Most definitley the quality and faithfulness to the original Television broadcast specials. Originally I watched this series during a Mythology course in High School and have been looking for it ever since.
The conversation between Bill Moyers and Joseph Campbell comes off as both authentic and organic in approach yet guided enough to provided insight and clarity on the stories, myths and legends gone over.
Joseph Campbell began his mythological fascination with the stories and different cultures of the Native American peoples and it comes across quite strong in those moments of discussion.
As always Joseph Campbell stresses his own personal life philosophy of "Follow Your Bliss" time and time again. While reminding us that these infuential stories and myths are meant to guide and inform not dictate and enforce our life coices.
Truly a phenomenal work from an important scholar. I would recomend this to anyone, both academic professionals and those who are new to Joseph Campbell and critical thought of world mythology.
Moyers and Campbell do a wonderful job of bringing an esoteric subject to the mainstream and making it relevant. It is one of the best programs I've listened to all year (and there are many). I will be searching for more like this.
This is excellent for anyone who may want a history lesson on their religion and to see how they all tie in together!
There is a lot of great content in this audiobook and hearing both Bill Meyers and Joseph Campbell speak about such things is such a great inspiration. If I had anything bad to say about the audiobook is that it only contains about half of the full "Power of Myth" series. The regular book has the remaining episodes from the series transcribed, so that is definitely helpful. Beyond that one issue though, it's a fun, insightful walk through the world of mythology and human culture.
I purchase this book based on the comments of other readers, but I can tell you after listening to the Power Of mMyth is that there is in fact no power and myth! Campbell seems confused and conflicted at times. He gropes for meaning trying to derive spiritual significance from ritualistic practices of various cultures around the world. But then he also dismisses deity in any form, reducing got to mere mortal traditions or a concept of one's own making. How sad. Campbell seems to find Godlike expression in the traditions of cultures. He jumps around from topic to topic not fully explaining any of them. Many times throughout this book he seems to ramble without continuity. This book is not for those who are seeking the deeper meaning of life. Rather, it is a book of memoirs from Campbell's Reflections which I find somewhat meaningless. I'm giving this two stars instead of one star because there were a couple of good points raised in this book. However I am disappointed that there is not more wisdom presented here.