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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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
A person who doesn't mind Charlton Griffin's delivery.
By comparison, Homer's Odyssey read by Ian McKellan was a far, far better reading. Actually, that one was superbly read.
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.
It is what it is, written by the Puritan's Dante.
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.
If you like music in the background, this is a good performance.
Certainly read/listen to Paradise Lost, just not this production.
Narrator was good.
Lose the music. Poetry is music itself.
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