The Pilgrims'Progress is a true monument of English literature. With the power of its universal imagery and the bumpy but engaging style of Bunyan's prose it is one of the books that never loses its appeal for the sympathetic reader. Robert Whitfield does a stunning job, maintining a strong rhythmic narrative flow while displaying a masterful (and consistent) variety of accents for the various characters. He also conveys Bunyan's apparently fundamentalist Christian message in a way which highlights the universal nature of many of his themes. Audio quality is very good.
Not really. There were some interesting sections and some of the characters were likeable, but 30 hours was too long for a story that did not have much of a plot. I have an interest in NDEs but this book dealt with the topic in a very creative but somewhat bizarre manner.
I enjoyed the narration and thought she handled the different voices quite well and made the story more interesting. I don't think I would have kept going with the story if I had been reading a printed book.
Please no. As the whole book seemed to be trying to prove that NDEs were some sort of brain reaction while at the same time also describing the perspective of people who had "passed over" but were still somehow conscious and aware, I can't imagine what sort of crazy follow up plot would allow both these contradictory scenarios to coexist.
Would be willing to try another of Connie Willis's books as lots of reviews suggest her other books are better than this one.
Yes, considering that many reviews of the written version complained of confusion re sudden change of POV and typos. The narrator compensated for these print problems and made the story flow easily.
None in particular - I just enjoyed it all. Lots of interesting subplots that tied together well in most cases, although not all characters were well developed.
Have not listened to him before but will seek him out again in future.
No, as in general I find it exhausting listening to audiobooks for hours at a time. However I really looked forward to my next listen and it made my long drive to work something to get excited about.
After years of reading non-fiction personal development books (relevant to my workplace) I have started to seek out good fiction stories for pure enjoyment. As such I may not be a seasoned critic of fiction however I know what I like and this book was a satisfying read. I will be seeking out more books by this author.
The subject matter is bleak and there is such a strong feeling of hopelessness that I found it hard to listen to the end and was relieved when it was over. Despite the positive aspect of the father's love for the child, it paints a scenario that is devoid of hope until the final few minutes. Do not read if you are suffereing from depression.
Another amazing performance by Robert Whitfield. I feel that even people who don't like Dickens would enjoy this reading. The delivery of the narrative passages and the delineations of the various characters are impeccable. I found the audio quality very good, both on a CD walkman and a car CD player.
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