I THINK IS A MASTERPIECE AND MILTON IS A TOUCH OF GENIUS . ONE OF THE BEST STORIES I HAVE EVER HEARD
THE DIALOG BETWEEN SATAN AND THE OTHERS
GRIFFIN'S PERFORMANCE WAS BEYOND EXCELLENCE!
I HAVE LISTENED TO IT MANY TIMES AND I THINK EVERY PERSON SHOULD HEAR IT.
I have been listening for 2 hours and have yet to get to the first chapter of Paradise Lost. It has all been biographical information on Milton.
It doesn't mention this anywhere in the description. It would have been nice to know when deciding which version to purchase.
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.
I have read many classic books throughout my life but I always had a hard time getting through this one. The narration made it all possible this time around. I will never hesitate to listen to any book that he narrates.
It will surprise nobody if I mention that Paradise Lost has some challenging language. Frankly, I couldn't follow the narration. I later read Paradise Lost in text form, and enjoyed it. I would suggest using this audiobook to listen to while following the text at the same time. Obviously, this means sitting down and devoting time to it, not listening while running, driving, or doing the laundry.
The performance here is superb -- exactly what one would hope for, for an epic poem of the fallen angels and the corruption of Adam and Eve. Also, there is a two-hour commentary on John Milton and his life, which I found quite rewarding.
This may seem dumb, but this was more religious propaganda than I expected. Wanted a bit more of a bible fan fiction. If this was written a few centuries earlier, it would probably have made it into the Bible.
The high points were the character portraits, but the descriptions and long lists were over the top and boring.
I deeply enjoyed and appreciated the short biography in the beginning and the author truly is s master in his craft. I found the language more understandable than the Divine comedy series, and found the biblical stories very practical/down to earth interpretations. The characters were very believable and relatable and the content was meaningful for not only Christians but for all philosophers, thinkers and theologians alike
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.