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In Paradise Lost, Milton produced a poem of epic scale, conjuring up a vast, awe-inspiring cosmos and ranging across huge tracts of space and time. And yet, in putting a charismatic Satan and naked Adam and Eve at the centre of this story, he also created an intensely human tragedy on the fall of man. Written when Milton was in his 50s - blind, bitterly disappointed by the Restoration and briefly in danger of execution - Paradise Lost's apparent ambivalence towards authority has led to intense debate about whether it manages to 'justify the ways of God to men' or exposes the cruelty of Christianity.

©2020 John Milton, John Leonard (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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  • KT
  • 25-07-20

Lives up to the hype!

I’ve always intended to read Paradise Lost, and this edition definitely made it an enjoyable and engaging text - I couldn’t recommend it more.

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'Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heave'n..'

one of the greatest stories with a superb rendition, that I shall be returning to~☆

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  • Danielle Alysse
  • 07-02-21

Subtle voice changes help with understanding

This version of Milton's epic uses the 1667 version of the text. I was following along with my Norton Critical Edition and the text matched perfectly. Note that the final 1.5 hrs of the audiobook is an introduction by John Leonard. Adrien Schiller subtly gives each character a voice, which helps the reader know where the narrator is speaking vs. a character is monologuing. The text doesn't use " " to denote speech unless a character is quoting another, so the voice shifts are key to understanding.

However, I could not give this a full 5 stars for performance because after book five, there are clear insertions of words that Schiller either skipped or mispronounced. The audio will sound completely different one word at a time, about once every two pages. Sometimes an entire line is dubbed over. If you are easily distracted, or planning on not following along with a text version, this might become a problem for you.

Overall, this audiobook transformed an arduous text into an enjoyable one for my religious studies.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-12-20

Amazing!

Such an amazing and unique epic poem! Audible did a great job with marking the Books and Arguments which was very helpful! Highly recommend!