The Prince

  • by Niccolo Machiavelli
  • Narrated by Grover Gardner
  • 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From his perspective in Renaissance Italy, Machiavelli's aim in this classic work was to resolve conflict with the ruling prince, Lorenzo de Medici. Machiavelli based his insights on the way people really are rather than an ideal of how they should be. This is the world's most famous master plan for seizing and holding power. Astonishing in its candor The Prince even today remains a disturbingly realistic and prophetic work on what it takes to be a prince, a king, or a president. When Machiavelli was removed from his post in his beloved Florence, he resolved to set down a treatise on leadership that was practical, not idealistic. The Prince he envisioned would be unencumbered by ordinary ethical and moral values. Even today, this sixteenth-century classic has become essential listening for every student of government, and is the ultimate audiobook on power politics.

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You have to know what you get with The Prince

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Casual readers beware, you have to know what you are getting when you purchase The Prince. It is difficult to fault the narrator for some of the more boring parts of the book because Machiavelli is just boring sometimes. However, he also has some of the boldest insights into political thought that were hundreds of years before his time and many of which are still applicable today. Brush up on your Italian, Greek, and Roman history and dig in.

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- Cody Brown "Interested in mostly history, biographies, autobiographies, classics, and Great Courses...with some Sci Fi thrown in for fun!"

Not enough history in my background.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It wasn't wasted, but it would have been more productive if I had possessed the proper historical context for the details discussed.


Would you recommend The Prince to your friends? Why or why not?

I would say it is only for someone who has a good grounding in ancient and Italian history.


What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He gives a very clear, reading of the material - I always enjoy his work.


Do you think The Prince needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

If it does, it needs some ancient and Italian history, followed by a re-listen.


Any additional comments?

The fault is mine, not the book's. Just trying to broaden my horizons, but I need some lower level broadening before I tackle this one again (which I just might do).

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- Catie Scarlette

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-24-2013
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC