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The Art of War Audiobook
The Art of War
Written by: 
Sun Tzu
Narrated by: 
Jennifer Elkin
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The Art of War Audiobook

The Art of War: The Strategy of Sun Tzu

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Publisher's Summary

The timeless original text; required listening for anyone interested in strategy. This is a work of subtlety and paradox that shows the way to a clean and aesthetic triumph. Sun Tzu insisted that a skilled warrior observes, calculates, outwits, and outmaneuvers an adversary, and in doing so averts the destruction of battle.

Public Domain (P)2012 Trout Lake Media

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    Anonymous 05-26-15
    Anonymous 05-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Get the shorter version of the Art of War"

    I thought 2 hours would be a more comprehensive look at the art of war, but no it's not that. The other half is an hour/longer zen soundtrack with most of the tracks sounding alike eventually.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    mathias 07-12-16
    mathias 07-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "40 min of chines flut music"

    i got diapointed that the 2h book i bought was 40 min of flut music in the end. it was just 60 cents but still if i pay a 2h book i expekt the book to be 2h. but still it was a intresting book just be awere that the book is just 1h 20 min

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angeltrumpetlover 07-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Half the book is music?"

    An excellent reading of an excellent book, but half of the "book" was music. Confusing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    GB Tech Fresno California 05-12-16
    GB Tech Fresno California 05-12-16
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    "It was good until the last 10 chapters"

    I was enjoying it till they filled the last 10 chapters with just music and no story.

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    Blithed 03-14-16
    Blithed 03-14-16
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    "ok for price, would do without the pipes"

    while I love the accent of the narrator I can't help but to be baffled buy the 10 chapters of Music at the end

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    Aaron 02-20-16
    Aaron 02-20-16
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    "Stop the Music"

    it was a really great book until it broke into music for the last 7 chapters.

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    Speren 12-05-15
    Speren 12-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Musical Interlude"

    The music that they used to pad out the run time was good, but unexpected. The actual book ended at around chapter 13 or 14.

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    KalEL indianapolis, IN, United States 09-09-15
    KalEL indianapolis, IN, United States 09-09-15 Member Since 2013

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    "No. NO.. NOOO!"

    Mary poppins reading and half book is chinese music.
    hated this version.
    returning and checking into another version.

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    J. ODONNELL Philadelphia, PA 07-21-15
    J. ODONNELL Philadelphia, PA 07-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Shorter than I expected"

    They fill time with about 10 tracks worth of pan flute music after the content ends. Still worth a dollar though, I guess.

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    Erik Mossberg 09-02-15
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    "No music please"

    The last 10 chapters are recordings of flute music. Why? It did not add to the experience.

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  • MR
    Havant, United Kingdom
    4/24/16
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    "What were they thinking?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of War to be better than the print version?

    In as much as it's an easy way of getting through it, yes. Although it's a very short book, I was getting bogged down in the details in the translation that I read; now that I've been through the whole text once, I will find it very easy to study properly.


    If you’ve listened to books by Sun Tzu before, how does this one compare?

    Er, Sun Tzu isn't known for being a prolific author. He *literally* wrote the book on war; he didn't need to do a follow up to establish himself.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jennifer Elkin?

    I wouldn't be put off, but I wouldn't seek her out either.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Surprisingly yes. It's a very short book.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a difficult book to grade. It's an undisputed classic - and no way would I give three stars to such a historically important work. It would be like giving a C+ to Newton's laws of motion or Darwin's Origin of Species.However, I am critical of the way it is presented. I chose this edition because it is much longer than most of the other versions of Sun Tzu, and so I thought there might be some commentary. Instead, roughly half the "book" is taken up with Chinese music. Now it may well be the case that the music has a direct relevance to Sun Tzu and his times, but as there is no spoken explanation for its presence, and frankly it isn't very appealing to the ear of a Westerner who just wants to learn a bit of history, it has no obvious reason for being there.So three stars for "story" as that only takes up half of the time I paid for, and a star knocked off the overall because I didn't get the commentary I hoped for.I might buy another edition and compare it with this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms
    Versoix, Switzerland
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    "About as useful as a fortune cookie"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who enjoy abstractions, pretend war play and have some time to kill. This is as serious answer as I can bring myself to provide, flower power images come to mind.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sun Tzu again?

    No


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator was OK


    What character would you cut from The Art of War?

    There are no characters in this book (is this a metaphysical question?)


    Any additional comments?

    Don't buy this book - it requires serious help for comprehension. Rather purchase a commented version or one that ventures interpretations such as The Art of War for Women.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. S. P. Treeton
    Cheshire, UK
    6/16/14
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    "this isn't an audio book it's a pamphlet"
    What disappointed you about The Art of War?

    the wind pipes, this story is about an hour long, the rest is pipe music.


    What could Sun Tzu have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    its no reflection on Sun Tzu,


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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