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.
"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)
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.
You can learn as much from a terrible book as a brilliantly written one.
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.
listening to books is better than crap radio stations
not really a best part, if you are reading this, you probably heard of this book.
kinda hokey narration, didnt dig it too much
um... the author died in 496BC... no, a follow-up book would suck.
great "between the lines" concepts. teaches morals.
It is worthwhile and more could be gleaned from multiple readings. Much is common knowledge but there is always another gem to be gathered.
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.
Yes, many in fact for Scott. This very well read by both voices.
Yes, and its duration made that convenient.
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.
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.
This ancient text is insiteful, charismatic, and tested by centuries of warfare.
Yes. It was worth the time spent.
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.
THE MAD KING
yes Has many pearls of great price
good information with a variety of applications to life
Creative War Strategies
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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