The 13 chapters of The Art of War, each devoted to one aspect of warfare, were compiled by the high-ranking Chinese military general, strategist, and philosopher Sun-Tzu. In spite of its battlefield specificity, The Art of War has found new life in the modern age, with leaders in fields as wide and far-reaching as world politics, human psychology, and corporate strategy finding valuable insight in its timeworn words.
Aidan Gillen - who has learned a thing or two about strategy through his roles as skilled manipulator Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish (Game of Thrones) and ambitious politician Tommy Carcetti (The Wire) - brilliantly performs this ancient classic. His experience in portraying insightful and, at times, cunning characters makes him a natural fit for this ancient collection of battlefield epigrams whose influence has grown tremendously in the modern world.
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Though references to banners & chariots may betray the relevancy of Sun Tsu's insight in daily life, the art of war is a truly fascinating read.
I truly enjoyed this translation of The Art of War, both the strategies and tactics themselves and the way Sun Tzu's hands the advice down. Indeed the content is often dry, with absolute clarity with each factor and situation described; there is no room for ambiguity. Somewhat surprisingly to me, I found the lack of fanfare both engaging and refreshing.
My darker sense of humour is tickled when Giles describes outcomes for the weakest of leaders. I am sure Giles detected a tone of disdain in sections within the original. Some sections feel slightly repetitive, but the flow of the chapters and the overall message remains intact.
As an avid fans of the Game of Thrones television, I'd argue no other character plays the cold strategist as does 'Littlefinger'. He is stone-faced in both planning and execution of his political agenda; even the few bouts of passion seem only a dramatisation for the benefit of the ruse, and not genuine emotion at all. This is why I believe the reading by Aidan Gillen is so perfect for this book.
With Gillen's voice already associated with the detached persona of Baelish, the delivery parallels the cold strategic and tactical content. Hearing Gillen speak of 'utter disorganisation' and 'the coyness of a maiden' caused me to chuckle quietly, highlighting again the precise matching of the reading to the text.
LAST WORDS: If you have ever enjoyed an episode of Game of Thrones, and found yourself having even a single enemy, do yourself a favour: spend 67 minutes listening to this engaging performance of a most important work.
None better I think for a performance like Aidan Gillen's voice!
A man whose voice is fit for the narration of a classic like Sun Tzu.
The book is highly revered because of its timeless wisdom in dealing with ones enemy and helps a person to look inwardly and to self examine ones own understanding of themselves and to then negate the reaction and instead make the calculated move.
Thoroughly enjoyed this rendition of the book.
If a con, I would of preferred if the book was broken up just a touch more between each point. Although the reading was seamless, it was hard to comprehend each point because it moved so quickly.
"Aidan Gillen needs to narrate more books"
The simplicity, the sensibility that Sun Tzu brought to chaotic war.
Please have Aidan Gillen narrate The Prince next, and really anything else. This man could read a phone book and I'd pay for it.
This ancient text may apply to many people's work. Anyone who works in a competitive environment can benefit from it, even if only a little. Even if you can't benefit from it, this work might help the listener to understand historical works dealing with wars better.
The reading is excellent. Aidan Gillen does a great job reading the text. I don't know if it's because I've been watching Game of Thrones for four seasons, but it sounds like he's using a kind of Littlefinger voice here, which adds to the effect. I'd recommend this audiobook to pretty much anyone, even if they don't have an army.
"Enjoyed this reading."
Enjoyed the reading. Very well presented!👍👍. Was thankful for the AUDIBLE 50% SPRING cleaning sale. Thank you for the presentation
"A classic text, read well"
This is a classic text and the narrator fit it well. If you are interested in strategy this is a required text.
"Clever and extremely enjoyable"
Stroke of genius having Aidan Gillen read Art of War. His gentle Irish brogue is tough yet alluring. And as a fan of GoT, I can see Littlefinger conspiring over this document and making these words his own. Well done!
A great listen . The narrative was excellent, I did not lose interest or feel it was monotone.
the book is very well read. I had an easy time listening. Thank you Audible.
"Littlefinger brings it home"
Aidan Gillen delivers a great performance and keeps the listener interested and engaged through out the entire book!
A tale of wonder, godspeed Tsu, I applaud your life and words. May you always keep the high ground, even in death.
"Much still applies today in the corporate world"
I didn't know what to expect when I began listening, but have been pleasantly surprised by how much of this book can still apply to today's corporate world. Knowing yourself as well as your enemy will allow you to win a thousand battles ... the five fatal flaws of a general ... how to treat your soldiers ... even the use of spies. Good stuff packed into a small book.
"Timeless Reading at its best"
Aiden Gillen does a great job of narrating this classic. Many are the transferable tactics, strategies and mindset towards any business, political or economic venture worth pursuing. Definitely worth investing in!
"Very Informative and Excellent Performance"
Didn't recognise the actor's name but when I recognised him I thought it was an excellent choice. He has a very dry and engaging voice.
It was quite informative and I like all the definitions e.g. intersecting ground. I think I'll have to listen to this again so that all the points sink in.
"When Littlefinger speaks, you have to listen"
Perfect tone for such important lessons.
A little bit faster reading for my taste, but I enjoy rewinding in any case.
this was an absolute wonder to listen to, the performance done by Aidan gillen tone and his art of talking delivers a very authoritative tone as one would should expect to receive by a teacher. Just exactly how it is intended to be read.
"All Good But Shorter Than I Would Have Expected"
Was thinking this would be a little more info!
Clear and could listen to dude narrative again.
Content wise again thought it would be more in depth but overall some good info to take away!
"Very nice narration. Thought provoking story. "
As the title suggests, this is a nice short dive into ancient strategy. Great listen
"My First Book! ...just love it."
very good book!
very good reader!
on my second read through.
I imagine it's far from my last.
Great narration and very interesting book. Can be easily applied to social conditions within modern society. Some things are obvious and feels a like self help.. no stigma attached to this one though.. worth a listen!
"Unusual accent, great delivery."
Clear story and engaging narrative.
I was initially a little unsure of the Irish accent reading such an old piece of asian origin, raising questions of experiential authenticity. The delivery was so good however that these initial concerns were set aside. Very much enjoyed listening.
"Sun Tzu said. This is most enlightening"
A great piece of work for those who study military history. Relevant to other more general areas of life. Recommended.
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