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Don’t Know Much About Mythology: Everything You Need to Know About the Greatest Stories in Human History but Never Learned Audiobook

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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, Lorna Raver Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Don’t Know Much About Series Release Date:
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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 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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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.