Sun's battle-proven strategies have been put into practice by countless leaders, from Mao Tse-tung to Napoleon to the planners of Operation Desert Storm. Filled with practical wisdom and strategy, Art of War is an indispensable guide for anyone who want an edge over the competition. With powerful narration by Joe Mantegna, listeners are sure to be destined for greatness with this audibook.
Translation by Ralph D. Sawyer
©1994 Ralph D. Sawyer; (P)2001 Recorded Books, LLC
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This small book boils clever warfare down to a few simple lessons. (These are later discussed to add depth to the book and give context - a true bonus) Many Japanese say "business is war" which is why explains why many so many corporate people have read this book. Common sense, which is not so common, is timeless. Thus, so are the lessons in the book. Well read, very well re-explained in case you didn't understand it all. This belongs on any true reader's MUST READ list. (It isn't even very long.) Don't kid yourself just hearing it won't automatically get you a raise or a coveted position, but it might get your mind thinking along the truly sneaky ways any good general should think. (Many people are naturals at that kind of nastiness without need of some book.) If nothing it is a wonderful bit of history about a truly timeless subject, war. Oh yes, well read and produced! (My "code word" for "no-gross artifact-of-voice-narration-mouth-noises.) It is one of those books that the "well read" should to be able to speak of with pride.
Interesting from a historic perspective. The first part contains Sun Tzu's 13 principles. The rest of the book talks about historic battles (mostly Chinese battles) and the application of these principles.
The intro and outro. Least was some of the diction.
Personality and enthusiasm.
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I thought the book was of great genius and a great find. I am glad I got it because it will probably be able to help me in a great many things. I suggest any should read this book( provided you know the vocabulary) or listen to this audiobok.
I'd have to say that this audiobook is a good way to introduce yourself to "Art of War" but, if you'd like to really get a lot out of it, I'd recommend reading it also. Joe Montegna's reading is perfectly fine, but the text itself is structured in such a way as to not lend itself easily to oral recitation.
I have to say this book does not lend itself well to listening - especially if you are driving as I was when I obtained this audio book. There are many parts where I had to think about what was being said - not good if your driving. I think to get the most out of the Art of War, its better if you read the book and digest it at your own pace.
Though there is a myriad of Sun Tzu-based books, this current iteration would be best served with one well-versed and solely enamored with Chinese military, language, history, and geography. As the allure of Sun Tzu is its application to the Western business word, I found this iteration as insightful and pleasurable as a colonoscopy.
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