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Author: John Milton Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9781483089300
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ralph Cosham’s smooth voice is a fine match for Milton’s blank verse…His choice to read rather than interpret is a wise one. This high-quality production may inspire listeners to further exploration of this significant text.”


  • “A monumental achievement, both intellectually as a work of the literary imagination and for the powerful expanses of its verse…Inimitable.”

    Cambridge Guide to Literature in English

  • “The greatest single achievement of the seventeenth century…Few poems more deserve, or more repay, prolonged study.”

    Oxford Illustrated History of English Literature

  • “Considered the greatest epic in modern literature.”

    Masterpieces of World Literature

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jillian | 5/12/2011

    " I actually survived this book. Most difficult book I've ever read. But I made it :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 5/11/2011

    " I will read it again--for sure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joey | 5/10/2011

    " Whew! Read and re-read it. Difficult, but rewarding. Enjoyed the conversations it sparked. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melinda | 5/6/2011

    " this was a tragic waste of my time ..... I had to wade through the mire of this epic poem and it was hard gruelling work! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 4/27/2011

    " My second time reading this book. My first, as a freshman in a Christian school,older now I feel Im a little better equipped to understand it. An important part of literature, a must read for everyone, no matter your beliefs. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley | 4/13/2011

    " Difficult Read. I read it during a summer class and struggled a bit. I think it would be effective if taught slowly and/or through pieces as support text, this would be a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Felix | 4/9/2011

    " The epitome of anti-hero- Satan misunderstood. "

About the Author

John Milton (1608–1674) is considered to be among the most learned of all English poets. After graduating from Cambridge, Milton undertook six years of self-directed study in theology, philosophy, history, politics, literature, and science. He then spent several years writing pamphlets for the Puritan and Parliamentary causes. His incessant labors setting the typeface eventually led to blindness. His masterpiece, Paradise Lost, was composed in memory and dictated to a scribe.

About the Narrator

Ralph Cosham (1936–2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles. His audiobook narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly, and he won seven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and in 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for Best Mystery Narration for his reading of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.