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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (55,328 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Milton Narrator: Anthony Quayle Publisher: Saland Publishing Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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Paradise Lost is an epic poem in blank verse by the 17th-century English poet John Milton. Originally published in 1667 in ten books and later revised to twelve, here Anthony Quayle reads book 1 and book 4. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shellie W. | 2/13/2014

    " A very interesting retelling of the story of Creation and Eve's fall "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam Clark | 2/11/2014

    " granted, i only read this because i took a class on milton in college. but this book changed my life and my understanding of poetry and art. if you ever have a chance to read through this with friends and discuss it, it would not be wasted time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 2/9/2014

    " I liked it more than I expected to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rsleatherwood | 2/2/2014

    " Cumbersome and at times tedious, multiple readings serve t reader as to why this piece is truly a classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Votel | 2/1/2014

    " Restocked my reserve of Catholic guilt. Better on audio book than in hard copy "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooke Champagne | 1/27/2014

    " One of my favorite texts to teach. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Zazie | 1/19/2014

    " Mr Milton, you arrogant bastard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emmi | 1/10/2014

    " I read it for class. It's amazing, especially when you have an expert explaining everything to you. BUT I'd rather have teeth drilled sans novocaine than read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wes | 12/9/2013

    " Great quality edition with everything you could want, including a nice Philip Pullman introduction. If your paperback is in tatters this upgrade is worth the price. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clayton | 11/25/2013

    " Finished this recently for a class, and just wanted to be able to brag that I had read it. Yeah, it's as good as they say. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 10/14/2013

    " I wanted to love this epic. And there are passages that I thoroughly enjoy; however, I would rather read and re-read Spenser's Faerie Queene over PL any day of the week. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 7/26/2013

    " Another British Lit. assignment I had to write a paper on. I dont remember what grade I got on it, I tend to block out bad memories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Will | 4/3/2013

    " Terrific. Powerful. Moving. One of the greatest books I've ever had the pleasure of reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michaela Lugo | 3/18/2013

    " Like some of the Shakespeare plays I've read, Paradise Lost was a book I enjoyed discussing rather than reading. The themes and findings in between the lines were the only entertaining part about this book. It's written like the bible which makes sense but also hinders my desire to read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 9/9/2012

    " Have read this before... years ago. The copy I read this time wasa gift for Christmas and contained some commentary by Phillip Pullman which as really a nice addition. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 8/25/2012

    " What can you say? An epic poem (literally). This edition has nice introductions before each section, and is a beautiful, hardcover presentation of this essential work. If you haven't read Milton, what are you waiting for? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cabell | 10/2/2011

    " Coming across as both pompous and self-righteous, Milton nonetheless created an epic that continues to entrance it's reader to this day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sadie! | 9/20/2011

    " Is reading Paradise Lost ever really over?... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelley | 5/16/2011

    " I'm glad I read it, but happy to be done with it. "

  • 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. "

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About the Author
Author John Milton

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

Anthony Quayle (1913–1989) was an English actor and director who began his career on stage in 1931. Tall, burly, round-faced, and possessed of a powerful and resonant voice, he was mentored early on in his career by the well-known stage director Tyrone Guthrie. In 1936, he appeared on Broadway in The Country Wife and had roles in eight more productions, earning a Tony Award nomination in 1956 and winning a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance in Sleuth in 1971. From 1948 to 1956, he was director of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, bringing into the company some of the biggest stars of the stage, including Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud. In motion pictures he often portrayed authority figures, such as his role in Lawrence of Arabia, or was used in historical epics due to his classical training, such as his performance as Cardinal Wolsey in Anne of the Thousand Days, which earned him an Academy Award nomination. Over the years, he consolidated his position as a Shakespearean actor, and his voice was heard as narrator of Shakespeare classics, of The Six Wives of Henry VIII, and on radio in anything from The Ballad of Robin Hood to Edgar Allan Poe’s The Purloined Letter.