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
This was the first audio book that I chose to listen to, and although I had heard it was good, I did not know much about it beforehand.
In the introduction, Bunyan's prose is written in couplets, which proved quite difficult to understand. But he quickly begins the story, and the language becomes much easier to understand. In the first half, the author recounts a "dream story" where a man, named Christian, leaves the city called Destruction to head up the trail to the Holy city. Along the way, he meets such characters as a man named Mr. Ignorant and Mr. Timorous, goes through such places as the "Slough of Despond" and the Valley of the Shadow of Death.
Clearly this is an allegory about the Christian journey of faith, and I think everybody should know that going in. If you are a Christian, you will likely find this an uplifting and inspiring work which, in addition to being entertaining, may accurately depict some of your own struggles along the way. If you are not a Christian, you may feel the prose gets a little preachy in parts, but you will regardless enjoy the meticulous prose and wonderful imagination with which this allegory is told.
Robert Whitfield reads with wonderful, light, English clarity, and his voices of the characters are distinct. The recording is also clear and easy to understand.
This beautifully written allegory is the perfect metaphor of a ?pilgrims? journey through life with word pictures that will soothe your soul as you realize your journey along ?The Way? to the Kingdom is not so different than Christian?s. The author is brilliant in his poetry and Biblical truth. A must ?read? for all Christians. Unknown to me before listening, we are treated with a bonus of an additional journey by Christian?s wife and three children.
If you are well versed with the King James version of the Bible, you will find this to be an enjoyable, well narrated version of John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress.
If you use a modern day version of the Bible, the 16th century English may be a bit hard to follow. Nevertheless, if you listen carefully, you will get hours of enjoyment from this audio book.
This is one of the best books I have ever experienced. I think listening to it even added to the experience for me. The only thing I regret is that I couldn't highlight the many sections that profoundly impacted me.
This audiobook was awesome. It made a 12 hour trip to Virginia fly by. It included extra parts like the author's bio and a sequel, all for the price of the book. Love it!
Very solid theological teaching. Fresh perspective from most sermons today. The only bad thing about the audio is that you miss the nuances of some of Bunyan's character names that you'd be able to catch seeing it in print.
I had heard of this book through a similar work that CS Lewis had written, The Pilgrim's Regress. Lewis made note that he followed the same style as Bunyan in The Pilgrim's Progress. I read Lewis' book (paperback version) and liked it; so I decided to give Bunyan's book a try.
I am now a fan of Bunyan's writings and plan on purchasing more of his works, both in paperback and audio form.
This story "in the similitude of a dream" is filled with so many lessons that I have already listened to it twice and am currently working on my third pass through it, each time with a new blessing, a new lesson.
If you are serious about being on the right road to heaven, this is a must have.
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.
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.
Elderly (1932), retired university professor, degrees in engineering and economics.
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.
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