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Publisher's Summary

What are myths? How have they evolved? And why do we still so desperately need them? The history of myth is the history of humanity; our stories and beliefs, our curiosity and attempts to understand the world, link us to our ancestors and each other. Myths help us make sense of the universe. Armstrong takes us from the Palaeolithic period and the myths of the hunters right up to the "Great Western Transformation" of the last 500 years and the discrediting of myth by science.
Heralding a major series of retellings of international myths by authors from around the world, Armstrong's characteristically insightful and eloquent book serves as a brilliant and thought-provoking introduction to myth in the broadest sense - and why we dismiss it only at our peril.
©2005 Karen Armstrong (P)2005 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Witty, informative, and contemplative: Ms. Armstrong can simplify complex ideas, but she is never simplistic." ( New York Times Book Review)
"Armstrong writes with sensitivity and wisdom. She employs a breadth of learning that reflects the scintillating, shifting light and shade of human experience." ( The Times)
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3 out of 5 stars
By maggie0405 on 04-13-11

Good but not unabridged

I loved this book, but the final chapter on the modern era is missing on the audio version

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Khalifa on 12-09-09

K. Armstrong is a real TEACHER,, listen carefully

In less than 3 hrs, Karen Armstrong exposes the essential theories of modern scholarship in the history of religion: How myth came about? What purpose it serves in human life? An excellent introduction to the beginner and an elegant summary to the expert. Sandra Burr, the narrator, is marvelous: clear and not hurried. I wish she read more non-fiction. But the paper book is 7 chapters, and this audio hopes that I enjoyed the recording after chapter 6!

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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