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Explore the power of myth as it flowered in Asia

In this second volume of The Masks of God - Joseph Campbell’s major work of comparative mythology - the preeminent mythologist looks at Asian mythology as it developed over the course of five thousand years into the distinctive religions of Egypt, Mesopotamia, India, China, and Japan.

The Masks of God is a four-volume study of world religion and myth that stands as one of Joseph Campbell’s masterworks. On completing it, he wrote: “Its main result for me has been the confirmation of a thought I have long and faithfully entertained: of the unity of the race of man, not only in its biology, but also in its spiritual history, which has everywhere unfolded in the manner of a single symphony, with its themes announced, developed, amplified and turned about, distorted, reasserted, and today, in a grand fortissimo of all sections sounding together, irrestibly advancing to some kind of mighty climax, out of which the next great movement will emerge.”

©1963 Joseph Campbell. Digital Edition © 2014, Joseph Campbell Foundation (JCF) (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Winding my way through the Masks of God

I’m halfway through this four volume grand opus. It’s fascinating, insightful and rich. Joseph Campbell’s deep passion for the subject has come alive for me and its lovely to listen to such a unique global perspective which at once celebrates humanity’s diversity and also its commonality.

Arthur Morey’s voice, his exquisite pronunciation lends richness and depth to the work. It’s rare for me to take a narrator’s style into a review but he actually enhanced the experience for me. Looking forward to Vol 3 and hoping Audible will release Vol 4.

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  • 02-04-19

droopy performs Joseph Campbell

You knows it's good when you don't care that the guy reading this often sounds exactly like Droopy from the old cartoons. At first, I asked myself, "why would they hire Droopy to read this book? " But eventually, the more important question boiled up in my frustration: "why would they not? "

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-10-19

No ideas

I could not listen to the book because narraratır is very hard to understand, sorry. I respect the variety but I could not continue listening...

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  • Chidwick
  • 13-08-19

Narrated by a cartoon character

And that's not a good thing. The content is intriguing but holy crap, this guy needs a new gig, he's hands down the worst narrator I've ever listened to.

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