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  • The Prince | Niccolo Machiavelli

    The Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Niccolo Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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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.

    A. Haase says: "Better than Wagland narrated version"
  • The Prince | Niccolò Machiavelli

    The Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Niccolò Machiavelli
    • Narrated By David McCallion
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    In an attempt to appeal to the Medici family during the Italian Renaissance, Machiavelli outlines the way to acquire and retain political power, and how great men should behave in a princely government. The book is divided into four parts - types of principalities and state, proper conduct of a prince as military leader, personal conduct of a prince, and the disparity of Italy's political situation. Many listeners will be able to see principals that Machiavelli advocates for are still used in many political systems today.

    Charlotte says: "A great way to enjoy Machiavelli"
  • The Prince | Niccolò Machiavelli

    The Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Niccolò Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Kevin Theis
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    Whenever those states which have been acquired as stated have been accustomed to live under their own laws and in freedom, there are three courses for those who wish to hold them: the first is to ruin them, the next is to reside there in person, the third is to permit them to live under their own laws, drawing a tribute, and establishing within it an oligarchy which will keep it friendly to you.

  • The Prince | Niccolo Machiavelli

    The Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Niccolo Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Bill DeWees
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    The Prince is considered the all-time best book on political strategy. It has of late become a much-referred-to book for all competitive situations. Machiavelli's name is associated closely with his philosophy, as he well deserves. His other works are worth reading or hearing, as well, especially his Art of War and Belfagor: The Devil Who Took a Wife.

    WordsmithSLC says: "Problematic"
  • The Prince | Niccolo Machiavelli,George Bull (translator)

    The Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Niccolo Machiavelli, George Bull (translator)
    • Narrated By Fritz Weaver
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    This political science classic still has the power to shock, just as it did when first published almost 500 years ago. Fritz Weaver reads in an appropriately detached manner, for it is this air of objectivity regarding the ruthless pursuit of political power that has made Machiavelli's name synonymous with evil. This quality recording begins and ends with ceremonial music, which sets the right tone for a treatise directed to royalty.

    steve says: "A Timeless Classic"
  • Art of War | Niccolo Machiavelli

    Art of War

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Niccolo Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
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    Niccolo Machiavelli's Art of War is one of the world's great classics of military and political theory. Praised by the finest military minds in history and said to have influenced no lesser lights than Frederick the Great and Napoleon, the Art of War is essential for anyone who wants to understand the history and theory of war in the West and for those familiar with The Prince and Discourse on Livy who seek to explore more fully the connection between war and politics in Machiavelli's thought.

    Jeff says: "intriguing ,but not as relevant as The Prince"
  • The Prince | Niccolò Machiavelli

    The Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Niccolò Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Greg Wagland
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    The Prince, Machiavelli's 'little book', was written in 1513 and is dedicated to Lorenzo de' Medici. It remains a compelling and controversial treatise on politics, dispensing often cynical, sometimes brutal advice on gaining power and retaining it. Essential listening for our masters perhaps, but most certainly for those of us who would not be mastered. The text used here is the unabridged and classic translation by W. K. Marriott.

    David says: "Easy access and well transposed by the narrator."
  • Anthology of Business Strategy | Miyamoto Musashi,Sun Tzu,Niccolò Machiavelli

    Anthology of Business Strategy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Miyamoto Musashi, Sun Tzu, Niccolò Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Jim Donaldson, Peter Batchelor
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    Here are three classics that must be in any business person's library: The Art of War by Sun Tzu, The Prince by Machiavelli, and A Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi. This impressive collection is accompanied by one hour of Zen-inspired Japanese music, performed on authentic instruments.

    Professor says: "3 IN 1 PACK"
  • The Prince | Niccolò Machiavelli

    The Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Niccolò Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
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    The first modern treatise of political philosophy, The Prince remains one of the world's most influential and widely read books. Machiavelli, whose name has become synonymous with expedient exercises of will, reveals nothing less than the secrets of power: how to gain it, how to wield it, and how to keep it. But curiously, this work of outspoken clarity has, for centuries, inspired myriad interpretations as to its author's true message.

    Edward says: "computer-like voice"
  • The Prince: The Strategy of Machiavelli | Niccolò Machiavelli

    The Prince: The Strategy of Machiavelli

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Niccolò Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Peter Batchelor
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    Perhaps one of the most influential and controversial books in history, Machiavelli’s The Prince raises issues that are still debated centuries after its publication. The theories he developed in The Prince were derived from his observation of the successes and failures of the ruling class. The Prince was designed as a practical guide for newly appointed rulers and is required reading for all persons in a position of authority who strive for grandeur in business and politics.

