweetness, innocence and purity of another time.
I'm not really following the story because of the old style language. It also is sort of complicated. I think this is something that would be better to study than to listen to. It's probably just me.