Your audiobook is waiting…

The Prince

Narrated by: Michael Scott
Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
4 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

"The Prince" is a political treatise by Machiavelli that is not considered to be representative of the work published during his lifetime, but is the most remembered. The theories in this book describe methods that an aspiring prince can use to acquire the throne, or an existing prince can use to maintain his reign. These theories include defense and military, perceived reputation, generosity, cruelty versus mercy, gaining honors, fortune and a number of other discourses.

©2018 Niccolo Machiavelli (P)2018 AB Books

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    21
  • 4 Stars
    11
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    3

Performance

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    18
  • 4 Stars
    15
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    2

Story

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    17
  • 4 Stars
    12
  • 3 Stars
    5
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    3
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Playbook for Crushing Your Enemies

The book was written in the 16th century but the principals of greed and crushing your enemy (both business and personal) are still applied today (not in a literal sense, not yet anyway). Always wondered what people meant when they said "a Machiavellian" move. Great to get inside the head of power hungry monarch.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • FCD117
  • Pennsylvania
  • 05-02-19

A Classic Work of Historical and Political History

The Prince is not a long work. It is slightly complicated to listen to. There are many allusions to prior historical events. If one know nothing about these events it is hard to comprehend what The author is talking about. I read it twice, once before and once after studying European History and ancient history in general. It was very much two different experiences.

As far. The audiobook is concerned. It is generally very professional and faithful to the written text. It was narrated at a fairly quick pace and I often had to slow it down to properly comprehend it. Thank You...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Excellent reading

This audiobook is great and is the ticket if you are interested in "The Prince."

Insofar as the work itself, it is worth reading, within context of Machiavelli's personal failure to actualize anything he suggests and that it was written to curry court favor from a noble house of his time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Perhaps once useful information, is now dated or common sense for the 21st Century mind.

The book is supposed to be a classic, but it’s content was common sense principles to me and I think many others in our modern culture.
It pertains on how to govern principalities, but many things are mundane. Such as “destroy the conquered province or appeal to the people”. Nowadays that makes sense to anyone. But I guess nobility in the past was too apathetic to their people to realize this.

Also the recording skips a couple times and the reader reads a little fast for my taste, considering the content isn’t phrased like standard modern English.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Not a philosophy, a resume...

I've always heard Machiavelli's work talked about like a personal philosophy that one can hold, or a kind of thinking that errs on the side of being nefarious... But this actual book is more like Niccolo Machiavelli I'm going to call him 'Nic', being like-

"Hey man, heard you just became the prince, cool cool... So um, I don't know if you know this but like I'm way qualified to be like, the hand of the king, like Tyrion Lannister style. I understand what's up and can totally help you... Just sayin'...Think about it ... Oh, here, let me tell you how well I understand the underlying dynamics of power in the past and present." I don't know why Nic sounds like a valley girl in my head but he does.

Also, I don't see the bad guy or nefarious aspect to him, I mean he basically says, don't be cruel, but it's better to keep your people safe by letting them think your big and scary than to be perceived as week in a way that could put them in jeopardy when someone who is a bad guy sees an easy target. Like its better to be disliked for keeping people safe than to be loved but unable to protect. Maybe I'm wrong but that's what I got out of this book.

It's a little dry but short and worth a read.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • V
  • 06-21-19

Boring

Just boring all around, Id recommend other books over this in a heartbeat. Its just so dry

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

Sort by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for laura
  • laura
  • 05-07-19

Absolutely TERRIBLE narration

I honestly hated it — lack of appropriate intonation which makes it so hard to follow an already scattered story. It feels as if the narrator is an AI who doesn’t know how to read. Terrible. Buy a paper copy of the book instead.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-14-19

Dreadful - a shame I can’t give it Zero.

Read by a passionless robot.

Please don’t bother with this - an utter waste of money and the electrons required to download this.