    Arthur says: "Good book but at times difficult to understand"
  • The Prince and Discourse on Voluntary Servitude | Niccolo Machiavelli,Etienne de la Boetie

    The Prince and Discourse on Voluntary Servitude

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Niccolo Machiavelli, Etienne de la Boetie
    • Narrated By Craig Deitschmann
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    Machiavelli wrote The Prince for his ruler as a guide for gaining and keeping power. Central themes of his essay are the relation between politics and ethics, what the best form of government is, the importance of the Church, and the growth of Italy as a nation-state. The word "Machiavellian" often suggests sinister motives, but some scholars question this traditional interpretation.

    Tamara says: "not bad pretty good"
  • The Prince | Niccolò Machiavelli

    The Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Niccolò Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Nigel Carrington
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    The Prince is a treatise that systematically charts the best strategies for successful governing. It unapologetically places realism above idealism, showing would-be kings how to get what they want while appearing to be generous and honourable, and advocates that the means — cruelty, duplicity and horror —justify the ends of secure monarchical rule. But it can also be read as the work of a secret republican subtly undermining the despotism of the ruling Medici family.

  • Il Principe [The Prince] | Niccolò Machiavelli

    Il Principe [The Prince]

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Niccolò Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Claudio Carini
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    Composto nel 1513, il Principe è l'opera più conosciuta di Niccolò Machiavelli. E' un trattato di dottrina politica di sconcertante modernità, tanto che le qualità principali che secondo il pensiero di Machiavelli un principe dovrebbe avere sono tuttora citate negli odierni testi sul tema della leadership. L'audiolibro è basato sul testo che riproduce la lezione del manoscritto G 14 custodito dalla Biblioteca Augusta del Comune di Perugia.

    Zach says: "Not the English Version"
  • The Prince | Niccolo Machiavelli

    The Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Niccolo Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Rider Strong
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    When Lorenzo de' Medici seized control of the Florentine Republic in 1512, he summarily fired the Secretary to the Second Chancery of the Signoria and set in motion a fundamental change in the way we think about politics. The man who held the aforementioned office was none other than Niccolo Machiavelli, who, suddenly finding himself out of a job after 14 years of patriotic service, set a precedent for many a politician to come: He became a commentator and pundit.

    Ted says: "Read it now"
  • Strategic Thinking Trilogy: The Book of 5 Rings, The Art of War & The Prince | Miyamoto Musashi,Sun Tzu,Niccolò Machiavelli

    Strategic Thinking Trilogy: The Book of 5 Rings, The Art of War & The Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Miyamoto Musashi, Sun Tzu, Niccolò Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Bill DeWees
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    The Strategic Thinking Trilogy contains the best worldwide books on strategy: A Book of 5 Rings by Mushashi, The Art of War by Sun Tzu, The Prince by Machiavelli and an introduction/summary of On War by Von Clausevitz. A must listen for all listeners interested in history, culture, military subjects, business strategy, and strategy in general.

    James says: "Made me look up Audible's refund policy"
  • Belfagor: The Devil Who Took a Wife | Niccolo Machiavelli

    Belfagor: The Devil Who Took a Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (23 mins)
    • By Niccolo Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Deaver Brown
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    Belfador is the single novella remaining of Machiavelli’s works. It was considered one of the finest of the period. Machiavelli was considered a skilled storyteller by all who knew him for, after all, stories form the basis of his most famous work, The Prince, "Belfagor" is a compact version of lessons from The Prince.

    Sarah. says: "Short story about the evils of a wife"
  • The Prince | Niccolo Machiavelli

    The Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Niccolo Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
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    The Prince was the first great work of modern political and historical analysis, but it suffered from a tragic flaw: Machiavelli chose as his "hero" Cesare Borgia, the son of Pope Alexander VI, who, unknown to the author, employed murder as one of his tools of statecraft. The Prince has been studied by Hitler, Stalin, Richelieu, Bismarck, and Frederick the Great, among others.

    Patrick says: "Machiavelli, telling it like it is"
  • The Prince | Niccolo Machiavelli

    The Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Niccolo Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
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    Here is the world's most famous master plan for seizing and holding power. Astonishing in its candor, The Prince is a disturbingly realistic and prophetic work on what it takes to be a prince, a king, a president.

    Jim says: "A Good Buy"
  • The Prince | Niccolo Machiavelli

    The Prince

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Niccolo Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Jack Chekijian
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    This production of the famous 16th-century political treatise by diplomat and political theorist Niccolo Machiavelli will appeal to those interested in his political philosophy and not in the many historical and regional allusions that the original work contains. The latter have been excised in this abridgement.

    Yogesh says: "for all that are ambitious and spiritual"
  • The Prince | Niccolò Machiavelli

    The Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Niccolò Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Emma Topping
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    Claimed to be one of the first works of modern philosophy, this unabridged version of The Prince is read by Emma Topping. This classic of political writing is Machiavelli's most notorious work. A treatise on gaining and maintaining political power, this is the work that inspired the use of the term "Machiavellian".

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