So begins one of the most beloved books in all of history. Few books besides the Bible have been translated, printed, and read as often as The Pilgrim's Progress. John Bunyan's classic allegory of Christian, the Pilgrim, on his perilous journey to the Celestial City has touched hearts and minds for more than 300 years, and still the demand continues.
A new generation can now discover this memorable story, filled with unforgettable characters: Evangelist, Charity, Hypocrisy, Goodwill, Obstinate, and Mr. Worldly Wiseman. Each one offers a unique insight into the Christian life - its joys and trials, its opportunities and struggles. You'll discover The Pilgrim's Progress to be both challenging and entertaining.
©2007 Max McLean; (P)2007 Max McLean
When I first listened to this production from Max McLean I was torn between the desire to hear the words as written by John Bunyan and the easier understanding of this slight update in grammar and wording. In the end I feel that the small changes were worth it and this is a book I would recommend to anyone who wants to get acquainted with a treasure of English literature. Max does such a fine job with intonation and clarity to the point of making me wistful that I don't have such an ability - but then I haven't the years of training and God given ability that he does. After shopping around for a great rendition of Pilgrims Progress I feel that I have picked out a gem.
The book as it is is good. But it does not contain the pilgramage of Christian's wife and children, the second half of the book.
This reader does a great job. And I think the text was tuned up to be a bit more digestible to 21st century ears, yet still seems to have the original flavor of the book, at least I think so (never read it!). While the trip is allegory, I'm a fan of journey stories, so take this into account. This book was on my "must read" list, and now I'm satisfied, though I can see listening through again. I can definitely see echoes of Pilgrim's progress in other works I've read, now they should make a bit more sense. I recommend it highly.
Narrator is very good!
This is an excellent adaptation of the original English by Judith Markham, keeping the flavor, while delivering meaning to today's reader. Which makes the fact that it is missing Part 2 all the more lamentable. I'd hoped to go find part 2 with the same updated language, but Audible does not have it.
NOTE TO AUDIBLE: You should either include part 2 on this audio book, or otherwise clearly mark it as "Part 1 ONLY", or at least as "abridged". Any chance we can get a Judith Markham updated part 2?
one of the greatest books i have ever read or listened to. It really makes you use your inter self to search what life is really all about. I highly recommend this listening for all generations,
This reading of Pilgrim's Progess is a rip-off. Although it is advertised as "Unabridged," it includes only Part One of the book and the language has been modernized. The reading is only half of Bunyan's original book, which has two parts, and the language has shortened it as well. Be wary of buying this version if you truly want an "unabridged" edition.
This has been one of the best books I have listened to on Audible. The reader is excellent and really brings this timeless story to life. I have read other adaptations of this book, and this is my favorite translation. As a Christian, this book truly brings my faith to life.
Books on tape -- every commuter's friend. American history is my choice but then, in books, as in music, I'm all over the place.
First things first: Max McLean is the first and only person I've ever thought could hold me rapt with attention simply by reading a phone book. What a talent and what a wonderful way he shares it.
A classic is never a class by accident. The Pilgrim's Progress is a classic, of course, and for good reason. It is difficult to explain the beauty of its context and ethereal flow. A beautiful story whose complexity seems almost impossible to have truly been written without Divine intervention. (Before anyone rolls their eyes, please, listen to it and then, if you still can, roll your eyes.)
I am profoundly grateful to have found this book and profoundly ashamed that it took me nearly 54 years to do so.
May I also suggest that anyone reading this review also acquire Max McLean's reading of the Holy Bible. It changes everything.
A very wordy allegory that was made much easier for me to grasp in this translation and by the dramatic readin by MM.
The Bible, because there are many stories that reveal spiritual truths.
Yes; great as always.
Not finished it.
It was really interesting taking character traits and personifying them!
Seeing a story unfold by them staying true to their names.
I think it will color my understanding of the Scriptures when it mentions those traits to make them more than words.
Christian and Faithful and Hopeful all proved the synergy of being together--the way they helped each other which, alone, each may have fallen and been sufficiently discouraged to continue along the way.
I think he did a great job at dramatizing the characters!
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This is a book that I will be sure to listen to many times if God blesses me with more time on this earth to understand more of His glorious Word.
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