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Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained | [John Milton]

Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained

Paradise Lost, along with its companion piece, Paradise Regained, remain the most successful attempts at Greco-Roman style epic poetry in the English language. Remarkably enough, they were written near the end of John Milton's amazing life, a bold testimonial to his mental powers in old age. And, since he had gone completely blind in 1652, 15 years prior to Paradise Lost, he dictated it and all his other works to his daughter.
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Paradise Lost, along with its companion piece, Paradise Regained, remain the most successful attempts at Greco-Roman style epic poetry in the English language. Remarkably enough, they were written near the end of John Milton's amazing life, a bold testimonial to his mental powers in old age. And, since he had gone completely blind in 1652, 15 years prior to Paradise Lost, he dictated it and all his other works to his daughter.

The main work represented in this recording, Paradise Lost, is divided into roughly three sections. In the first section, covering books one through four, we are shown how Satan manages to regroup his followers after their defeat in Heaven, how they decide to renew the struggle with God, how Satan escapes from Hell and makes his way to earth to do mischief, and how God discovers Satan's new plot and decides to allow it to unfold.

The next section, books five through eight, take place on earth as we are introduced to Adam and Eve, their discourses with God's angels, and a retelling of the battle between God and Satan as rendered by the angel Raphael.

In the last section, books nine through 12, Eve is seduced by a disguised Satan and eats the forbidden fruit. Adam, distressed at the event, yet unwilling to be parted from Eve, decides to eat the fruit and share her fate. God sends His Son to earth to render punishment, but only after the Son pleads successfully on their behalf for mercy. He descends and tells Adam that they can no longer remain in Eden, but then takes him to a place and shows him a vision of mankind's future.

Paradise Regained follows the Gospel of Luke in presenting the story of Satan's temptation of Jesus in the wilderness. In striking contrast to Adam and Eve, Satan is utterly foiled in his attempt to corrupt the Son of God.

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    DanJ 10-05-14
    DanJ 10-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is good at looking into where some of our misunderstandings of the Bible come from


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Adam and Eve you see how it might have looked in the beginning


    Have you listened to any of Charlton Griffin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first of his works I have heard


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    doe United States 01-21-14
    doe United States 01-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    Would you try another book from John Milton and/or Charlton Griffin?

    I won't try another Milton book, but the reader was great!


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Well,we all knew how the story ended. I was just glad the ordeal of the book was over.


    Have you listened to any of Charlton Griffin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I really enjoyed his voice.


    Was Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained worth the listening time?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    josh Berkeley, CA, United States 09-15-13
    josh Berkeley, CA, United States 09-15-13 Member Since 2013

    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

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    "Classic Literature with a Distinctive Voice"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained to be better than the print version?

    No, this sort of thing is meant to be read. However, this is an excellent reading of the text.


    What does Charlton Griffin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Charlton Griffin is the BOSS. In the field of voice acting he is on par with Morgan Freeman and the like.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 10-13-12
    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 10-13-12 Member Since 2005

    You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis

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    "rushing through the 2 hr bio to get to the meat"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James RIVERHEAD, NY, United States 03-14-14
    James RIVERHEAD, NY, United States 03-14-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A classic but...."

    I had a hard time with this book. It is long winded and to be honest , just a little too boring.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Liberal Artist USA 07-17-11
    Liberal Artist USA 07-17-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Beware the false British accent"

    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.

    6 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    David G Demers Johanasburg, Ill-noise 12-12-14
    David G Demers Johanasburg, Ill-noise 12-12-14

    I drown neighborhood pets behind wal-mart with the local homeless.

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    "Poorly planned"
    Would you listen to Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained again? Why?

    Yes. Not this version though.


    What aspect of Charlton Griffin’s performance would you have changed?

    The 'short' biography is over an hour long. A total waste of time meant to pad the running time of the recording.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nathaniel 05-21-14
    Nathaniel 05-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Marvelous poem, narration not so much"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 08-03-13
    Patrick Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 08-03-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Hard work"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A person who doesn't mind Charlton Griffin's delivery.


    What other book might you compare Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained to and why?

    By comparison, Homer's Odyssey read by Ian McKellan was a far, far better reading. Actually, that one was superbly read.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It was such a strange way to read the lines. At first I went along with it, but by the time Paradise Lost came to the end, I had to chuck in the towel. I never got to Paradise Regained as the reading just got in the way. And I'll listen to nearly anything. I would have been better off reading the book.


    What character would you cut from Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained?

    It is what it is, written by the Puritan's Dante.


    Any additional comments?

    Avoid Charlton Griffin's readings. He does make the occasional howler of a mispronunciation, which is probably forgivable given the challenge (although Reading is a town in England and not pronounced like poetry reading). It just wears you down.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James GRAND RAPIDS, MI, United States 07-03-13
    James GRAND RAPIDS, MI, United States 07-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you like music in the background, this is a good performance.


    Would you recommend Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained to your friends? Why or why not?

    Certainly read/listen to Paradise Lost, just not this production.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator was good.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained?

    Lose the music. Poetry is music itself.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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