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A Short History of Myth: The Myths | [Karen Armstrong]

A Short History of Myth: The Myths

The history of myth is the history of humanity; our stories and beliefs, our curiosity and attempts to understand the world, link us to our ancestors and each other. Myths help us make sense of the universe. Armstrong takes us from the Palaeolithic period and the myths of the hunters right up to the "Great Western Transformation" of the last 500 years and the discrediting of myth by science.
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Publisher's Summary

What are myths? How have they evolved? And why do we still so desperately need them?

The history of myth is the history of humanity; our stories and beliefs, our curiosity and attempts to understand the world, link us to our ancestors and each other. Myths help us make sense of the universe. Armstrong takes us from the Palaeolithic period and the myths of the hunters right up to the "Great Western Transformation" of the last 500 years and the discrediting of myth by science.

Heralding a major series of retellings of international myths by authors from around the world, Armstrong's characteristically insightful and eloquent book serves as a brilliant and thought-provoking introduction to myth in the broadest sense - and why we dismiss it only at our peril.

©2005 Karen Armstrong; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Witty, informative, and contemplative: Ms. Armstrong can simplify complex ideas, but she is never simplistic." (New York Times Book Review)
"Armstrong writes with sensitivity and wisdom. She employs a breadth of learning that reflects the scintillating, shifting light and shade of human experience." (The Times)

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    maggie0405 04-13-11
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    "Good but not unabridged"

    I loved this book, but the final chapter on the modern era is missing on the audio version

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    Khalifa RiffaBahrain 12-09-09
    Khalifa RiffaBahrain 12-09-09 Member Since 2007
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    "K. Armstrong is a real TEACHER,, listen carefully"

    In less than 3 hrs, Karen Armstrong exposes the essential theories of modern scholarship in the history of religion: How myth came about? What purpose it serves in human life? An excellent introduction to the beginner and an elegant summary to the expert. Sandra Burr, the narrator, is marvelous: clear and not hurried. I wish she read more non-fiction. But the paper book is 7 chapters, and this audio hopes that I enjoyed the recording after chapter 6!

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    Kerilynn New Britain, CT, USA 03-10-09
    Kerilynn New Britain, CT, USA 03-10-09
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    "Somewhat interesting but..."

    I found this audio book difficult to listen to because of the narration. She spoke very slowly and over-pronounced every single word.

    As for the book itself, I didn't really enjoy it, partly because it seemed to come to a lot of conclusions about myth's history and origins and the way our ancestors thought based on very little evidence. Also, she seemed to keep saying the sames things over and over again and didn't really offer a lot of substance.

    That said, this is my first Karen Armstrong book and I am still definitely planning on reading more of her books. But I found this audio book very unsatisfying.

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    Don Panorama City,, CA, United States 11-28-08
    Don Panorama City,, CA, United States 11-28-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Interesting overview!"

    The title promises to be a short history of myth, and delivers on that. I just wish that there was more to the myths of the 20th century, which could have been expanded upon. But overall, it is a nice and compact exploration into the reasons why people tell stories.

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    Mary A Bahn 12-19-11
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, definitely. I learned a great deal about the subject.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Short History of Myth?

    The whole book!


    Which character ??? as performed by Sandra Burr ??? was your favorite?

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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but I did not. But I have gone back over parts.


    Any additional comments?

    Armstrong is an engaging writer who makes her subject come alive. All of her books provide important learning experiences. I think everyone should read them all and I recommend them to my friends at every opportunity.

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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 03-30-11
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 03-30-11 Member Since 2009

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    "Better than I expected"

    After reading some of the reviews for this book, I didn't expect much but in all, I found the book to be better than those reviews that I read. I thought this book was interesting, educational and historical and I may even listen to it again at another time.

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    Claudia ZapopanMexico 12-27-08
    Claudia ZapopanMexico 12-27-08
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    "Short & Sweet"

    As usual, Karen Armstrong delivers the goods as she explains how humankind's beliefs in the gods have changed as his way of life shifted, while the need to believe persists throughout history. I specially liked that although she used to be a Catholic nun she does not moralize or make a case for monotheism vs polytheism.

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    Brad Los Altos Hills, CA, USA 02-13-09
    Brad Los Altos Hills, CA, USA 02-13-09
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    "Focus on myths"

    I thought it would bridge the gap between myths and science. It is only about myths.

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