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Iron John

Written by: Robert Bly
Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
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In this national best-seller, Robert Bly explores the idea of the missing father in contemporary society. He draws upon a cornucopia of legend and literature - as varied as the poetry of William Blake, Jungian psychology, and Sioux initiation rituals - to encourage men in their pursuit of the “inner warrior.”

©1990 Robert Bly (P)1991 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • Thomas
  • 2014-01-09

The unlocking of an important puzzle.

The smearing of Robert Bly by the women"s movement just showed how un-read these people were at the time. Men who desire to find out what is going on in their lives, (and the women who love them), and why many are so dis-satisfied with the way things are, can profit handsomely from this book. It is an excellent gift, hard won by Bly's years of research and experiences of working in men's groups. Of benefit to every Western male I know. This is not a once over book however. No problem; the serious reader will find themselves wanting to go back, again as they see themselves perhaps for the first time. Like the unlocking of an important puzzle.

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  • Raymond
  • 2014-02-02

To grow one more Step and be an Aware man.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Have the hard cover book and now can listen to Robert Bly on the road or on my down time.To be a mentor and help others to awareness Go for it get out of the pattern that is in society, experience the strength that is a part of you...You have the power to influence the future

Who was your favorite character and why?

The wild man Absolutely a very best ...Then there areThe longing to live with the King...The inner King who knows what WE Want to do for the rest of our lives The fathers gift is one and the old mens gift an other gift.
The whole book is an other step on the road . Also what help is Joseph Campbell books speaks of Myths...

What about Richard Ferrone’s performance did you like?

Excellent delivery.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Cant do it You have to used your awareness and grow. So it is an ongoing process.I have recommended to two friends and they are getting the book.We will refer this title to a whole group of aware people around us ...From Teachers and corporate heads, to entrepreneurs and family guys.Introduce this to a group of men growth groupe

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  • PNW Prime
  • 2015-06-12

Eye opening analysis ...

... of what it means to be a man by looking at the examples and lessons taught through historic mythlogy.

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  • CARLIE
  • 2012-11-05

A MUST READ FOR ALL MEN WHO DESIRE SEKF DISCOVERY!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

ALL MEN NEED THIS .IT IS A "ROAD MAP" TO ENLIGHTENMENT!

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

WHAT THIS AUDIOBOOK DOES IS IT OPENS YOUR SPIRITUAL EYES TO THE OTHER PARTS OF YOUR BEING

Which scene was your favorite?

WHEN IRON JOHN IS FOUND IN THE LAKE.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

WHEN THE BOY DIPS HIS FINGER IN THE LAKE .

Any additional comments?

I THINK ROBERT BLY IS IN CONTACT WITH YOUR INNER MAN(AND WOMAN).

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  • Ekatma Saraswati
  • 2015-01-12

Pivotal for Boys to Become MEN

What did you love best about Iron John?

This is a Traditional story that is told AND decoded by the great Robert Bly. Without his interpretation of this story, it would be just another Disney production. Robert Bly breaks down this story as stages of initiation that cannot be neglected or passed over in order to live a complete and whole life as a man. What do i love best about it? How the story came ALIVE in me.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character was the Boy, and his evoloving relationship with the Wild Man.

What about Richard Ferrone’s performance did you like?

i heard the one narrated by Robert Bly. i guess i'll have to listen again to Richard's version. i hope it doesn't suck.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A Call To All Men! The World Needs Us!

Any additional comments?

Bring back Robert Bly's narration of this please

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  • Chimdi Azubuike
  • 2018-05-18

A very important read

A wonderful tail, masterfully told and beautifully read. This story and the analysis by Robert Bly is a testament to the power of our individual nature as human beings. It’s reminds us that it’s good to engender your self as male or female and that not doing so is so detrimental to us individually and collectively as a society. Be proud of masculinity. Embrace mentorship.

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  • Quentin
  • 2017-06-17

Beautiful treatise on true and virtuous manhood

Blys words rang true and detailed many of the struggles I have faced growing up without a good father. There are many keys and golden nuggets in this book.

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  • Mckenzie
  • 2016-11-20

Couldn't read this fast enough!

A grasp of the male entity. all that is needed, lacking and unknown. How each affects us

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  • Sam
  • 2019-08-18

12+ hours of incoherent babbling

This book started off very well, and my initial impression was positive. However, is the read continues, one is inundated with barely coherent rambling nonsense that ultimate serves as nothing more than filler and makes the volume twice the length of what it should be. This coupled with regular interludes of what the writer insists is poetry, but has not even the loosest similarity to even poorly constructed prose. It results in a mind numbing feast of ridiculousness that completely overshadows the meaningful and worthwhile aspects of the book.

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  • Taylor L.
  • 2019-05-20

Most Important Book I've Ever Read

I am convinced we are deprived of quality masculinity. Robert Bly unpacks it all for his readers.