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The Prince Audiobook

The Prince

From his perspective in Renaissance Italy, Machiavelli's aim in this classic work was to resolve conflict with the ruling prince, Lorenzo de Medici. Machiavelli based his insights on the way people really are rather than an ideal of how they should be. This is the world's most famous master plan for seizing and holding power. Astonishing in its candor The Prince even today remains a disturbingly realistic and prophetic work on what it takes to be a prince, a king, or a president.
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From his perspective in Renaissance Italy, Machiavelli's aim in this classic work was to resolve conflict with the ruling prince, Lorenzo de Medici. Machiavelli based his insights on the way people really are rather than an ideal of how they should be. This is the world's most famous master plan for seizing and holding power. Astonishing in its candor The Prince even today remains a disturbingly realistic and prophetic work on what it takes to be a prince, a king, or a president. When Machiavelli was removed from his post in his beloved Florence, he resolved to set down a treatise on leadership that was practical, not idealistic. The Prince he envisioned would be unencumbered by ordinary ethical and moral values. Even today, this sixteenth-century classic has become essential listening for every student of government, and is the ultimate audiobook on power politics.

Public Domain (P)2013 Gildan Media LLC

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    Cody Brown 02-10-15
    Cody Brown 02-10-15 Member Since 2014

    Interested in mostly history, biographies, autobiographies, classics, and Great Courses...with some Sci Fi thrown in for fun!

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    "You have to know what you get with The Prince"
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    Casual readers beware, you have to know what you are getting when you purchase The Prince. It is difficult to fault the narrator for some of the more boring parts of the book because Machiavelli is just boring sometimes. However, he also has some of the boldest insights into political thought that were hundreds of years before his time and many of which are still applicable today. Brush up on your Italian, Greek, and Roman history and dig in.

    35 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    A. Haase Denver, CO United States 02-24-15
    A. Haase Denver, CO United States 02-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Better than Wagland narrated version"
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    Very important for the history an influence, this translation has a good introduction and a place where the history is explained.
    If you are very interested in the topic the Teaching Company course "Machiavelli in Context", also available here, is the best at truly putting Machiavelli in Context and shedding light on his times and thought (I highly recommend it); The Kreeft Modern Scholar Ethic's course, also available here, is probably the most out-of-context I have listened to... This is a fine addition to either course.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Catie Scarlette 09-17-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Not enough history in my background."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It wasn't wasted, but it would have been more productive if I had possessed the proper historical context for the details discussed.


    Would you recommend The Prince to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would say it is only for someone who has a good grounding in ancient and Italian history.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He gives a very clear, reading of the material - I always enjoy his work.


    Do you think The Prince needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    If it does, it needs some ancient and Italian history, followed by a re-listen.


    Any additional comments?

    The fault is mine, not the book's. Just trying to broaden my horizons, but I need some lower level broadening before I tackle this one again (which I just might do).

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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 11-30-15
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 11-30-15 Member Since 2011
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    "I look at historical events that apply today"

    Here we have a man who was brought into a position of leadership to help people just to have it taken away. While he was moving toward leadership, while in it and afterwards Machiavelli studied those around him. Looking at what all the leaders around him were doing and wanting to help certain ones to remain in power because of stability this book was written.

    I found this book enlightening as it applies to modern life. Whether it’s office politics, politics of any kind this book will be helpful. I had read this book a decade back and didn’t see its significance, but now I do! I recommend reading this book whether you’re in politics or not.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Blake 07-30-15
    Blake 07-30-15
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    "amazing insight into politics that applies today."

    Uses historical examples and a biography to demonstrate practical concepts regarding how one seeking political power must relate to those from whom he seeks power. Excellent for the price. Easy to understand.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Troy 02-26-15
    Troy 02-26-15

    I grew up on Golden Age Radio, I love to learn about a great many things, and I enjoy a wide variety of genres. Me, bored? Never!

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    "Neither Good Nor Evil"

    Machiavelli's name has become synonymous with evil and corruption, and it was many years with this understanding that I first encountered this book. Now over 20 years later, I return to it with a far better understanding of the situations he writes about and who the players are, most especially Cesare Borgia, whose successes and ultimate failure were of considerable example to this work.

    With this new understanding, I'm able to see the pragmatism behind this book, how as a tool to strengthen the objectives of whoever wields it. That it's become a how-to handbook for the tin pot dictators of history is an unfortunate side effect of its wisdom and simplicity that perhaps Machiavelli foresaw when he opted not to publish it himself. But much like Sun Tzu's The Art of War or the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, this book cannot be judged by those who have taken its instruction in the ages since it was written. This book is truly one for the ages, capable of raising our awareness of both its historical context and of the modern world around us.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Atlanta, GA, United States 03-03-14
    Douglas Atlanta, GA, United States 03-03-14 Member Since 2015

    I like to read but listening is better.

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    "Worth Reading but Not Sure What the Big Deal Is"

    I don't really understand why this work and author remain so seemingly relevant in the 21st century. This wasn't quite the guide book for Realpolitik that I expected. All the Italian names and unfamiliar places were confusing. Grover Gardner, however, is excellent as usual.

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    Quidathhaderak 02-05-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Short and probably better read than listened to"

    Its a classic but should be read not listened to to comprehend. Last part was a story which fits into the narrative but is significantly different from rest of the set up. Either way, pleasure to experience.

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    Russell 01-21-16
    Russell 01-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "not easy listening"

    this book if you're not warned before hand will put you to sleep. it's like a list of rules then small anecdotes about these stated laws to live by.

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    Josiah 10-04-15
    Josiah 10-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent: couple with Art of War"

    This book reminds me of the practical lessons taught in Art of War. Still useful today!

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