• The Pilgrim's Progress: A Readable Modern-Day Version of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress

  • The Pilgrim's Progress Series, Book 1
  • By: John Bunyan, Alan Vermilye
  • Narrated by: Alan Vermilye
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (126 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The most accessible version of Pilgrim’s Progress available!

Listening to The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan can be a bit challenging. Not so with this new version that translates the original archaic language into simple, conversational English, allowing listeners of all ages to easily navigate the most popular Christian allegory of all time.

The story chronicles the epic adventure of a man named Christian who leaves his home in the City of Destruction and begins a life-long quest to the Celestial City. Set against the backdrop of a hazardous journey, this powerful drama unfolds as Christian’s adventures lead him into fascinating lands and encounters with interesting people who either help or hinder his progress along a narrow way. With a gallery of memorable characters and visits to colorful places, Bunyan’s allegorical narrative describes one man's extraordinary adventure on his journey to faith.

Without losing any faithfulness to the original text, now you can listen to Bunyan’s timeless classic and reimagine this famous quest that has challenged and encouraged believers for centuries.

The audiobook includes the original Bible references and a Bible study guide is available separately for individual and small group use.

Frequently asked questions:

Is the book unabridged?

Yes. The most important consideration was to convert the original, archaic language into simple conversational English without losing any faithfulness to Bunyan’s text. When compared to the original version, you will find no key element missing. What you will find is sentence construction and certain interpretations of character reactions modified or enhanced to produce a more contemporary style of expression without sacrificing the intrinsic message. Also, instead of using the antiquated term “stages” to separate book sections, you will find chapter headings and subdivisions.

Does this book include part one and part two?

This book only includes part one, which chronicles the journey of Christian to the Celestial City. Part two chronicles the journey of his wife and children.

What age group is the book for?

The book is appropriate for all readers 12 and up and is a favorite of renowned authors such as Charles Spurgeon, C.S. Lewis, John Newton, George Whitefield, and many others.

Is there a Bible study?

Yes. The Pilgrim’s Progress Study Guide, available separately, will guide you through Bunyan’s masterful use of metaphors to a better understanding of key concepts of the book, supporting Bible passages, and the relevance to our world today. Each study question is ideal for group discussion and answers to each question are available online. 

Can I use other book versions with the study?

No. Although, there are many versions of this Bunyan classic, this version is the only book made specifically for this study. Each chapter, sub section, and study question of both the book and study guide are designed to be used with each other. Other book versions will feel drastically different and not match up with the study questions and format of this study.

©2020 Alan Vermilye (P)2020 Alan Vermilye

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Easier to understand, as Alan claims

The first time I read this story, I read the original. It can be hard to understand. I've read several different versions and this maybe my favorite. Alan sincerely stayed true to the original text. Well done. =)

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Just as I remembered, timeless!

It's been at least 40 years since I've read this, it's just as I remembered. A must read... again!

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Thank you!

In my review of this verison of pilgrams progess all i can say is, Thank you! This has help to renew spirit and i never would have grasped this book in the "old english" text.

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Well done and engaging for kids and adults

We really enjoyed it thanks! We used it in conjunction with Dr. Derek Thomas study from Ligoner Ministries.

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Excellent read and reader

The author does a good job reading this and the modernization of the book makes it so much easier to understand and think about. Highly recommend.

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Amazing and powerful story ... just okay narration

Revision author did a great job translating to modern English, but lacked the power and conviction of a great audio book narrator that this book deserves.

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A tremendous listen!

I have heard of this book for some time now. Was waiting to pull the trigger on purchasing because I knew it would be a task to interpret old English, which is half the battle in reading older material. The other being comprehension of the story itself.

How surprising was it to not only track along in the story, but to hear it in my own tongue. The language is so familiar.

I once heard it said by a preacher that if he could only read two books it would be is Bible and The Pilgrims Progress. What a picture of the Christian life. I was encouraged and challenged in this book and with a strong confirmation can second the line of that preacher that this is a book to be read again and again.

I pray through this modern English version, I may have greater understanding to even try and go back to read the original. Thankful for this edition!

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HEART OPENING

This version of the book was much easier to understand and follow than the original due to the change in language over time.

The book was narrated very well and was enjoyable to listen to.

Only downside is that it does not include the scriptures in the text but I think for an audiobook this is probably better as you can listen to the story without confusion... would get one with the scriptures as a hard copy.

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Mandatory reading

Every believer should read this book periodically. It will encourage you and ground you in the foundational doctrines of the faith. Much as Hopeful was a good companion to Christian this book can be a good companion to any believer.

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Classic

As a Christian i can so relate to this book and found it encouraging, knowledgeable and remarkable how John Bunyan could write such a helpful book. The Voice of the narrator was perfect for this book.

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  • Dr Mike Beránek
  • 03-05-22

Plainly and earnestly rendered classic

The author has done so well in bringing the story into modern parlance he has removed all of the quirky mystique of Bunyan's work that held its initial attraction. The transparency of the allusions and infantile allegoric method seem intellectually anemic to me and more Sunday school than masterclass, and not much more inventive than a clumsy paraphrase of biblical narratives and themes. At least thanks to Alan's help I can now have this one ticked off my bucket list!

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  • sharon jacklson
  • 12-15-21

Easy to listen and true to original

Very easy voice to listen to .
Of course a must go to book after the bible for any Christian.
I think this book is true to the original and I would recommend.
Sometimes I had to replay a chapter as the content is quiet a lot to take in
Well worth it

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  • James U.
  • 08-03-21

Highly accessible recounting of the original

Easy to listen, understand and absorb version of John Bunyan’s original text. Highly recommend if Pilgrims Progress is something you’ve always wanted to read but we’re wary of the old English text.

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  • Disney princess dolls
  • 03-07-21

Amazing

Incredible amazing inspiring life changing experience all Christians should read it it’s amazing and brilliant

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  • Mitchell
  • 01-31-22

Great story

In terms of what version to read or listen to, this one served well. I was never really at a loss as to what was being said. As for translation I cannot say as this was my first time listening to Pilgrim’s Progress, though I know from experience old English can be very hard to understand sometimes which is why I sought this version out. The narration was great as well.

God Bless.