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  • Korean Mythology

  • A Concise Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Sagas, Rituals and Beliefs of Korean Myths
  • By: Bernard Hayes, Hasty History
  • Narrated by: Gareth Johnson
  • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, World
  • 2.3 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Summary

This book is dedicated to exploring the gods and goddesses that the Koreans of old worshiped, and within it, you will find more information about:

  • Strange creatures from Korean mythology 
  • The Korean mythology of Tangu and Ahri
  • Gods and goddesses, and their background stories, from Korean mythology 
  • Supernatural powers, relationships, and dramatic legends 
  • Persisting values from Korean mythology that are present today 

Korean mythology is intricate, complex, and the ideals behind some of their mythological beliefs were often intertwined with real-life events. This book will examine how both myth and fact contributed to the culture and traditions of the Koreans, and how these influences and some stories continue to live on throughout the centuries. 

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Oh my goodness!!

If you know a bit of Korean language, do yourself a favour and purchase something else. Trying to figure out what the names were REALLY in Korean took more energy than actually enjoying the content. And one would think that everyone knows how to pronounce UNESCO.
At times, I had the impression I was listening to a Google bot.
Thid is such a shame because the content itself is interesting enough that I probably will read it. But there's no way I'm going to survive another listening session.

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Gets it all

This summarizes the most important Korean myths, gods, and creatures. I think it's a great book. I enjoyed listening to it.

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  • HJK
  • 01-06-19

Terrible narrator

It was infuriating how the guy was mispronouncing some of the names and words. I ended up not finishing it because it was so bad. I’ll do my own research if I want to learn more about the Korean myths.

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  • Roy Lindhardt
  • 11-02-20

Interesting But Read Too Quickly

I have long wanted to learn Korean mythology and this certainly doesn't disappoint there, it truly is a fascinating culture. I don't feel like the narrator made it as interesting as it could and should have been, it felt like he was rushing through it until it was almost at the end but even then it was still too fast for my tastes. Still, I very much appreciate the glimpse into such an interesting culture. I just wish there had been some more information.

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  • Jacob Hoeninghausen
  • 20-12-18

Not exactly what I was looking for.

I guess you could say this book was informative, but not exactly what I was looking for. I was hoping it would be the actual stories of myth, instead, it was two or three sentences about various myth. Not even a full synopsis. More like a lecture from a bored professor who forgot to show up to class until the last day of the semester and tried to cover all subjects in one sitting.

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  • Robert
  • 20-10-18

Best book

It is the story of our flawed human selves, our vast human longings, our capacity for love, cruelty, error and redemption. "Each life contains as much meaning as all of history," Chung writes in Forgotten Country.

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  • zohar noy-meir
  • 21-09-21

the narration terrible

it should be narrated by someone who can pronounce Korean correctly.also in English he is reading very mechanically.

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  • AmaraGitomer
  • 13-09-21

great mythology terribly mispronounced words

honestly korean mythology is very interesting but it is almost unbearable how he mispronounced everything that was korean. they should have hired someone who knew how to pronounce everything correctly or he should have coached himself how to pronounce everything.

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  • Ethan
  • 26-05-21

Can't finish listening

The mispronunciation of the Korean words is really makes it hard to listen too and difficult if someone wanted to research a topic further. The content is otherwise good.

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  • sangun park
  • 17-05-20

Overall terrible performance

Great subject matter but the mispronunciations and general low quality audio is terrible. It genuinely sounds like a bad YouTube video of “10 cool korean myths you won’t believe”

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  • F ahn
  • 21-04-20

Disappointing

I don't expect a narrator is necessarily be a native speaker of the subject they speak on, but this was unlistenable. It's bad when one can't sit through less than 2 hours. Much of the pieces are directly lifted from the anecdotes of actual Korean and korean American writers with no mention of the source. Two stars only because the lack of availability of the topic.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-07-19

Informative

An informative summary of Korean myths, legends and mythological animals. Very Concise and well narrated.