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Don't Know Much About Mythology Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (657 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kenneth C. Davis Narrator: John Lee and Lorna Raver Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by John Wiswell | 2/18/2014

    " I know plenty about certain mythologies, put picked up Ken Davis' book to learn about Hindu, Buddhist, North and South American cultures. Davis is very sympathetic to cultures damaged by imperialiasm; Guns, Germs and Steel is cited at least ten times in the narrative alone, far more than any other resource on any part of the subject. It's still a very well-researched book, and each section is a solid introduction to the characters, stories and anthropological theories for the various mythologies. This is by no means a full explanation of any mythology, but each section points to several other places where you can continue your studies (did you really think he'd tell you "Everything You Need To Know?"). Having read so much Greek, Egyptian and Norse mythology, I got a sense of Davis' limitations in describing them, which carries over. He summarizes epics in paragraphs, and while he references the power of those stories, he scarcely makes you feel it. His biggest tool in expressing the gravity of mythologies is to compare them to Jewish and Christian traditions, presuming most of his readers are of or know of those religions. Thus the bitter skeptic is not going to be well-served here, but if you don't value any spiritual teachings in any way, though, why are you reading this? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Susan | 2/16/2014

    " My time would have been better spent reading actual myths. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Carolyn Gomez | 2/5/2014

    " This book was a little too in depth for what I was looking for. I was looking for the highlights of mythology, but this is a full study. It was interesting... just a bit too much for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Marylu Sanok | 1/31/2014

    " I love this book. If you are interested in this type of book or learing the origins of the history of the "gods", you will love it. I am also learning the origins of phrases which I will list when the book is done. It is fascinating. "

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