The Prince

  • by Niccolò Machiavelli
  • Narrated by Kevin Theis
  • 3 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Whenever those states which have been acquired as stated have been accustomed to live under their own laws and in freedom, there are three courses for those who wish to hold them: the first is to ruin them, the next is to reside there in person, the third is to permit them to live under their own laws, drawing a tribute, and establishing within it an oligarchy which will keep it friendly to you. Because such a government, being created by the prince, knows that it cannot stand without his friendship and interest, and does it utmost to support him; and therefore he who would keep a city accustomed to freedom will hold it more easily by the means of its own citizens than in any other way.
There are, for example, the Spartans and the Romans. The Spartans held Athens and Thebes, establishing there an oligarchy, nevertheless they lost them. The Romans, in order to hold Capua, Carthage, and Numantia, dismantled them, and did not lose them. They wished to hold Greece as the Spartans held it, making it free and permitting its laws, and did not succeed. So to hold it they were compelled to dismantle many cities in the country, for in truth there is no safe way to retain them otherwise than by ruining them.


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What did you love best about The Prince?

I love Machiavelli! His ideas on the qualities of a prince ignite me!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Machiavelli, well narrated by the narrator!

What about Kevin Theis’s performance did you like?

EXCELLENT NARRATION! Did an outstanding job narrating The Prince. I can picture Machiavelli through the narrator's voice. PERFECT!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Took me about 3 sittings. Machiavelli's work must be savored!

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-28-2016
  • Publisher: North Star Audio