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The Human Shadow and What Stories Do We Need? Speech
The Human Shadow and What Stories Do We Need?
Written by: 
Robert Bly
Narrated by: 
Robert Bly
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The Human Shadow and What Stories Do We Need? Speech

The Human Shadow and What Stories Do We Need?

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Publisher's Summary

Robert Bly - one of the most compelling mythologists and storytellers of our time - captures the imagination in two live recordings.

In The Human Shadow, Bly takes us on a thought provoking and entertaining journey exploring our "shadow" through poetry, music, and storytelling. Bly says that the development of the shadow starts in childhood when parents make it clear there are certain parts of us they don’t like: "you’re too noisy!" So we put this into a "bag". Over time, our independence and feeling also go into the bag, getting heavier and heavier. Then, according to Bly, we spend the rest of our life trying to get everything back out of the bag to live fully again.

What Stories Do We Need? reminds us that the mythology we have inherited is often defective. Just as the church refused to accept the reality Galileo saw in his telescope, literalists have removed the dark soul images that nourished our ancestors from mythology by refusing to include them in our stories. But Bly reminds us that these are exactly the stories we need to hear.

©2009 Robert Bly (P)2009 BetterListen! LLC

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    IW, Albuquerque 04-05-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Bly is my greatest living hero "

    Easy listen, read iron john if you want this 5 hours spread into 400 pages...so much is said so well, very funny, personable..listened to this probably a dozen times

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Idaho Trojan 01-29-16

    An audible junkie, addicted to all things spiritual, meaningful, enlightening, masculine, additions to my own experiences and journey!

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    "WOW ... Bly speaks directly to my heart!"

    What a gift Robert Bly has to share with men (and all those women that live, work, and attempt to understand us). already listened to 3 times through, shared with my wife and my boys!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Brownlee 10-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I can listen to this over and over"
    Where does The Human Shadow and What Stories Do We Need? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a beautifully performed audio. Robert Bly is witty, gentle and wise and I could listen to him for hours. This book presents the concept of the shadow in such a delightful and unusual way, interspersed with fairy tales, poems and deep insights. The only negative is across the two recordings on this book is some repetition, however it is the sort of material that benefits from more than one listen anyway.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BRYAN RICE 03-14-15
    BRYAN RICE 03-14-15
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    "very animated!"

    Loved the emotion and enthusiasm. This was timely and pertinent to my life's circumstances. He helped make Jungian Shadow work come alive.









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    Robin Lochner 03-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't waste your time or money on this"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the content was far less political and the message was more tight.


    What was most disappointing about Robert Bly’s story?

    I expected something more elegant, like Joseph Campbell. Instead, this was some left wing psychology with far too much politics mixed in. He seemed unable to communicate ideas without injecting his partisan political beliefs.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This wasn't a book, it was a rambling conversation with some guitar music inserted at times. Their are much better alternatives available on Audible.


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    2/28/15
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    "Excellent author!!!"

    I'm a huge fan of Robert Bly and his work healing the human shadow. Gripped by a fascinating subject it was his publication 'a little book on the human shadow' that prompted enquiry to resolve and this hearty recording read with live audience is full of humour and wisdom.
    Robert's style is more artistic and less clinical approach with poetic vision which may inspire you to same. Shadow working at its best.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • lorraine B
    7/4/16
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    "Nourishment for the soul"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes , to certain friends who i know would love to hear this


    What other book might you compare The Human Shadow and What Stories Do We Need? to, and why?

    i bought it because i loved another book he wrote called Iron John


    What about Robert Bly’s performance did you like?

    I like the aliveness of his performance , it is so alive i manage to stay with it without effort


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh at our human condition , we are all in good company , how comforting is that and how easy to let it all go , thank you Robert


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to it while doing the housework , while gardening , love it !!

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