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The Prince

Narrated by: Bill DeWees
Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
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The Prince is considered the all-time best book on political strategy. It has of late become a much-referred-to book for all competitive situations. Machiavelli's name is associated closely with his philosophy, as he well deserves. His other works are worth reading or hearing, as well, especially his Art of War and Belfagor: The Devil Who Took a Wife.

Public Domain (P)2011 Christina Brown
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  • Michael
  • 27-02-2013

Historically interesting but requires Context

The author makes many quite interesting points, but to understand the examples requires a lot of knowledge of the historical context. For someone not very well versed in the history and politics of sixteenth century Europe it is a challenge to understand the examples cited. The narration is good despite a few mispronunciations. While reading this book, one sees the continuing influence of this work on contemporary American politics. For people who just want a taste of The Prince, there are a few other selections that discuss the ideas without the need for deep historical context.

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  • Jimi3T
  • 24-02-2020

Did not disappoint

I kept seeing this book in many reading circles. I finally got around to listening to it. Still very relevant today.

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  • Zachary Kinion
  • 30-06-2019

A classic


A must read for people in business and politics.
Still relevant today and in the future.

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  • Mr. Mister
  • 30-01-2019

Translation too archaic

Makes it very entangled to understand. At least for no native English speakers (I just read "The Art of War" and it was a piece of cake compared to this).
Will refund in exchange of a better adapted version.

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  • Ryan
  • 06-08-2018

One of the greatest books

Very well worth the listen. Can learn an awful lot in under 3 hours about statesmanship and power.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-07-2018

Easy way to read a political classic

This is a short and easy way to read this classic book about politics. It is interesting for anyone who wants to know more about Italian history.

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  • Patrick McCurdy
  • 22-05-2018

For Strategists

A must read for students of leadership, combat and strategy.
This is the type of book where every time you re-read it, different sections will appeal to you, or seem to be more relevant depending on where you are at that moment in your life.

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  • Jovan
  • 18-05-2018

I like it

I like the fact that some tips can be used in real life like that we should always pick a side because you might get something off of it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-01-2018

A very timely revelation

every man should make this book part of his must read, or listening agenda. I found it very revealing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-12-2017

Didn't live up to the hype, but still worth it.

This book is overwhelmingly hyped up, but the majority of its contents is common sense if you've read any world history. However, if you haven't read any world history, it may still be a good read. But, for the price and length, being both low and short, it is not a bad option if only to familiarize yourself with a common reference. As for the narration, the narrator did a very good job.

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  • 10-10-2017

masterpiece read too fast

I like to enjoy my audiobooks while I am carrying some easy task, as preparing dinner. With this audiobook you must stop and actually concentrate on the reading because the reader is going so fast that your brain doesn't have the time to visualise the story.
I wish I could slow it down