An exhilarating journey into the mind and spirit of a remarkable man, a legendary teacher, and a masterful storyteller, conducted by TV journalist Bill Moyers for their acclaimed PBS series.
Program One: "The Hero's Adventure"
Program Two: "The Message of the Myth"
Program Three: "The First Storytellers"
Program Four: "Sacrifice and Bliss"
Program Five: "Love and the Goddess"
Program Six: "Masks of Eternity"
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"Those familiar with the six-part PBS series on Joseph Campbell will especially enjoy this audio production. Moyers follows the same format as the TV series: The journalist plies the tuning fork to the teacher's mind, and we listen as Campbell waxes rhapsodic on the hero, the nature of myth, storytelling, the goddess, and finally what we understand of eternity. The dialogue, like the video, is filled with Campbell's wonderful stories and punctuated with illustrative sound clips, ranging from Star Wars to the Oum prayer of Tibetan monks. This production goes into greater depth than the video text, focusing more on Campbell's exciting ideas than his personality and work. Dialogue, of course, is the best format for ideas, and Campbell's insights into myth and religion are a most refreshing response to our age, so deeply troubled with the clashing voices of religious fundamentalism. Let's listen again to Joseph Campbell." (AudioFile)
Loved this series on PBS when it first aired, and was thrilled to see it available on audible.com. Can revisit with Mr. Campbell often.
Having read the book about a half a dozen times, this is my companion for life. More than just a master class in mythology, Joe Campbell is a master in class. He sets out to demystify religions and its symbol and turns a study that may get you ever closer to ones spirituality. His life's pursuit of truth and meaning, here distilled, is as engaging as it is "magical". If the Hero has indeed a Thousand Faces, Mr. Campbell's is most definitely amongst them.
I listened because I was curious how George Lucas's legacy was motivated by the works of this mans life. I was truly moved by the breadth of subject and depth of knowledge in these short interviews. I know now why he is respected and revered and I feel his opinions and teachings have now enhanced my life. Some people make bigger ripples than others in the pond we call life.
I loved listening to this conversation between two thoughtful and wise people, one who asked great questions, and the other who gave such interesting answers.
When people have gotten old, and have spent their lives examining ideas and had time to think about what they have learned - and then share the good stuff . . . I want to hear the distillation from their brains.
These six conversations were so fun to listen to. Obviously, skimming through human history in about six hours isn't going to make for deep study, but it does make for fantastic fly-on-the-wall listening as two great minds interact.
A special and unique experience.
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