This timeless text is required listening for any business person or athlete interested in strategy. It includes a soundtrack entitled "The Mysterious Sound of Wind In the Bamboo", a 43-minute collection of Zen-inspired Japanese music by the Matsu Take Ensemble.
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The actual voice of narration is NOT the one in the sample nor is it as good. Although the voice in the actual narration was ok, the voice in the sample was what got me to buy it.
A bass teacher I had the pleasure of studying under suggested I pick up a copy of “The Art of War”. That was seventeen years ago and since that time has been a fixture in my stacks. I tend to give this one away each time I cross paths with one who needs the introduction. These encounters have taken place fairly often and as a result I’ve owned several different translations. The last hard copy was purchased shortly after I was informed that my services as a husband would no longer be required.
If you are one of that reads and writes in-depth critiques on various translations then this review will be of little use. However, if you are on the same quest as I, that being to find the perfect recorded reading of “The Art of War”, then this may review may help you to decide between all the ones available. The content is solid so are my opinions will be focused on the narrator.
First and foremost, I really liked the narrator because he sounds brutal and speaks with authority. I enjoyed listening to the guy and plan to revisit his reading several more times. However, this is not the holy recording of Sun Tzu. It is way too freaking fast.
As you know or soon find out, this book is heavy and damn near every single word counts. That being the case, the narrator has way too rapid of an attack for my mind. It’s good as a quick listen and it’s cheap which, to be honest, was the main reason for my purchase. Just be prepared to stop and rewind many many times and if you pick this one. It’s kind of like inorganic chemistry, if you daydream for a second you will miss something extremely vital to your success and possibly your livelihood itself.
I was disappointed. Most of all because there was no 45 minute music portion that was discribed in the book details... sorry but dont waste your time....
a nice reading of the Art of War, but fully half the download is just music. Which seems like a waste of time/space/effort to me.
The bible of Strategy and Tactics. A must read for anyone who approach to games business and life is strategy
It is missing the sound track from the audio so adding that would be nice. I also found that by speeding up the audio 2x made for a smoother reading.
I probably would not spend the time to read it. I might find it to repetitive in the written form and skip some parts.
This is a classic book that I kept postponing until now. Interesting read but a one time read for me. The performance was really good by Mike Borris.
Businessman, Technologist, Marketer. Loves to learn and enjoys books. Mostly nonfiction plus historic novels.
Sun Tzu's masterpiece is full of strategy wisdom and insight that can be applied to business or even life.
Yet this book is the raw material from Sun Tzu: there is no context, no summaries, no ideas on how to apply it to modern life. This is a book on military strategy that would be useful to any general building a man-to-man combat plan in a war.
Unless that fits your profile, then I would recommend looking for another book that applies Sun Tzu's wisdom to your area of work in a way that you will find useful.
Plus, the second part of the book is just instrumental music - Chinese, I suppose. I don't see how it fits in an audiobook unless you plan to practice some Wu-Shu after being inspired by it.
I'm a little confused at why this book is so popular. I've heard about it a lot and it was on sale so I thought I'd give it a try. If you're about to lead an army into battle, this is the book for you... if not, then what's the point?
The music at the end is nice though.
"Not for me"
The book is very famous and talks about itself, however, and as a non-native English speaker I faced serious difficulties in listening and understanding this book. I'm a member with Audible and I download a new book every month, but this is the only one I had difficulties in listening to.
Perhaps my 1 start rating is unfair because I have not listened to the book, but I cannot give more.
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