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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.
22 of 23 people found this review helpful
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.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
Like the Chinese the narration repeats to often.but,overall it is worth listening to.now the fun,of using it in modern days.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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.