The Prince

Narrated by: David McCallion
Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
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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.

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A great way to enjoy Machiavelli

When studying the history of political and philosophical texts, The Prince is perhaps one of, if not the most, important in political realism. Where many of Niccolὸ Machiavelli’s contemporaries, like Plato, focus on what the ideal government should be, Machiavelli focuses on how people are able to obtain and hold power, making his observations more realistic than those of Plato.

Having read the print version in the past, I found this audio book version read by David McCallion is very easy to listen to. The proper British English adds to the narrative, fitting the Renaissance feel of the novel allowing the reader to fall into the story much more easily than just reading the text. Given the importance of this book in the history of political works, it is important to go through the text slowly, which McCallion achieves very well in his narration style, look no further this version will not disappoint you.

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A Very Interesting Read

Machiavelli can be a bit confusing to those that do not have an understanding of some of the historical content within the book, but the principals he talks about are ones that people can certainly relate to centuries later. I definitely recommend giving this a listen as it gives you some great political insight, and the narration was wonderful and well paced.

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Great book of history, politics and governance, and a great literary work. I know I'll soon listen to it again .

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Now I know

This allowed me to get a much better understanding of the principals Machiavelli was trying to relay. The reading was just a bit too melaton for me, but I get it!

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Terrible reader

The reader read as though he did not understand the contents. Grating. Dumb. Completely unlistenable!

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  • C4NH4M
  • 06-29-17

masterful

this was an interesting listen. I hope that some good can be gleaned from the wrong doers of the world!!

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  • Adrian J. Smith
  • 05-08-19

A work of Statecraft for ALL times

The Prince itself needs no introduction nor analysis. The foundational work of modern political philosophy and the progenitor of real politik, The Prince is the ultimate guide on how to wield power. As much a work of psychology as one of statecraft, The Prince is the guide for the psychology of the archetypal Prince.
Of note is the performance by David McCallion. McCallion gives a very relaxed air to the reading, providing an eloquently spoken narration, yet a very relaxing one that makes you feel as though what one is listening to is a light-hearted memoir, rather than a very serious treatise on Statecraft.
In all an excellent Audible edition of a timeless classic.

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  • the new criteria
  • 02-21-17

the program for audio can not be used for win 10

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  • 11-24-18

Overrated

I think that studying military strategy more generally would serve you better than reading this book to understand statecraft. At best this is a very broad anecdotal philosophy for modelling success at statesmanship and military leadership.

It tries to give a generalized strategy for overcoming political and military obstacles in for people of all ages but without a strong examination of military strategy it doesn't make its case strongly enough.

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