Art of War

  • by Niccolo Machiavelli
  • Narrated by Victor Bevine
  • 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Niccolo Machiavelli's Art of War is one of the world's great classics of military and political theory. Praised by the finest military minds in history and said to have influenced no lesser lights than Frederick the Great and Napoleon, the Art of War is essential for anyone who wants to understand the history and theory of war in the West and for those familiar with The Prince and Discourse on Livy who seek to explore more fully the connection between war and politics in Machiavelli's thought.
Machiavelli scholar Christopher Lynch offers a sensitive and entirely new translation of the Art of War, faithful to the original but rendered in modern, idiomatic English. Lynch's fluid translation helps listeners appreciate anew Machiavelli's brilliant treatments of the relationships between war and politics, civilians and the military, and technology and tactics. Clearly laying out the fundamentals of military organization and strategy, Machiavelli marshals a veritable armory of precepts, prescriptions, and examples about such topics as how to motivate your soldiers and demoralize the enemy's, avoid ambushes, and gain the tactical and strategic advantage in countless circumstances. To help listeners better appreciate the Art of War, Lynch provides an insightful introduction that covers its historical and political context, sources, influence, and contemporary relevance. He also includes a substantial interpretive essay discussing the military, political, and philosophical aspects of the work.


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A good copy of a rare book to find in Audio format

I'm about halfway through this book as of writing this review, however as most of those interested in the book will be familiar with the contents I think I have sufficient knowledge about what this review is truly about. Namely, the quality of translation and the quality of the narration.

The narration of the book is excellent, it is clear and pleasant to the ears, consistent and makes it an easy and entertaining read.

In regards to the translation, it appears also to be of a high quality, the translator in elaborating some of his concerns regarding some of the more difficult passages, has clearly taken great care to give us the closest possibly aproximation of Machiavelli's own words, in English.

It is to be said however, that the introductory essay is too long, drawn out and in my opinion, not even remotely interesting.

For those of you who agree with me on this, skip to about 50-60 minutes into the book to reach the beginning of Machiavelli's work, as everything prior is the translator's own musings on Machiavelli.
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- Mr.M


It was tough to get through this however it is delivered well and the explanations to follow each dialogue were valuable. I enjoyed the strategy section.
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- Vickie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-03-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios