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3.06 out of 53.06 out of 53.06 out of 53.06 out of 53.06 out of 5 3.06 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kenneth C. Davis Narrator: John Lee, Lorna Raver Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Don’t Know Much About Series Release Date: November 2005 ISBN: 9780739317488
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Employing the popular Don't Know Much About® style, with its familiar question-and-answer format, DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT MYTHOLOGY will explore the myths of the world, their impact on history, and their continuing role in our lives. It will offer listeners a wide-ranging, comprehensive, entertaining and listenable survey of the great myths of world civilizations, how they came to be, what they meant to the people who created them, how they influenced society, literature and art through history, and how they still speak to us today. Mythology is alive today in our art, literature, theatre, dreams, psychology--and certainly our language. "Pandora's Box," "Golden Fleece," "Labor of Hercules," and "Wheel of Fortune" are just a few of the words and phrases that come from a world of mythology and still color our speech. Using humor, contemporary references, and anecdotal material from mythology, extensive research based on recent archaeology which often reveals the history behind mythology and surprising information that breaks down conventional wisdom, DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT MYTHOLOGY will ultimately be about stories--the great and timeless tales that have fascinated people around the planet for several millennia.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean | 1/18/2014

    " Nice primer/review of world mythology. Well-written and wide-ranging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Felicia Steele | 1/10/2014

    " needed a refresher for near eastern myth,, but enjoyed it all "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathryn | 1/8/2014

    " Uninspiring. And Excalibur was NOT the sword in the stone, Excalibur came from the lady of the lake!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 1/8/2014

    " Got a little preachy towards the end, especially when talking about Native American mythologies. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leanne | 11/10/2013

    " I couldn't finish this one. The title was more interesting than the information in the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 10/5/2013

    " Makes you question alot of what you were taught "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Cleary | 9/26/2013

    " not the most exciting book I have read but it nicely fills in the gaps in my education. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wanda | 8/11/2013

    " Very interesting. Not sure if I will remember all of it but enjoyed learning some new things. The Greek and Roman gods get very confusing in all their relationships. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kaethe | 7/30/2013

    " not davis' topic, really; dull and ill-informed "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ashley Michiko | 7/8/2013

    " It sucks but, I like to learn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 5/30/2013

    " This book answers a lot of questions. It is so packed with information that I actually learned something new about the mythologies I'm familiar with, which is really saying something. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian | 2/8/2013

    " This book is a fast review of creation myths, gods, and tricksters from around the world. It is about as entertaining as reading the dictionary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 12/8/2012

    " Ok, while this is a good book with interesting stories I would like to know more about, I have to be honest, it didn't hold my attention. It may be better if I just skip ahead a bit... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 7/12/2012

    " I really only read the section on Greek myths, but wow. What a fun book. It's hilarious and informative all wrapped up together - my absolute favorite type of reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 6/11/2012

    " It`s amazing how much we have in common with each other. I think everyone in the world should read this book and get a grip on reality. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brent | 3/21/2012

    " It was interesting and I learned a lot, but it was fairly repetitive and I didn't like how it was organized. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danna | 10/11/2011

    " This book helped me a lot through one of my courses in school but not really something to just sit down and read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neal | 8/16/2011

    " I'm enjoying this book a lot... Now I know how Ganesha got his elephant head! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diana (Bever) Barber | 6/1/2011

    " Not a fan. Too full of personal anecdotes that are meant to be witty but can be actually quite rude. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mohd | 5/18/2011

    " pengenalanan tentang mitos dunia dan kisah-kisah dalam kelambu. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin | 1/21/2011

    " A good book for novices to Mythology this briefly touches most cultural background mythologies. If you are wanting to know information about a certain pantheon or cultural myth you should pick up something directly related to that area. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 11/30/2010

    " not the most exciting book I have read but it nicely fills in the gaps in my education. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thomas | 4/26/2010

    " A great way to study the evolution of human though and perception of the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loricious | 1/26/2010

    " Another book that I couldn't quite finish in time for the deadline.

    BUT what a great listen! I enjoyed hearing a bunch of mythology that wasn't Roman/Greek. Wonderfully narrated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/17/2010

    " Enjoyable, and fascinating subject material, but the book's odd blend of specifics and broad overviews made the flow rather choppy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 travelerblue | 1/11/2010

    " Dewey 291.13
    One is hard pressed to understand the history and modern culture of a country or area without understanding their societal myths. History of myth is the history of civilization. This is a nice overview of world myths, many of which are not found in the average mythology tomes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brent | 11/26/2009

    " It was interesting and I learned a lot, but it was fairly repetitive and I didn't like how it was organized. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 10/25/2009

    " A good exploration of the various creation myths from around the world and each culture's pantheon of gods and goddesses. Emphasis is placed on those that contributed most to "Western Civilization" but a fun read nonetheless. "

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About the Author
Author Kenneth C. Davis

Kenneth C. Davis is an American popular historian and the author of the Don’t Know Much About® series with more than four million copies in print worldwide. He is a frequent media guest on national television and radio, has written for the Op-Ed page of the New York Times, and has been a commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered.

About the Narrators

John Lee, a stage actor and writer and a coproducer of feature films, has narrated more than one hundred audiobooks of every conceivable genre, earning some three dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award.

Lorna Raver, named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year, has received numerous Audie Award nominations and fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. An experienced stage actress, she has also guest-starred on many top television series and starred in director Sam Raimi’s film Drag Me to Hell. Her numerous audiobook credits include The Age of Innocence, Up from Orchard Street, The Lodger, Selected Readings from the Portable Dorothy Parker, and Diamond Ruby.