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Paradise Lost

By John Milton & Nadia May (Narrator)
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Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.3" Width: 5.04" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Aug 1, 2006
Publisher   Hovel Audio
ISBN  1596442441  
EAN  9781596442443  


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Of Man's first disobedience and the fruit
Of that forbidden tree whose mortal taste
Brought death into the world and all our woe,
With loss of Eden, till on greater Man
Restore us and regain the blissful seat
Sing, Heavenly Muse...

Thus begins the epic poem, considered the greatest in the English language, as John Milton seeks to ?justify the ways of God to men? through relating the story of Satan?s rebellion in Heaven, the deception and fall of Man, and the presaged event of Redemption through Jesus, the Son of God?the ?Second Adam.?

An English cleric with a classical education, Milton lost his eyesight in 1652, and thus the story was largely dictated by the blind poet, lending a certain quality of the ancient oral epics, which only serves to enhance the telling of the tale. Weaving classical mythology with a deep knowledge and reference to Scripture, Milton's genius for narrative unfolds what his biographer, Samuel Johnson, called his "peculiar power to astonish."

Nadia May has narrated over five hundred audiobooks and has earned the prestigious AudioFile Golden Voice award, as well as fourteen Earphone awards. She is an accomplished film, TV, and theater actress. Wanda?s native British voice complements her graduate education in English Literature from UC Berkeley to make her delivery of John Milton?s Paradise Lost engaging and nuanced.

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Of Man's first disobedience and the fruit // Of that forbidden tree whose mortal taste // Brought death into the world and all our woe, // With loss of Eden, till on greater Man //Restore us and regain the blissful seat // Sing, Heavenly Muse... // Thus begins the epic poem, considered the greatest in the English language, as John Milton seeks to "justify the ways of God to men" through relating the story of Satan's rebellion in Heaven, the deception and fall of Man, and the presaged event of Redemption through Jesus, the Son of God...the "Second Adam." // An English cleric with a classical education, Milton lost his eyesight in 1652, and thus the story was largely dictated by the blind poet, lending a certain quality of the ancient oral epics, which only serves to enhance the telling of the tale. Weaving classical mythology with a deep knowledge and reference to Scripture, Milton's genius for narrative unfolds what his biographer, Samuel Johnson, called his "peculiar power to astonish." // Nadia May has narrated over five hundred audiobooks and has earned the prestigious AudioFile Golden Voice award, as well as fourteen Earphone awards. She is an accomplished film, TV, and theater actress. Wanda's native British voice complements her graduate education in English Literature from UC Berkeley to make her delivery of John Milton's Paradise Lost engaging and nuanced.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John Milton (1608-1674) spent his early years in scholarly pursuit. In 1649 he took up the cause for the new Commonwealth, defending the English revolution both in English and Latin - and sacrificing his eyesight in the process. He risked his lifeby publishing The Ready and Easy Way to Establish a Free Commonwealth on the eve of the Restoration (1660). His great poems were published after this political defeat.

John Leonard is a Professor of English at the University of Western Ontario.

John Milton lived in London. John Milton was born in 1608 and died in 1674.

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Classic beauty  Feb 26, 2010
I reluctantly studied this at university but once I started reading I could see how wonderfully rich the text was. There was so much to it. Milton took a section from Genesis where there was little description and he gave great thought to it. Perfection was not a simple issue, and paradise was not a simple place. Milton, in some ways, "filled in" what wasn't mentioned in Genesis. Perfection and paradise are complex ideas that we probably can't completely comprehend (since we're all imperfect).
And then the all time issue of Satan vs God... I thought Milton did a great job of representing this.

All in all, I highly recommend this great epic.
 
Not what I expected.  Feb 12, 2010
The audio version of Paradise Lost is good. I was expecting more of a dramatisation rather than just a reading of the text, but that's just my misunderstanding.
 
A magnificent edition of a magnificent poem!  Jan 13, 2010
I have to begin with a confession: as a young English major, I hated Milton. At the time, I justified my distaste by assuring myself that none of the stuff in "Paradise Lost" was TRUE.

Time passed, as it does, and now I discover that in my golden years I have a whole treasure-house of unread poetry! I still think that "Paradise Lost" is fiction, but by now I am wise enough to treat the whole thing as world-historical myth, and superb writing to boot!

As everyone else has noticed, this particular edition from Oxford World's Classics is a triumph of the book-maker's art. The type is beautifully set, the illustrations are terrific, and the book is strongly bound.

I hear rumors (once again) that "books are going to become extinct." I'm not sure I believe them any more now than I did 30 years ago, but I'm pretty sure that books like this will NEVER become extinct -- any more than paintings were driven out by photography. I may be doing 70-80% of my reading on a Kindle in the future, and my "paper library" may become more select, but I don't think personal libraries are ever going to vanish. Let's wait & see!

In the meantime, buy this book. Period.
 
CD Doesn't work  Dec 12, 2009
This is a cheap, single MP3 CD that doesn't play in any CD player I have tried to use it with. The case cover is slightly different from the one pictured. The actual cover has the same artwork, but clearly indicates that a single MP3 CD is enclosed. The this site page seems to have deleted any reference to how many CDs are included, and what format is used. In this way the advertisement is misleading.
 
Great Edition of Milton's Epic Poem  Oct 9, 2009
Wow, what a great edition of Milton's epic poem "Paradise Lost". I won't say much about the poem itself since most people should know how great it is, and there is very little I could add to the plethora of commentary and reviews of this masterpiece. I am really rating the super high quality edition. Beautiful dust jacket hard cover book, with bold red inner cover page with red ribbon bookmark. The pages are high qualitiy, with classic font for each book. There is also the great classic art work. I highly recommend this edition.
 

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