- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 3 hours and 30 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: August 27, 2008
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001F0EYLK
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A Short History of Myth: The Myths Audiobook – Unabridged
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First the criticisms and comments below (above?): the greatest weakness in her book is that she offers her opinions and speculations as facts. They are not, they are something much higher. They are interpretations, often brilliant and well footnoted. The introduction left me cold and I disagree with some of the conclusions, especially in the last chapter. So what? We are different people. I agree that this should never be the only work you read about mythology. It might make a good introduction, if it is carefully explained that these are interpretations. Her failure to make this clear is a flaw.
Second, much of the speculation is brilliant, well argued, as supported by examples. She explains the role and nature of myth provocatively, in the best sense of the word, from her first chapter on the earliest myths to her last, which ends with a meditation on art, particularly modern fiction as a modern parallel to mythology.
Her writing is especially good and clear. Those who have found her writing too thick or two difficult should go back reading comic books.
Highly recommended, whether it's for a class or you're just looking to learn more about mythology.