I was weary to make this purchase after reading so many negative reviews on the quality of the books, but I couldn't be more happy that I did.
Bought this collection at a gigantic discount and it arrived quickly. The external quality of the books is excellent (i.e., binding, aesthetics) and they look great on the bookshelf. The print is, as most other reviewers have already noted, the primary issue that unfortunately knocks the overall "product quality" down several notches. The main problem with the print is the inconsistency - I have noticed areas where it gets smaller and larger, areas where it is very dark and areas where it is so light that the words appear to be missing. But this is the only real complaint I have about these books. Despite this, the majority of the text is still readable - I've personally read 2 sermons so far in different volumes and they were so so good!
All in all, aside from the weird print defects and inconsistencies, this collection of Spurgeon's sermons is amazing. And quite frankly, I don't believe you could get a better deal for such quality of work (referring to Spurgeon here) for such a low price and have it still look fantastic. I'm satisfied with these volumes. Two of my close friends are as well.
I don't think I can exaggerate the greatness of this product. You know it's great when you finish the last volume with the sinking feeling that all good things come to an end, including your journey through these sermons. Lucky for me, Spurgeon left 60+ volumes that I need to tackle next. I've fallen in love with it for the quality and value of thought in the sermons. It has to be the best bang for the buck out of any purchase I've made. The Prince of Preachers has done most of the hard work by packing every page with condensed wisdom, and the publishers did a wonderful job of giving it a quality package. EXCELLENT BUY!
A great bargain at the reduced price. Wonderful reading. Great devotionally. Only problem is with quality of print; it is photocopied (?) and is thus uneven, but still clearly readable. Small price to pay for such content and such a bargain.
I'm a pastor and a student of historical theology, so I'm really happy to add this set to my library. It represents a great value: a classic collection of Spurgeon's sermons, attractively bound and well-printed. Some reviewers mentioned that their books had misprinted pages; I was glad that mine have dark, clear print. (Perhaps there was a bad printing run at some point?)
The font is a comfortable size for extended reading. The volumes themselves are well-bound and should last for some time, and they're not too big, so they're comfortable to hold. Hendrickson is to be commended on a great job with this set!
If you're not familiar with Spurgeon, he is a must-read for his warm Christ-centered expositions of Scripture. God gave him great skill in explaining a text's meaning, showing how it reveals the character of God, applying it practically, and showing how it calls you to believe in Christ as Saviour, all at the same time, with clarity, simplicity, and a sense of humor. He's one of the easiest-to-read dead guys out there, and God used his sermons to bring literally thousands of people to salvation in Christ.