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The Red Book: A Reader's Edition

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Narrated by: Mike Fraser
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UPDATE: In response to listener feedback, this audio edition of The Red Book has now been revised to exclude footnotes in the reading.

An audio edition of the famous Red Book text and essay.

The Red Book, published to wide acclaim in 2009, contains the nucleus of C. G. Jung's later works. It was here that he developed his principal theories of the archetypes, the collective unconscious, and the process of individuation that would transform psychotherapy from treatment of the sick into a means for the higher development of the personality.

As Sara Corbett wrote in the New York Times, "The creation of one of modern history's true visionaries, The Red Book is a singular work, outside of categorization. As an inquiry into what it means to be human, it transcends the history of psychoanalysis and underscores Jung's place among revolutionary thinkers like Marx, Orwell and, of course, Freud."

The Red Book: A Reader's Edition features Sonu Shamdasani's introductory essay and the full translation of Jung's vital work in one audiobook. The Red Book is skillfully narrated by Mike Fraser.

©2009 The Foundation of the Works of C.G. Jung; translation copyright by Mark Kyburz, John Peck, and Sonu Shamdasani. Introduction and notes copyright by Sonu Shamdasani (P)2020 Echo Point Books & Media, LLC

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  • Michael J. Stewart
  • 17-08-2020

Put the footnotes in a PDF with timestamps

There's more footnotes than there is book content and for some reason, they thought it would be a good idea to have the narrator include ALL of them while reading the actual book. Footnote, blah blah blah, end footnote. The problem with this is you can't follow along with the actual content of the book and what Jung was trying to express without 5-10 footnotes before, during, and after every paragraph. Is the narrator quoting the book or a footnote? Don't know... maybe it's a footnote, maybe it's the book, maybe it's a footnote of a footnote. Audible: As a best practice, have the footnotes be in a PDF companion with a timestamp. Why? Because 90-95% of us don't care AT ALL about the footnotes. I'll still finish this book because I'm trying to figure myself out and have tremendous respect for Jung, but I might kill myself before finishing it because I'll be going mad from all the "footnote" references.

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  • sabin
  • 19-07-2020

Controlled descent into madness

Were I not familiar with Jung as a serious, rational, scientific mind; and but for the second layer unpacking of each of the bizarre and seemingly random entries, I would have thought this to be the work of a madman. I strongly suggest reading as much of Jung’s straightforward psychological writing as you can to prepare yourself for the deluge of seemingly disjointed archetypal imagery presented herein. I’ve read a lot, and I found myself bouncing off and skittering over several sections. CG Jung was an absolute madlad, and this book is his detailed account of what happens when then abyss stares back at you, and you don’t blink.

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  • Bibi
  • 08-07-2020

DO NOT SPEND YOUR MONEY ON THIS!

I was so excited about this book but there's no way to keep track with the constant interruptions of the footnotes, I do not know if the book is being read or the footnotes, is so confusing! DO NOT BUY IT!

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  • SolidT
  • 25-08-2020

not meant for audio format

while there is a wealth of content in this book, the constant back and forth the narrator has to do between the content and the accompanying footnotes is very distracting and takes the continuity of thought away annoyingly as you gain traction to the cadence of the narrators voice.

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  • Lukasz
  • 01-08-2020

Footnote: I hate footnotes

The reality is, I get so disconnected from what he is saying when ever 20 seconds he reads a footnote about what ever is on page of something I really don’t care. It makes it very difficult as an average minded person to stay intrigued by the book.

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  • Pinotwiz
  • 16-07-2020

Stunning and enlightening

I am still working through the thoughts and ideas this book has brought me to. My soul is very grateful for the encouragement to bring requital, and I feel a definite upgrade as to how well I know and understand myself. Thank you Carl for undertaking what must have been a challenging journey with little available guidance

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  • WTom
  • 15-10-2020

REVISED EDITION--FOOTNOTES HAVE BEEN REMOVED

Apparently the producers have, in response to the feedback, removed the footnotes. I am very grateful for this. I listened to a sample a few months back that included the footnotes and decided not to purchase the book at that time. I found listening to Jung's personal visionary journey in that format much too stressful. This new revised edition is wonderful and offers the delight that I originally hoped for.

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  • terriannRN
  • 31-07-2020

Too Clunky of a read.

The speaker interrupts the flow every few seconds to read a footnote or citation. It made it really difficult to track the content of the book.

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  • Nathan O'Hara
  • 16-09-2020

This is NOT Jung's Red Book!

This book is such a disappointment. It's 25 hours of Shamadasani rambling on about Jung, and precious little of Jung himself. I had hoped to listen to Jung's actual Liber Novis - this is not it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-09-2020

one of a kind

Something to hear more than once. Hope you enjoy this as much as i did.

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  • John Bernhard Andersson
  • 06-07-2020

Footnotes renders the audiobook unlistenable

This review is not of Jungs Red Book but of this particular audio edition. DO NOT BUY IT--the writing is constantly interupted by full reading of footnotes. As a result it is impossible for the listener to immerse herself in Jungs text. It boggles my mind that the audiobook was executed like this.

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  • istarfish
  • 25-07-2020

Do not buy!

This performance is not good enough. Jung's fascinating text is impossible to engage with through this recording in which the reader often stumbles over his words, interrupts the flow of thought by reading out the footnotes and mispronounces German references so that they become unrecognisable. What a missed opportunity! How could this happen?

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  • Jonathan Baldie
  • 09-07-2020

Wonderfully rich and deep

Classic Jung - a bit of a maze, and stuttering at times, but nevertheless a vital piece of psychological thought.

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  • K
  • 04-10-2020

Unlistenable

The Red Book is an important hemetic work, and Mike Fraser has an intellegence and soothing voice. But this reading is almost unlistenable because every footnote is read out. Footnotes vary from "footnote: instead of knowledge the original text has wisdom page 146" to full paragraphs explaining what thirty pieces of silver means in Christianity. What reader is going to have found their way to reading The Red Book and not have read, or at least be aware of this kind of knowledge? The one star overall ranking is because these footnotes are so common, and so extensive, it breaks up the flow of text. Literally every entry will have three or four footnotes. I'm sure the book translation (where you can skip such interuptions) is good but the choice to read them out has ruined this work.

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  • Robert Smith
  • 06-09-2020

The Red Audiobook

Really happy that they have finally made an audiobook of the Red Book! I think the narrator does a really good job and has a more expressive voice than most audiobook narrators I’ve heard. However, I think it is a bit of a missed opportunity not to have it read by a narrator with a Swiss accent like Jung’s. That would have really added something. I have to agree with others reviewers here that they should have left out the footnotes in the audiobook version - they really break up the flow of the main text. Perhaps the publisher could release an alternative version without footnotes? Overall - it’s awesome that they have made this audiobook and I hope there is more to come from this publisher (black books etc).