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Publisher's Summary

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.

Public Domain (P)2011 Trout Lake Media

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Story with music. ...

I was listening to the principles taught here. I thought there wss more to the book instead some nice culturally inspired music.

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  • YMHIK
  • California
  • 12-11-14

Putin is an Obvious Student

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It's amazing how much of Russia's recent behaviors and conduct fall squarely within the guidelines for successful warfare described in this Book. Too bad Obama is so ignorant and incompetent, the US should really being applying these principles to the problems that confound us globally.

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  • Sean
  • United States
  • 06-29-14

Fascinating insight into a great leader's mind

What did you love best about The Art of War?

The way the information was broken down. No long, winding explanations of the steps Sun Tzu believed were necessary to be successful. Just small, bite-sized nuggets of insightful information and strategy.

What did you like best about this story?

Appreciating the fact that information in "The Art of War" is still used today, thousands of years later.

Have you listened to any of Mike Borris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I haven't so I can't credibly make any comparisons between his works.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No real extreme reactions. A lot of "wows" when hearing the strategies.

Any additional comments?

I believe this book is a must for those in the cutthroat world of business and athletics. My work is not in those arenas so there aren't a great deal of ideas that I can utilize. It was a fascinating listen nonetheless.

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Really

Is this really the book people talk about? Most of this information is simple to come up with. nothing ground breaking.

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One of the Classics

Would you listen to The Art of War again? Why?

This is a classic book that I kept postponing until now. Interesting read but a one time read for me. The performance was really good by Mike Borris.

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  • tony
  • TUCSON, AZ, United States
  • 12-17-13

great

great clean reader easy to follow and understand. this guy's voice was clean enough to listen to this book three times.

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  • Gerardo
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 09-27-13

Raw Military Advice

Sun Tzu's masterpiece is full of strategy wisdom and insight that can be applied to business or even life.

Yet this book is the raw material from Sun Tzu: there is no context, no summaries, no ideas on how to apply it to modern life. This is a book on military strategy that would be useful to any general building a man-to-man combat plan in a war.

Unless that fits your profile, then I would recommend looking for another book that applies Sun Tzu's wisdom to your area of work in a way that you will find useful.

Plus, the second part of the book is just instrumental music - Chinese, I suppose. I don't see how it fits in an audiobook unless you plan to practice some Wu-Shu after being inspired by it.

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Didn't need the music

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a nice reading of the Art of War, but fully half the download is just music. Which seems like a waste of time/space/effort to me.

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Only one complaint...

What does Mike Borris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He actually sounded like I imagine Sun Tsu would. It was like getting an interesting lecture from an experienced professor.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were many very insightful statements that interested me greatly.

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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.

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You Can Definitely Learn Something

What made the experience of listening to The Art of War the most enjoyable?

The different approaches Sun Tzu provided to win a battle.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art of War?

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.

What three words best describe Mike Borris’s voice?

Deep, Captivating, Appropriate

If you could give The Art of War a new subtitle, what would it be?

Secrets to win

Any additional comments?

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.