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The Power of Myth: Programs 1-6 Radio/TV Program

The Power of Myth: Programs 1-6

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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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    santos 10-01-14
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    What made the experience of listening to The Power of Myth: Programs 1-6 the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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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.

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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!

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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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    Thomas G Fisher 02-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Mind blown"

    One of the most prolific, brilliant theologians that has ever lived. Such an amazing yet heavy conversation.

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    "what a disappointment!"

    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.

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    Loud Lemur from Latveria 01-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "less about myth, more about esoteric ideology"

    A lot of great stuff in the power of myth. Just finished it and it's given me some ideas. I want to read more of Campbell because I felt that the discussion (perhaps because of the questions the interviewer kept asking) kept getting away from the shared human experience of myth and becoming a defense of esoteric ideology

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    G. Scott Wills Penn Laird 01-23-17
    G. Scott Wills Penn Laird 01-23-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Enlightening"

    I am so glad I found this through reading Sarah Jensen's "A Perfect Union of Contrary Things" with Maynard James Keenan. Highly recommend these entrancingly intellectual interviews to anyone with an open mind to the spiritual, the collective consciousness, and seeking the meaning of life.

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    "Exellent overview:the World's transcendent ideas"

    This book is helpful if you want to understand how interconnected our world truly is...+ to focus onthe similarities of the various faiths instead of the differences...

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    "A must read to anyone and everyone."
    What did you love best about The Power of Myth: Programs 1-6?

    Getting to hear Campbell and all of his ideas are second to none. Hearing this man and getting to step into his mind is more valuable then people probably think. His translation of hero through story is riveting. I will be listening again and again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hearing Campbell stories are the best. The way he breaks down the hero motive is awesome. It gives you a whole new look about the hero of our story. Hearing him and using his work has done worlds for my writing. He gives you insight to what make a hero in our story.


    Have you listened to any of Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listen to other stories and works from both Campbell and Moyers. This is a whole lot different. You get great insight and feel to what makes the person that you hear about in the stories. This in depth story is in a league of its own. Once you hear it you know why.


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

    If you can listen all in one sitting I probably would because I didn't want to stop. The way it is broken up though is great though. It has aloud me to come back and get a info filled segments in just a short time. You can listen to this in section or all at once, you will probably do both in time.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are even thinking about getting this or toying with the idea of a listen, listen to it. This book is a great read for anyone and everyone. The ideas and stories in the book should be heard by everyone and can be. There is a lot more to this than you probably think there is. You will be glad you took the time once it is all said and done.

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