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The Pilgrim's Progress: Retold

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The Pilgrim's Progress: Retold
Author John Bunyan
Narrator Paul Michael
Runtime 3 Hrs. - Abridged
Publisher christianaudio Fiction
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One of the most powerful dramas of Christian faith ever written, this captivating allegory of man's religious journey in search of salvation follows the pilgrim as he travels an obstacle-filled road to the Celestial City. Abridged and retold by James Baldwin.

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One of the most powerful dramas of Christian faith ever written, this captivating allegory of man's religious journey in search of salvation follows the pilgrim as he travels an obstacle-filled road to the Celestial City. Along the way, he is confronted by monsters and spiritual terrors, among them Worldly Wiseman, Giant Despair, and the demons of the Valley of the Shadow of Death. An enormously influential seventeenth-century classic, universally known for its simplicity, vigor, and beauty of language.

Abridged and retold by James Baldwin.

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Very Worthwhile
I really enjoyed this audio edition of Pilgrim's Progress. The voices were excellent and it is well read. It is suitable for a wide audience and age range.
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Review by / (Posted on 8/17/2015)
Classic...must read book!
This is an excellent book ...obviously it's a classic that must be read over and over.
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Review by / (Posted on 7/13/2015)
Enjoyable book
We had fun listening to this story! The adventures of Christian are encouraging.
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Review by / (Posted on 6/21/2015)
Marvelous
Mr. Paul Michael's rendering brings this story vividly before my eyes. Praise the Lord. Thanks all.
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Review by / (Posted on 6/15/2015)
A sad slaughtered version of Pilgrim's Progress
First off, in defense of this version of PP, they are very open about the fact that they have removed Bunyan's allegorical themes about Jesus Christ and all of the Biblical wisdom and teaching which made it encouraging, challenging, and worthwhile reading, and have focused simply on the "fairy tale" view of this beautiful story. And also in all fairness, I was so disappointed in the meat and heart of the book being completely stripped away, that I quit listening halfway through.
I didn't buy this audiobook, it was free when you downloaded the iPhone app for Christian Audio. Which honestly makes me really disappointed in Christian Audio.
If you want a fairy tale to read, then you might enjoy this version. If you want to be challenged and encouraged and know what truly made this book amazing, then please skip this and buy an unabridged (even modern language) version.
Hope this is helpful to anyone looking for the real Pilgrim's Progress.
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Review by / (Posted on 6/13/2015)
Stirs your Hart
Recommend it! Take the journey and put yourself in the story!
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Review by / (Posted on 6/9/2015)
Hard to follow
I purchased this audio version more than a year ago. I must admit that this book being read it its old English version by a Narrator who, himself, has a very strong British accent has made it nearly impossible for me (Canadian) to make any sense of it. My only understanding of it was because I had, in past years, read the paper version.
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Review by / (Posted on 6/9/2015)
Very good
It was good and very good voice whoever it was and I loved how it was filled with juicy details.
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Review by / (Posted on 5/27/2015)
Disappointed
I agree with Anna's assessment - all the Christian "meat" has been removed.
Rather buy the original - it will be much more profitable.
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Review by / (Posted on 5/20/2015)
New app
Wonderful!!!! Thank you!!!! Very Happy!!
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Review by / (Posted on 5/12/2015)
Excellent
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!
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Review by / (Posted on 7/12/2013)
FABULOUS!
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!
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Review by / (Posted on 12/9/2011)
Disappointed
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."
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Review by / (Posted on 8/5/2011)
Very entertaining
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!
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Review by / (Posted on 12/27/2010)
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this...
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.
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Review by / (Posted on 7/7/2010)
I really enjoyed listening to this...
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.
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Review by / (Posted on 6/4/2010)
I'm a fool. I did...
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!
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Review by / (Posted on 3/30/2010)
I was pleased at such a...
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.
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Review by / (Posted on 3/28/2010)