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Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained Audiobook

Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Amazon Customer 06-01-16 Member Since 2012
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    "THE BATTLE BETWEEN LUCIFER AND GOD"
    Where does Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I THINK IS A MASTERPIECE AND MILTON IS A TOUCH OF GENIUS . ONE OF THE BEST STORIES I HAVE EVER HEARD


    What did you like best about this story?

    THE DIALOG BETWEEN SATAN AND THE OTHERS


    What about Charlton Griffin’s performance did you like?

    GRIFFIN'S PERFORMANCE WAS BEYOND EXCELLENCE!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    I HAVE LISTENED TO IT MANY TIMES AND I THINK EVERY PERSON SHOULD HEAR IT.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debra 12-30-08
    Debra 12-30-08
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    "Lots of biographical info on Milton"

    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.

    23 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Carl 07-23-13
    Carl 07-23-13 Member Since 2016
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    "For fear of sounding uneducated"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Charlton Griffin’s performances?

    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.


    8 of 13 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.

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    Gary Karwaski 02-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome!"

    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.

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    Nathan Lewis Westport, CT United States 02-22-17
    Nathan Lewis Westport, CT United States 02-22-17
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    "For Serious Listening!"
    What made the experience of listening to Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained the most enjoyable?

    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.


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

    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.


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    A. Non 02-11-17
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    "Would have been a book of the Bible"

    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.

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    michael 05-20-16
    michael 05-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "very intriguing listen"

    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

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    DanJ 10-05-14
    DanJ 10-05-14
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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


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    Nathaniel 05-21-14
    Nathaniel 05-21-14 Member Since 2016
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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