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  • Paradise Regained

  • By: John Milton
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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This section of Milton’s epic poem concerns the devil's temptation of Christ in the wilderness. It's a substantial subject; nonetheless, the work is often seen by critics as a coda to Milton's masterwork, Paradise Lost. Anton Lesser, a longtime member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, takes us inside Milton's seventeenth-century blank verse with remarkable clarity and emotion. Lesser's voice is completely at one with Milton's subject matter, meter, and language. After three centuries, this work is much more accessible than one might think.

Summary

In Paradise Regained, Satan again is on the prowl, having successfully tempted Adam and Eve, and forced their departure from the Garden of Eden. Here he sets out to tempt again, this time Jesus himself, as he comes to the end of his 40 days in the desert. The magisterial poetry of Milton enriches the encounter and, while not matching the greatness achieved in Paradise Lost, provides drama and depth.

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Phenomenal!

Amazing book and extremely well presented! Interim music between sections making it a full experience!

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Lesser makes this more than bearable

This piece of seventeenth century Christian propaganda allows Milton to use his poetic genius to colour in the background to the New Testament story of Christ's temptation in the wilderness. It never questions the source material (to do so in Milton's day would be as dangerous as questioning Islam in modern-day Afghanistan) and Milton contents himself with following the well-trod paths of allusion while creating new material from details the gospel writers left unsaid. This is most effective in my opinion during the descriptions of the kingdoms Christ is shown by his tempter, Satan. They include Rome, the Orient and "the British West", and Milton occupies a generous amount of page space detailing what Christ might have seen during this revelation.

As he does in Paradise Lost, Anton Lesser commands our respect for the way he handles this material. It is a captivating reading by a gifted actor. I had no idea who was reading this title until the first lines came through my speaker and I recognised immediately the voice of one of the characters from a favourite episode of Foyle's War. It was a very pleasant surprise to be guided through this text by such a talented man.

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  • M. Henderson
  • 11-12-15

Brilliant continuation of Paradise Lost, well-narrated

I was skeptical that Milton could continue in the same quality, and the beginning was slow. He continues to develop the character of Satan, as in PL, but the Son of God triumphs decisively with authority, piety, and clarity.

I was surprised that the "undoing" or reversal of PL was not the resurrection. But PR makes so much sense. It speaks directly to Romans 5, where Paul writes "For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous." (verse 19)

I also appreciated how, like Dante, Milton puts the classical Greeks in the discourse. Satan brings a perspective and Christ brings another. Milton obviously has huge respect for the ancient Greeks. I think he shows their place in Book IV.

Anton Lesser did a great job with the narration. He is a great reader and his intensity suited the text. He is now one of my favorites.

Milton is brilliant. I recommend PR to lovers of Milton, Dante, and all English poetry and prose.

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  • Soldier dude
  • 19-05-22

Paradise Regained!

Excellent narration and metering. The language takes a few chapters to get used to but it’s so well written and narrated that it’s so worth it. Loved the story. It’s a great complement to Paradise Lost.

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  • Alan-in-Seattle
  • 18-12-15

A Sequel Worthy of the Original

If you liked John Milton's Paradise Lost, you will love his sequel, Paradise Regained, just as much. In the original, Milton reveals what happened behind the scenes with Satan and his cohorts to undermine God's plan for mankind in the garden of Eden. He continues the pattern in this sequel, expanding the account of Satan's three temptations of Jesus, recorded in brief form in the Gospels, to a full-blown treatment, along with background details of Satan's scheming with his demonic forces. Milton's profound theological insights and masterful literary skills, combined with Anton Lesser's wonderful narration, make this production terrific in every way. Highly recommended.

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  • Douglas
  • 27-02-08

Wonderful as always

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