This timeless text is required listening for any business person or athlete interested in strategy. It includes a soundtrack entitled "The Mysterious Sound of Wind In the Bamboo", a 43-minute collection of Zen-inspired Japanese music by the Matsu Take Ensemble.
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The actual voice of narration is NOT the one in the sample nor is it as good. Although the voice in the actual narration was ok, the voice in the sample was what got me to buy it.
A bass teacher I had the pleasure of studying under suggested I pick up a copy of “The Art of War”. That was seventeen years ago and since that time has been a fixture in my stacks. I tend to give this one away each time I cross paths with one who needs the introduction. These encounters have taken place fairly often and as a result I’ve owned several different translations. The last hard copy was purchased shortly after I was informed that my services as a husband would no longer be required.
If you are one of that reads and writes in-depth critiques on various translations then this review will be of little use. However, if you are on the same quest as I, that being to find the perfect recorded reading of “The Art of War”, then this may review may help you to decide between all the ones available. The content is solid so are my opinions will be focused on the narrator.
First and foremost, I really liked the narrator because he sounds brutal and speaks with authority. I enjoyed listening to the guy and plan to revisit his reading several more times. However, this is not the holy recording of Sun Tzu. It is way too freaking fast.
As you know or soon find out, this book is heavy and damn near every single word counts. That being the case, the narrator has way too rapid of an attack for my mind. It’s good as a quick listen and it’s cheap which, to be honest, was the main reason for my purchase. Just be prepared to stop and rewind many many times and if you pick this one. It’s kind of like inorganic chemistry, if you daydream for a second you will miss something extremely vital to your success and possibly your livelihood itself.
I was disappointed. Most of all because there was no 45 minute music portion that was discribed in the book details... sorry but dont waste your time....
The bible of Strategy and Tactics. A must read for anyone who approach to games business and life is strategy
It is missing the sound track from the audio so adding that would be nice. I also found that by speeding up the audio 2x made for a smoother reading.
I probably would not spend the time to read it. I might find it to repetitive in the written form and skip some parts.
'I think hell’s a fable.' 'Ay,' says Mephistopheles, 'think so still, till experience change thy mind
Anyone who says they can derive good life lessons from this book is a retarded nitwit. Listen to this book if you want to tell people you've read this overrated book. Otherwise don't waist an hour and fifty minutes.
He actually sounded like I imagine Sun Tsu would. It was like getting an interesting lecture from an experienced professor.
There were many very insightful statements that interested me greatly.
My only complaint was that in a few places, it was kind of glitchy...it repeated a few lines that were just said. I don't know if it was just my file or if it is a flaw in the audiobook itself.
The different approaches Sun Tzu provided to win a battle.
How it can be helpful/needed to be deceitful to win a battle and how incredible people become when they have their back against the wall.
Deep, Captivating, Appropriate
Secrets to win
This book though useful and knowledgeable, is a little outdated by nowadays war standards. It still provides good guidance about the basis needed to succeed and win wars/life. The ones I kept in mind were use of deception, discipline, rigorous training, and no true place for divine interventions.
I was looking for something short that I had previously read. This was a great introductory audiobook.
It's very repetitive. But it's a classic, right? It's worth a listen. Sometimes it is very easy to zone out. I'm not sure if this is the writing or the narrator, but honestly, missing a few minutes of this book, doesn't leave you in the dark. There's no story line. It's more like a guide for generals in war. So, this information may very well come in handy next time I play Risk.
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