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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.
43 of 44 people found this review helpful
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.
19 of 19 people found this review helpful
Those who have never essayed this puritan classic will be delighted by the humour and vigour of the discourse and incident in Christian's way (part one.) Who'd-a-thunk-it? The wit that emerges from the vocalisations is a delight. Love the regional accents applied by the admirable Mr Whitfield and the earthy humanity of Bunyan himself.
Part two - Mrs Christian and family - is a little less rumbustious. By now, the metaphor has been fully developed and the tone becomes more preachy. Some of the potential sexism of the first book is redressed.
Overall, Christians in particular will find much that challenges, refreshes and inspires in this faithful and imaginative dramatisation.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
excellent book, moving and inspiring, much easier to follow by listening. Though I need to get a paper copy as well. If you are a Christian I recommend this.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful