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Publisher's Summary

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.

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Amoral Bedrock

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Altruism may have some genetic root in the human ape but Machiavelli takes us above the jungle floor. He spells out the unwritten laws by which an ape who wants to succeed must think and proceed in the jungle overall. His instruction leaves morality aside, addressing only those practicalities which promote gaining or keeping the upper hand. And avoiding being "liquidated".

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Audio is horrible!

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I think the audio was too bad to tell if I liked either the author or the narrator

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  • Arthur
  • North Kitsap County, Washington, USA
  • 12-12-11

Good book but at times difficult to understand

I don't always agree with it's content, but I do think everyone who aspires to a career in managment or politics should read this book. While it deals with how to be a sucessful Europian monarch during the 15th century many of the ideas are still applicable today.
But if you have trouble with English Accents you might want to try another edition. The Narrator also has a slight speach inpediment. He pronounced the word "arms" as "alms' among other things.
Also the producer/ writer or anyone on the staff should have thought to say Footnote before launching into the footnotes to avoid further confusion.

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Narrator's voice too deep, difficult to understand

What disappointed you about The Prince: The Strategy of Machiavelli?

The narrator's voice was too deep, made it difficult to understand what he was saying.

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  • David
  • Coronado, CA, United States
  • 06-01-13

Gruff narration

Peter Batchelor is a fair reader, however, his voice does not allow for a listening at full speed. Joe Mantegna would be an excellent reader.

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Audio was Bad

The content is good; I read the Kindle version while listening. Well, I tried to anyway. I had to give up on the audio because of an annoying sound running through at least 1/2 of the audio version. In addition, the volume of the narrator's voice was difficult to modulate without it being either too loud to comfortably listen or too low to understand.

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  • TINA
  • West Palm Beach, FL, United States
  • 08-20-12

The Prince and Princabilities

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The book is a good instructional book.. but I got kinda of bored not enough stories to back the laws.

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  • Jo
  • 04-21-15

a lot of information to take in

the book is hard to get in to but has good information about the time and Machiavelli

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  • Immanuel
  • 04-28-14

So that is Machiavelli

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If leadership is part of your life or future it is a must.

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It is a book that requires ajustment due to historical context. Worth finding the pause button to add the ideas to your own context.
I know of the word Machiavelli but now I can give the man some due credit for his work.