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Jordan B. Peterson's Maps of Meaning is now available for the first time as an audio download!  

Why have people from different cultures and eras formulated myths and stories with similar structures? What does this similarity tell us about the mind, morality, and structure of the world itself? From the author of 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos comes a provocative hypothesis that explores the connection between what modern neuropsychology tells us about the brain and what rituals, myths, and religious stories have long narrated. A cutting-edge work that brings together neuropsychology, cognitive science, and Freudian and Jungian approaches to mythology and narrative, Maps of Meaning presents a rich theory that makes the wisdom and meaning of myth accessible to the critical modern mind.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2002 Jordan B. Peterson (P)2018 Random House Audio

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profound.

Over the last couple years Dr. Peterson has come into his own and to the attention of the general public with his beliefs which resonates with many conservatives. His detractors would dismiss him and his views and just assume he's just another unintelligent right wing fear mongerer. I've seen videos with people utterly dismissing his ideas because they are of another political view.

Listening to this book, you begin to realize that Dr. Peterson thinks at a higher level than most people. His political opinions have been formed not out of personal agenda, rather from deep philosophical understanding of how we as humans come to the beliefs we do. This book is a mix between developmental psychology, philosophy, anthropology, and sociology. Our beliefs and reactions to what is happening in the world around us (the unknown) has been shaped by centuries of myths that effect the culture around us. You also begin to realize just how intelligent and profound his thinking is. When he formulates an opinion, you can be sure, he's not shooting off the hip, rather he has processed his opinion at a much higher level that 99.9% of his detractors would ever consider.

That being said, this would be much better read than listened to. This doesn't follow like a lecture, but rather a text book. I often times caught myself flipping back 30 seconds to have him repeat a statement because what he just read was so complicated and profound, I needed to hear it a few times in order to process it properly. I have a degree in psychology and still find it difficult to fully grasp some of his statements at first pass.

At times the material is dry. It is still necessary as he formulates arguments. But I find my mind drifiting. Unless I give it my full attention, I often have to back up and re-listen to sections. This is not background sound, but something that demands full engagement.

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This is NOT an easy book

Jordan Peterson has claimed on twitter (multiple times) that 12 Rules for Life is a good introduction to Maps of Meaning.

Bullsh*t.

This book is FAR more difficult to follow than 12 Rules. It wasn't written for the general public. It's in a different galaxy.

It is, however, a great book, but I can tell I'm going to have to listen to it at least twice to absorb what Peterson is saying.

If you love JBP, you'll enjoy this book, but be warned: this milkshake is extremely thick.

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Life Changing Book

Having read both this and 12 rules for life has been extremely transformative for me. As a 27 year old man, I feel like I now have a path and a guide to lead a meaningful life. I will be listening to this audiobook for many years to come. Also, I am very happy that Peterson decided to do the narration, its like he is talking to me directly. :)

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PDF Available on Actual Computer

I haven't finished the book yet (will revise review), but I couldn't respond to other reviews so I'm putting the info here. I couldn't find the PDF on my phone, but managed to find it on my computer in the browser. Check your library; under "Download," it should say "View PDF."

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Lobsteriffic

Obviously a great book and lovely to finally be able to hear it. His voice is suitable for reading out and it does add to the entire story, however there are I feel better readers out there. Plus I'm just so used to British readers... I guess it has spoiled me

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Get ready for some heavy mental exercise

I have listened to many of Jordan Peterson's lectures and listened to the 12 Rules for Life. This audiobook is much heavier and more detailed than most of the previous material.

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Amazingly told

this definitely shook and rattled my understanding of meaning. often required me to take a pause and think, sometimes hear a chapter over again upon reflecting the contents of it. great book and thank you Jordan B. Peterson for all your work.

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Shocking. Shockingly good. Holy...

Jordan Peterson says this work is a tough read. I beg to differ.

After churning though what feels like ancient tomes of philosophy for the past months, listening to this feels absolutely exhilarating. Lets go through some points - 1. Penned in my native language (the awkward cadence of translation is not to be found here!) 2. Succinct scientific approach to some of the most mulled over epistemology and moral, and general philosophy questions of all time. Compared to the works of Nietzsche I've combed through - though absolutely packed with brilliance - the relative ease of understanding in this book feels like thick, viscous, pure intellectual heroine!!!! I do not say this lightly!

I love how Peterson nests Psychology with it's undoubtedly kindred discipline, philosophy. As a psychology major, hearing him use the terminology I've learned really helps integrate the knowledge into my sort of "mushy grey database". Eloquently put, yeah.

Sorry, needless to say I'm a bit excited over the book. Currently I'm 6 and 1/2 hours in, and going strong. Thank you so much for this insanely erudite and lucid work! Please though, you don't need to be so humble!

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Wow

I am going to have to listen to this again. This is such an important book I can’t even begin to describe its contents and do it justice. This is a masterpiece on the psychology of man journey from darkness to light and the deeper meaning of the myths and religion that expressed that journey.

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Pure Gold

Holds up 18 years later, Dr Peterson at his best, narration couldn't be any better

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  • Jonathan
  • 06-13-18

Don't hesitate. Just buy it.

A dozen hours in and this audiobook has already proved lifechanging. The scope of Peterson’s erudition, the depth of his insight and the message drawn from both is nothing less than incredible. In a culture that typically settles for pabulum this feels like something posted from a better world.

I absolutely implore you, don’t believe the trash printed about Peterson in the media. Ignore all the slurs, petty insults and lies. This is the work of a truly great man. And it will improve you if you engage with it.

