The Art of War [Blackstone Version]

  • by Sun-Tzu, translation by John Minford
  • Narrated by Lorna Raver, Ray Porter
  • 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For more than two thousand years, The Art of War has stood as a cornerstone of Chinese culture, a lucid epigrammatic text that reveals as much about human psychology, politics, and economics as it does about battlefield strategy. The influence of Sun-Tzu's text has grown tremendously in the West in recent years, with military leaders, politicians, and corporate executives alike finding valuable insight in these ancient words. In this crisp, accessible new translation, eminent scholar John Minford brings this seminal work to life, presenting the core text in two formats, first the unadorned 13 chapters of the original work by Sun-Tzu followed by the same text with extensive running commentary by classical Chinese scholars as well as Minford himself. The result is an opportunity for Western readers to experience Sun-Tzu's work in all its intensity as it applies to many aspects of our lives.

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What the Critics Say

"Modern warriors, warrior-wannabes, and world leaders would be advised to heed Sun-tzu's wisdom. Reader Lorna Raver's skill with voices adds to the inscrutable nature of the text and increases the listener's attention." (AudioFile)

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A so-so read that could of been improved

As a fan of this book this was the first book i bought from Audible, thinking it would be good to listen to at uni and whilest driving.

While the text is itself ancient, it is still highly relevant to todays society, and is indeed still used in the likes of Japan for large companies.

However, much to my disapointment, Lorna Raver is a dead narrator, in that there is no life in her words. She sounds like a mavhine reading from rote, which sadly destroys a lot of the enjoyment that can come from this text.

Equally dismaying is that this is indeed the best version of audio book ive found, hence me giving it 3 stars. If you can put up with the narrators lifeless and dull single tone voice, its worth getting.
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- Francis

not bad

Like the Chinese the narration repeats to often.but,overall it is worth listening to.now the fun,of using it in modern days.
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- chatbear1

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-10-2004
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.