©2009 Susan A. Johnson; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
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"Factual - but lackluster"
This highly academic approach to a potentially lively and fascinating subject, didn't work for me. Each point was labored, the same few examples referenced over and over. Perhaps I've been spoiled by the exhilarating work of Joseph Campbell and his followers, but this felt bone dry.
As a UK listener, constant references to (specifically) America as "us" and "we" grew wearing, while the delivery was flat and humorless and the dense, rather harsh tone of the lecturer's voice and accent grated from the outset.
Professor Johnston's lectures are full of information - strong on case studies, name-checking countless anthropologists and their research etc. - so I can imagine how useful this could be for those researching and writing around the subject. However, for a casual listener such as myself, this lacked any spark of vitality - or indeed, Magic.
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