I was expecting so much more from this recording of 'Paradise Lost' - largely based on what I had read from other customers' comments. I am still only half-way through, so perhaps my judgement is premature. Anyhow, I am disappointed by the light-weight, rather high-toned voice of the narrator. I feel that a more baritone voice would have been infinitely preferable. Also, there does not seem to be much distinction of character between the different voices adopted by the reader. I cannot help comparing this version with the BBC radio dramatisation that was done in the mid-1990s, which was utterly superb (with Dennis Quilley as the excellent narrator - so much more colourful and expressive in his reading, as were all the other actors). To be fair, the narrator on this recording does a decent and acceptable job - it is certainly listenable-to; but it is not gripping or impressive. As I said - it lacks gravitas and vocal beauty / power. Having said all this, I would still recommend it, as it seems to be the only audio version of this magnificent poem available, and the poem is so great - much more grand and imposing than anything Shakespeare ever wrote, in my opinion - that no opportunity should be lost to hear it (and it is indeed a poem that needs to be heard read out loud - it is so musical and sensuous in its language). My final verdict, then, is that it is worth having in want of anything better - but that you should snap up the BBC (abridged) version with Dennis Quilley if ever that is brought out on CD (that was spectacularly good). This one is middling and no more than acceptable, in my view.