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I liked the book. And had no trouble with the narration. The differed people speaking are recognizable by their voice. But not in a bad way. The translator really loves Niccolo Machiavelli, and it show in the piece after the book itself. But the translation is a bit, maybe outdated, to stay close to the original may be the best way to put it. Just listen to the preview, and you have a good taste of what it is.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
While sometimes reading more like a rennasance manual on field tactics than a phillosophical treatment on the subject, The Art of War fills in the gaps for those who wish to understand more about the world that sparked Machiavelli's ideas in The Prince. Why did he hate mercenaries so much? What were the historical stories (or antecdotes) that were behind his political policies? What was his view as an experienced millitary man about the rising importance of firearms in battle?
The narrator does a pretty good job on all the characters (the book is arranged as a Socratic dialogue) and also includes two long-winded and somewhat controversial essays before and after the book. I feel listening to the essays helped me understand the book better. However, despite any evidence to support this claim, the writer of these essays tends to go off on sensationlist tangents about how the real enemy Machiavelli was fighting against was Christianity. That and maybe the overly- detailed army camp and formation plans were really my only complaints with the book. In conclusion, read The Prince first, if your still interested, listen to this next.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I'm about halfway through this book as of writing this review, however as most of those interested in the book will be familiar with the contents I think I have sufficient knowledge about what this review is truly about. Namely, the quality of translation and the quality of the narration.
The narration of the book is excellent, it is clear and pleasant to the ears, consistent and makes it an easy and entertaining read.
In regards to the translation, it appears also to be of a high quality, the translator in elaborating some of his concerns regarding some of the more difficult passages, has clearly taken great care to give us the closest possibly aproximation of Machiavelli's own words, in English.
It is to be said however, that the introductory essay is too long, drawn out and in my opinion, not even remotely interesting.
For those of you who agree with me on this, skip to about 50-60 minutes into the book to reach the beginning of Machiavelli's work, as everything prior is the translator's own musings on Machiavelli.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
It was tough to get through this however it is delivered well and the explanations to follow each dialogue were valuable. I enjoyed the strategy section.