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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Did You Know That There Is An Audio Dramatization (by Orion's Gate) of The Pilgrim's Progress? (Review)

Orion's Gate Audio Dramatization of The Pilgrim's Progress Review by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie.com

When my oldest son was 9-years-old, we tried reading the book Pilgrim's Progress. However, we soon learned that it was too difficult for my son to understand so we never finished it. This year the same book was on my youngest son's book list, however instead of reading the book, we were given the opportunity to listen to Orion's Gate's dramatized audio version of The Pilgrim's Progress.

For those of you who may not be familiar with this story, it is an allegorical tale about a man named Christian and his journey to the Celestial City. Christian leaves his home, the city of Destruction, and begins a long journey to the Celestial City. Along the way he is met with various adventures and people, some who help him and others who hinder him in reaching the Celestial City. Through his experiences Christian learns many lessons, all of which are applicable to everyday life.


We received a digital MP3 version of the story, which included 6 MP3 files, each being about 78 minutes long. I downloaded them onto our iPad. Orion's Gate also offers The Pilgrim's Progress in two other forms: Audio CDs and Audio MP3s.

When I first learned that there was a dramatized audio version of this story available, I was really excited because my children spend hours listening to dramatized audio CDs, which they greatly enjoy.

The Pilgrim's Progress, a virtually unabridged and retelling of John Bunyan's original allegory did not disappoint us! 


Being able to listen to each of the character's voices made it easier for us to follow the story. I remember finding this challenging with the physical book. Also, the language in this audio version is easy to understand.

The dramatized version brings each of the characters to life and helps draw you into the story. Both action and suspense is intensified by the sound effects and music that accompanies them.


The Pilgrim's Progress is suitable for children and adults alike. However, parents may want to listen to the story before allowing really young children to hear it. Some of the darker characters' voices can be a bit intense for the ears of the very young. My youngest son who is 7-years-old did not have any issues with this.

I highly recommend this product. It offered us hours of family entertainment as we gathered around and listened to the story. It also provided splendid opportunities to discuss how the lessons Christian learned along the way applied to our lives.

Note that according to Orion's Gate's website, "several entirely new scenes" were added to the dramatized version of this story.

I feel this was a wonderful way to introduce my children to this classic tale in a manner which was both easy for them to understand and enjoyable to listen to. 


This will help them understand and enjoy the story in their high school years, when they read the physical book as originally written.

I love that we will be able to listen to this story over and over again.

Cost (at the time of this post):
Audio CDs - $30.00

MP3 CDs - $15.00

MP3 Digital - $15.00

Visit Orion's Gate to see other products they offer such as a Pilgrim's Progress coloring book which includes an audio CD your child can listen to as they color.

They also offer a dramatized audio version of Christiana, the sequel to The Pilgrim's Progress.

NOW SOME EXCITING NEWS!

Orion's Gate has graciously offered to give away an MP3 digital download of The Pilgrim's Progress to THREE of my readers!


The winners will receive a link from Orion's Gate via email which they can then use to download to a device of their choice.

Make sure you come back tomorrow to enter the giveaway!


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20 comments:

  1. We love Pilgrim's Progress. I'm getting ready to read the children's version- The Dangerous Journey- out loud to my kids. I didn't know there was an audio dramatization.

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    1. Leah, I didn't know there was an audio dramatization available either. That's why I was really excited to have found out about Orion's Gate. :-)

      Since my husband didn't get to listen to the story with us, we've decided we're going to listen to it again over the summer. It was that good!

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  2. I have an old Pilgrims Progress Book I got at an auction. I never heard of it before and I haven't read it to see what it was about, now I need to go find the book. Thanks for talking about this. (I came from OHHomeEducatorsNetwork)

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    1. Hi Cheryl! Thanks for stopping by. If you find the book a bit difficult to get through, I highly recommend you give this audio version a try. You won't regret it! :-)

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  3. I have never heard of this series but it sounds great! I love how it comes on MP3. Sometimes that makes a difficult book easier to read.

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    1. In this case, it certainly did help in having us wanting to listen to the story from beginning to end.

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  4. That is a great thing that on how it draws you into the story. If i were reading this or something similar, that is how i would want it.

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    1. It's also great because you can listen to it at home or while traveling.

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  5. I homeschooled my boys the last three years. My 12 year old went back to public school this year, but I kind of miss it. Anyways, I have never heard of Pilgrims Progress. This is something I will definitely check out. It might make some summer fun.

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    1. If you do a lot of traveling around in the summer, it would be a great story to listen to in your car. :-)

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  6. I have never heard of this series's as well. This is very new and interesting to me. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. I didn't know they had an audio dramatization either! Pilgrim's Progress is one of our fav stories :)

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    1. Then you must try the audio dramatization version. You'll really enjoy it!

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  8. Thanks for the chance to win Clara! I bought Pilgrim's Progress for my daughters to listen to as I read it (it is a children's version of the story) a few months ago. I am planning a unit study on it this fall and an audio version would be great! We are HUGE book on CD people around here!

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    1. I entered the chance to win under my name Susan but it shows up here as Anonymous. :)

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  9. Thanks for the chance to win! We live pilgrims progress! This is Kathryn.

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  10. I had no idea but it must be quite engaging. I would love to hear it.
    Elizabeth

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  11. I would like to win because I like to read the things my children read. However, because I can only read with complete silence, which only happens in the middle of the night in our household, I am unable to read no where near the amount I would like. I can however listen while doing other things and while trying to fall asleep at night. I "read" more books this way! I have never read Pilgrim's Progress. I would love to be able to listen to it!

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