You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
First 2 hours is biography. The rest was gravy. If you know the truth you will see it refected here to near perfection. Milton puts you in Satan' s Shoes, Adams shoes etc.
I'm not sure that this epic is workable as an audiobook. It is either my ability to concentrate or the narrator himself but for the first half hour of the actual book, not the biography, I felt that I had to repeat the words after the narrator said them just to understand what was happening. If you loose focus for just a second you will feel completely lost in the story, I'm not convinced its anyone's fault necessarily, but I'm going to save this must read for the old fashion way.
Yes, he is very well spoken. This just happens to be an immense challenge and one which must be practiced and possibly even then only spoken in small segments.
While I hesitate to review Milton's masterpiece because it is indeed a masterpiece of Western literature, here's my best shot at it. "Paradise Lost" starts with the fall of the angels and ends with the expulsion from Eden. After Lucifer is cast out of heaven for leading a revolt against God, he gets revenge by setting into motion mankind's fall from grace. "Paradise Regained" is a sequel of sorts; it tells the story of Jesus's life with particular emphasis of the temptation in the desert.
"Paradise Lost" is Milton's magnum opus, with each word and each phrase seemingly hand-picked for its role in this epic poem. The language is necessarily dense with meaning, so don't rush through this one. In fact, in order to fully appreciate the work for its rythm and packing, it should be recited aloud, even if only to yourself.
"Paradise Regained" takes a different approach than its predecessor. It is excellent in its own right, although it lacks the impact of "Paradise Lost." Lucifer here is reduced to a wheedling minor character, whereas before he was a bold and insidious rebel.
In short, definitely read "Paradise Lost", and read "Paradise Regained" only to complete the epic story told in both poems.
This book is good at looking into where some of our misunderstandings of the Bible come from
Adam and Eve you see how it might have looked in the beginning
This is the first of his works I have heard
Charlton Griffin, the narrator, has many marvelous voices and the timbre of his voice is heavenly, but he make hash of this beautiful poem by rendering it as prose. Paradise Lost is written in blank verse: lines of non-rhyming iambic pentameter (think ba bum, ba bum, ba bum, ba bum, ba bum with the stresses on the 'bums'), which is a beautiful form. Milton was a poetic pioneer and contributed mightily to what might be called the "iambic heft" of English: the language naturally lends itself to iambic stress patterns. This is all to say that the meter of the poem (iambic pentameter) is very important to the work, and sounds natural. Griffin reads the poem completely devoid of meter, which seriously impoverishes the production. Having said that, the numerous voices he uses for different characters and the sonorous quality of his voice are wonderful to hear.
I won't try another Milton book, but the reader was great!
Well,we all knew how the story ended. I was just glad the ordeal of the book was over.
No, but I really enjoyed his voice.
I am torn. It is one of the books I have always heard that I should read- a Classic. But, it was unbearably long, and I would zone out frequently while listening. I would start chapters over so many times because I would just drift away for chapters at a time. There were times I was impressed by how many lines in the book have become cliches. This book is finally crossed off my list of things to read before I die.
Didn't always like reading, minus RL Stine and Comic books. Then I found myself getting a BA in English Literature at UC Berkeley. During that time, I found it hard to read for fun so I started listen to audio books. I dig... The Classics (especially ancient lit) Tolkien Palahniuk AC Doyle Some Sci-Fy
No, this sort of thing is meant to be read. However, this is an excellent reading of the text.
Charlton Griffin is the BOSS. In the field of voice acting he is on par with Morgan Freeman and the like.
I had a hard time with this book. It is long winded and to be honest , just a little too boring.
I drown neighborhood pets behind wal-mart with the local homeless.
Yes. Not this version though.
The 'short' biography is over an hour long. A total waste of time meant to pad the running time of the recording.
Griffin is in many ways just as extraordinary as his fans say: he captures nuance almost as well as Timothy West, and for the most part his accent is excellent.
If, however, like me, you know the proper British pronunciation of words like "Derby," "issue," and "Michaelmas," you may well, like me, find Griffin's ignorance of such things incredibly distracting. I would still recommend this audiobook very highly, but I do wish I had thought to verify the authenticity of the reading first.