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The Art of War [Blackstone Version] Audiobook

The Art of War [Blackstone Version]

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Publisher's Summary

For more than two thousand years, The Art of War has stood as a cornerstone of Chinese culture, a lucid epigrammatic text that reveals as much about human psychology, politics, and economics as it does about battlefield strategy. The influence of Sun-Tzu's text has grown tremendously in the West in recent years, with military leaders, politicians, and corporate executives alike finding valuable insight in these ancient words.

In this crisp, accessible new translation, eminent scholar John Minford brings this seminal work to life, presenting the core text in two formats, first the unadorned 13 chapters of the original work by Sun-Tzu followed by the same text with extensive running commentary by classical Chinese scholars as well as Minford himself. The result is an opportunity for Western readers to experience Sun-Tzu's work in all its intensity as it applies to many aspects of our lives.

Translation ©2002 John Minford; (P)2008 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Modern warriors, warrior-wannabes, and world leaders would be advised to heed Sun-tzu's wisdom. Reader Lorna Raver's skill with voices adds to the inscrutable nature of the text and increases the listener's attention." (AudioFile)

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    David Hollister, CA, USA 12-26-07
    David Hollister, CA, USA 12-26-07 Member Since 2007
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    "mixed view"

    A meandering ancient text is disected here, and that is both good and bad. It is interesting for a time, and the disection is thorough, but eventually this becomes repetitive and a little boring. I have found that ancient works can be tough enough to follow, and this book is made more difficult because it probably originated as a series of notes, not a "read" book. A lot was made of the the core book (The Art of War) recently and the study of it is probably better than a straight read, but in the end you need to want to understand it to get anything out of it.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 02-09-12
    Michael 02-09-12

    Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

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    "Not an easy book to listen to."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Perhaps I would make the book a study rather than just listening to it.


    What was most disappointing about Sun-Tzu and translation by John Minford ’s story?

    Very disjointed and repetitive.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Lorna Raver and Ray Porter did an excellent job.


    Did The Art of War [Blackstone Version] inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, buy the book, and study it and then come back to the audible version another time.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J. Clapp 04-01-08
    J. Clapp 04-01-08

    Heavy Listener wtih a mutlitude of interests. Enjoys Sci-Fi, Science/Tech, Fiction, Christian, and Historical books.

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    "Poor Translation"

    Why the translation is alright, this person reads it in today's english rather than leaving it in the order of words that Sun Tzu intended. There are other versions that sound alot better and are in the traditional order. If you are wanting something that would be more in the modern then it would be great, but not if you are wanting the traditional wording.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Donald Canton, MI, USA 09-03-06
    Donald Canton, MI, USA 09-03-06
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    "Enduring classic"

    The Art of War is excellent. Several of my peers at work recommended it and I so glad I checked it out. Sun Tzu is a master and his teaching are relevant in so many area of my life.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    onthejohn Salt Lake City 04-01-16
    onthejohn Salt Lake City 04-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The recording for this specific book is jacked."

    Audible lists 37 chapters, but 9 or 10 repeat themselves. Not that the author is being repetitive, but several chapters just repeat exactly, it should've only been 28 chapters long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph 09-29-15
    Joseph 09-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "too repetitive yet still good"

    book repeats so many times it's like listening to the same book 4 times over

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JDH21 09-17-15
    JDH21 09-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "WTF?!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who had a choice of listening to this or taking a bullet.


    What was most disappointing about Sun-Tzu and translation by John Minford ’s story?

    Whatever the heck that woman was droning on about.


    Any additional comments?

    In all honesty the portion of the book by Ray Porter was fine. And in all fairness my dislike for the portion read by Lorna Raver has nothing to do with her performance so much as the content or lack thereof. I read "The Art of War" years ago & thoroughly enjoyed it (which is probably why I was so disappointed in this production). even IF I had wanted the commentary (which I kind of did, but it turned out to be insanely boring), I did NOT want the one hour & twenty minute intro on how "The Art of War" resembled the many other manuals & guides of the time or how popular the book is in cartoon form in various Asian cultures or how this book & other writings produced in the same period focused on "chi" or how "chi" could be applied to painting, or calligraphy, or the proper way to have sex. Not that there is anything wrong with any of these topics or the application thereof, it was just so far of topic as to degrade the entire production. Long story short: I enjoyed chapters 3-15 (i.e. the original text). Everything else.......not so much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Drew San Antonio, TX, USA 12-13-07
    Drew San Antonio, TX, USA 12-13-07
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    "Annoying narration"

    I could not get in the book because of the narrator...It just annoyed the heck out of me...Good book...Read the hardback...

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Francisco Mexico, D.F.Mexico 10-15-06
    Francisco Mexico, D.F.Mexico 10-15-06 Member Since 2014
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    "tough concentration required"

    My expectations were not accomplished. It is a tough reading or listening because there are so many data that is perfect for an investigator but not for somebody that needs practical knowledge. To long and not so practical, after this book you need to look for another that translate the wide base of the first in a practical knowledge.

    5 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Joe 06-27-10
    Joe 06-27-10 Member Since 2005
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    "So disappointing"

    I had high hopes for this work. I got little out of it. I expected timeless truths and wisdom. I got things like : Don't attack when your men are tired, Don't camp with a river behind you....
    That is brilliant advice i suppose but nothing earth shattering.

    Perhaps it was the layout and delivery of the content. Tedious 'so-and-so from here-and-such translates what so-and-so says....' was too much for me after a while. Maybe in written form this is worth looking at but i don't feel it's worth a listen in audio format.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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