A Guide to Mythology


Read by PhyllisV

(4.9 stars; 5 reviews)

My aim in this book on Mythology for young readers has been to give them solid knowledge on the subject, as far as it is advisable to go with immature minds, based upon the most recent investigations of scholars, and to select the myths used in illustration of the plan, with a view to giving them interesting stories to read, which will, almost unconsciously to themselves, lay a firm foundation for the fascinating study of Comparative Mythology, should they wish to go more deeply into it in the future.

There is much talk nowadays as to the authenticity of the records of savage myths. Much of this talk seems to me futile, for a myth is not a fixed entity. Each successive narrator is almost sure to vary and embellish somewhat the material that comes to him, according to his own inventive fancy. If, therefore, a savage myth recorded by a white man retains the chief characteristics of the savage myth, in spite of some fanciful turns given it by him, to the degree, say, that a story of Ovid’s retains those of a Greek myth, it is to all intents and purposes a savage myth, and the embellishments may be disregarded, as Ovid’s are when we are considering Greek Mythology. I have, therefore, included in this volume those versions of the myths that seemed most readable and attractive, provided the primitive attitude of mind and customs were fully emphasized. - Summary by the author from the book (13 hr 10 min)

Chapters

Chapter 1 Part I - What is a Myth? 22:03 Read by PhyllisV
Chapter 1 Part II - What is a Myth? 21:00 Read by PhyllisV
Chapter 2 Part I - Animals in Primitive Myths 32:02 Read by PhyllisV
Chapter 2 Part II - Animals in Primitive Myths 39:47 Read by PhyllisV
Chapter 2 Part III - Animals in Primitive Myths 30:42 Read by PhyllisV
Chapter 2 Part IV - Animals in Primitive Myths 33:41 Read by PhyllisV
Chapter 2 Part V - Animals in Primitive Myths 13:43 Read by PhyllisV
Chapter 2 Part VI - Animals in Primitive Myths 36:22 Read by PhyllisV
Chapter 3 Part I - Animals in Culture Myths 36:42 Read by PhyllisV
Chapter 3 Part II - Animals in Culture Myths 36:58 Read by PhyllisV
Chapter 4 Part I - Tree and Plant Myths 32:23 Read by PhyllisV
Chapter 4 Part II - Tree and Plant Myths 29:45 Read by PhyllisV
Chapter 4 Part III - Tree and Plant Myths 25:07 Read by PhyllisV
Chapter 5 Part I - Myths of the Sun, Moon and Stars 25:27 Read by PhyllisV
Chapter 5 Part II- Myths of the Sun, Moon and Stars 33:45 Read by PhyllisV
Chapter 5 Part III - Myths of the Sun, Moon and Stars 35:52 Read by PhyllisV
Chapter 5 Part IV - Myths of the Sun, Moon and Stars 33:01 Read by PhyllisV
Chapter 6 Part I - Myths of the Sky and Air 31:02 Read by PhyllisV
Chapter 6 Part II - Myths of the Sky and Air 30:37 Read by PhyllisV
Chapter 6 Part III - Myths of the Sky and Air 29:09 Read by PhyllisV
Chapter 6 Part IV - Myths of the Sky and Air 24:28 Read by PhyllisV
Chapter 6 Part V - Myths of the Sky and Air 19:10 Read by PhyllisV
Chapter 7 Part I - Mother-myths and Child-myths 29:16 Read by PhyllisV
Chapter 7 Part II - Mother-myths and Child-myths 28:17 Read by PhyllisV
Chapter 7 Part III - Mother-myths and Child-myths 40:49 Read by PhyllisV
Chapter 7 Part IV - Mother-myths and Child-myths 39:31 Read by PhyllisV

Reviews

Amazing narrator voice!


(5 stars)

Just started listening to this book, but I needed to write a review because I’ve listened to a lot of audio books, mostly on audible, but Phyllis V - who is narrating this book - has an amazing voice! The recording quality is incredible as well! Phyllis V, thank you for sharing your gift.