Aidan Gillen - who has learned a thing or two about strategy through his roles as skilled manipulator Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish (Game of Thrones) and ambitious politician Tommy Carcetti (The Wire) - brilliantly performs this ancient classic. His experience in portraying insightful and, at times, cunning characters makes him a natural fit for this ancient collection of battlefield epigrams whose influence has grown tremendously in the modern world.
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By David Willingale on 28-12-17
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I bought this audiobook. I had heard of the Art of War and always wanted to read it, as any book that was written more than 2000 years ago and still holds reverence must be worth reading (or listening). The book seemingly offers very generalised advice to military leaders (no pun intended). However in my understanding of the text there are much wider applications of the wisdom shared by Sun Tzu, namely patience and the value of self reflection. As such this book transcends any notion that it is merely an ancient text on military stratagem and is much more akin to allegorical philosophy.
Adian Gillen’s ‘performance’ was excellent, although I have not listened to many audiobooks so I’m not sure what a good performance constitutes. That being said, he has a pleasant, cool and clear voice that resonates well with the text. Although I concede that at times I couldn’t shake the sense that, Petyr Baelish ‘Littlefinger’, was reading this book to me especially when speaking about spies.
There is no story and as such I marked it as five stars. It seemed to make more sense than marking no stars.
Very much worth the price paid, I didn’t use my token though. I thought it might be a waste given it was so cheap to buy.
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By Hugh Cameron on 03-03-18
The narrator had a train to catch.
Sun Tzu speaks with great insight, wisdom and clarity, but the Aidan Gillen spoke too quickly and with no emphasis. He should have paid attention to Sun Tzu's warning not always do the same thing.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By Angelina PM on 14-04-15
Aidan Gillen needs to narrate more books
What made the experience of listening to The Art of War the most enjoyable?
What did you like best about this story?
The simplicity, the sensibility that Sun Tzu brought to chaotic war.
Which character – as performed by Aidan Gillen – was your favorite?
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
Please have Aidan Gillen narrate The Prince next, and really anything else. This man could read a phone book and I'd pay for it.
69 of 72 people found this review helpful
By coppertin on 24-04-15
This ancient text may apply to many people's work. Anyone who works in a competitive environment can benefit from it, even if only a little. Even if you can't benefit from it, this work might help the listener to understand historical works dealing with wars better.
The reading is excellent. Aidan Gillen does a great job reading the text. I don't know if it's because I've been watching Game of Thrones for four seasons, but it sounds like he's using a kind of Littlefinger voice here, which adds to the effect. I'd recommend this audiobook to pretty much anyone, even if they don't have an army.
33 of 36 people found this review helpful