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James Hillman's A Blue Fire burns through the entire range of his life's work in this lecture. Recorded during a seminar weekend in Rowe, Massachusetts, this talk is a conflagration of ideas. The result is Hillman revisions himself, his work, and archetypal psychology.

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Great introduction to James Hillman

James Hillman is the antithesis for many contemporary psychotherapy voices which are currently very prominent in our society. Hillman likes to throw many ideas about the individual, the family and therapy upside down. Great intro.

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Insightful

A relaxed, easily followed, and very informative Master class that is not to be missed.

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  • Rune
  • 26-05-18

Your next intellectual influence

This book is different from the hard copy of it. This is actual audio of James Hillman rain by from his work and discussing it. This was actually my first exposure to Hillman, and I don't know why it took me so long to hear about him. I am so stimulated by his unique perspective and expression. He's one of those thinkers whose words and ideas can be beautiful, as well as immediately change the way that the world looks once he's spoken. I consider this audiobook a true treasure. I immediately bought the Kindle too, and they are both full of notes. The quality varies, and you cannot always hear what the audience says, but it doesn't detract from just how incredible it is to sit in on this experience. I have found that a great book can be ruined by a bad narrator, but Hillman is brilliant as himself. I am so grateful for this inspiring entry into Hillman.

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  • Kathleen Adams Olsen
  • 13-06-19

James Hillman Lectures

The very same lectures can be found online if you prefer. Quality of sound is not great but perfectly audible, Hillman cuts right through, the lectures are brilliant definitely worth listening to many times.

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  • S. B. Brooke Norris
  • 04-11-19

This is not the published book of the same title

There is a selection of Hillman's works edited by Thomas Moore which was published in 1989, entitled 'A Blue Fire'. This recording is NOT that book. Rather, it is a recording of a seminar Hillman gave in which he discusses with an audience some extracts of that book.
The audio quality is not great. Hillman himself is always clear and audible, which is the main thing. But the comments and interjections of his audience are more often than not inaudible.
Therefore this book is for fans of James Hillman, those who want to hear the great archetypal psychologist in his own voice, formulating his thoughts as he goes.

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  • Aida Benitez-Rexach
  • 02-01-18

Admirable masterpiece.

I am a latecomer when it comes to James Hillman, and I keep reading more daily.

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  • Jeff C
  • 03-01-20

Poor Quality

Cannot hear the dialogue from participants So half of the tape cannot be heard. It made the comprehension quite difficult and miserable for the listener. The actual lecture was not too bad.

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  • Colin Campbell
  • 21-11-18

Hillman is always worthwhile.

Some of the discussions went on too long. I would like to have heard more from Hillman and less of the general discussions.

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  • Bohdan Hodiak
  • 25-10-20

Some interesting thoughts but...

It is best to read the book first and then listen to this audio. This is not a reading of the book but an edited chat session Hillman had with some people, mostly therapists, at a seminar. He reads a few excerpts and comments on them and some in the audience make their own comment or ask a question. But none of this is developed. Hillman fans, who have read his books might like this but may also know the material. I was disappointed. P.S. I listened to parts of the audio again and my dissappointment lessened. Hillman was a rebel and was prescient about America's stagger toward decline, years before Trump.

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  • WoolyMammoth
  • 10-09-20

Brilliant Mind

A very accessible introduction to Hillmans ideas, delivered with lucidity and humour. Not your average depth psychologist, he turns all our ideas of wellness and growth on their ear.

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  • Evelyn Hall
  • 18-08-19

So amazing!

To be in a workshop format with James Hillman teaching is priceless. Now his work has come alive for me. Thank you For producing and offering this! I will buy the next one right now!

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  • Lowball
  • 17-03-19

Like a box of chocalates Hillman delights

Anyone who is not aware of James Hillman's clear and crisp rendering of the psychology of Carl Jung will be delighted by these excerpts from his writings. As Hillman gets older his insights grow more powerful and inspiring. I reread this book several times and found more of Carl Jung's ideas illuminated by his famous disciple.