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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,682 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Armstrong Narrator: Sandra Burr Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cevad | 2/12/2014

    " I think it is nice book, especially its periodization of mythology is interesting, she says she takes it from Jaspers, nevertheless, her references focus on Eliade and a book of J Campbell.. Only in last parts she passes other sources, esp. primary sources. Briefly, it may only present the ideas of Eliadean School. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Hannah | 2/11/2014

    " This book got me so excited for the upcoming mythology course! Also, probably the first book I've ever read where immediately after finishing I turned to the bibliography and circled several books/articles I'd like to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Katie | 1/31/2014

    " This book was very interesting, although I think I would have gotten more out of it if I had a better understanding of the basics of more religions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Danna | 1/28/2014

    " Karen Armstrong's first sentence "Human beings have always been mythmakers" states a universal truth. Of course we've made myth to explain our origins, our creator/s, the world and universe, our ambivalence toward fellow creatures,our reasons for being, and most importantly, our deaths. The book begins with the birth of myth (and subsequently, religion) with the Neanderthal's and the Palaeolithic Period, and concludes with the death of myth and ritual with the Western Transformation. A fascinating read. "

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