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The Hero with a Thousand Faces Audiobook

The Hero with a Thousand Faces

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Publisher's Summary

Since its release in 1949, The Hero with a Thousand Faces has influenced millions of readers by combining the insights of modern psychology with Joseph Campbell's revolutionary understanding of comparative mythology. In this book, Campbell outlines the Hero's Journey, a universal motif of adventure and transformation that runs through virtually all of the world's mythic traditions. He also explores the Cosmogonic Cycle, the mythic pattern of world creation and destruction.

As relevant today as when it was first published, The Hero with a Thousand Faces continues to find new audiences in fields ranging from religion and anthropology to literature and film studies. The book has also profoundly influenced creative artists - including authors, songwriters, game designers, and filmmakers - and continues to inspire all those interested in the inherent human need to tell stories.

©2008 Third edition (with revisions) © 2008 by the Joseph Campbell Foundation (jcf.org). (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Second edition (with revisions) © 1968 by Princeton University Press. Original edition © 1949 by Bollingen Foundation and published by Pantheon Books.

What the Critics Say

"Arthur Morey, John Lee, and Susan Denaker are an adept and experienced performance team. The way they trade voices adds texture to the complex compendium of stories." (AudioFile)

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  • Learner
    USA
    9/02/16
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    "Meaningful and thought-provoking"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is of course a classic, valued by artists, novelists and humanities-lovers for decades. Interesting note: George Lucas and Star Wars were heavily influences by this book.

    Outside of religious scripture, this is one of the most meaningful and thought-provoking books I've read. Drawing on archetypes - deep universal constructs in our human psyche - Campbell explains how we are all on (or could be on) a meaningful heroic journey.

    This book was written when the ideas of Freud and Jung were all the rage. Freud has not aged too well. But Jung had a lot of intuition about the human soul that still resonates.

    Campbell includes many fascinating accounts of dreams and world myths. "Myth" in this sense means a story with meaningful symbols that convey universal insights, as well as teaching the values of the culture in which the myth originated. Jung and Freud believed that dreams and myths contain subconscious truths.

    I've owned the hard copy for years but found it difficult reading. I don't think Campbell was a great writer. But his ideas are mind-blowing. In audio-book form I have finally been able to enjoy this book. I highly recommend it.


    23 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/11/16
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    "Very good if hungry for more Campbell"
    Where does The Hero with a Thousand Faces rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is an earlier work of Campbell, but not at all where I would start. Start with The Power of Myth and The Wisdom of Joseph Campbell and hear Campbell in his own voice. Much clearer and much greater impact. They are much more accessible, and once hear Campbell in his own voice you'll much more easily be able to access his more scholarly works and you'll also be more forgiving of the passionless, reading of Arthur Morey. The reader was a real miss on this one. But the deeper exploration on myth is fantastic.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Summers McKay
    11/10/16
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    "rough narration good content"

    it was disappointing that such rich material was a bit like listening to paint dry. I really did not enjoy this production.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Salas B. Levi
    1/06/16
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    "magnificent "

    the books flows wonderfully, and is a great look at story for any writer that wishes to write in a much loved and guaranteed fashion. the only thing that might have been off, was the different narrators coming in at random times.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A reasonable person
    San Diego, CA
    8/09/16
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    "Disappointing"

    I really enjoyed The Power of Myth so expected to like this book also but, like other reviewers, I couldn't get past the psychoanalysis, dream interpretation and Freudian references. And I generally like that stuff too! Bummer....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Scott Monson
    Mesa, AZ, US
    5/07/16
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    "I could listen to this a 1000 times..."

    I would have to listen to this audio presentation a 1000 time to grasp the depth of this material.
    Yet, I feel as if I have accomplished something getting through it once.
    My gray matter is on fire. 😀🔥😀

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • DBruno1987
    25/10/16
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    "Hard to finish"

    I love the ideas that Joseph Campbell has given us in his career. I just don't think this book is a concise enough presentation of those ideas. I listen to lots of different audio books while driving, and many are very engaging. This one just wasn't... I could never follow what was being presented, and it seemed all over the place. I don't think the material was "over my head," I just think I got bored listening to it. Often times the quotes from the myths and stories read by the female and the british narrators were just thrown in without introduction or explanation. I would occasionally hear an idea that resonated with me, where I'd think "ohhh cool!" But that happened only once in a while, in the middle of a sea or drawn out boring narration.

    Sorry, love JC, but not this audiobook:

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dorota
    10/10/16
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    "Brilliant"

    This is truly an amazing work. It is beautifully performed, though, unfortunately, the use of narrators with differing intonation, strong accent, and old-style pronunciation, sometimes makes the audio difficult to understand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brett Janis
    24/09/16
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    "disappointed"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The voices and the tone was extremely hard to listen to. It was very exaggerated


    Has The Hero with a Thousand Faces turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    It was very much read in a tone of excitement and overstatement


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I was not impressed with Cambell's logical structure and after listening for many hours I honestly could not figure out the point of the book other than some vignettes and disparate stories that could be attributed either to folklore or mythology. I felt he was mixing genres in a way that was an attempt at creating emotions in an literary way but it was definitely NOT good scholarship.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    1/09/16
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    "Requires reading for modern life"

    Necessary to understand the good intentions of religion, and the common ground we all share.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Gilad
    18/10/16
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    "I think I am going to need to listen again..."

    This book has inspired works and research that I admire, that's why I decided to listed to it.

    It's written in a language that is a little inaccessible (perhaps because it's older).

    The different narrators are good in of themselves but the devision between them confuses me. What I mean is that it is not intuitively clear to me why one voice is narrating at any specific point.

    I gave it the rating I did because although it confused me a little I think that a second listen might clarify the message in the work. It may be that this text needs to be read with a purpose as opposed to an 'easy' listening book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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