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Before I make any criticism, I want to say that for me, this was a "Couldn't put it down" audio book. To me this is an example of audio books at their best. I strongly recommended it. I found it entertaining, easy listening, informative and well presented.
The speaker's delivery was at just the right pace for me and with plenty of colour. I like to listen while doing other things such as exercising and cooking and driving. That means the delivery needs to be good to hold my attention and she hit the spot for me.
I knew a bit about classical mythology before I started, but I knew a lot more by the time I finished. Great perspective and overview.
My only criticism is that I would have liked the stories and characters she covered to have been presented as such, rather than descriptions and discussions of the stories. Obviously these are academic style lectures, but I think a few complete stories mixed in would have added to the work. I would love to hear an expanded version where these lectures serve as a companion to properly narrated stories themselves. That would be awesome.
One very important thing to add - she stimulated an appetite in me to learn more. I bought several other works in the same series after this. (Not all were as good as this). In retrospect, I think this is one of the most valuable things about it.
63 of 63 people found this review helpful
This is my third Great Course and second by Professor Elizabeth Vandiver. Vandiver is simply wonderful; her lectures are not only full of information and insight but also ingeniously organized to increase understanding. I wish she had been one of my professors in college because she is THAT compelling. If you are familiar with myth but are looking for more about the history and context of the myths then this course is perfect for you. I also highly recommend that if you enjoy these lectures that you listen to Professor Vandiver's lectures on Greek Tragedy as well.
39 of 39 people found this review helpful
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This book gives an over view of classical mythology, particularly the Greeks. I bought it as I can never answer the mythology clues in crosswords. I still can't, and would need to listen again (and again) and take notes to get anywhere but that is my inadequacies not the book.I enjoyed listening and liked the style of delivery and will relisten. The Greek Gods were definitely not nice and true mysogonists.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I thoroughly enjoyed this. I found it entertaining and interesting.
it is NOT a read through of myth. it's an analysis of how culture and myth were intertwined
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I feel like I learned so much about not just Classical Myth but so much about the enduring influence on our culture. Well presented, interesting lectures stew presented by a clearly knowledgeable and enthusiastic lecturer. Thoroughly enjoyed every lecture!