For 300 years, The Pilgrim's Progress has remained perhaps the best-loved and most read of devotional fictions. In plain yet powerful and moving language, Bunyan tells the story of Christian's struggle to attain salvation and the Gates of Heaven. He must pass through the Slough of Despond, ward off the temptations of Vanity Fair, and fight the monstrous Apollyon. In Part II, his wife and children follow the same path, helped and protected by Great-heart, until for them, too, "the trumpets sound on the other side."
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Loved this narration of both books in the old English by John Bunyan. Inspirational and relevant for the 21st century. Worth the lengthy time to hear both books, and brilliantly narrated by David Shaw-Parker
"The Journey To Salvation Personified"
This book is definitely Spirit lead, characterizing all of the forces we face each and every day as persons and with their own dialogue. You have to appreciate the Old English, and in a short while you adjust to it and come to admire the way it flows. The performance is one of the best I've heard (David Shaw-Parker). Both book and performance are at that top level quality that is just not possible of every book. Thank you Jesus for it.
"Great way to read this classic"
This narrator will keep you lost in the drama of the story. Takes about 13 hours of listening. Syncs well between my phone, iPad, and laptop.
"Two books in one! Terrific narration!"
Very pleased with this Purchase. I cannot imagine a narrator doing a better job. Buy this book and audiobook. I think the kindle book was free. Loved every minute of both of these stories.
"Old journey, familiar journey"
Fantastic book that can help believers in the 21st C understand that our struggles in the walk of faith are not unique to our generation, rather it has always been the same lonesome yet joyful journey.
"A Must Read"
The content was awesome.
When I realized the man was walking through life with all the players of becoming a Christian and that was his name.
It gave me a full heart
I am glad I came upon this book.
"Classic tale but some liberties are taken..."
If I purchased a Shakespeare audio book, I would expect a VERBATIM reading of the written classic. My ONLY complaint with this audio book is that it IS NOT verbatim. A few words have been altered from the written text. I do not understand WHY ANYONE would tamper with a classic. Don't change EVEN A WORD.
I enjoy the narration. The story is a MUST HAVE for every Christian home. I did not & will not ask for a refund as the changes in the audio book are minor but I WOULD hope that in the future, a CLASSIC BOOK that is produced as an audio book and presented as UNABRIDGED would also carry some mark to denote the written and oral words mirror each other or that they do not.
I'm not sure that you could compare this work with any other work. Perhaps Milton's great classic "Paradise Lost" would be the closest and first obvious work that comes to mind.
Mr. David Shaw-Parker, in my humble opinion, is AN EXCELLENT choice to have performed the narration of this classic tale. I would have given him MORE than 5 stars if that were an option.
Absolutely not. Don't tamper with a good thing.
Keep the classics PURE...don't change EVEN A WORD in the written or oral performance of a classic.
An encouraging book to read, although I think I would need to read it many more times to really grasp it well.
"Simply a classic"
John Bunyan's insights into how crafty the human psyche can be are timeless and teachable. It is a classic for reason!
What a beautiful allegory. I loved the narrator. He made what could have been a hard to listen to story (because of the old style English) exciting. My 4 children 11, 10, 8, and 6 have all enjoyed listening to this story. But I prepped them for it. I read them a children's version called Dangerous Journey and explained it to them. The children's version also had some beautiful pictures with it. Having had this introduction they had no problem listening to this unabridged version. The symbolism is rich and powerful. Highly recommended to all.
"A gem of a book, brilliantly performed"
I would absolutely recommend it. In fact, I have done so already many times over. Full disclosure: I am an atheist. I read this book not as Bunyan perhaps intended - to encourage one to turn to God - but as a terrific display of the essence of Puritanism: the idea of doing good works, predestination, temptation, and the single-minded pursuit of individual salvation even to the point of giving up on one's family.
The first part of the book focuses on Christian - his departure from his home town and his journey to Heaven. A curious story with lots of gory adventures along the way. Not pleasant to read, sometimes very difficult to even identify with the main character. But a gripping story nonetheless. The second part of the book was to me more interesting. This is the story of Christian's wife (Christiana) and her journey along the same route. In a gender stereotypical fashion, hers is not a story of individual victory over temptation/s, but a community (Christiana, her family, her next-door-neighbor, and a whole host of characters that they encounter along the way) joining forces towards Enlightenment (not of the rational kind but of the Puritan kind, of course).
David Shaw-Parker's reading is clear, crips, powerful. He brings Bunyan's characters to life in the most delicious way.
Why? Why would you want to objectify this book in the form of a movie? Please.. don't go there. Just leave it as is.. vibrant and alive in our own distinctive imagination.
"This book saved my life."
Some can not understand the written word as well as the spoken word.
David Copperfield. Hardship and Deliverence.
Bunyan was a Great man. Before his Time. This book should be more readily available and promoted .
Beautifully spoken. Engaging. Good way to learn about working out your salvation to get into the Kingdom of God and eternal life.
The reality of it's meaning touched my heart.
aside from the Bible this is the best book ever. I so love the ending.
"One book that will change your life!"
Brilliantly read, such a touching story.
Wow! To God be the Glory, great things he has done, so Loved he the world that he gave us his son!
Yes, it helped me keep the thread of the story and concentrate.
Yes and no. Yes, because it's an amazing book, and no, because it needs reflection periodically.
An absolute classic very well read.
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