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  • Written by: C. G. Jung
  • Narrated by: Mike Fraser
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)

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Written by: C. G. Jung
Narrated by: Mike Fraser
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Publisher's Summary

UPDATE: In response to listener feedback, this audio edition of The Red Book has now been revised to exclude footnotes in the reading.

An audio edition of the famous Red Book text and essay.

The Red Book, published to wide acclaim in 2009, contains the nucleus of C. G. Jung's later works. It was here that he developed his principal theories of the archetypes, the collective unconscious, and the process of individuation that would transform psychotherapy from treatment of the sick into a means for the higher development of the personality.

As Sara Corbett wrote in the New York Times, "The creation of one of modern history's true visionaries, The Red Book is a singular work, outside of categorization. As an inquiry into what it means to be human, it transcends the history of psychoanalysis and underscores Jung's place among revolutionary thinkers like Marx, Orwell and, of course, Freud."

The Red Book: A Reader's Edition features Sonu Shamdasani's introductory essay and the full translation of Jung's vital work in one audiobook. The Red Book is skillfully narrated by Mike Fraser.

©2009 The Foundation of the Works of C.G. Jung; translation copyright by Mark Kyburz, John Peck, and Sonu Shamdasani. Introduction and notes copyright by Sonu Shamdasani (P)2020 Echo Point Books & Media, LLC

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Fantastic!

Fantastic book and audio version!

So, so pleased that Dr. Jung wrote it, and spent his life exploring how our psyche works! And that his family approved the publication and Sonu Shamdasani and all those that contributed took the time to put this scholarly work together.

As Dr. Jung says - if you are a first time reader/listener of his work you might think he is mad in some parts. But all of our species has this madness but don't publish it.

Just listen to it a couple of times and it will begin to sink in. The introduction on his life and meaning is very helpful.

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Dr Jung was on another level.

He articulated ideas that are like smoke. Targeting and solving problems we didn't know exist.

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  • Ero
  • 2020-12-20

Modern Dante

An inward journey taken over a century ago but more relevant today than ever.

This journal lets us walk side by side with Jung as he travels away from his societal bonds inward to internal desert of desolate territories and haunting phantasms. The book detailed beautifully shares with us a very personal connection with Jung;

https://archive.org/details/RedBookByJung/mode/2up

and this audio book helps in understanding the context of the book and its release so many years after Jung's death.

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Stunning

I cannot wait to find a hard copy of this in its original language and a good English translation with all of the beautiful art. What an amazing man Carl Jung was. I want to read everything he has written more than once.

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  • Michael J. Stewart
  • 2020-08-17

Put the footnotes in a PDF with timestamps

There's more footnotes than there is book content and for some reason, they thought it would be a good idea to have the narrator include ALL of them while reading the actual book. Footnote, blah blah blah, end footnote. The problem with this is you can't follow along with the actual content of the book and what Jung was trying to express without 5-10 footnotes before, during, and after every paragraph.

Is the narrator quoting the book or a footnote? Don't know... maybe it's a footnote, maybe it's the book, maybe it's a footnote of a footnote.

Audible: As a best practice, have the footnotes be in a PDF companion with a timestamp. Why? Because 90-95% of us don't care AT ALL about the footnotes.

I'll still finish this book because I'm trying to figure myself out and have tremendous respect for Jung, but I might kill myself before finishing it because I'll be going mad from all the "footnote" references.

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  • WTom
  • 2020-10-15

REVISED EDITION--FOOTNOTES HAVE BEEN REMOVED

Apparently the producers have, in response to the feedback, removed the footnotes.
I am very grateful for this. I listened to a sample a few months back that included the footnotes and decided not to purchase the book at that time. I found listening to Jung's personal visionary journey in that format much too stressful.

This new revised edition is wonderful and offers the delight that I originally hoped for.

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  • Bibi
  • 2020-07-08

DO NOT SPEND YOUR MONEY ON THIS!

I was so excited about this book but there's no way to keep track with the constant interruptions of the footnotes, I do not know if the book is being read or the footnotes, is so confusing! DO NOT BUY IT!

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  • 𓀂𓀅𓀆𓀇
  • 2020-07-19

Controlled descent into madness

Were I not familiar with Jung as a serious, rational, scientific mind; and but for the second layer unpacking of each of the bizarre and seemingly random entries, I would have thought this to be the work of a madman.

I strongly suggest reading as much of Jung’s straightforward psychological writing as you can to prepare yourself for the deluge of seemingly disjointed archetypal imagery presented herein. I’ve read a lot, and I found myself bouncing off and skittering over several sections.

CG Jung was an absolute madlad, and this book is his detailed account of what happens when then abyss stares back at you, and you don’t blink.

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  • Nathan O'Hara
  • 2020-09-16

This is NOT Jung's Red Book!

This book is such a disappointment. It's 25 hours of Shamadasani rambling on about Jung, and precious little of Jung himself. I had hoped to listen to Jung's actual Liber Novis - this is not it!

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  • Lukasz
  • 2020-08-01

Footnote: I hate footnotes

The reality is, I get so disconnected from what he is saying when ever 20 seconds he reads a footnote about what ever is on page of something I really don’t care. It makes it very difficult as an average minded person to stay intrigued by the book.

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  • SolidT
  • 2020-08-25

not meant for audio format

while there is a wealth of content in this book, the constant back and forth the narrator has to do between the content and the accompanying footnotes is very distracting and takes the continuity of thought away annoyingly as you gain traction to the cadence of the narrators voice.

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  • Pinotwiz
  • 2020-07-16

Stunning and enlightening

I am still working through the thoughts and ideas this book has brought me to. My soul is very grateful for the encouragement to bring requital, and I feel a definite upgrade as to how well I know and understand myself. Thank you Carl for undertaking what must have been a challenging journey with little available guidance

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  • Alednam A Uonopk
  • 2020-11-11

Amazing book...

I could listen to these at least once a month, it is just that good...

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  • terriannRN
  • 2020-07-31

Too Clunky of a read.

The speaker interrupts the flow every few seconds to read a footnote or citation. It made it really difficult to track the content of the book.

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  • Mohammed Amine
  • 2020-10-12

Version avec les notes de bas de page

La version initiale avec les notes de bas de page est riche en contenu et d'explication, merci de mettre 2 versions audio de ce livre, une version avec les notes de bas de page et l'autre version sans les notes de bas de page.

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  • Bharou
  • 2020-10-05

Notes en bas de page

la lecture de toutes les notes de bas de page rend l'écoute de ce livre, fort intéressant, catastrophique. A éviter donc.