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The Pilgrim's Progress Audiobook

The Pilgrim's Progress

This is the enthralling account of a Christian's epic journey. With a burden on his back, Christian reads a book that tells him that the city in which he and his family dwell will be set ablaze. Christian flees from the City of Destruction and journeys through the Slough of Despond, the Interpreter's House, the House Beautiful, the Valley of Humiliation, the Valley of the Shadow of Death, Vanity Fair, Doubting Castle, and the Delectable Mountains, and finally reaches the Celestial City.
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Publisher's Summary

Next to The Bible, The Pilgrim's Progress has probably been more widely read than any other book in the English language, and rightfully so. It is considered by most critics as the greatest allegory in any language. And to think that it was written by a jailed tinker who received very little formal education.

This is the enthralling account of a Christian's epic journey. With a burden on his back, Christian reads a book that tells him that the city in which he and his family dwell will be set ablaze. Christian flees from the City of Destruction and journeys through the Slough of Despond, the Interpreter's House, the House Beautiful, the Valley of Humiliation, the Valley of the Shadow of Death, Vanity Fair, Doubting Castle, and the Delectable Mountains, and finally reaches the Celestial City.

(P)1997 Blackstone Audiobooks; originally published in 1670, United Kingdom

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    Marius Irene, South Africa 08-03-04
    Marius Irene, South Africa 08-03-04 Member Since 2014
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    "Change of pace"

    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.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Sher from Provo Utah 04-08-13
    Sher from Provo Utah 04-08-13 Member Since 2015

    tired teacher

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    "After all this time, still a great story"

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-27-12
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    "I found this very difficult to listen to"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    Did The Pilgrim's Progress inspire you to do anything?

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    N 06-30-11
    N 06-30-11
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    "Inspiring every time"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rod Riverside, CA, United States 07-03-05
    Rod Riverside, CA, United States 07-03-05
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    "A classic that still finds relevance today"

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jean 07-25-09
    Jean 07-25-09

    Reading addict

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    "From a Pilgrim in Training"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Camden, SC, United States 10-26-04
    Keith Camden, SC, United States 10-26-04
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    "Thought Provoking"

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemary 02-06-16
    Rosemary 02-06-16
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    "Classic Christian Allegory for a Reason"

    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.

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    Kristy 02-05-14
    Kristy 02-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Probably better to read the book"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Donald W. Schipani Norfolk, MA 12-11-12
    Donald W. Schipani Norfolk, MA 12-11-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Love this audiobook! Love this story above all!"
    If you could sum up The Pilgrim's Progress in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, Religous, Honest


    What did you like best about this story?

    Being a classic it has already made it's momentous mark, but it just hits home and represents our life and Jesus's plan, His love and His Saving Grace.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No one favorite.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have liked to, but I also realized that almost 10 hours of audio was not something I could do.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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