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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (68,104 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sun-tzu Narrator: Joe Mantegna Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2004 ISBN:
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Born over 2,400 years ago, warrior, thinker, and leader Sun Tzu lived during a time of great internecine conflict in China. A classic of Chinese literature, Art of War reveals the strategies, tactics, and insights that lead to success. Mastery of warfare and the maintenance of power are the most important values in Sun's philosophy, without which there can be no peace or life. According to Sun, studying your enemy, detecting his weakness, allowing him to expose himself and then acting accordingly is the key to success. But, it is perhaps even more important to master the skill of winning without fighting.

Sun's battle-proven strategies have been put into practice by countless leaders, from Mao Tse-tung to Napoleon to the planners of Operation Desert Storm. Filled with practical wisdom and strategy, Art of War is an indispensable guide for anyone who want an edge over the competition. With powerful narration by Joe Mantegna, listeners are sure to be destined for greatness with this audibook.

Translation by Ralph D. Sawyer

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian Layman | 2/4/2014

    " This was an interesting book - much shorter than I would have thought and much more of a narrative than I would have thought. I'm sure I will come back to this book a few more times over the next year or two. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin Hall | 1/30/2014

    " Good, you can apply it to anything you want to do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ferzat Alchayah | 1/25/2014

    " even it is small book,it needs understanding and really focusing ! a book to reread of course! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paige Gordon | 1/23/2014

    " There is a reason this book is a classic. It is amazing and I will certainly be rereading it many, many times. There nothing like learning from the same book that has been highly utilized by so many great men throughout history. It is a very short read (took me about an hour) but it is time well invested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Khurram Solangi | 1/19/2014

    " Superb...theories u can apply in any management field... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrian | 12/26/2013

    " Interesting, remember the Monty Python sketch about pirate companies attacking each other...this is board room reading apparently. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 12/26/2013

    " I'm not sure why I expected complexity from such an old text, but I found this to be easy to read and understand. Sun Tzu's statements at first seem like common knowledge, but all common knowledge comes from somewhere, and our common understanding of the fundamentals of battle come from this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Petersen | 12/25/2013

    " A fascinating self-contained philosophical argument. Just be sure to read a version with alternative translations and plenty of commentary. Otherwise, you will be puzzling over what are most likely linguistic errors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandy | 6/21/2013

    " Not as groundbreakingly insightful as I'd been led to believe it would be, but still interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim Case | 5/31/2013

    " When you are small in number, you must appear to be many. When you are near, you must appear to be far. When you are ready, you must appear to be unready. Good advice for every situation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron Glett | 4/16/2013

    " Wether for war or corporate strategy, everyone should read this for insights to living life better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Boris | 1/18/2013

    " I've read 2 translations and like Samuel B. Griffith's best. He does a good job of using footnotes to point out where he's going against other translators and give a wider view. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stan Horst | 10/21/2012

    " Interesting read. It was a little bit of a challenge because of all the commentary, but I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Selika | 5/29/2012

    " Foundational book for military history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cody | 11/4/2011

    " Great philosophy that still applies to everyday situations! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Budd | 10/30/2011

    " I should have read this book 30 years ago! Amazing - have read it 3 times this year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Burhans | 9/18/2011

    " One of the dozen books every human being should read IMHO. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Grant | 8/16/2011

    " A should-read book on office politics which will happen to you and around you whether you participate in politics or not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy Work | 5/27/2011

    " Read it backwards. Then see what happens "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 GhostlyAspect | 5/20/2011

    " Disappointing. I was expecting something deeper and more unknown. The book is very basic and very simple. I am sure at the time this work was written the substance was very wise and fresh but know it is just dull. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Khuram | 5/17/2011

    " I did not get this book. I'll be honested, i read the executive summary and i was told to read it to draw the parallels in modern business, but i really struggled to put two and two together. I can see how it'd be a great book from a military or strategic perspective, however. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Soli | 5/16/2011

    " If they read "Art of War", you know their strategy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 5/14/2011

    " This is a book tha needs to be read and re-read. There is so much information in it the brain cannot take it all in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 5/12/2011

    " Hard to believe that this was concieved so many years ago yet it still holds so much insight into all types of conflict, even today.
    Amazing....... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KJ | 5/12/2011

    " Makes you want to put on a suit and go take over something. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 5/9/2011

    " The commentary sometimes gets in the way of the individual aphorisms, but sometimes that's critical so problems in translating can be understood by the reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 F. | 5/8/2011

    " This man taught me to fight when there's a clear objective. He also takes a lot of the chance out of the battle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 5/7/2011

    " A deceptively simple and easy to read treatise actually holds quite a lot of interesting strategies not just to war but to life itself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam | 5/3/2011

    " Poetic and always confident, the Art of War is still capable of inspiring the modern man with its occasionally dated descriptions.

    This edition also includes a similar piece by Wu Tzu - also worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darrell | 4/29/2011

    " A must read for everyone in the military who happens to have common sense. If more military and political leadership would read this we would have more successful battles, unfortunately they do not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alea | 4/28/2011

    " Short, but with some very interesting thoughts when the wisdom is applied widely. Or conversely, an interesting way to think about war in the modern day - how much still applies, and the few things that are outdated. "

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About the Author

Sun-tzu lived in China in the sixth century BC, serving as a general and strategist to the king of Wu.

About the Narrator

Joe Mantegna is a versatile, seasoned actor on both stage and screen. He first garnered national prominence for his work with writer-director David Mamet, earning a Tony Award for Glengarry Glen Ross in 1983. His name has become synonymous with Robert B. Parker’s Spenser since he has narrated the entire series.