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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is excellent for anyone who may want a history lesson on their religion and to see how they all tie in together!
I love this! There is no way that you could mirror the meaning of a man's words without hearing those words spoken from the man. Great piece of history and insight!
A masterful journey through key themes of Campbell's amazing body of works, giving the listener wonderful insights about how to seek out and follow your bliss!
I love listening to audiobooks during my long drive to work and while I clean house. Historical fiction, Biography, History and novels with strong, well-written characters appeal to me most of all.
loved this riveting discussion of our connection to our myths. I'm already listening to it again. it is dense with information but the nature of the conversation makes Campbell's insights very accessible and enjoyable.
A powerful interview on comparative religious myths that may alter your perspective, make your head hurt, and fill you with wonder. What a delight to hear Joseph Campbell tell stories and share his wisdom.
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The original PBS interview on tape makes for a great listen. No matter how often I hear it. I love it.
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