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Jung's Map of the Soul

An Introduction
Narrated by: Larry Earnhart
Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (110 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

More than a mere overview, the audiobook offers listeners a strong grounding in the basic principles of Jung's analytical psychology in addition to illuminating insights.

"Probably the best one-volume English language summary of Jung's thought." (Choice)

"Himself a widely regarded analyst, Stein presents Jung's major theoretical contributions in language as uncomplicated as the subject allows...Aimed at the general reader but sufficiently academic for the specialist, this is an excellent basic book on the subject." (Booklist)

"Writing for the general reader, Stein provides an outline of Jung's basic concepts that is clearly written and indicates some of the distinctions between Jung's thinking and Freud's." (Publishers Weekly)

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Critic Reviews

"Probably the best one-volume English language summary of Jung's thought." ( Choice)
"This is an excellent basic book on the subject." ( Booklist)
"Stein provides an outline of Jung's basic concepts that is clearly written and indicates some of the distinctions between Jung's thinking and Freud's." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Excellent book; barely tolerable narration

What did you like best about Jung's Map of the Soul? What did you like least?

The work is an excellent introduction to Jung's theory. It is extraordinarily deep and well written. The problem is the narrator doesn't sound like he understands the book. His inflections are all wrong and he doesn't pause when he should. Such a great book deserves a better narrator.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Larry Earnhart?

C.M. Carlson

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punishing narration

The content and organization of the book was terrific. The narrator read the book as though he were in a race adding inflections in unnatural places. His midwestern accent was borderline comical. The reading made the book more difficult to comprehend by adding an additional and unnecessary barrier. The material was interesting enough that it pushed me to listen to some chapters more than once in spite of the painful narration.

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Great Content, Amateurishly Narrated

Would you consider the audio edition of Jung's Map of the Soul to be better than the print version?

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Any additional comments?

The reading of this volume is pretty hard to accept. It's read rapidly and without intonation. Perhaps the choice of Larry Earnhart was to make the text somehow more accessible, but it's instead rather off-putting and sounds extremely amateurish. The content is excellent so I forced myself to accept Larry as narrator, but it wasn't easy.

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Great Book - Awful Narration

The narrator is racing through the text . Way too fast. Annoying, hard to listen to. Also the narrator accents and adds emotion inappropriately. I bought the paperback so I will read the book instead of listening. I like the author and the book, but this narration is intolerable.

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  • Kris
  • New York, NY US
  • 02-01-18

I couldn't get past the narrator

Would you try another book from Murray Stein and/or Larry Earnhart?

Probably yes from Murray Stein. No for Larry Earnhart.

Would you recommend Jung's Map of the Soul to your friends? Why or why not?

Others are saying the content is good so I trust that it probably is. The parts I've gotten I've had to go over several times. For me, the point in an audiobook is that I can have it on in the background. This narrator made that impossible. Even when I submitted and decided to stop everything and actively listen, I just found it painful. I could not recommend this book to anyone else and for the life of me I can't figure out why it was rated so highly when every review said it was almost unlistenable.

Would you be willing to try another one of Larry Earnhart’s performances?

No. Not for anything like this at least.

Any additional comments?

Please have someone else do the narration so I can listen to this.

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Narrator is truly awful

This narrator does a terrible injustice to this excellent book. Although I stayed with it through the end, it was only due to the subject matter... I've listened to many, many audiobooks and this is the worst narrator I've heard.

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The narrator ruined this book

I am very interested in Jungian psychology, and was excited to listen to his book. I couldn't do it, though. The narrator is so terrible that I had to stop listening. The author's words were simply not registering in my mind because the poor narration was too much of a distraction. Perhaps most problematic is that he reads at breakneck speed, without even pausing between subheadings within chapters. It's like he's running a race, which is exactly the opposite of what is necessary for good audiobook narration. The most the Audible app would let me slow it down was 4X, and even at that rate there was no retaining anything he said. Zooooom! Excessive speed aside, the narration was also ametuerish on the level of someone recording their first free audiobook for Libravox. It sounded like a cold reading of a book he'd never seen before, about concepts with which he was unfamiliar. If I were Murray Stein, I would be outraged. I would remove this audiobook edition from the marketplace and hire a professional narrator to rerecord it.

This is in no way a review of the book itself, or Murray Stein's ideas or writing. The narration made it impossible to judge those things. I marked 2 stars on "Overall" because the Audible review system required me to leave an "Overall" rating to post this review. I gave the extra strength because the book itself is probably pretty good. I'll have to read a paper copy to find out.

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emotionally inept narrator

this review requires 15 words at least so I am just speaking into my phone until I reach it.

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great content not perfect reading

The content is sometimes complex, so for a non native as myself, I had to listen to the entire book on 0.85x velocity.

The reading isnt the best. Sometimes it sounds like the reader is just reading word after word instead of sentences with meaning.

The book is amazing and has opened my mind to psychoanalysis. I highly recommend.

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Jung’s Map of the Soul

I became interested in this book because of the band BTS who have a new album series based around Jung’s ideas and psychology. I decided to read this book in order to deeper understand why they chose this subject matter. Now I understand! Jung’s psychology is immensely fascinating! I never thought much of the human mind and thought I knew everything about the ego, the conscious and unconscious, and I didn’t know any of it, apparently! Diving deeper into the unknown ways of the mind and getting to the core of the psyche and finding parallels to myself or people around me was so interesting. I suggest this book to anyone who wants a deeper understanding into their own psyche or just a general interest!

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  • catona hottin-roof
  • 02-06-19

Good analysis of Jung’s work...but

The problem with this audiobook is the breathless pace at which it was delivered. Why on earth did it need to be spoken at such an unintelligible speed? The listener just has no opportunity to take it all in. The content itself is very good but needs to be taken in at a more measured pace if the listener is to succeed in processing the ideas presented.

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  • Joel
  • 02-15-17

Why the hurry??

Fantastic insights into Jung's theories, however the narrator was in such a rush to get through the material that it was uncomfortable to listen to! Please take a breath and enjoy the material that you present.