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Publisher's Summary

The Strategic Thinking Trilogy contains the best worldwide books on strategy: A Book of 5 Rings by Mushashi, The Art of War by Sun Tzu, The Prince by Machiavelli and an introduction/summary of On War by Von Clausevitz. A must listen for all listeners interested in history, culture, military subjects, business strategy, and strategy in general.
©2012 Simply Magazine (P)2012 Deaver Brown
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1 out of 5 stars
By James on 05-19-12

Made me look up Audible's refund policy

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This is a terrible reading of these 3 classics.

What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

When listening to the narrators' preface to the Book of Five Rings, the realization that this was not a man with a deep understanding of the source material sharing his knowledge and insights with the world, but rather some guy who probably realized these three books are royalty free and he could read them and make some $$$ on Audible.This realization hit pretty hard when he pronounced "samurai" to rhyme with the last 3 syllables of "calamari" (like: "some-arr-ee"). His summary seemed to focus on making the story more accessible but seemed very contrived and uninformed of the original text.

What didn’t you like about Bill DeWees’s performance?


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

n/a. I'd say cheap, but even with this being the cheapest book I've ever bought from Audible it's still the only one I've ever wanted a refund on.

Any additional comments?

[trying to be constructive]To the narrator: if you really want to do these works justice, gain an understanding of the books first and start over. Also with there being 3 books in this a "Table of Contents" in the product description page that lists what chapter on the download relates to which book. This downloads as 51 chapters, but you have no way to know which chapter belongs to which book without checking each one.

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21 of 21 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Stevie on 01-23-14

Poor performance detracts from the content.

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

I don't think it was time well-spent because the content was lost with the poor, halting, stuttered performance, particularly with The Art of War. Aside from the awkward pausing, the reader for this part of it seemed like he may have had spittle around the edges of his mouth. I am sincerely not trying to be mean, but I did have to stop listening to it at this point because it turned my stomach, and I wasn't hearing the content at all.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Different reader.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Halting speech with awkward pauses and mispronunciations, among others.

Did Strategic Thinking Trilogy inspire you to do anything?

Find another version to listen to.

Any additional comments?

Please use more discerning judgment in determining what audiobooks/narrations are sold/endorsed here.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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2 out of 5 stars
By Marco on 04-13-13

Three books, only one worth a listen

These three books are a classics written by well known historical figures and unknown ones. I went through the prince quite effortlessly. Machiavelli's translation is without any fluff and to the point, and the narrator did a good job.

On the other hand the narrator of the art of war and the book of 5 rings did a horrendous job. He had irregular pauses and did not know the proper pronunciation of some words. I managed to get through the art of war because its a short book, but I gave up and had to return it when the book of 5 rings started..

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1 out of 5 stars
By Gary Bull on 06-06-16

Shocking narration

Simply the WORST readers I've ever heard. Persevered through The Prince but had to turn off The Art of War & 5 rings in Chapter 1 as the reading was so unbearable.

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