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The Pilgrim's Progress | [John Bunyan]

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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    Betty 05-04-12
    Betty 05-04-12 Listener Since 2007

    Elderly (1932), retired university professor, degrees in engineering and economics.

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    "IT IS BETTER WHEN LISTENED TO"

    The full title is “THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS FROM THE WORLD TO THAT WHICH IS TO COME.” It was published over the years 1677 - 1684. If, to be designated as a “CLASSIC” requires universal themes and enduring availability, then this is a real “classic.” It has never been out of print since 1677. Wikipedia calls it a “religious allegory.” Allegories abound.
    This was required reading in my high school advanced English Lit course in 1950. I encountered it again in a sophomore literature course in college. I found it long, dull and tedious. I learned to appreciate Bunyan’s creative writing flair when I LISTENED to it! (Audible where were you when kids needed you?} Can such a book even be taught today? It is definitely about religion -- Christian religion. Do students have enough familiarity with Christianity to recognize these allegories? I don’t know. I do know that Audible’s spoken words are like Mary Poppins’ “spoonful of sugar,” it makes Bunyan go down with appreciative smiles.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 02-12-12
    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 02-12-12 Member Since 2010

    Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.

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    "I'm Pleased I Read It"

    I read this book because of the extensive quotation from it in Neal Stephenson's "The Baroque Cycle", but I should say that I soon discovered that the subject matter of the book is so not to my interest. It is to religious for my secular taste. To that end, I am amazed I listened to the whole two books (there are two, in case you were expecting one gospel only). Still, I guess that says something positive for the underlining message, which transcends the religious parables and the moral nomelacuture (the most famous of which must surely be "Vanity Fair"). The preaching can be hard to take, but I think the performance helped ease that, as did the famous passages from time to time that sparked re-newed interest. I'm not sure I would do it again, but I'm glad I did it once.

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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 5 people found this review helpful
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    Carla Baldwinsville, NY, United States 07-27-12
    Carla Baldwinsville, NY, United States 07-27-12 Member Since 2012
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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.


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    Trader One United States 10-28-11
    Trader One United States 10-28-11 Member Since 2009

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    "Excellent presentation of this classic"

    Dramatization, voices and characterizations were outstanding. I can highly recommend this product as it is high caliber.

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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.

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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.

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    Jean Wisconsin 07-25-09
    Jean Wisconsin 07-25-09 Member Since 2009

    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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    Alicia Packard Tornel Reading, PA United States 04-03-09
    Alicia Packard Tornel Reading, PA United States 04-03-09 Member Since 2001
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    "Pilgrim Progress"

    This is the most inspiring book ever read. It will teach you how the Devil tries to discourage you in every way posible but Christ invites you to keep walking the read of faith. Highly recomemded for your spiritual life.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kristy BINGHAMTON, NY, United States 02-05-14
    Kristy BINGHAMTON, NY, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Probably better to read the book"
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    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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