The Life and Ideas of James Hillman, Volume I: The Making of a Psychologist

  • by Dick Russell
  • Narrated by Fred Sanders
  • 21 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The life of the world’s foremost post-Jungian thinker and best-selling author of The Soul’s Code.
Considered to be the world’s foremost post-Jungian thinker, James Hillman is known as the founder of archetypal psychology and the author of more than 20 books, including the bestselling title The Soul’s Code. In The Making of a Psychologist, we follow Hillman from his youth in the heyday of Atlantic City, through post-war Paris and Dublin, travels in Africa and Kashmir, and onward to Zurich and the Jung Institute, which appointed him its first director of studies in 1960. This first of a two-volume authorized biography is the result of hundreds of hours of interviews with Hillman and others over a seven-year period. Discover how Hillman’s unique psychology was forged through his life experiences and found its basis in the imagination, aesthetics, a return to the Greek pantheon, and the importance of “soul-making,” and gain a better understanding of the mind of one of the most brilliant psychologists of the 20th century.

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Audible Editor Reviews

James Hillman, author of the radically famous The Soul's Code, is examined through this magnificently constructed biography, The Life and Ideas of James Hillman: Volume I: The Making of a Psychologist. From his service in the U.S. Navy to his admittance to the renowned C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich, author Dick Russelm manages to tell a brilliantly comprehensive journey of a man. The spectacular accuracy of this piece comes from the numerous interviews with James Hillman and those close to him. And the oratory performance of Fred Sanders lends this remarkable story a polished and authoritative air.

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Every chapter of Hillman's life was a lesson

Where does The Life and Ideas of James Hillman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of my all time favorites. Though I have read several of Hillman's books I had never fully appreciated the "man" Hillman was until I completed this beautifully written biography. I hated when I completed the audiobook, as it was as though Hillman was fully alive and present with me the entire time. This is a must listen to book if one is at all interested in the twists and turns of life and how these twists and turns help shape each day we live. For me Hillman was a true genius and should be required reading for anyone who wants to answer the question of "who am I".


What other book might you compare The Life and Ideas of James Hillman to and why?

I would compare this book to any GREAT biography that I have been moved by. I experience each life so individualistic that comparisons are difficult but I have read biographies of Freud, Jung, Gandhi, ML King, Meher Baba, Yogananda, T. Roosevelt, and many more and Hillman's is one of my favorites thus far.


What about Fred Sanders’s performance did you like?

I enjoyed his reading as it was neither too slow or too fast. A plesant voice with clear enunciation. I never tired of the sound of his reading.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

My extreme reaction was that I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. Hillman was a truly fascinating man.


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- D. Raynal "primato"

Excellent! Fascinating!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Life and Ideas of James Hillman to be better than the print version?

This epic tale, meticulously researched, sheds in-depth light not only on James Hillman’s meandering unfurling and the motley Jungians in Zürich during the 50s and 60s, but functions also as a cultural analysis of the spirit of the times. Excellent! Fascinating! I can’t wait for Vol. 2. (review based on audio version only)


If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Brilliant renegade swims against the stream, and finds uncharted waters.


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- Joern Kroll "Interested in Western and Eastern philosophy, currently non-duality/advaita vendanta, and depth psychology."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-23-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios