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Paradise Lost | [John Milton]

Paradise Lost

John Milton's Paradise Lost is one of the greatest epic poems in the English language. It tells the story of the Fall of Man, a tale of immense drama and excitement, of rebellion and treachery, of innocence pitted against corruption, in which God and Satan fight a bitter battle for control of mankind's destiny.
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John Milton's Paradise Lost is one of the greatest epic poems in the English language. It tells the story of the Fall of Man, a tale of immense drama and excitement, of rebellion and treachery, of innocence pitted against corruption, in which God and Satan fight a bitter battle for control of mankind's destiny. The struggle rages across three worlds - heaven, hell, and earth - as Satan and his band of rebel angels plot their revenge against God. At the center of the conflict are Adam and Eve, who are motivated by all too human temptations but whose ultimate downfall is unyielding love.

Marked by Milton's characteristic erudition, Paradise Lost is a work epic both in scale and, notoriously, in ambition. For nearly 350 years, it has held generation upon generation of audiences in rapt attention, and its profound influence can be seen in almost every corner of Western culture.

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    Anthony San Marcos, TX, USA 02-21-10
    Anthony San Marcos, TX, USA 02-21-10
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    "The most accessible reading of Paradise Lost"

    Simon Vance's pace and tone are excellent, infusing the verse with appropriate dramatic tones.

    Naturally, the book is a classic. However, I never thought listening to Milton would be so rewarding.


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda cottonwood, AZ, USA 02-27-10
    Amanda cottonwood, AZ, USA 02-27-10
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    "difficult to follow"

    the story was very captivating, but following along in the old vernacular prose was taxing

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Russell Elizabethtown, United States Minor Outlying Islands 02-19-13
    Russell Elizabethtown, United States Minor Outlying Islands 02-19-13 Member Since 2006

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    "Required reading for a literature major."

    I must start by saying I only listened to a few chapters. I am a smart guy with a doctorate degree, but this was way over my head. I am sure this is required reading for a literature major in graduate school. As for reading for enjoyment or to broaden my mind, this was not something I enjoyed. I am sure if I could have toughed it out, it would have broaden my mind, but I enjoy Audible books to relax. This was not relaxing. Good luck to the literature majors, but this was not for me.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Natalia P. Valdes South San Francisco, CA USA 06-11-10
    Natalia P. Valdes South San Francisco, CA USA 06-11-10 Listener Since 2007

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    "Having trouble concentrating."

    I am usually multi-tasking while listening to audible books. This is one book i cannot do that with. I went down to my local library to get a copy to read while being read to. It is helping. (Have i mentioned i am not a big poem reader?)

    That aside i really enjoy the story. I am not a religious person and most of what i know about the fall from heaven is from movies so this book is great.

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