Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2006
CS ISBN 978-0-7861-4804-2 $54.95 Six cassettes
CD ISBN 978-0-7861-6233-8 $63.00 Seven CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 978-0-7861-7200-9 $29.95 One MP3-CDs
PARADISE LOST is a classic that requires slow, careful reading and rereading. Ralph Cosham’s smooth voice is a fine match for Milton’s blank verse epic. Cosham deserves praise for ably handling the phrasing and pronunciation of Milton’s 12 books. However, there could be more clarity between the opening arguments and the beginning of each book. The scenes of wrath and dread are read at the same pace as the final scene of humanity’s exile from the Garden of Eden. But these are minor quibbles as Cosham is consistent in his presentation of the text. His choice to read rather than interpret is a wise one. This high-quality production may inspire listeners to further exploration of this significant text. R.F. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/ MAY 07]
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