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The Art of War | [Sun Tzu]

The Art of War

Written before Alexander the Great was born, this Chinese treatise on war has become one of the most influential works on the subject. Read widely in the east since its appearance 2,500 years ago, The Art of War first came to the west with a French Jesuit in 1782. It has been studied by generals from Napoleon to Rommel, and it is still required reading in most military academies of the world.
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Publisher's Summary

Written before Alexander the Great was born, this Chinese treatise on war has become one of the most influential works on the subject. Read widely in the east since its appearance 2,500 years ago, The Art of War first came to the west with a French Jesuit in 1782. It has been studied by generals from Napoleon to Rommel, and it is still required reading in most military academies of the world.

Although it was meant to be a practical guide to warfare in the age of chariots, many corporate and government leaders have successfully applied its lessons to battles in the modern dog-eat-dog world. Sun Tzu covers all aspects of war in his time, from strategy and tactics to the proper use of terrain and spies. In this version, Sun Tzu's lessons are brought to life with commentaries from ancient Chinese history, which illustrate both the philosophy and the principles of his teachings.

© and (P)2002 Tantor Media, Inc. Originally published in 1910.

What the Critics Say

"Scott Brick's steady, imperative tone conveys Sun Tzu's certainty. Shelly Frasier's smooth counterpoint (her reading of illustrative commentary from several sources) balances Brick's pronouncements. Transitions between the two are flawless, and the quick march towards success is maintained." (AudioFile)

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    Robert 08-01-14
    Robert 08-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not really a business book"

    If you have ever heard that The Art of War was essential reading for business professionals, let me tell you something - it isn't. I can see why in the 80's this text was the "go-to" for "sharks" and people who wanted to feel like they could "dominate" their co-workers. But here's the fact. This book is just the original text. If you want insights on how to apply it to business, I suggest getting a book that covers how the Art of War correlates to the business world.

    On the performance side, Scott Brick does a great job, but for some reason (I still don't get why) the book is also narrated by Shelly Frasier. The problem with co-readers is that it's not clear when they are going to switch places and why. Also, Frasier has a deep southern draw that's both distracting and incompatible with the text. But hey, if you want to be read to by a combination of Gordon Gekko and Scarlett O'Hara, and learn all about war but nothing about business get this book. You can be the person in the office who wears the "I've read The Art of War" badge on their lapel.

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    Elisa Hong Kong, Hong Kong 05-05-14
    Elisa Hong Kong, Hong Kong 05-05-14 Member Since 2007

    I'll give everything a try

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    "Read This for the Wisdom"
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    This was fantastic for the wisdom and all that is mentioned here is useful in all areas of life, not just in war. This is very important; read this with no expectations of it reading as a story or anything recabling narration. If you do, you will be really, really, really disappointed.

    Approach this as Chinese philosophy and a guide to success. It is a guide, which is why it reads like it. As long as you remember this, you will enjoy it well enough.

    Narraters are alright, although Scot could have slowed it down a bit especially because every word counts. Slowing it down would have provides for better digest. I'll have to reread it to ensure I didn't miss anything, but it's a worth while read as long as you remember that the format is no fault of the author.

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    david NEW LENOX, IL, United States 01-06-14
    david NEW LENOX, IL, United States 01-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "it's the art of war."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    listening to books is better than crap radio stations


    What did you like best about this story?

    not really a best part, if you are reading this, you probably heard of this book.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    kinda hokey narration, didnt dig it too much


    Do you think The Art of War needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    um... the author died in 496BC... no, a follow-up book would suck.


    Any additional comments?

    great "between the lines" concepts. teaches morals.

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    Thomas Pensacola, FL, United States 05-27-12
    Thomas Pensacola, FL, United States 05-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Classical wisdom / basis for strategy and tactics"
    Would you listen to The Art of War again? Why?

    It is worthwhile and more could be gleaned from multiple readings. Much is common knowledge but there is always another gem to be gathered.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It isn't as much story as philosophy, but its points are illustrated with artifacts of historical events, it is like being mentored by Genghis Khan.

    But it is hard to understand how it is intended to be organized.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick and Shelly Frasier ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, many in fact for Scott. This very well read by both voices.


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

    Yes, and its duration made that convenient.


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    Brad Kingston, Ontario, Canada 04-23-12
    Brad Kingston, Ontario, Canada 04-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Appear weak where you are Strong"

    Use of the two narrators in the manner that they where used in was extremely insightful. This decision made the understanding and following the continuity measurably easier. As this is a non-fiction work, the "story" mark is really a non-issue, as such I graded on the quality of the matterial contained within. If you have an appreciation for stratagem and tactics then you must indulge in thi book. Even through the monotone dictation of the narrators. A must read/listen.

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    Peter Cowen Los Angeles 03-24-12
    Peter Cowen Los Angeles 03-24-12 Listener Since 2009

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    "A short must read for anyone who does business"

    A book with universal truths and a timeless wisdom that is necessary to understand if you are in business. A critical insight if you do business with ruthless people. Also it imparts the importance of preparation necessary for success in just about anything. I wish I had read it sooner.

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    Viviane Dunedin, New Zealand 01-01-12
    Viviane Dunedin, New Zealand 01-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Classic knowledge"

    They say the teachings of this book can be applied to many more areas in life than just war, and they are right. We think we are oh so smart today, but it is common sense that wins the day - then and now. A classic for any culture.

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    Mic CITRA, FL, United States 12-26-11
    Mic CITRA, FL, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    "An insiteful listen."
    If you could sum up The Art of War in three words, what would they be?

    This ancient text is insiteful, charismatic, and tested by centuries of warfare.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Sun Tzu? Why or why not?

    Yes. It was worth the time spent.


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    Jon BAXTER, MN, United States 12-22-11
    Jon BAXTER, MN, United States 12-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Clasic read"
    What did you love best about The Art of War?

    I am a Scott Brick fan. The story is a classic and can be used in many parts of your life but isn't one of those page turners.


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    CW Weston, WV, United States 12-20-11
    CW Weston, WV, United States 12-20-11

    THE MAD KING

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    "Worth of further study"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes Has many pearls of great price


    What other book might you compare The Art of War to and why?

    The Prince


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    good information with a variety of applications to life

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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