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James

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  • Strategic Thinking Trilogy: The Book of 5 Rings, The Art of War & The Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Miyamoto Musashi, Sun Tzu, Niccolò Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Bill DeWees
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    The Strategic Thinking Trilogy contains the best worldwide books on strategy: A Book of 5 Rings by Mushashi, The Art of War by Sun Tzu, The Prince by Machiavelli and an introduction/summary of On War by Von Clausevitz. A must listen for all listeners interested in history, culture, military subjects, business strategy, and strategy in general.

    James says: "Made me look up Audible's refund policy"
    "Made me look up Audible's refund policy"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is a terrible reading of these 3 classics.


    What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

    When listening to the narrators' preface to the Book of Five Rings, the realization that this was not a man with a deep understanding of the source material sharing his knowledge and insights with the world, but rather some guy who probably realized these three books are royalty free and he could read them and make some $$$ on Audible.This realization hit pretty hard when he pronounced "samurai" to rhyme with the last 3 syllables of "calamari" (like: "some-arr-ee"). His summary seemed to focus on making the story more accessible but seemed very contrived and uninformed of the original text.


    What didn’t you like about Bill DeWees’s performance?

    n/a


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    n/a. I'd say cheap, but even with this being the cheapest book I've ever bought from Audible it's still the only one I've ever wanted a refund on.


    Any additional comments?

    [trying to be constructive]To the narrator: if you really want to do these works justice, gain an understanding of the books first and start over. Also with there being 3 books in this a "Table of Contents" in the product description page that lists what chapter on the download relates to which book. This downloads as 51 chapters, but you have no way to know which chapter belongs to which book without checking each one.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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