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This Penguin Classic is performed by Simon Callow, actor and director, known for his roles in Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love, and the BBC adaptation of A Christmas Carol

As a diplomat in turbulent fifteenth-century Florence, Niccolò Machiavelli, knew how quickly political fortunes could rise and fall. The Prince, his tough-minded, pragmatic handbook on how power really works, made his name notorious and has remained controversial ever since. How can a leader be strong and decisive, yet still inspire loyalty in his followers? When is it necessary to break the rules? Is it better to be feared than loved? Examining regimes and their rulers the world over and throughout history, from Roman Emperors to renaissance Popes, from Hannibal to Cesare di Borgia, Machievalli answers all these questions in a work of realpolitik that still has shrewd political lessons for today.   

Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) was born in Florence, and served the Florentine republic as a secretary and second chancellor, as ambassador and foreign policy-maker. When the Medici family returned to power in 1512 he was suspected of conspiracy, imprisoned and tortured and forced to retire from public life. His most famous work, The Prince, was written in an attempt to gain favour with the Medicis and return to politics.

If you enjoyed The Prince, you might like Plato's Republic, also available in Penguin Classics.

Public Domain (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Tim Parks's swift and supple new translation brings out all its chilling modernity." (Boyd Tonkin, Independent)

"A gripping work, and a gripping translation." (Nicholas Lezard, Guardian)

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  • 27-06-2021

Why I purchased this version

This book is exactly what I expected. Content I assume is the same as others but the voice of the Narrator is why I picked this version.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-04-2021

Better than expected

I have had this book on my todo list for years. I was afraid it would be a bit too academically/old language/style. But I loved it. It’s short to the point and easy to follow. It’s a great view in to a world of power and a snapshot of Italy at the time.

The performance is actually really good, but the narrators voice demand a silent listening environment as the pitch and volume have quite some range. This is difficult for my personal use of audio books eg walking in city and public. On the other hand he master both English Latin and Italian very good. So take the 3 stars as a middle value between 2 and 4/5 - definitely good for home use.

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  • WesTex Homesteading & Outdoors
  • 20-04-2021

Best version to listen to

I bought the Audio Classic version but couldn’t stand the narrator. I caught myself dozing off. This version is much more interesting and to the point.

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  • Kenneth
  • 17-11-2020

Wisdom that endures

True wisdom ages well, one can see much of these strategum in today's political events. There are also many lessons for the business world, although I personally object to the portions that suggest not being held back by moral issues. One can just take the parts offering sage wisdom and be on the lookout to protect oneself against others engaging in more vicious behavior.

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  • BJ
  • 03-07-2020

Great narration

The text speaks for itself and so I will not comment on it.

I will say thus is my favorite audiobook narrator that I’ve ever heard on any book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-05-2021

I understand now what he meant

many times I have heared the quote "it is better to be feared than loved" used to strawman Machiavelli's arguments by modern people whom are unfond of the misconception that Machiavelli is an advocate for unwarranted cruelty and violence, his own words are far more nuanced and still interesting to listen to.

the narrator is an excellent choice whom almost allow me to smell the parchment and the drying ink In an latern lit study cluttered with books and maps.

I'm off to conquer Italy!

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  • 15-02-2021

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thoroughly enjoyable.. would recommend to yall

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-07-2021

exceeded expectations

I enjoyed every chapter on it's own merit. The introduction brings this story to life and finishes the book beautifully. This book introduced me to Italian history and provoked constant reflection.
Easy to listen whilst drifting between modern examples you find yourself thinking about.
Relevant for any leader or future Prince.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-06-2020

Great, but not the new translation by Tim Parks

Beautifully read, but this is not the new translation by Tim Parks, as advertised when purchasing the audiobook.

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