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The Hero with a Thousand Faces Audiobook

The Hero with a Thousand Faces

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Publisher's Summary

Since its release in 1949, The Hero with a Thousand Faces has influenced millions of readers by combining the insights of modern psychology with Joseph Campbell's revolutionary understanding of comparative mythology. In this book, Campbell outlines the Hero's Journey, a universal motif of adventure and transformation that runs through virtually all of the world's mythic traditions. He also explores the Cosmogonic Cycle, the mythic pattern of world creation and destruction.

As relevant today as when it was first published, The Hero with a Thousand Faces continues to find new audiences in fields ranging from religion and anthropology to literature and film studies. The book has also profoundly influenced creative artists - including authors, songwriters, game designers, and filmmakers - and continues to inspire all those interested in the inherent human need to tell stories.

©2008 Third edition (with revisions) © 2008 by the Joseph Campbell Foundation (jcf.org). (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Second edition (with revisions) © 1968 by Princeton University Press. Original edition © 1949 by Bollingen Foundation and published by Pantheon Books.

What the Critics Say

"Arthur Morey, John Lee, and Susan Denaker are an adept and experienced performance team. The way they trade voices adds texture to the complex compendium of stories." (AudioFile)

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    Gilad 18/10/2016
    Gilad 18/10/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "I think I am going to need to listen again..."

    This book has inspired works and research that I admire, that's why I decided to listed to it.

    It's written in a language that is a little inaccessible (perhaps because it's older).

    The different narrators are good in of themselves but the devision between them confuses me. What I mean is that it is not intuitively clear to me why one voice is narrating at any specific point.

    I gave it the rating I did because although it confused me a little I think that a second listen might clarify the message in the work. It may be that this text needs to be read with a purpose as opposed to an 'easy' listening book.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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  • Learner
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    09/02/16
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    "Meaningful and thought-provoking"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is of course a classic, valued by artists, novelists and humanities-lovers for decades. Interesting note: George Lucas and Star Wars were heavily influences by this book.

    Outside of religious scripture, this is one of the most meaningful and thought-provoking books I've read. Drawing on archetypes - deep universal constructs in our human psyche - Campbell explains how we are all on (or could be on) a meaningful heroic journey.

    This book was written when the ideas of Freud and Jung were all the rage. Freud has not aged too well. But Jung had a lot of intuition about the human soul that still resonates.

    Campbell includes many fascinating accounts of dreams and world myths. "Myth" in this sense means a story with meaningful symbols that convey universal insights, as well as teaching the values of the culture in which the myth originated. Jung and Freud believed that dreams and myths contain subconscious truths.

    I've owned the hard copy for years but found it difficult reading. I don't think Campbell was a great writer. But his ideas are mind-blowing. In audio-book form I have finally been able to enjoy this book. I highly recommend it.


    28 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    03/11/16
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    "Very good if hungry for more Campbell"
    Where does The Hero with a Thousand Faces rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is an earlier work of Campbell, but not at all where I would start. Start with The Power of Myth and The Wisdom of Joseph Campbell and hear Campbell in his own voice. Much clearer and much greater impact. They are much more accessible, and once hear Campbell in his own voice you'll much more easily be able to access his more scholarly works and you'll also be more forgiving of the passionless, reading of Arthur Morey. The reader was a real miss on this one. But the deeper exploration on myth is fantastic.


    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Summers McKay
    11/10/16
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    "rough narration good content"

    it was disappointing that such rich material was a bit like listening to paint dry. I really did not enjoy this production.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • DBruno1987
    25/10/16
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    "Hard to finish"

    I love the ideas that Joseph Campbell has given us in his career. I just don't think this book is a concise enough presentation of those ideas. I listen to lots of different audio books while driving, and many are very engaging. This one just wasn't... I could never follow what was being presented, and it seemed all over the place. I don't think the material was "over my head," I just think I got bored listening to it. Often times the quotes from the myths and stories read by the female and the british narrators were just thrown in without introduction or explanation. I would occasionally hear an idea that resonated with me, where I'd think "ohhh cool!" But that happened only once in a while, in the middle of a sea or drawn out boring narration.

    Sorry, love JC, but not this audiobook:

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dorota
    10/10/16
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    "Brilliant"

    This is truly an amazing work. It is beautifully performed, though, unfortunately, the use of narrators with differing intonation, strong accent, and old-style pronunciation, sometimes makes the audio difficult to understand.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rkated
    03/10/16
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    "Interesting material, bad writing, long and boring"

    An interesting topic but the book written in a very verbose way and it drags and drags on. Examples of stories are overloaded with names and references which are hard to follow in audio.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Scott Monson
    Mesa, AZ, US
    05/07/16
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    "I could listen to this a 1000 times..."

    I would have to listen to this audio presentation a 1000 time to grasp the depth of this material.
    Yet, I feel as if I have accomplished something getting through it once.
    My gray matter is on fire. 😀🔥😀

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jimmy Henderson
    02/10/16
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    "Not for the average listener/reader"

    Sorry, but this audio book is way too academic for my taste. It will take many repeat listening to get what the author has here.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ian Mcfall
    Rochester, NY
    22/02/17
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    "Legendary Content, sleepy voices."

    This book changed my life and continues to do so in many ways. It's something that has opened my eyes to a type of living I never imagined.

    The voices though...not so much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Hirsch
    17/02/17
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    "Very frustrating"

    I like to think of myself as well read, but this book reminded me of slogging through poorly written philosophy books in college. Campbell's overly verbose style makes me think he is writing more to impress than to enlighten, and his east-coast prep background, list of literary inspirations and social circles would seem to support that. His love of Freud doesn't entirely stand the test of time, and he may be simply the cliche of an academic who is more in love with his own words than anything else. There are some interesting ideas buried among the noxious writing, but they are better digested by a reader than a listener.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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