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Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained Audiobook

Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained

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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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    Kathleen Sydney, NSW, Australia 05-16-09
    Kathleen Sydney, NSW, Australia 05-16-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely Awsome"

    I have never encountered something at once so incredibly beautiful and awe inspiring as this account of Paradise Lost. I now see things from God's perspective. Milton, your a genius. This production is superb and captured my imagination. Will listen to this one often.

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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.

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    Carl 07-23-13
    Carl 07-23-13
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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.


    9 of 14 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
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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Hammer 10-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A work to inspire Christian adoration"

    This work really challenged my mind as Milton masterfully dictated his interpretation of the events prior to the fall of man. While based upon the portraits of Milton, I would not expect his voice to be equivalent to that of this narrator, the rendering was beautiful and helped transport to realms beyond this world. Ultimately Milton helped to foster a deep longing for a better country not befell by sin as our world is. All who listen to this work will take something away and better understand their own desires.

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    Anonymous 09-21-17
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    "Shakespeare and Milton, the masters of English!"

    Beautiful almost Beyond Compare. Beside William Shakespeare there's no master of the English language that compares with John Milton. The performance too is masterful and brings a work with somewhat antiquated language truly to life.

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    Dina 08-30-17
    Dina 08-30-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Divine"

    There is no need for me to rate or review Milton's epic because *Paradise Lost* is hands down the best work of literature that was ever written. Charlton Griffin was able to convey the divine nature of the epic, to translate the beauty, and transform it. I was afraid that his dramatization might take away from the text because it's one of those whose enchantment lies in its written and "static" nature the magic lies in the words and needs no dramatization. That being said, Griffin was phenomenal, he maintains the magic, he doesn't debase it with profane human emotions and is able to preserve its almost sacred nature. I wouldn't recommend listening to it if you haven't read the epic before hand because a) it might be confusing and overwhelming and b) it's a different experience which will taint and color your experience reading it. In order to truly appreciate you need to read all 12 books and then listen to Griffin's stunning rendition.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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