The Life and Death of Mr. Badman


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Seventeenth-century Puritan theologian John Bunyan wrote The Life and Death of Mr. Badman as a companion piece to The Pilgrim’s Progress, the literary work for which Bunyan is best remembered. Although both works are Christian allegories that provide the reader with moral and spiritual instruction, The Pilgrim’s Progress accomplishes this goal primarily via the positive example of the protagonist, while The Life and Death of Mr. Badman does the opposite; Pilgrim is ultimately destined for heaven, while Mr. Badman is destined for hell.
The two works also differ in their format. Pilgrim’s story is presented as a dream sequence, while Mr. Badman’s story is instead told via a dialogue between two other characters: Mr. Wiseman, who relates Mr. Badman’s narrative and draws life lessons from it, and Mr. Attentive, who asks prompting questions and makes comments on the tale he hears. Throughout the story, Bunyan details a variety of Mr. Badman’s sins including lying, swearing, and Sabbath-breaking.
Despite its length, the original text was one continuous narrative without chapter breaks. This LibriVox production is presented as dialogue by two readers and divided into smaller parts for convenience.
- Summary by David Purdy

Preface and narration, voiced by KevinS
Mr Attentive, voiced by David Purdy
Mr Wiseman, voiced by Larry Wilson
(7 hr 12 min)

Chapters

Preface 26:07 Read by KevinS
Part 1 19:49 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Part 2 23:12 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Part 3 20:52 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Part 4 23:20 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Part 5 23:01 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Part 6 19:09 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Part 7 21:52 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Part 8 20:10 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Part 9 17:57 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Part 10 23:07 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Part 11 22:43 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Part 12 25:42 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Part 13 23:38 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Part 14 21:36 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Part 15 21:15 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Part 16 20:17 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Part 17 23:05 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Part 18 12:58 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Part 19 22:33 Read by LibriVox Volunteers