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The Hero with a Thousand Faces Audiobook

The Hero with a Thousand Faces

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Publisher's Summary

Since its release in 1949, The Hero with a Thousand Faces has influenced millions of readers by combining the insights of modern psychology with Joseph Campbell's revolutionary understanding of comparative mythology. In this book, Campbell outlines the Hero's Journey, a universal motif of adventure and transformation that runs through virtually all of the world's mythic traditions. He also explores the Cosmogonic Cycle, the mythic pattern of world creation and destruction.

As relevant today as when it was first published, The Hero with a Thousand Faces continues to find new audiences in fields ranging from religion and anthropology to literature and film studies. The book has also profoundly influenced creative artists - including authors, songwriters, game designers, and filmmakers - and continues to inspire all those interested in the inherent human need to tell stories.

©2008 Third edition (with revisions) © 2008 by the Joseph Campbell Foundation (jcf.org). (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Second edition (with revisions) © 1968 by Princeton University Press. Original edition © 1949 by Bollingen Foundation and published by Pantheon Books.

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"Arthur Morey, John Lee, and Susan Denaker are an adept and experienced performance team. The way they trade voices adds texture to the complex compendium of stories." (AudioFile)

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    Learner 02-09-16
    Learner 02-09-16

    A Mormon guy who loves to learn

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    "Meaningful and thought-provoking"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is of course a classic, valued by artists, novelists and humanities-lovers for decades. Interesting note: George Lucas and Star Wars were heavily influences by this book.

    Outside of religious scripture, this is one of the most meaningful and thought-provoking books I've read. Drawing on archetypes - deep universal constructs in our human psyche - Campbell explains how we are all on (or could be on) a meaningful heroic journey.

    This book was written when the ideas of Freud and Jung were all the rage. Freud has not aged too well. But Jung had a lot of intuition about the human soul that still resonates.

    Campbell includes many fascinating accounts of dreams and world myths. "Myth" in this sense means a story with meaningful symbols that convey universal insights, as well as teaching the values of the culture in which the myth originated. Jung and Freud believed that dreams and myths contain subconscious truths.

    I've owned the hard copy for years but found it difficult reading. I don't think Campbell was a great writer. But his ideas are mind-blowing. In audio-book form I have finally been able to enjoy this book. I highly recommend it.


    29 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very good if hungry for more Campbell"
    Where does The Hero with a Thousand Faces rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is an earlier work of Campbell, but not at all where I would start. Start with The Power of Myth and The Wisdom of Joseph Campbell and hear Campbell in his own voice. Much clearer and much greater impact. They are much more accessible, and once hear Campbell in his own voice you'll much more easily be able to access his more scholarly works and you'll also be more forgiving of the passionless, reading of Arthur Morey. The reader was a real miss on this one. But the deeper exploration on myth is fantastic.


    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Summers McKay 10-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "rough narration good content"

    it was disappointing that such rich material was a bit like listening to paint dry. I really did not enjoy this production.

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    DBruno1987 10-25-16
    DBruno1987 10-25-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Hard to finish"

    I love the ideas that Joseph Campbell has given us in his career. I just don't think this book is a concise enough presentation of those ideas. I listen to lots of different audio books while driving, and many are very engaging. This one just wasn't... I could never follow what was being presented, and it seemed all over the place. I don't think the material was "over my head," I just think I got bored listening to it. Often times the quotes from the myths and stories read by the female and the british narrators were just thrown in without introduction or explanation. I would occasionally hear an idea that resonated with me, where I'd think "ohhh cool!" But that happened only once in a while, in the middle of a sea or drawn out boring narration.

    Sorry, love JC, but not this audiobook:

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Monson Mesa, AZ, US 07-05-16
    Scott Monson Mesa, AZ, US 07-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I could listen to this a 1000 times..."

    I would have to listen to this audio presentation a 1000 time to grasp the depth of this material.
    Yet, I feel as if I have accomplished something getting through it once.
    My gray matter is on fire. 😀🔥😀

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    Dorota 10-10-16
    Dorota 10-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant"

    This is truly an amazing work. It is beautifully performed, though, unfortunately, the use of narrators with differing intonation, strong accent, and old-style pronunciation, sometimes makes the audio difficult to understand.

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    Jimmy Henderson 10-02-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Not for the average listener/reader"

    Sorry, but this audio book is way too academic for my taste. It will take many repeat listening to get what the author has here.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Layil Umbralux CA 04-19-17
    Layil Umbralux CA 04-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Dense and Academic, but great..."

    A classic primer on this topic. Dry and academic, but wonderful if you enjoy dense material presented in a somber style.

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    Amazon Customer 04-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Awful reader"

    What a beautiful book ruined by such a terrible reader. Such a significant difference than how Joseph Campbell spoke, cadence, emphasis,. This is the most bland and unenthused read I've ever heard of any audio book.

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    SOFIA CASTRO Houston, TX United States 03-05-17
    SOFIA CASTRO Houston, TX United States 03-05-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Revealing, delightful, engaging, fun. Delicious!"

    The refreshing changes in voices between the three readers turned the long book into an exquisite​ revelation through stories beautifully narrated. The concatenation of the ideas as the text progresses is entertaining and turns the book into a game. The author initiates tales, using their parallel pieces to unravel a subject, only to, chapters later, recall the tale and give us an eye opening explanation of it's ending. The parallel between myths and delightful tales explained by the author's view with a delicate and assertive vocabulary allows for self reflection and a change in cosmovision. I had Incredible fun hearing this book, it's author's full use of the English vocabulary and his courtesy in using the cultural affects of many peoples throughout the world. Whether for the stories, the analysis, or the delightful sound or the reader's voices, I dearly recommend this book.

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  • Gilad
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    "I think I am going to need to listen again..."

    This book has inspired works and research that I admire, that's why I decided to listed to it.

    It's written in a language that is a little inaccessible (perhaps because it's older).

    The different narrators are good in of themselves but the devision between them confuses me. What I mean is that it is not intuitively clear to me why one voice is narrating at any specific point.

    I gave it the rating I did because although it confused me a little I think that a second listen might clarify the message in the work. It may be that this text needs to be read with a purpose as opposed to an 'easy' listening book.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful

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