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Joseph Campbell, arguably the greatest mythologist of the twentieth century, was certainly one of our greatest storytellers. This masterfully crafted book interweaves conversations between Campbell and some of the people he inspired, including poet Robert Bly, anthropologist Angeles Arrien, filmmaker David Kennard, Doors drummer John Densmore, psychiatric pioneer Stanislov Grof, Nobel laureate Roger Guillemen, and others. Campbell reflects on subjects ranging from the origins and functions of myth, the role of the artist, and the need for ritual to the ordeals of love and romance. With poetry and humor, Campbell recounts his own quest and conveys the excitement of his lifelong exploration of our mythic traditions, what he called “the one great story of mankind.”

Cover photographs of Joseph Campbell © Joseph Campbell Foundation and used with permission.

©1990 Joseph Campbell Foundation (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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This is a book about Joseph Campbell not by him.

The title and artwork are misleading and made me think this was the audio book authored and narrated by Jospeh Cambell. It is not.

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absolutely amazing.

joseph camobell is a treasure that we should keep retiring to time and time again.

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Wonderfully invigorating for a better life

Joseph Campbell's life work is beautiful summarized in this piece. In these collected works The Listener is presented a taste of what their own mythology can be.

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Lives Up to its Title!

I’ll keep this shorter than an epic but longer than a sonnet. What a delightful, smile-seeding, encouraging, well conceived and performed tribute to one of the most remarkable teachers of the 20th century! The book overflows with insight and a truth-seeker‘s sense of adventure, narrating passionately Joseph Campbell’s wide-ranging and deeply influential life and work. The interweaving of Campbell’s biography with the threads of influence and fruits of labor that Were brought forth in those corresponding years could not have been better done. You’ll find yourself amazed, amused, humbled, and deeply inspired to pick up your favorite book, put on your favorite boots, and bring some stories to the light of day and the blaze of the campfire. Have a great listen, Friend!

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Narrator has a repetitive, mechanistic cadence with predictable inflections at inconsequential moments. One star. Couldn’t get through 3 chapters. :-( If you can get past that maybe worth your while? Idk.

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A book about a PBS Special from 30+ years ago that you can’t stream anywhere.

I haven’t seen the video it’s referencing. It might be amazing, but the entire book is kind of derivative of a source material that’s unavailable to people today.

Maybe there’s interesting stuff in here, but after hours of listening I’m so checked out and don’t care.

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Misleading title

I expect it to give a more in depth of the hero journey of other great people instead of Joseph personal life.
The story feels very scattered and disjointed with no proper structure of what the author want to say.

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Do not buy

Such a terrible book. Would not recommend even a little bit. Title is misleading as well.


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Dense book- but lots of 'ah hah' moments

I struggled to get into the book at first...I found it hard to follow the narration and I thought he didn't really do a great job putting emotion or passion into the bulk of the book. But the narrator for Joseph Campbell dialougue was great and full of heart! This was a very dense listen... but it came with many "ah hah" moments. Good luck!

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Powerful

What an amazing book!

Joseph Campbell was a true genius of our time. His signature on the way we look at the world is visible everywhere.

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  • 01-08-19

The content and performance is an absolute delight

This truly captured the essence of Campbell. (from one who has almost all Campbells audio)

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  • Darragh
  • 07-31-19

Hard line to follow

I find it incomprehensible when Joseph is asked unrelated questions to his work. Never the less I found this book nutritious for lack of a better word. There is something special going on here and It was not intellectually pressing in the slightest, more like listening to a good radio program from the old days. A good intro to Joseph Campbell and my full gratitude to all.

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  • MBoschma
  • 05-16-21

Not the book The Hero’s Journey!!!

This is NOT the book I expected. Would be nice if this was shown better!

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  • Literatura y vida
  • 11-25-20

Brilliant!

Just magnificent! Just magnificent! Just magnificent! I loved it. I am a new person indeed

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  • 02-17-19

Yoda

loved the experience of hearing JC's works, and wisdom. So special. Feel privileged to have been welcomed to his world.... which is all of our worlds