A retelling of the biblical story of mankind's fall from grace, John Milton's blank-verse epic poem was composed while the author dictated the poem to a series of aides, due to the poet's blindness. The epic opens shortly after the dramatic expulsion of Satan and his army of angels from Heaven. What follows is a cosmic battle between good and evil that ranges across vast, splendid tracts of time and space, fron the wild abyss of Chaos and the fiery lake of Hell to the Gate of Heaven and God's newly created paradise, the Garden of Eden. Controvery still swirls around Milton's magnificent and sympathetic characterization of Satan, a portrait so compelling thatmany critics have maintained that he is the true hero of the story. 9 hours - unabridged.