Read by Moira Fogarty

(4.5 stars; 24 reviews)

A prose tract or polemic by John Milton, published November 23, 1644, at the height of the English Civil War... Milton, though a supporter of the Parliament, argued forcefully against the Licensing Order of 1643, noting that such censorship had never been a part of classical Greek and Roman society. The tract is full of biblical and classical references which Milton uses to strengthen his argument. The issue was personal for Milton as he had suffered censorship himself in his efforts to publish several tracts defending divorce (a radical stance at the time and one which met with no favor from the censors)... Areopagitica is among history's most influential and impassioned philosophical defences of the principle of a right to free speech. (Summary by Wikipedia)

(2 hr 1 min)


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Wonderful book, masterfully read

(4 stars)

It's very interesting reading rational works by religious authors from previous ages, now that we're in an increasingly secular era. Biblical allusions can be a powerful ally, but religions have also been overused for justification of a myriad of Very Bad Ideas. It's a fine line these authors walk; Milton walks it with great skill. Areopagitica is an excellent piece of rhetoric--a well-reasoned argument can be a pleasure to read, or to listen to, as the case may be. Moira Fogarty's recording is superb.


(5 stars)

A lucid reading, demonstrating a full understanding of Milton's quite dense text. The pace is good, and the reader's fluency and range of intonation brings out all the subtleties of Milton's argument.

Professional quality

(5 stars)

Timeless prose read by a beautiful voice. It can't get any better than that!

a pleasure

(5 stars)

I am reading this book for a class. Despite this being a pretty heavy text, I thought the reader did a good job with the pacing. It made it easy to read along and comprehend. Also it was nice that it was a single reader and not multiple different ones.


(4.5 stars)

A fantastic defense of freedom of the press. The reader was clear, but this could have been read with the exasperation and pressure of the event that inspired it and that would have made it inspiring.