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Publisher's Summary

The highly-acclaimed BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Milton's epic poem telling the story of the fall of man and also its sequel, Paradise Regained.

Out of chaos shall come order and out of darkness shall come light. Paradise is lost - and then regained.

John Milton's epic, biblically-inspired poems are wonderfully dramatised for BBC Radio starring Denis Quilley as Milton, Ian McDiarmid as Satan and Robert Glenister as Christ, enhanced by specially composed music.

First published in 1667, Paradise Lost describes Satan's plot to ruin God's new and most favoured creation, Mankind, and recounts the temptation of Adam and Eve and their banishment from the Garden of Eden.

Paradise Regained, published in 1671, tells of the temptation of Christ by Satan as he wanders in the wilderness for 40 days and nights.

Full cast:

  • Milton: Denis Quilley
  • Satan: Ian McDiarmid
  • Christ: Robert Glenister
  • Raphael: John Rowe
  • God: Godfrey Kenton
  • Adam: Linus Roache
  • Michael: Mark Straker
  • Abdiel/Andrew: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Nisroc: John Church
  • Simon/Angel: Matthew Morgan
  • Belial: Steve Hodson
  • Angel: David Thorpe

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  • DDD
  • 03-02-2021

Better than reading but still dry and difficult

I couldn't say the experience was effortless listening to this book. I have never been able to read the book due to it being too dry and difficult to understand. Listening to this professionally narrated version was a way easier pill to swallow. But the added difficulty of adding speed to the narrative meant my comprehension went way down. Also some of the over theatrical dialogue made me tune out. Even still I am greatful for the existence of easier methods of this book.

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  • E. Munoz
  • 26-07-2018

An epic classic voiced by epic classics

This audio presentation of Paradise Lost is not only engaging for the listener but also captivating for the reader.

Ian McDiarmid was the perfect casting choice to vocalize the part of Satan. He added just the right amount of tragic and wickedness to it, which made the Devil both relatable and also alienating.

Robert Glenister was also a spot on cast for the role of the Son/Jesus. His voice was both comforting and also powerful, a great counterpoint to Ian’s.

I’ve listened to this audiobook over 10 times and I discover new nuances each time I come back to it.

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  • D. Bonness
  • 12-08-2019

It’s abridged...

Other than being abridged this is an excellent full cast production put on by the BBC.

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  • Doctor Bob
  • 25-11-2019

Great performances of a classic story with annoying credits

This epic poem is wonderfully performed. This is well worth listening to. Unfortunately before and after each of the roughly fifty episodes each of the performers are given credit. It is like watching a movie and after each scene credits roll across the screen telling which actor played every
role. It is annoying and breaks the mood. Is the performance to inform and entertain the audience or to glorify the performers? This would be a stupendous narration if not for the constant interruptions with all the credits!!!

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  • Barney Olsen
  • 25-03-2020

Greatest Poem ever written

Listening to this epic poem was pure unadulterated delight! It was like paradise relived exalted!!!

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  • alex cariello
  • 04-02-2020

Avoid

Not a good version. Music very annoying. Look for a better version. You will thank me.

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  • CaptainPicard
  • 22-09-2019

WOW, Lucifer voiced by Palpatine?

My legions the time has come, execute order 666 and get this book. Seriously though these are some of the best voiced characters EVER. any fan of epic drama and storytelling should get this. unfortunately this nerrative is VERY sexist basically blaming women for all of men's I'lls and putting Eve in an inferior position right from the start. I was disappointed by the Paradise Regained section as it simply quoting the temptation of Christ by Satan from the Bible. it is entirely unoriginal and bland despite the excellent voice cast.
#EVEDIDNOTHINGWRONG.

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  • Otter jesus
  • 04-01-2018

this is not a dramatization!

unlike the BBC's adaption of Dante's Inferno this is only an abridged reading of John Milton's poem. they hired multiple actors to read different parts of the poem but it's not dramatized. the BBC blatantly lied. if anything this would be a dramatic reading. dramatic readings aren't dramatizations though. a dramatization would require additional work in adapting the poem into an actual play format with sound effects.

basically what the BBC did was like filming multiple actors sitting together reading Paradise Lost then releasing it as a filmed version... it's stupid and lazy.

this is not audible's fault obviously.

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  • sir
  • 17-01-2019

A good alternative

Milton can be difficult to read, but this is a good alternative. Well acted, it keeps the listener engaged.

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  • TheNameless
  • 24-09-2018

Beautifully performed...

...but you can't listen to this for long stretches. It was originally 50 radio episodes, so every 13 minutes there's an introduction and cast list, which completely breaks the flow. I wish this version was available without these interruptions, as it would be 5* without them. However, if you listen in bite-sized portions, you can still appreciate this great production.

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  • Lester Gabang
  • 07-10-2019

Abridged

Great poem but didn't finish listening to this recording because it is abridged. I was not told this in the description. Also it seems the arguments before each book are not read. The books are decided into parts which is not in the original text. Readers can be quite irritating.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-04-2021

Simply devine

Giving depth and character to the Bible, wonderfully executed by the writer and inspiring by the narration 🥰

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