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  • Australian Mythology

  • Captivating Dreamtime Stories of Indigenous Australians
  • By: Matt Clayton
  • Narrated by: Mike Reaves
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • 3.1 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Australian Mythology

By: Matt Clayton
Narrated by: Mike Reaves
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If you're looking for a captivating collection of Australian myths, then pay attention....

With a history reaching back over 40,000 years, Indigenous Australian culture is one of the oldest continually existing cultures in the world. According to DNA tests conducted at the University of Copenhagen, Indigenous Australian people are the descendants of the first migrants to have left the birthplace of humanity in Africa, some 75,000 years ago. Across these many millennia, the Indigenous peoples of Australia have established complex and unique societies that have adapted well to the often harsh conditions of the Australian landscape. 

Although Indigenous Australian culture tends to be named as though it were a single unit, it is far from monolithic. According to the Australian government’s website, at the time of first contact with Europeans, there were some 500 distinct Indigenous nations inhabiting Australia, speaking different languages and following their own religious and cultural practices, with a certain amount of overlap across cultures. 

As with all human societies, that of the Indigenous Australians is abounding in stories. Stories of how the world came to be the way it is, stories of heroism and perfidy, stories about animals and birds, and stories about love and hate all have parts to play in the wide array of myths, legends, and tales created by Indigenous Australians.  

Australian Mythology: Captivating Dreamtime Stories of Indigenous Australians invites you to go on a startling journey and discover: 

  • Origin stories
  • Myths of gods, heroes, and monsters
  • Animal tales
  • And much, much more!

So if you want a captivating collection of Australian myths, click the “Add to Cart” button!

©2020 Matt Clayton (P)2020 Matt Clayton
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  • Categories: History

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  • 20-07-2020

couldn't get passed the intro

the American voice over artist wasn't really the right choice to read this audio book. would love to have it re done with an Australian reading it.

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Why an American narrating?

A fairly superficial treatment of our indigenous mythology in an American accent.
Plenty of room for improvement.

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Listen on x1.2 or x.1.3 speed

Interesting collection of stories, but the narration is oh so slow and a little dumbed down. Listen on a faster speed to improve the effect.

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Mispronounced

The narrator has a strong American accent and mispronounces every Australian name, place name and animal.

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Informative

I moved to Australia almost 8 years. During those years I’d rarely exposed to aboriginal people and particularly to their culture and mythology. This book taught me a great deal about them and filled the void. While the book does not put a contrast between their mythology and others (e.g. Greek mythology), one can make that contrast and learn even more. I also learned good stories to tell such as why you mustn’t imitate kookaburra, or why wombats have flat faces and kangaroos long tail. The narrator’s style was not my favorite but still pretty good to listen to.

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let down

I was really looking forward to hearing these stories, but unfortunately it's narrated by an American. These stories should be narrated by a First Nation Australian or at least an Australian.
The guy can't even say Kookaburra properly.
I'd definitely listen if this was changed.

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just no

mispronunciation of words and American accent is not good. It is not specific about culture, area or people that the story belongs to.

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I can’t believe you chose American voices to narrate this!

I am not happy in the first 15 seconds of listening to it. The American accent is so slow and drawn out. These are dreamtime stories that should be narrated by an indigenous storyteller. How do you expect to educate people about Aboriginal myths and legends when you can’t respect the authenticity of the message by seeking an appropriate voice for the recording? I want a refund.

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great stories terrible narration

the narrator never bothered to ask an Australian how to pronounce simple words so he mispronounced many places and names

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