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The Pilgrim's Progress

From This World to That Which Is to Come
Narrated by: David Shaw-Parker
Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
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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."

Public Domain (P)2013 Naxos AudioBooks

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Amazing book! Incredible reader

Possibly the best narrator I've heard. Really takes your mind to another world. Very highly recommended.

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Pilgrims Progress

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

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  • Adam
  • 16-01-2015

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.

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  • Cindy
  • 07-08-2016

Beautiful!

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.

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  • J.B.
  • 07-03-2014

The Journey To Salvation Personified

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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.

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  • Will
  • 03-10-2016

beautiful story

I can't recall tearing up when listening to a story. I held back tears at the end of this one...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-11-2013

A Must Read

What made the experience of listening to The Pilgrim's Progress the most enjoyable?

The content was awesome.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Pilgrim's Progress?

When I realized the man was walking through life with all the players of becoming a Christian and that was his name.

Which character – as performed by David Shaw-Parker – was your favorite?

Christian

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It gave me a full heart

Any additional comments?

I am glad I came upon this book.

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  • Bill Wilton
  • 11-04-2015

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!

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  • M
  • 08-04-2015

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.

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  • West Breedlove
  • 28-01-2015

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.

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  • Uncle Bud
  • 05-05-2014

Classic tale but some liberties are taken...

Is there anything you would change about this book?

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.

What other book might you compare The Pilgrim's Progress to and why?

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.

What about David Shaw-Parker’s performance did you like?

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.

Do you think The Pilgrim's Progress needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Absolutely not. Don't tamper with a good thing.

Any additional comments?

Keep the classics PURE...don't change EVEN A WORD in the written or oral performance of a classic.

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  • bluetomato
  • 18-04-2016

A gem of a book, brilliantly performed

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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).

What does David Shaw-Parker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

David Shaw-Parker's reading is clear, crips, powerful. He brings Bunyan's characters to life in the most delicious way.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

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.

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  • charis
  • 08-05-2015

Absolute brilliance

Where does The Pilgrim's Progress rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Beautifully spoken. Engaging. Good way to learn about working out your salvation to get into the Kingdom of God and eternal life.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

All

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The reality of it's meaning touched my heart.

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  • ken johnson
  • 02-03-2015

This book saved my life.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Pilgrim's Progress to be better than the print version?

Some can not understand the written word as well as the spoken word.

What other book might you compare The Pilgrim's Progress to, and why?

David Copperfield. Hardship and Deliverence.

What about David Shaw-Parker’s performance did you like?

Clarity.............

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

STRONGE.

Any additional comments?

Bunyan was a Great man. Before his Time. This book should be more readily available and promoted .

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  • Cat Man
  • 11-04-2017

A Christian Classic

A faith building and encouraging​ account of the Christian life in allegory. A timeless classic and a must read for all serious Christians who earnestly desire to seek and follow the Lord.

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  • Natalie
  • 13-06-2015

Excellent

Would you consider the audio edition of The Pilgrim's Progress to be better than the print version?

Yes, it helped me keep the thread of the story and concentrate.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and no. Yes, because it's an amazing book, and no, because it needs reflection periodically.

Any additional comments?

An absolute classic very well read.

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  • Andrea
  • 18-02-2017

amazing

amazing story and great narrator! Composed by the 2 part of the book, the pilgrimage of Christian and then of Cristiana and their children.

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  • Aggripa S. Mwamuka
  • 29-02-2016

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!

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  • joy
  • 01-04-2016

best book

aside from the Bible this is the best book ever. I so love the ending.

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  • Paul Thompson
  • 04-07-2018

A must listen to for all who follow Christ

This book is over 300 years old and is current to Christians today as it was then.If your Christian walk has become stale,religion and you think you have "arrived " then think again ,John Bunion was a man who was jailed for over 13 years in all for his commitment to preach the Gospel.
I have learned where i am going wrong through this book ,i have been challenged immensely ,enlightened whole heartedly and can honestly say without a shadow of a doubt only in the first section alone ,has this timeless book brought me back into a relationship with The Lord Jesus Christ ,Come all who are heavy ladened and are wearisome and i shall give you rest .
This book will convict you,will convince you of your short comings ,its light hearted melody is soberingly refreshing and at the same time deadly serious..This book is an essential tool for all who are serious followers of the Lord .Take courage your Christian life is not over till you reach the end and ended already if you think you've made it !!! ..May you be blessed abundantly

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  • David M
  • 08-05-2018

I gave it a good go..

I'm willing to believe that this may be literary genius, but it didn't do a lot for me. It felt like one long sermon and kept sending me to sleep. Some very long sentences of logic that were difficult to follow. I managed to get through 8 hours of it. Anyway, it is an important historical work, I researched the historical context before I started and I now know some things I didn't know before, so I guess it was worthwhile.
Great narration. David Shaw-Parker just exudes enthusiasm.

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  • Marcha
  • 04-10-2019

Based on bible scripture

I really enjoyed this story and learned a lot from it being based on bible scripture. Though we die, we will live again so let us head for the Kingdom of God.