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The Power of Myth: Programs 1-6 | [Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers]

The Power of Myth: Programs 1-6

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Michael 06-26-11
    Michael 06-26-11
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    "Incomparable"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Seattle, WA, United States 03-19-11
    Kathleen Seattle, WA, United States 03-19-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Joseph Campbell, watered down"

    A charming series of interviews of Joseph Campbell, but I can't quite recommend it to anyone who already knows of and loves his work. Compared to one of his lecture series, it's dissatisfyingly meandering and lightweight. For those who are curious about his work, I suppose this might be a friendly way to sample it, although I also found it was a little disjoint and wandering, like a typical NPR article. Again, you're better off just diving into one of his lecture series.

    Having said that, I'll add that Joseph Campbell should be required study for everyone. This material covers basic human psychology in broad strokes, rolled up with the history of religion -- the one topic above all where some perspective and self-awareness is desperately needed. So, if this chatty series sparks your interest, wonderful!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sean Homer, NY, USA 05-09-09
    Sean Homer, NY, USA 05-09-09
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    "GREAT listen for one who may need direction"

    This is excellent for anyone who may want a history lesson on their religion and to see how they all tie in together!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Magda Carmichael, CA, USA 11-16-07
    Magda Carmichael, CA, USA 11-16-07
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    "Amazing"

    I truly feel God kissing me on my cheek when I listen to Joseph Campbell. His deep spirituality without religiosity is refreshing.

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    Inrezidence Los angeles, Ca 05-26-15
    Inrezidence Los angeles, Ca 05-26-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Timeless"

    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.

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    Melle 05-26-15
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    "Wonderful listen"

    I wish there were more Joseph Campbell available. This is one of my favorite audio programs of all time.



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    Chris 05-21-15
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    Great storytelling by Moyers and Campbell. Very touching telling, will help you discover the mystery of life

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    neto de paula 05-20-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Still the best!"

    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.

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    @ChadGrills 05-19-15
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    "Straight wisdom."

    There aren't the proper words to describe this audiobook.

    No matter who or where you are, it's worth a listen.

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    MIKE 05-18-15
    MIKE 05-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The teacher behind the Star Wars myth."

    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.

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