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The Art of War

Written by: Sun Tzu
Narrated by: Aidan Gillen
Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
4 out of 5 stars (93 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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A must read book

The principles can be applied in all spheres of life. After all everyone is fighting their own war in life.

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  • VD
  • 31-10-17

Go for the full version

Very specific and targeted which gives only a high level overview with a lot left to readers thoughts and imagination. Will suggest to go for the full version rather than the abridged one.

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Masterpiece

After listening to it, you will not believe that this book was written in the 5thcentury. The amazing and intricate details about warfare stand so true even in our lives of the 21st century. This is a must read book for everybody.

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Good performance

the best thing about this audiobook is the performance by Aidan Gillen, littlefinger from Game of Thrones.

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Perfect narration by Littlefinger. Top Notch.

Loved the narration but the essence of the book lies in the Mandarin version. I don't think any English author has managed to do justice to the OG.
Still, if you want to learn the art of war in a short concise way, nothing's better than the Littlefinger guiding you along the way.
It's relatable to such an extent that you will feel yourself immerged in Littlefinger's thought process in GOT.

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One of the best work's of all time.

I loved this book so much that I have a hardcopy, a softcover and an audiobook.

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Great

Great and small read with very clear voice. Satisfied with the overall quality. well done Audible.

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Incredible book and narration

Aidan is the perfect fit for the narration. Will take a while to dissect everything but the amount of detail presented in every tactic and strategy is amazing..

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Listen for Aiden Gillen

Plot is interesting although the content no longer holds the same importance at the time it was written. I would still recommend a Jawaan (Soldier) to read it once. Gillen's performance was the best.

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Great performance by our own Littlefinger

Though not practical in its entirety now, but give it a try and you will only gain.

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  • Angelina PM
  • 14-04-15

Aidan Gillen needs to narrate more books

What made the experience of listening to The Art of War the most enjoyable?

The narration

What did you like best about this story?

The simplicity, the sensibility that Sun Tzu brought to chaotic war.

Which character – as performed by Aidan Gillen – was your favorite?

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Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • coppertin
  • 24-04-15

Great performance

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.

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  • G. Parish
  • 31-05-16

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.

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  • Mathias
  • 27-05-15

Littlefinger brings it home

Aidan Gillen delivers a great performance and keeps the listener interested and engaged through out the entire book!

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  • Scott Craig
  • 12-04-15

Enjoyed this reading.

Enjoyed the reading. Very well presented!👍👍. Was thankful for the AUDIBLE 50% SPRING cleaning sale. Thank you for the presentation

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  • Molly Mcdermott
  • 27-05-15

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!

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  • Charles
  • 24-03-19

Commentary on The Art of War, not the actual book

I expected this to be a narrated version of Sun Tzu's The Art of War. In reality it is a commentary on the book with some of it read.

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  • James
  • 19-12-18

The Classic “The Art of War”

The art of war is a densely compact book. Sun Tzu’s rhetoric and manner of explanation is to be recommended. I would recommend listening to this many times as, whilst you will pick up many things said the first time all of what has been given requires active thought. I was delighted to discover that some of the advice given can be used in our daily lives, perhaps not leading men into battle but preparing for confrontation will always be necessary.

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  • David S. Mathew
  • 14-04-18

Game of War

The Art of War is a time tested classic of strategy and martial wisdom. The reputation of this book is extremely well known, so I won’t bother reviewing Sun Tzu. If you’ve ever been interested in this text, go for it.

If you’re reading this review, my guess is that you’re wondering about the performance. In short, Aidan Gillen knocks it out of the park. If you’re a fan of Aidan Gillen (or Game of Thrones in general) what could be cooler than being schooled in the art of war by Lord Petyr Baelish himself? You owe it to yourself to give this a listen. Highly recommended!

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  • Alex Reams
  • 30-08-16

BANE?

He was a big guy for me.

And he had a lotta loyalty for a hired gun.

