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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (55,340 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Milton Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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John Milton’s Paradise Lost is one of the greatest epic poems in the English language. It tells the story of the Fall of Man, a tale of immense drama and excitement, of rebellion and treachery, of innocence pitted against corruption, in which God and Satan fight a bitter battle for control of mankind’s destiny. The struggle rages across three worlds—heaven, hell, and earth—as Satan and his band of rebel angels plot their revenge against God. At the center of the conflict are Adam and Eve, who are motivated by all too human temptations but whose ultimate downfall is unyielding love.

Marked by Milton’s characteristic erudition, Paradise Lost is a work epic both in scale and, notoriously, in ambition. For nearly 350 years, it has held generation upon generation of audiences in rapt attention, and its profound influence can be seen in almost every corner of Western culture.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michaela Gillmore | 2/19/2014

    " There are few books that can make learning about a religion less painful but this book does it well. As a religious studies major i obviously have no objection to reading books surrounding religion but this by far is one of my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kathleen Crowell | 2/18/2014

    " should be a category for books read with assistance! I would not have been able to read this on my own and get everything out of it that was so interesting. Loved all the layers inside this! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by David Williamson | 2/16/2014

    " Moments of beautiful language, but too far between. This book demands far too much attention, to enjoy this you'd probable really need to savour each word and line. I had a passing interest and a large reading list, so I couldn't be patient enough. Shame though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joshua Waterstradt | 2/16/2014

    " Paradise Lost is an epic poem written in blank verse by John Milton. The poem is a fictional look on the biblical tale of Adam and Eve and their fall from grace. Special attention in the book is made to the character of Satan. The poem follows Satan and his followers as they are kicked out of Heaven and imprisoned in Hell. Satan finds a way out of Hell and goes back up to Heaven and hears about a place called "Earth" and decides he needs to go there. His plan, since he knows that another battle against God is useless, is to corrupt God's new creation, man. Satan goes to Earth and finds a magnificent garden and goes inside. He finds Adam and Eve. Satan watches them and finds out about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and devises a plan to make them eat of it. He tempts Eve and she succumbs to his plan and she has Adam eat of it as well. God finds out about this and kicks Adam and Eve out of the garden and curses Satan and turns him into a snake for life and makes him crawl on his belly. Before Adam and Eve leave, an angel comes to Adam and shows him visions of what is to come to give him hope in the future and to carry on. Overall I really liked this poem, it is actually one of my favorites of all time and would not mind going back and reading it again. There are so many great passages that you cannot remember all of the important passages to save your life. I really recommend reading this poem and passing it along to whoever likes to read. If your have read the Bible before than I bet you will like this poem. "

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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.