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The Art of War Audiobook

The Art of War

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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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    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 2016
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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 Member Since 2014

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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 01-01-12
    Viviane 01-01-12
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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 2014
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jon BAXTER, MN, United States 12-22-11
    Jon BAXTER, MN, United States 12-22-11 Member Since 2016
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Weston, WV, United States 12-20-11
    Wayne 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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    Farley West Salem, WI, United States 12-20-11
    Farley West Salem, WI, United States 12-20-11

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    "Not what I was expecting, but was very interesting"
    If you could sum up The Art of War in three words, what would they be?

    Creative War Strategies


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this book because I have seen it listed among good business books to read. I was expecting more business correlations. It was very different than I expected, though I was surprisingly pleased with it. A very interesting collection of war tactics...I can see why he did so well in war!

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    Jason Ancaster, ON, Canada 12-07-11
    Jason Ancaster, ON, Canada 12-07-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Good for business trips"

    To actually study the Art of War, I think you need the text in front of you to mull over. But if you've got to travel a short distance for a meeting or something, this is a great couple of hours to get you pumped up.

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    Uzziah Ocala, FL, USA 02-19-06
    Uzziah Ocala, FL, USA 02-19-06
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    "YES - The Very Best"

    how could you not consider a text written over 3000 years ago, and still hold true today not a great text. (side note: the Bush, and Nixon administration would've been well surved if they'd read this book before going to war.)

    anyway, it's a good book, if your interested in what works.

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful

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