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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: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Don’t Know Much About Series Release Date: November 2005 ISBN: 9780739317464
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karolinde (Kari) | 2/18/2014

    " It's good as a quick reference for information to look up elsewhere, that's about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Derrick | 2/14/2014

    " The book is okay. After reading it you will have at least a passing knowledge of all categories of fiction. Davis certainly operates from some fairly major biases (hard for any of us to avoid) and does make a few small mistakes here and there (see discussion threads). Two things bugged me more than anything else. First, the section on Norse mythology, which is a well studied mythos, was so bare I couldn't believe it. Second, the book ends in rush. It feels as if the author wanted to be finished so the sections got shorter and shorter and the books overall conclusion just appears as a final paragraph in the section about Indigenous Australian beliefs (which was only two pages long to begin with). Good if you want to know a little about everything, but a very poor choice if you just stop there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Virginia | 2/12/2014

    " OK, just bought this book yesterday. Kenneth Davis's series are not for the highly intellectual, but I think they're fun. I'll let you know how it turns out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 2/9/2014

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 1/28/2014

    " Apparently I know more about mythology than I thought I did, as there was nothing in this book I hadn't heard or read before. It was OK. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Vic | 1/19/2014

    " Ok I didn't finish this. It wasn't worth the time. I was really excited about it at first but the author's bias was so blatant and some of the info presented so factually inaccurate - some simple things about the bible for instance - that I decided to use my time elsewhere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma the Dork | 1/18/2014

    " yeah, ok, all mythology is SCREWED UP!!! but it was a good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 1/13/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim Stroup | 1/13/2014

    " Loved this book! Kenneth C. Davis covered a LOT of myths I had never heard of and expounded upon many that I had. I definitely want to check out his other "Don't Know Much About" books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sofia | 1/7/2014

    " One of the best books of history I have ever read. Not only do you learn about mythology, but you get a crash course in the history of ancient civilizations and how many of our beliefs and rituals are intimately connected to these cultures. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wanda | 12/9/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin Salisbury | 11/24/2013

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sharon | 8/6/2013

    " This was not what I expected. I was looking for a book on Greek & Roman mythology. Less than 20% of the book was dedicated to those gods and stories. And the first third of the book was describing what myths were. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 4/25/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Dennis | 12/29/2012

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 12/25/2012

    " Encyclopedic book of world myths. Davis sort of petered out with the Native American and Pacific Islander sections. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 11/12/2012

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 2/12/2012

    " Can't find this since we moved so I'll have to come back to it when I unearth it.....*sigh*. So far so good - really interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Foxtrot | 11/7/2011

    " Extremely broad sweeping discussion of how early civilizations' worship of gods/god evolved and morphed as the conquerers and conquered merged beliefs. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diana (Bever) Barber | 10/27/2011

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thomas | 10/3/2011

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

  • 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.