• The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious

  • By: Carl Jung
  • Narrated by: Martyn Swain
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What are archetypes? What is the collective unconscious? Both these concepts are two of Jung’s most famous and exciting ideas. 

In this volume, taken from the Collective Works, Jung describes and elaborates upon these two central concepts of his psychology. Included are essays on specific archetypes, a study of the process of individuation, and an account of mandala symbolism. The Journal of Analytical Psychology in its review of the text commented: ‘An eloquent witness to Jung’s greatness of mind and heart. His idea of the archetype involves profound attitudes towards man’s existence and intimates values through which very many people have found a new significance in their lives.’ In its original print format, The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious was profusely illustrated with many illustrations in full colour, and these are all available on a companion PDF which can be downloaded with this recording.

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

©1959 Carl Gustav Jung (P)2020 Ukemi Productions Ltd

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Perfection. I want more

Special thanks to Martin Swain who became the voice of Carl Jung for me. Looking forward to
More Jung’s works narrated by Martyn Swain

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Wonderfull further reading

If you are interested in Jung/Analytical Psychology this is one of the core texts. Jung greatly clarifies his ideas on specific archetypes and their real life realisation.

The performance is excellent and very pleasant. Only the German pronunciation was off.

The accompanying PDF is missing two illustrations, which is a shame and needs to be fixed. However it does not present a major problem for the listening experience as they are used only to briefly illustrate a point.

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Don't miss this title

This is a great introduction to the jungian school and the narrator is pretty good.

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  • placidhead
  • 07-08-21

Utter Nonesense

The narrator seems to be doing an impression of a robot and Jung's theories all sound like the ramblings of a madman. If there's anything intelligible in this book it eluded me completely.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-09-21

Find a different narrator for this

The worst narrator I have ever listened to, literally ruined the experience. Find a different version

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  • Richard Dunne
  • 11-05-21

Machine read, not a human

Either Martyn Swain is cheating a little using Amazon Polly / Dragon Naturally speaking or actually doesn't exist as a real person. You'll notice from the outset in this title the jagged inhuman synthesized staccata of a half decent text to speech program, and nothing more. Whatever about the actual content of the book, I can't bring myself to listen to this. Avoid, buy the book or find another audio copy where a human is doing the reading.

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  • Andrew McNally
  • 03-18-21

Baptism into Jungian Theory

Great place to start with Jung before you get stuck into the real masterpieces of Aion, Psychology & Alchemy and Mysterium Coniunctionis

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  • C Maasz
  • 03-27-22

Delivery of text makes it impossible to listen with satisfaction

Some kind of spliced auto delivery of the voice/reading makes this a complete waste of money/credits. Intricate and sometimes complex ideas just do not come across as the staccato robotic vocal is a constant barrier to flow and pace of the natural text.
Very poor. Do not select in my view.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-13-22

wow

i found it very hard to listen too. But that says more about my education in this matter than about the book. nevertheless i am gratefull to myself for struggeling through. it was definately enriching.

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  • Mr
  • 08-11-22

Poor narration

I didn't expect an easy listen and this text certainly isn't a primer in the subject. Being new to the subject but keen to learn I wasn't deterred by the many references to literature, myth philosophy and religion. But its the narration that makes an otherwise weighty listen all but inaccessible. It sound like it's being read by someone who hasnt fully learned to read yet. There is a staccato quality, with unnatural pauses between each word which becomes so frustrating. One to read instead.

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  • Kat
  • 07-04-21

absolutely fascinating

I've been drawn to the writing of Jung since I was young. this book is well read and so interesting in content, a welcome balm to the injury of one sided material rationalism of western civilisation. a n invitation to embark on the process of individuation.

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  • Blake Walden
  • 04-26-22

An excellent way to consume Jung's work

Swain does an exemplary job of narrating the work in a clear and legible manner with only fleeting instances of moving too swiftly over some of the more difficult concepts being explained throughout the work. This however is to be expected with a book of this nature as it is dense and deeply complicated.

There are certain instances of trans-exclusionary terms and instances of disproved theory throughout the book and this must be taken in its stride given the age and nature of it. The ideas within led to further exploration and discovery and remains a key work for writers, creatives and artists specifically who wish to further explore these ideas within their work.

The imagery is evocative and almost reads like prose at times however there are long diatribes of religious theory that diverge so far from the core ideas being explored that they at times felt like Jung was simply flexing his knowledge if the subjects rather than precise points and brief asides they often feel like a complete change if subject that if left between listens can create some confusion. this is certainly a book you want to pick up and put down exclusively at chapter ends.