Summary

Often considered the greatest epic in any modern language, Paradise Lost tells the story of the revolt of Satan, his banishment from Heaven, and the ensuing fall of Man with his expulsion from Eden. It is a tale of immense drama and excitement, of innocence pitted against corruption, of rebellion and treachery, in which God and Satan fight a bitter battle for control of mankind's destiny. The struggle ranges across heaven, hell, and earth, as Satan and his band of rebel angels conspire against God. At the center of the conflict are Adam and Eve, motivated by all too human temptations, but whose ultimate downfall is unyielding love.
Written in blank verse of unsurpassed majesty, Paradise Lost is the work of a mastermind involved in a profound search for truth.
Milton's stated objective in writing Paradise Lost was to "justify the ways of God to men"; yet a controversy has developed among the literary community as to the epic's merit. "Poetry", said Dr. Johnson in his life of Milton, "is the art of uniting pleasure with truth, by calling imagination to the help of reason." If Paradise Lost does not fulfill this definition, what does?
Public Domain (P)2006 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Louis on 31-05-05

A Breathtaking Work, Well-Rendered!

Without refering to Paradise Lost's importance to Reformation and literary history, which is well-known, I personally found greater spiritual treasure in listening to this work than any other audible Christian fiction. The vivid images of the angels' and man's fall, so beautifully and poignantly related, are harrowing. The terrible betrayal by these creatures, contrasted with the Father's loyalty and truthfulness, is tragic enough - but the further consequence of the Son's willingness to atone for man is told in such a way as to make one cry for His holiness and love!

The narrator is adept at reading this Stuart-era English, and emotes very well, without overacting. If you haven't read this work, be warned that it is in "Shakespeare" speak. There are classical Greek references galore, too. It would be a tough "read" for someone unaccustomed to such literature, but this recording will help, especially if you truly read it concurrently. And who wants to read within your comfort zone? That's like eating pablum.

If you already know and love the work, this is another dimension from which to approach it, and a good one. If you don't know it, this fine production will help immensely. Soli Deo Gloria.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Centaur on 04-09-07

An amazing delight

Louis from Dallas in his review has summarized his review far beyond my abilities. But perhaps, as a novice in this type of literature, I might encourage other novices to brave this "new" style and enjoy it as much as I have. Shakespearian it is. But like Shakespeare's most entertaining works, this book also educates while entertaining.

I was most pleasantly surprised at how fast and completely I was able to comprehend the message, while never even once yawning or looking for something else to do. No, indeed, everything else was set aside until I had fully digested this work.

This is definitely a major requirement for anyone who thinks they know how to appreciate the English language. I highly recommend this work to anyone looking to expand their horizons.

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