• Don't Know Much About Mythology

  • Everything You Need to Know About the Greatest Stories in Human History but Never Learned
  • By: Kenneth C. Davis
  • Narrated by: John Lee, Lorna Raver
  • Length: 20 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-18-05
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audio
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.7 (539 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It has been 15 years since Kenneth C. Davis first dazzled audiences with his instant classic Don't Know Much About History, vividly bringing the past to life and proving that Americans don't hate history, they just hate the dull, textbook version they were fed in school. With humor, wit, and a knack for storytelling, Davis has been bringing readers of all ages up to speed on history, geography, and science ever since. Now, in the classic traditions of Edith Hamilton and Joseph Campbell, he turns his talents to the world of myth. Where do we come from? Why do stars shine and the seasons change? What is evil? Since the beginning of time, people have answered such questions by crafting imaginative stories that have served as religion, science, philosophy, and popular literature. In his irreverent and popular question-and-answer style, Davis introduces and explains the great myths of the world, as well as the works of literature that have made them famous. In a single volume, he tackles Mesopotamia's Gilgamesh, the first hero in world mythology; Achilles and the Trojan War; Stonehenge and the Druids; Thor, the Nordic god of thunder; Chinese oracle bones; the use of peyote in ancient Native American rites; and the dramatic life and times of the man who would be Buddha.
Ever familiar and instructive, Davis shows why the ancient tales of gods and heroes, from Mount Olympus to Machu Picchu, from ancient Rome to the icy land of the Norse, continue to speak to us today, in our movies, art, language, and music. For mythology novices and buffs alike, and for anyone who loves a good story, Don't Know Much About Mythology is a lively and insightful look into the greatest stories ever told.
©2005 Kenneth C. Davis (P)2005 Random House, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Ranges widely and with such sparkling wit....A superb starting point for entering the world of mythology." (Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kermit on 02-18-06

History isn't boring

Why did'nt our history teachers make it this interesting? Very engrossing book, covers not just the basics of mythology but why it enthralls us such. We are teased with the man behind the myth story telling method though he never quite finishes what he starts. Not only a history lesson but an indepth look at how these stories from the past have shaped both or present and future outlook on life. Truly entertaining.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By SAMA on 12-18-09

Amazing, Educational, Fascinating and Fun

For a long time, I was fascinated about mythology in general but didn't know where to start. Most published works cover only one mythology, or only a part of it. This book is an excellent compilation of the most important mythologies put together in a very approachable and fascinating way.

Not only does it go through the most important points and beliefs of each mythology, but often compare and contrast them with one another, as well as will religious teachings (Noah's Ark and the Flood being the most common among all mythologies.)

If you're planning to buy this book, I suggest you get the unabridged version. Highly recommended.

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By J on 12-26-07

don't know much? you will after listening to this!

This book is really intetresting. It is well read and draws you into the amazing world of mythology. There are explainations of why we need myths and of myths from all around the world. The book begins with a disclaimer stating that it does not cover many areas of mythology. This amazes me as it is so comprehensive that I cannot begin to imagine what can be missing. The book takes you on a journey around the world and conjures up pictures of many gods and heroes and their adventures, as made up by human beings from the beginning of time. Whatever you pay for this book it is worth it. I have listened to it about 5 times and still can listen again and not get bored. Its one of those books that you get upset about at the end because you don't know what you can possibly listen to next that will interest you as much. Reccomended buy.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Anne on 07-13-09

Appalling pronounciation

Generally this book was reasonably entertaining if poorly reasearched in parts. For example St. George most certainly is not the patron saint of Britain. However the pronounciation is appalling. In particular the Irish pronounciation was so bad as to be offensive, how much effort does it take to get this right? I'd say not much especially seeing the narrator John Lee claims a hint of an Irish brougue to his speaking voice in his promotional blurb.

Beware repetition of anything you hear on this audiobook.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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