Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained
- Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
- Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 13-10-08
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audio Connoisseur
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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By H Ireland on 12-05-13
I have a book bucket list and this was one of the books on the list. Thank the universe for Audiobooks because without it i would never get to have the experience of masterpieces such as this. Enjoyed immensely and that was due in no small way to the excellence of the Narrator. I recommend.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Mr Jitesh K Patel on 07-07-14
What would have made Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained better?
Its a classic and you know you should have read it. Its a little dry for me I may listen to it again.
Would you be willing to try another book from John Milton? Why or why not?
Yes, because its literature. It should make be a better read individual. Self improvement
Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Charlton Griffin?
Dry Dry Dry
2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By Thomas Phelan on 10-01-11
Great Bio Followed by Milton's Masterpiece
Other reviewers criticized this audio book for the 2 hour bio of Milton. I thought the biography of Milton was excellent. It really puts the poem in perspective and gives the reader a better appreciation for Milton and for Paradise Lost. If you don't want to listen to the bio, just skip to the poem. Milton's beliefs about the relationship of church and state were way ahead of his time, and he quite literally put his neck on the line for his beliefs. Milton is often criticized for staying loyal to Cromwell long after it became clear that Cromwell had abandoned many of the principles which helped him come to power. But what choice did he have? The alternative to Cromwell was the Crown. With Cromwell and his successors there was some hope however slim, with the Crown there was none.
Anyhow, the poem itself is very well read, but listen to this when you can focus such as on a walk. If you're listening in the car you'll be hitting the 30 second rewind a lot or missing much. This is no fault of the narrator, it is just a very dense work.
50 of 50 people found this review helpful
By thomas on 23-04-11
SELL YOUR SHIRT FOR THIS AUDIO BOOK!
Having listened to both Naxos sets (Anton Lesser), Blackstone (Ralph Cosham) and (Nadia May) for some years, I have to say that Griffin really holds the listener. You can soon skip the biography if you wish. You can also enjoy and learn from 'Paradise Regained' as this, too, is really an added bonus in this set!
If you are troubled with understanding at first, read Lanzana's novel or his plain English version. C. S. Lewis has a famous 'Preface'. Nicolson's 'Reader's Guide to John Milton' is also a great way to start. Blarmire's 'Milton's Creation' is a superb commentary.
Keep listening to Milton, especially this set, and you'll find a life-long friend - by far the best writer of all!
79 of 80 people found this review helpful