- Excellent Review by Jeff
Paul Michael has a beautiful reading voice and seamlessly went from one accent to another in the characters. It was a joy to listen! This great classic is such a wonderful story. The re-telling still carries the crux of the story, though purists will want the full version. Because it was retold for a new generation to appreciate the classic story I recommend it to all. Tremendous!
(Posted on 7/12/2013)
- FABULOUS! Review by ADE
I really enjoyed listening to this retelling of John Bunyan's beautiful allegory. The tone and pacing of the reading were very good. I started it with some trepidation as it had been described as a retelling (with some of the text omitted and the language updated) to appeal to the modern reader. If you like the original, I think you'll discover pleasantly that the integrity and substance of the story have not been compromised with this version. Kudos to all involved!
(Posted on 12/9/2011)
- Disappointed Review by anna
When I downloaded this from Christianaudio.com, I expected a modernised version of the language. I didn't expect them to have decided that it was "too didactic" and that what they wanted to produce was a "wonderful fairytale" instead of a Christian allegory. (I quote from the introduction).
The reader is fantastic, don't get me wrong. But all the meat has been cut off the bones of the story. What you have left is a quest tale, but without all the Christian bits. Direct references to Christ have been removed (such as "He who bought us with His Blood") and the picture in Interpreter's House of the King with the Book (Jesus) is gone. All of the discussions have been cut, which is a major portion of the book; I suppose discussions of beliefs are "too didactic"?? That eliminates the very reason Bunyan wrote the book!! He [b]meant[/b] to teach people sound doctrine, which is what "didactic" means.
I first read PP in its original form when I was about 10. I may not have fully grasped it then, but I did enjoy it as originally written. I've reread it many times, listened to the full version read by Nadia May (also from Christianaudio.com, and well worth buying), and I refuse to believe that we have gotten too ignorant to understand its message with a minimum of effort.
I'm sorry to say I was very disappointed with this "abridgement."
(Posted on 8/5/2011)
- Very entertaining Review by securehope
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, particularly because of the excellent job Paul Michael did in reading it. The different voices he gave to each character were delightful, and the storyline flowed pleasantly.
The abridgment flowed well and conserved most of Bunyan's original writing style while leaving out the in-depth treatment on spiritual truths. For the Christian reader, this leaves you wanting more and stimulates desire to turn to the original book (which I own but have not yet read). For the non-Christian, the spiritual analogies still come through clearly enough to gain profitable insights into the Christian life. Overall a winner!
(Posted on 12/27/2010)
- I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this... Review by Ray Tucker
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this timeless classic again. Even more this time being read by Paul Micheal. I loved his accent as he read the old English that would not have the same effect read by myself alone. Also his ability to carry the voices of multiple characters during the same scene was dynamic. The story causes me to do a self examination through each scene, drawing me closer to the Savior and reinforcing our need for his church. I'm sure I will listen to this over and over again.
(Posted on 7/7/2010)
- I really enjoyed listening to this... Review by Lori Martz
I really enjoyed listening to this book and the reader did an excellent job! Anyone who has experience in walking with the Lord will have a part of this book that they can relate to.
I'd be very interested in knowing what the unabridged version is like because I would like to have gotten to know the various characters and temptations in greater depth so as to move beyond being entertained by the book to learning how to recognize temptations, etc. quickly and how they steer the Christian off of the right road.
(Posted on 6/4/2010)
- I'm a fool. I did... Review by john mccamont
I'm a fool. I did not realize that his name changed in the process of his journey (the previous version I'd listened to had his name as Christian from the start). My last comment is wrong. I've listened ahead and they indeed do refer to him as "Christian".
Man I wish there was a delete comment button!
(Posted on 3/30/2010)
- I was pleased at such a... Review by john mccamont
I was pleased at such a well written story was narrated so eloquently until the name of the main character was changed from "Christian" to "Graceless".
If they are unwilling to say the word Christian, I can only imagine how they would handle his encounter with the cross where his burden falls off.
I could not continue listening to it and will find a less post-modern version.
(Posted on 3/28/2010)