|# of Units:||8 CDs|
|Length:||9 hours, 45 minutes|
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This is a very satisfying collection that includes large sections of Paradise Lost, the whole of Paradise Regained, lots of other poetry, some prose selections, and a helpful biography. The voices are excellent, but technically, I had some trouble with Paradise Lost in that Eve and Satan (when not orating) speak very softly. This may only be a problem with my portable CD player and may not arise with more sophisticated machines. It was good to hear the full Paradise Regained. I know it is not supposed to be as exciting as "Lost," but Milton's vision of the temptations in the desert and the dialogues between Jesus and Satan is powerful and imaginative; really wonderful. C. S. Lewis and others contest the idea that Satan is a heroic figure. I never thought he was anyway, but from the reader's masterly interpretation of Satan, it is easy to recognize the fallen archangel for what he is: a barking-mad, paranoid, egotistical tyrant.
John Carey is emeritus Merton Professor of English Literature at the Universityof Oxford, and is acknowledged as one of the world's leading Miltonists. He has written extensively on Milton's life and poetry and translated his treatise 'On Christian Doctrine' for the Yale "Complete Prose Works of John Milton"