Since its release in 1949, The Hero with a Thousand Faces has influenced millions of readers by combining the insights of modern psychology with Joseph Campbell's revolutionary understanding of comparative mythology. In this book, Campbell outlines the Hero's Journey, a universal motif of adventure and transformation that runs through virtually all of the world's mythic traditions. He also explores the Cosmogonic Cycle, the mythic pattern of world creation and destruction.
As relevant today as when it was first published, The Hero with a Thousand Faces continues to find new audiences in fields ranging from religion and anthropology to literature and film studies. The book has also profoundly influenced creative artists - including authors, songwriters, game designers, and filmmakers - and continues to inspire all those interested in the inherent human need to tell stories.
"Arthur Morey, John Lee, and Susan Denaker are an adept and experienced performance team. The way they trade voices adds texture to the complex compendium of stories." (AudioFile)
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Meaningful and thought-provoking
This is of course a classic, valued by artists, novelists and humanities-lovers for decades. Interesting note: George Lucas and Star Wars were heavily influences by this book.
Outside of religious scripture, this is one of the most meaningful and thought-provoking books I've read. Drawing on archetypes - deep universal constructs in our human psyche - Campbell explains how we are all on (or could be on) a meaningful heroic journey.
This book was written when the ideas of Freud and Jung were all the rage. Freud has not aged too well. But Jung had a lot of intuition about the human soul that still resonates.
Campbell includes many fascinating accounts of dreams and world myths. "Myth" in this sense means a story with meaningful symbols that convey universal insights, as well as teaching the values of the culture in which the myth originated. Jung and Freud believed that dreams and myths contain subconscious truths.
I've owned the hard copy for years but found it difficult reading. I don't think Campbell was a great writer. But his ideas are mind-blowing. In audio-book form I have finally been able to enjoy this book. I highly recommend it.
- Learner "A Mormon guy who loves to learn"
Do you have an inappropriate love of Freud?
The narrators were wonderful! Smooth voices, the perfect blend of soothing/bland enough for easy listening/not lulling you to sleep. The book itself is rubbish. I read a summary of the book elsewhere and jumped feet-first into it without reading any other summary.... Which would have prevented me from listening to this... this fan book of Freud. What myths were discussed were so overshadowed by the supposedly innate desire of wanting to sleep with/murder your parents that I could hardly focus on anything else. I fear I will have unwholesome nightmares tonight. If you want a book that looks at how every single religion in the world is Oedipal, this is your book. I myself rather like not being terrorized by the thought of goddesses not representing my mother when they try to seduce/kill the heroes, but hey, I won't judge if you do.
Not have been so lusty for Freud. I am seriously traumatized
I have not, though they were wonderful at their job. Anyone who can talk about boys being forced to drink blood with such a calm air is the person I want soothing my shattered soul after I listen to boys drinking blood.
The few myths that were discussed were ones I liked and not all of them were ruined by the author
I cannot stress how good the narrators were and how soul-scarring this book is.
- Amazon Customer