• African Mythology

  • A Concise Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Sagas, Rituals and Beliefs of African Myths
  • By: Bernard Hayes
  • Narrated by: Gareth Johnson
  • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (168 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This book is dedicated to exploring the gods and goddesses that the people on the African continent worshiped, and within the pages, you will find more information about:

  • Background facts about African culture, such as art, foods, and traditions
  • The most amazing and controversial African myths
  • The top 10 infamous mythical legends and folklore from the African continent
  • An extensive list of African gods and goddesses
  • The great story of "Hlakanyana the Cunning"
  • The dramatic legend of Anansi, the spider, the trickster, and spirit of knowledge in African mythology
  • Beautiful baby names derived from African mythology
  • Crazy myths about African vampires 

African mythology is intricate, complex, and the ideals behind some of their mythological beliefs were often intertwined with actual events. This book examines how both myth and fact contributed to the culture and traditions of the African people and how these influences and some stories continue to live on throughout the centuries. 

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Very Eurocentric view of Africa

This book was clearly written by a non-African person, and was written as though by a zookeeper unwilling to enter the cage for a real observation.

I think that concise isn’t the proper adjective for this guide, maybe brief would’ve been better. It felt like this consisted of bullet points on a number of different topics.

Additionally, the narrator mispronounced/bastardized many places and names.


Overall, this is not for people who have actually studied Africa and African Folklore.

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Just spewing out facts with a horrible reading

Honestly you can’t even take notes while listening to this because of the miss pronunciation of a lot of words also with a British white man speaking on African history and mispronouncing and disrespecting ancestors on a whole Nother level what needs to be done is have someone reread this that actually knows what they’re talking about and how to pronounce names properly.

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very entertaining and informative.

would probably purchase the book.
enjoyed very much. did have to slow down the narrative, so I could understand.

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Not what I was expecting

When initially listening to this, I initially expect a sense of immersion. I was disappointed. I felt as if a non-African teenager was reading an uninspired book report, simply for the credit. I can appreciate the content, but the delivery makes the experience feel labored. I wish I could have my credit refunded.

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interesting presentation

the speaker and author appear to be mocking the stories, myths, etc...not please at all.

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Good.. but mostly quoting wikipedia

I did like this book.. but a lot of it was word for word from wikipedia.

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please spare yourself

I think this book is someone reading a bunch of BuzzFeed articles, and not well at that.

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really sad that this book reads like Leviticus.

no story just quick names and locations of the name origins. often feel like I'm listening to a list of names and no information besides that name. no ritual or sagas whatsoever. also snobby white guy voice on an African myth book is pretty insulting.

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Unbearable and Unenjoyable

Both the author and the narrator seem as though they couldn’t be further removed from the content. From the author not having a single thing to say about African culture that didn’t involve Europeans. To dwelling deeply on the impracticality of the cultural practice while speeding through and lightly brushing by the actual mythology. The narrator absolutely butchering every pronunciation, which okay I understand not being native to the culture maybe some things would be hard to pronounce. If you’re being paid to narrate, is it not directly your job to make sure you’re saying at least some of the words right? They need to be held to a higher standard and I am deeply disappointed. Would’ve given 0 stars if the app allowed.

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What a waste!

This book was painful to listen to. It's got very little to do with actual African mythology, the narrator struggled through this oration like a remedial high school student forced to read his Cliff Notes book report aloud... just a waste.

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  • 10-19-18

Pronunciation/narration...AWFUL!

I would suggest that in getting someone to narrate this material, the reader should KNOW how to pronounce words like ‘Ife’ and ‘Xhosa’...the British accent on top of this lends a highly patronising flavour. This is really awful and I deeply regret buying this...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-05-18

All of the most important myths

The voice was calming and professional. I liked the narrative and the information. The African myths appeal to me.

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  • MattyJvR
  • 02-15-19

A good overview of the mythology

This is a good audio book. I had hoped for more stories, but overall that narration is good and information is well written and presented. Definitely a worthwhile listen