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The Essential John Milton [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

John Milton , Anton Lesser , Samantha Bond

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Aug. 1 2008 9626348852 978-9626348857 Unabridged
This thoughtful collection of John Milton's finest poetry marks the quarter centenary of the poet's birth in 1608. It is read by several of Britain's foremost classical actors, including Anton Lesser, Samantha Bond and Derek Jacobi. Milton's uncompromising views set him firmly on the side of Cromwell, putting his life in danger when the Stuart monarchy was restored. But he is now remembered for "Paradise Lost" and a strong collection of other poetry which influenced successive generations. This collection offers an ideal overview, including extracts from "Paradise Lost" and the complete "Paradise Regained", excerpts from other major works, including "Comus" and "Samson Agonistes", as well as sonnets and famous shorter poems such as "On his Blindness", plus a biography of Milton.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Naxos Audio Books; Unabridged edition (Aug. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9626348852
  • ISBN-13: 978-9626348857
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 5.1 x 12.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 440 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,776,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Entrée to Milton May 22 2011
By C. C. Black - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is an eight-disc overview of key works by Milton, the longest of which are abridged ("Paradise Lost" and especially "Samson Agonistes"). Because the longer works can be heavy weather for all but the most stouthearted Miltonian, the condensations, intelligently executed, do not trouble me; indeed, they make it more likely that I'll listen to them again. It enhances my enjoyment to read the text before me as I listen, though the recitations are clear enough that I could listen to them while driving and catch most everything. This, in fact, I did with the eighth disc, which offers an informative biography of Milton. The readers--Anton Lesser, Samantha Bond, and Derek Jacobi--are old pros with classic audiobooks; they do not disappoint. Naxos interrupts the tedium of straight narration with occasional musical interludes appropriate to the texts; this too, is appreciated. This set's price (currently around $55.00) is rather steep for my pocketbook; I took a chance with a secondhand dealer and was not at all disappointed: Shipment was as fast as Amazon Prime; the article turned out to have been a new and unopened from France, at about half the price.

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