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  • Jonathan Lloyd
  • 03-07-17

Inspiring

I really enjoyed this. Excellent book and Aiden Gillen an inspired choice as narrator. Full marks all round

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  • David Willingale
  • 28-12-17

Timeless

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I bought this audiobook. I had heard of the Art of War and always wanted to read it, as any book that was written more than 2000 years ago and still holds reverence must be worth reading (or listening). The book seemingly offers very generalised advice to military leaders (no pun intended). However in my understanding of the text there are much wider applications of the wisdom shared by Sun Tzu, namely patience and the value of self reflection. As such this book transcends any notion that it is merely an ancient text on military stratagem and is much more akin to allegorical philosophy.

Adian Gillen’s ‘performance’ was excellent, although I have not listened to many audiobooks so I’m not sure what a good performance constitutes. That being said, he has a pleasant, cool and clear voice that resonates well with the text. Although I concede that at times I couldn’t shake the sense that, Petyr Baelish ‘Littlefinger’, was reading this book to me especially when speaking about spies.

There is no story and as such I marked it as five stars. It seemed to make more sense than marking no stars.

Very much worth the price paid, I didn’t use my token though. I thought it might be a waste given it was so cheap to buy.

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  • Hugh Cameron
  • 03-03-18

The narrator had a train to catch.

Sun Tzu speaks with great insight, wisdom and clarity, but the Aidan Gillen spoke too quickly and with no emphasis. He should have paid attention to Sun Tzu's warning not always do the same thing.

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  • stuart
  • 29-12-17

excellent

something I've intended to read for a while, and Aidan Gillen gives an excellent delivery. I'm looking forward to listening to this one again already. The insight into the nuances of war, and the intricacies of character that allow success or failure, is one that can be appropriated to many aspects of life.

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  • P. Duffield
  • 04-02-17

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.

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  • Kristoffer
  • 19-01-18

Fascinating!!

Incredibly performed. Compelling story with loads of interesting points.

Its an essential, you must read this! Its even at a low price

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  • Mr. R. V. COPE
  • 09-01-18

Master of War

Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of War to be better than the print version?

I've never read the print version but have always wanted to. I'd still like a copy so I could go back and study certain tactics, but I understood everything in the audio version.

What other book might you compare The Art of War to, and why?

Bushido? Only because of the historic aspect and the fact that it teaches you a way of life & war.

What about Aidan Gillen’s performance did you like?

I couldn't think of anyone better to narrate than Aidan Gillen. As soon as I saw that he was the narrated I instantly bought it. He adds a level of cunning and guile that is required in a tactician and no other narrated could have pulled off.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

This isn't the sort of book you could turn into a film - a documentary though. Perhaps "War is barbaric, War is an art"?

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  • Rex Osafo-Asare
  • 23-08-16

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!

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  • Mr Guy T Murch
  • 09-05-19

Nice little look into a recognised and established work

There are different versions on Audible. This is a great version broken down into bite size chapters. Delivered in an easy to listen manner.

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  • s2law
  • 02-07-19

Interesting and logical really

Good narration, but the text doesn't leave much to work. Worth a read but not something I'll revisit... Unless I'm going into battle

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-06-17

And you thought he ran a solid bordello?

Littlefinger narrates The Art of War. 'nuff said... except these seven words required for review.

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  • Lee
  • 23-05-15

Perfect union of ancient and fictional strategists

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.

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  • Duane
  • 15-08-16

An inspiring if somewhat dated read

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.

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  • Steve
  • 22-05-19

An old story but well told

The information is well covered and nothing new but it’s a great experience to hear it so appropriately narrated by Aidan Gilles.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-04-19

short and sharp.

it's Gunna take quite a few reads to get a really good handle on the context of this one.

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  • Zen & The Art of Trading
  • 01-03-19

Great book

It's a classic for a good reason! I think anyone involved in a competitive endeavour ought to read this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-09-18

a bit obvious

it's less insightful than it is billed for. it's sort of a primer for brand new military officers. Probably quite useful in it's time, but little was surprising (some bits were, but mostly not)

The reading was breathlessly dramatic, which was amusing.

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  • Shaun Haddrill
  • 25-02-18

Little finger reading the art of war!

How appropriate that Little Finger from the Game of Thrones is reading the art of war, I thoroughly enjoyed this reading.

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  • James
  • 20-07-17

as Sun Tzu said "You should read this book"

a great book with a fantastic reading from everyone's favourite game of thrones spy master!

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  • Andrew
  • 09-07-17

Awesome

This was great! well read, good insights and knowalge. Get into the Art of War...