Do you have just under 9 hours to spare?

Do you fancy listening to Emperor Palpatine being Satan? Sure you do!

This is one of the better Youtube audio books available, a lot of these free audio books are voiced by people with bunged up noses, recording from their bathrooms, but this was first broadcast on Radio 4 in 1992, hence the way it is in 41 parts, each book-ended with crazy dramatic music.

Satan is Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious, that’s Ian McDiarmid. Looking creepy here –

Palp_trustmeAnd in desperate need of some lip balm and a good night cream here –

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And Satan is the best part in Paradise Lost, so we get to hear a lot of him. This version is ever-so-slightly abridged, the vast majority of it is here. Milton had a habit of referencing literary works that were obscure in his day, let alone ours. I have read the whole poem, and I listened to this at the same time, and nothing I read extra was crucial, or in fact, interesting.

Adam is played by Linus Roache, or, Batman’s dad/King Ecbert in Vikings, as well as being in loads of other stuff. There are worse way to imbibe an understanding of Paradise Lost, than in 41 brief bedtimes.

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Adam, off to the theatre with Eve.

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Lying to Ragnar Lothbrok… that’s not wise.

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