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Samson Agonistes, the 'dramatic poem' by John Milton, was published in 1671, three years before the poet's death. Written in the form of a Greek tragedy, with the Chorus commenting on the action, it follows the biblical story of the blind Samson as he wreaks his revenge on the Philistines who have imprisoned him. A powerful subject, with a personal resonance for the blind Milton, it is a perfect work for the medium of audiobook, where poetry and drama can be balanced equally.

This production, adapted for BBC Radio 3, broadcast in 2008 and directed by John Tydeman, features Iain Glen in the title role, with Samantha Bond as Dalila, Philip Madoc as Harapha and Michael Maloney as the Messenger.

Public Domain (P)2014 Naxos AudioBooks

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Milton is fabulous, Performance was great

Very good audio performance. Very enjoyable to listen to.
It will be fascinating to hear the context of all the Bible stories one day, and Milton provided an enjoyable literary opportunity in this life. Thank you, Milton, for how hard you worked in your own lifetime, giving your work all your strength and literally your eyesight, as the great protagonist of your story.

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TURNING TRAGEDY INTO VICTORY

If you could sum up Samson Agonistes in three words, what would they be?

INTERESTING, INFORMATIVE, INTENSE

Who was your favorite character and why?

SAMSON- THE STORY IS ABOUT HIM

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

SAMSON

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

YES

Any additional comments?

AUDIO NEEDS TO BE CLEARER