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The Art of War (Unabridged)
 
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The Art of War (Unabridged) [Audio Download]

by Sun Tzu (Author), Jim Roberts (Narrator)
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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  • Audio Download
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Jimcin Recordings
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 3 April 2009
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008QZ6BKE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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This is the complete text of The Art of War, one of the oldest and most successful books on military strategy in the world. It has also been applied to business and managerial strategies. The tranaslaton, by Lionel Giles is considered one of the best available.

This unabridged editon of The Art of War includes only the most essential translator's notes so that the words and thoughts of Sun Tzu may be easily understood.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Strategy Guide 20 Aug 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a decent version of a classic text. It's well laid out with a table of contents making it easy to dip in and out.

The ideas and strategies are individually explained in a couple of sentences, prompting the reader to muse over the ideas and gain a deeper understanding of the concepts.

Originally written over a thousand years ago, the timeless wisdom contained in this gem by Sun Tzu, has been utilised by many military and business men/women for profitable advantage.

This Kindle version of, "The Art of War," contains reliable insights and strategies that you can put to practical use in your daily life, in an easily digested, readable format.

Colin G Smith, author of, Difficult People: Dealing With Difficult People At Work (Quick Start Guide)
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm sampling all the Kindle versions of the Art of War to pick a readable translation.
Like buses that all seem to come at once, this is YET ANOTHER version of the Lionel Giles' 1910 version without the rather heavy original footnotes or the mildly useful Giles introduction. It's actually in quite readable English for the date, and seems reasonably understandable in the 21st century. I've no idea on the accuracy of the translation.

Opening line from other Giles versions: "Sun Tzu said: the art of war is of vital importance to the State.
It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected."

Prices vary considerably but the words stay the same.

Update: after clattering through all the Kindle samples, this is the one I chose, because it's the cheapest, AND I can always read the original introduction by getting a sample download from another version. Simples!
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Option 20 Oct 2010
Format:Hardcover
I am an enthusiast of historical figures, specifically, military figures and men of enlightenment. So, naturally, Sun Tzu's "The Art Of War" was a must read for me. With the original written in ancient chinese i found it surprisingly difficult to find a single english translation that was without a Thesis from the Author; I would personally like to read the book and make my own interpretations without being influenced by someone elses opinions at the end of each paragraph and would definetaly recommend this edition for any like minded people.

The only downside i would highlight is that much of the original script was not or could not be translated, and the result is 13 short chapters, readable in a day or two - although the amount of wisdom of warfare and life overall that is in this short book is astonishingly so, that i would recommend everyone read it at least once in their lifetime.

I hope this review has been helpful to those of you that are considering purchasing this book. Please rate kindly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear and Concise 20 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
When I ordered this book I was surprised by how small the book was. It wasn't the best book I read but it did have some interesting phrases.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Classic For All 19 Dec 2012
By M. Dowden HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
You may be wondering why I have picked such a title for this review, and there is a very good reason for it. Written well over a thousand years ago Sun Tzu's tactical guide to war is still used and taught in military schools, and has found more applications over the centuries.

The tactics laid out here were used in historical battles fought in Asia and China but they were also used by Ninja's and intelligence services. Nowadays still used by the military and intelligence worlds they have found a place in business. Why this is so is firstly because it isn't long to read, it isn't hard to read, and it is reliable information. If you use a bit of thought then you can apply the teachings of Sun Tzu in your life, as and when necessary. Of course although being short this does make you use your brain and think, and this in itself can make you come up with ideas how to apply the teachings here. This is a must read for those who study military tactics, and military history, as well as businessmen, and those who want to be one step ahead of the game. Ultimately this is the classic for all, and hopefully can help you in unforeseen ways, and in many situations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware of Kindle edition! 1 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
There are no annotations and there is no introduction in the ebook version of this book which means it looses all of the appeal of the print edition. Total waste of momey and space.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The art of war without the explanation 5 May 2011
By Mr Khan
Format:Hardcover
The book is without commentary so its not in depth, if it had used commentary to further explain in detail and used History to support the ideas and theory's it would have been excellent. If anyone knows of a book which does that please let us the readers know.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely formatting and good pictures 4 Feb 2013
By Jim..
Format:Kindle Edition
I've looked at a few editions of this but I like this one the most, it's great to read the clear intro and see the artistically inspired interpretations of sun tzu's classic words.
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