I cannot rate the book highly enough. Listening to it has given me back two of the cornerstones in my life I'd despaired of ever finding again—meaning and hope.

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  • bradley
  • 06-21-18

Interesting but hard to follow and intense

I think this is one of those books that you have to come back to in life as there's some much to take in , I must say what I wouldn't do for that man's vocabulary I spent a lot of time with the dictionary so far great non the less

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  • Paul
  • 06-13-18

Pure brilliance

this is an absolutely brilliant listen. JBP nails "life" as we know it and cuts through all the political correctness madness out there so brilliantly. We need this man to save western society...

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  • Andreas Andersen
  • 07-12-18

Difficult, but worth listening to multiple times!

I struggled a bit through the first few chapters, but then the foundation was made on which Dr. Peterson builds the maps of meaning, by example and application.
The book has given me good insight into, and overview of, some of the great philosophers and psychoanalysts in history.
Dr. Peterson uses the archetypal stories to not only make his point clear, but also as his point that these stories are useful to tell us how to behave in this world.
As a physicist, I appreciate his scientific approach to most of the subjects, and the occasional parallel to paradigms in math, chemistry(alchemy) or physics.

This book is quite deep and I'm sure I could benefit from listening to it multiple times!

Would recommend, but start with "12 rules for life" if you haven't read/ listened to it yet.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-08-18

Don't come in expecting the same man.

By all means, this book is fantastic - a true insight into the murky clouds that our, and countless other, societies have been built on. However, do not come to this book expecting the same man we see portrayed throughout the internet, this is Peterson in his academic prime. This book is not written for the public, although I would highly recommend it to anyone , and so I will not attempt to put you under the illusion that it is accessible. Perhaps the best description of it would be Peterson's physiological memoir, it is an accumulation of all of his work over a significant span of time, and as such cannot be tackled with a light mind, it is imperative to come into this with the ability to think. If one were to only listen to the words, the true music would not be heard, and so it is tremendously important to put one's full attention on the contents of this marvellous book. I'll finish with this: If you want to see the soul behind this man, this book is for you.

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  • Ariel
  • 07-04-18

No one could wish this book to be longer

I like Peterson but I think no one could wish this book to be longer. It seems to go on and on forever. Some parts are good, mainly when he focusses on experimental (or at least descriptive) psychology. When he tries to create his own system of philosophy (to call it something) the book derails:
The prose is too convoluted, full unnecessary iterations of nouns and adjectives such as: Chaos is the serpent, the dragon, the devouring creature from the deep, the all engulfing primeval darkness, etc., etc. or Culture is the father, the known, the place where we feel secure, home, etc., etc. (I am making these two up but the book is full of descriptions like these). It reminds me of the sort of postmodernist crap Jordan snorts at. Also many themes repeat themselves several times over in the book. I think the Inquisitor scene in The Brothers Karamazov is discussed at least 3 times! By the end I found myself starting up chapters and then skipping them altogether. In the last chapter Jordan recalls telling his dad "I think I discovered something no one has any ideal about and I am not sure I can do it justice", I'm with him on that one

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  • Mateusz D.
  • 06-19-18

Struggle to follow catch up with aurhor.

unless you have academic background, you will be listening to sentencesthat you won't understand . audiobook very hard to listen to. before my brain decodes what each "spoken" word means, author is already reading next paragraph of the book.
Struggled to finish the book. 6 hours though the audio book and I gave up.

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  • BBQWisdom
  • 07-06-18

not for me

I want to find something positive about this book because I like the idea of it, but sadly this was just self-indulgent twaddle and while I admire Jordan for having the confidence to narrate his own book sadly I think his accent and tone are more appreciated by a localised audience not for the global market,

While I hope it sells well because anybody that puts the efforts into authoring and narrating 31 hrs of work deserves some reward but for me sadly I will be asking audible for my money back on this occasion.

There are better books out there, it was a miss for me.

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  • 07-04-18

Truth

An academic odyssey, a true masterpiece of intellect. Peterson once again guides us through the murky waters of the incorporeal and corporeal dominion of truth and illusion, mutably traversing the liminal between. Hitting the zeitgeist seems to be his speciality, which denotes to the discerning mind, there is undeniable truth resonating throughout his works.

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  • Grant Dewar
  • 06-13-18

a map for the hero's journey

Professor Peterson narrates his groundbreaking work to successfully bring together philosophical, psychological, evolutionary and biological theories to unite the great mythologies and religions as a way to explore the meaning of life.

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  • Steve Longton
  • 07-17-18

Hidden Meaning

I am very sorry to say, this book just didn't fly, it was badly read is a weak delivery and the subject matter is disappointing. I look for books that when read to me grab my attention and help me pass the time whilst travelling to and from the office. The reader has a monotone voice that makes it very easy to drift off the subject matter and lose focus of the books overarching subject.

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  • deidre Elsie ruby gribben
  • 07-18-18

I would like my money back. <br />

struggled to finish it

worse book I have ever listened to. 1st few chapters were ok but went down hill from there

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-08-18

That's a tough book.

Pretty grueling to get through in places, but it delivers a lot of value. A bit repetitive, but that seems to be the norm with academic books.

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  • Julian Smith
  • 06-27-18

Excellent

A dense and complex book - hard work, and definitely worthwhile for those who need to know the myth that animates them.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-20-18

My family and my inner life will be forever changed by this book.

Having just finished my first listen, I’m at a loss for words. The meaning a life and a life of meaning. A key to one’s inner lock. A masterpiece.