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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.
©2002 John Minford (P)2008 Blackstone Audiobooks
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"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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By David on 04-21-07

Excellent book on tactics and strategy

If you are looking for a book that dissects the mechanics of skillful warfare then this book is what you are looking for. The actual book itself is not very long but over six hours of commentary and background information are appended after it which give interesting and useful facts about the book and its theories.

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By Matt Y. on 02-02-10

Wonderful for the Western mind

This audio book is a very thick 'document' in that the use of the very direct, very thought provoking comparisons of the western actions and history thrown into the usage and history of some of the other commentary's bring the clarity of intent Master Sun was giving to those of his place and time to a new understanding. I feel that I am more able to understand and digest this document as it was intended by its author (or authors depending on your belief or understanding.) All in all a wonderful collection of thought and explanation, although in order to grasp it all, the book itself needs to be in place or at hand to use for the many reference point given.

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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By Francis on 05-30-06

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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By chatbear1 on 01-31-16

not bad

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

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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By Paul on 02-03-18

Kings, politicians, generals and cannon fodder.

Would you try another book written by translation by John Minford and Sun-Tzu or narrated by Ray Porter and Lorna Raver ?

One never steps in the same river twice. I thought the mix of eastern, western, ancient and modern translations was an important perspective.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I thought the ending was somewhat predictable.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Ray Porter and Lorna Raver ?

An improvement could be made by having both narrators being recorded at the same volume.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Now that I've listened to the book I think I will have to watch the doco on the book.

Any additional comments?

No matter where or when one comes from, Rulers think they have dominion over the lands and the people to do with as they wish. War along with business is a ruthless and unforgiving environment.

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