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
"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)
The original book IS in there, but you have too listen too all kinds of other opinions and ideas to get it.
I don't care how someone else interprets a book, I read (listen) to interpret the story myself. That is the joy of books!
I like to read but listening is better.
I downloaded this book and Machiavelli's "The Prince" at the same time. Having now read both, I feel that at this point what has been written and said about these famous works is probably more significant than the works themselves. Unlike Machiavelli's work, "The Art of War" is at least interesting throughout. It's fairly brief, but always intriguing.
In the case of this particular version, the commentary on the work (included as part of the audiobook) is much more extensive than the work itself. For anyone who would listen to this version in the future, I would recommend listening to both "parts" of the audiobook.
Listen to the introduction, as that allows you to get some background and facts about the work. Then listen to the unannotated version so that you can form your own ideas about it. Many readers would be inclined to stop there but I would suggest going on to part II. Don't let the length of part II (almost 7 hours long) deter you from giving it a try. It definitely helps to bring depth to the work and it's interesting to hear the different commentators' theories.
I was somewhat surprised that I never tired of the commentary. I feel like I got much more out of this audiobook than I would have if I had stopped after part I. I really wish the audiobook of "The Prince" had included a similar annotated version along with the unannotated work.
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
Perhaps I would make the book a study rather than just listening to it.
Very disjointed and repetitive.
Lorna Raver and Ray Porter did an excellent job.
Yes, buy the book, and study it and then come back to the audible version another time.
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.
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.
I purchased this book because Steve Spurrier, teh famous football coach, noted this was one of his favorite books. I abandoned the audio files after 30 minutes out of pure boredom. If this is Steve Spurries best book it explains why the guy is so wierd. It's hours of one-liners out of a chinese quote book.
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