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The Wisdom of Joseph Campbell | [Joseph Campbell, Michael Toms]

The Wisdom of Joseph Campbell

Over a span of 12 years (1975 to 1987), New Dimensions Radio host Michael Toms recorded conversations between the late Joseph Campbell (author of The Power of Myth) and himself, during which time they developed a close friendship. In these stimulating conversations, central questions in the search for understanding and knowledge of the spiritual universe in which we live are explored.
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Over a span of 12 years (1975 to 1987), New Dimensions Radio host Michael Toms recorded conversations between the late Joseph Campbell (author of The Power of Myth) and himself, during which time they developed a close friendship. In these stimulating conversations, central questions in the search for understanding and knowledge of the spiritual universe in which we live are explored.

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    C. Weidner Midwest USA 07-08-08
    C. Weidner Midwest USA 07-08-08 Member Since 2008

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    "What wisdom!!!"

    I didn't know what to expect since this is a collection of 'radio' programs and speeches... but WOW what a powerful mind and spirit expanding experience.

    We are hearing more of Joseph's message and ideas now through other spiritual leaders yet his is so genuine and humble. The fact that these took place in the late 70's and 80's gets me asking... where was I then? I only wish I could have experienced this man's spirit and message while he was alive.

    I enjoyed every minute of this collection and HIGHLY RECOMMEND it.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew AthelstoneAustralia 09-01-07
    Matthew AthelstoneAustralia 09-01-07
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    "Joseph Campbell crash course"

    These interviews were conducted over a period spanning more than a decade. As a big fan of Campbell, I always enjoy hearing his perspective - and these interviews do not disappoint. There is some repetitiveness but mitigated by different perspectives each pass through. Enough wisdom for a lifetime! Highly recommended.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    David KEENE, NH, United States 07-09-07
    David KEENE, NH, United States 07-09-07
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    "Classic Joseph Campbell"

    This audio presentation is a great introduction to Joseph Campbell. If you want to be the author of your own life, then listen to Joseph Campbell.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Spokane, WA, USA 08-03-07
    Ruth Spokane, WA, USA 08-03-07
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    "A KEEPER!"

    I borrowed this from our public library so much I finally realized " hey ! get your own."
    My 19 year old loves it as much as his 50 year old mom. It is brilliant insightful and very easy to listen to.
    Every time you listen you learn something new.
    I wish everyone could experience the wisdom of Joseph Campbel

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Gloria The Villages, FL, USA 07-14-07
    Gloria The Villages, FL, USA 07-14-07
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    "Becoming conscious"

    I am so thrilled with this audio. Joseph Campbell was so ahead of his time. He saw early the need for cohesive spirituality--a belief that the Christ is within us and that religion separates us. These interviews are done with clarity and discretion, focusing on getting the message across. For those exploring "spirituality", this has much to offer.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands 09-18-12
    Kathleen Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands 09-18-12
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    "My Hero's Wisdom"
    If you could sum up The Wisdom of Joseph Campbell in three words, what would they be?

    Life-Altering, Enlightening, Wisdom


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joseph Campbell. Since I 1st was introduced by his series on Art & Myth on PBS in the 1980s, I knew there was a man who could touch my soul & he led me in paths I'd never been before. My vision of the world through his words had a new depth & my horizons were broadened. I could sit on a hillside or curl up by a fireplace & listen to his stories & wisdom for hours. His books prove hard to read, however this is 1 case that I feel an audio form is superior matrix for his tales. His own voice dictates the knowledge he imparts. It was comforting to hear his philosophies and vision of life again.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The story he told about the evolution of religion through the persecution of the Plain's Indians from Buffalo worship to Peyote.


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

    Absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there were more of his books available in audio form. This was the only 1 available.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Billie Lafayette, CO, United States 05-03-06
    Billie Lafayette, CO, United States 05-03-06 Member Since 2005
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    "repetitive and disappointing"

    I'm a big fan of Campbell and have many of his books. I'm also a fan of Michael Toms and have listened to many of his New Dimensions programs. The first thing that bothered me about this listen was how Toms doesn't seem to realize how he is breathing into the microphone while Campbell is speaking!! He sounds like he's a heavy breather on an obscene phone call!! I managed to get past this somehow but the further I got into the program, I realized that it basically could have been edited down to about an hour and a half. All of the concepts they discuss are REPEATED again and again, sometimes verbatim. Not a complete waste of time but disappointing nonetheless.

    18 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Jason GEORGETOWN, TX, United States 08-21-12
    Jason GEORGETOWN, TX, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "My "Hero" ...with just one face!"
    Would you listen to The Wisdom of Joseph Campbell again? Why?

    Of course! I do repeatedly. Joseph Campbell is one of the most insightful and articulate and genuine sources of inspiration I've ever encountered. He's become an imaginary mentor for me! So, naturally, I replay anything I have of him speaking.


    What other book might you compare The Wisdom of Joseph Campbell to and why?

    I don't have many other audio books like it... the interview format makes it seem like just that: an interview, and not so much an audiobook. That's fine, though. Who cares!? It's still great content and Campbell is still the amazing orator he is.


    What about Joseph Campbell and Michael Toms ’s performance did you like?

    Michael Toms is okay. He asks good questions. Joseph Campbell is very much "on his game" in this interview, and he explores new topics and emphasizes new ideas.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "A Cup of Joe" [geeze I don't know... haha]


    Any additional comments?

    This is worth it! Campbell's message is vital in today's world.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Miami, FL, United States 10-15-11
    Barbara Miami, FL, United States 10-15-11
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    "Learning from an spiritual teacher."

    Very interesting commentary and points of view from a scholar in myth, mysticism and spirituality, a must read in the life class arena.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Louis Media, PA, USA 12-16-05
    Louis Media, PA, USA 12-16-05
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    "Wise Man"

    There is something poetic about the way Mr. Campbell speaks. His PBS specials were always a favorite of mine. The way he magically ties all religious beliefs into a common foundation is intreging.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Inspiring wisdom from a great mind"

    I've listened to this collection of interviews several times and intend to listen again many more - the dialogue explores so many areas of spirituality, psychology and mythology from all around the world. Campbell spent his life dedicated to the exploration of mythological motifs and understanding their significance to the individual's life. He shares a wealth of insights here, often with humour and zest, and always with clarity. Highly recommended. Good audio quality too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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