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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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  • Kwinsee
  • Garden Grove, CA, United States
  • 07-23-12

Surprise change

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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.

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A Mandatory Book for All

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.

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Is there anything you would change about this book?

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.

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

I probably would not spend the time to read it. I might find it to repetitive in the written form and skip some parts.

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  • Aaron
  • Chesapeake, VA, United States
  • 08-06-12

Great Must Read... though the voice is a bit...

The bible of Strategy and Tactics. A must read for anyone who approach to games business and life is strategy

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All Great

with the exception of the 40+ minutes of the audio book that is just BS music at the end.

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Good reading but I don't think that is the whole book

The man who read this did very well and I found it quit information. But the entire last half of the book was music. A bad modern recreation of traditional Chinese music that may or may not have been written about war. So don't buy this book but look for the author. This is the first time this type of thing has happened to me in audible and I have listened to more than 200 hours with them so don't take this as a bash on audible!

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Don't waste your credit on this book!

It is not the full version of the book and the last half hour is only some knockoff inauthentic attempt of "Chinese" music!

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Edition narrated by Mike Borris

Shows length as 1:50. Text is about half the length. When you get to about chapter 25, annoying flute music starts playing, and that is all there is to the end of the book.

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  • Marc
  • Scottsdale, AZ United States
  • 03-28-18

Short but deadly sefioys.

this book is a classic studied by All American Military universities and academies. The advice given on all manner of warfare is short succinct and specific. one need not be an actual military combat to use the principles of sun Tzu

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there's a reason people still read this book!

that's great just to see the thought put into different scenarios and although War may not be fought and exactly the same way the constructs are timeless. the last couple chapters were All Music would seem to bit odd.

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  • Eric Dale
  • 07-21-16

Half book is music & adds nothing

The spoken content was very educational. The Music was not and adds nothing of use.
The make is poorly designed

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  • james
  • 05-23-17

I like it but wft

all was well till music started why is there music it's stupid and I wasted a credit on .

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  • kisag_queen
  • 10-07-16

I have listened so many times...

...and never managed to stay awake until the end. Perfect for insomnia, sleeping in an unfamiliar place, power napping & relaxation. It is so soothing.

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  • Mudar Bahri
  • 01-15-12

Not for me

The book is very famous and talks about itself, however, and as a non-native English speaker I faced serious difficulties in listening and understanding this book. I'm a member with Audible and I download a new book every month, but this is the only one I had difficulties in listening to.

Perhaps my 1 start rating is unfair because I have not listened to the book, but I cannot give more.

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