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Danielle M. Walters
AudioFile, August 2015

John Bunyan’s classic allegory tells the story of Christian, who searches for salvation amid a world of temptation and deceit. As the story is presented in the framework of the author’s dream, Christian must follow his path to redemption by discerning between friend and foe. Narrator David Shaw-Parker speaks clearly and often slows his pace for Bunyan’s lengthy explanations. The story has a barrage of metaphorical characters, and Shaw-Parker handles each distinctly. Christian himself speaks earnestly and emphatically. Because of the abstract nature of the story as well as its seventeenth-century English, Pilgrim’s Progress is challenging in audio form. Readers may even find themselves listening to sections again. This is no fault of Shaw-Parker, who gives an excellent performance and directs listeners steadily down Christian’s path. © 2015 AudioFile



Library Journal, April 2014

In this classic work of allegorical fiction, Christian, a man—or possibly Everyman—battles his way to heaven. David Shaw-Parker gives a wonderfully expressive reading of a text that is somewhat complex and archaic to the modern ear.

Recommended for individuals with a strong interest in important, pre-19th-century literary classics, allegories, or epics. © 2014 Library Journal



Rachel Redford
The Oldie, November 2013

Christian’s trials and temptations on his journey to the Celestial City are part of our language: the Slough of Despond and Vanity Fair; Doubting Castle where his protector Greatheart slew the Giant Despair; Appolyon the winged Destroyer. It’s uncannily cinematic—Christian spies the light of the Celestial City through the shepherd’s ‘perspective glass’—and the narration highlights Bunyan’s biblical and colloquial rhythms. © 2013 The Oldie



Midwest Book Review, October 2013

Superbly narrated by David Shaw-Parker, this Christian literary classic is now available in a complete and unabridged CD audio book format from Naxos. This technically flawless recording on 10 CDs and has a total running time of 12 hours, 3 minutes, 53 seconds. Very highly recommended for personal, church, and community library collections… © 2013 Midwest Book Review





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