The Art of War Audiobook

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The Art of War

3.87 (46,853) includes ratings

By: Sun Tzu

Narrated by: Joe Mantegna

Format: CD

Audiobook Description:

small tear easily taped, good as new, most important 4 CD's

Audiobook Details:

Release Date: Jun 01, 2003

Publisher: Recorded Books

ISBN: 1402561016

ISBN-13: 9781402561016

Language: English

Meet the Author
Sun Tzu Author

Sun Tzu

Sun Tzu (孫子; pinyin: Sūnzǐ) is a honorific title bestowed upon Sūn Wu (孫武 c. 544-496 BC), the author of The Art of War (孫子兵法), an immensely influential ancient Chinese book on military strategy. Sun Tzu believed in the use of the military sciences to effect outcomes that would result in peace.

In the author's name, Sūn Wu, the character wu, meaning "military", is the same...

Meet the Narrator
Joe Mantegna Narrator

Joe Mantegna

Joseph Anthony "Joe" Mantegna, Jr. (/mænˈteɪnjɑː/,Italian pronunciation: ; born November 13, 1947) is an American actor, producer, writer, director, and voice actor. He is best known for his roles in box office hits such as Three Amigos (1986), The Godfather Part III (1990), Forget Paris (1995), and Up Close & Personal (1996). He currently stars in the CBS television series Criminal Minds as FBI Supervisory Special Agent David Rossi.

Mantegna has gained Emmy Award nominations f...


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  • May 05, 2007

    Goodreads reviewer


    Evidently, it seems, for the last couple thousand years, EVERYONE has been using the same textbook on how to conduct a war. It also seems to be that nobody even knows for sure who wrote the book or when, but everyone uses it anyway. Included in this book are precious reminders that strategy helps yo... more...

    23 people liked this review.

  • Jul 17, 2007

    Goodreads reviewer


    So many little wars must be waged daily. Works on the battlefield and the office.


    "When the enemy is relaxed, make them toil. When full, starve them. When settled, make them move."

    "In conflict, straightforward actions generally lead to e... more...

    8 people liked this review.

  • Aug 14, 2009

    Goodreads reviewer


    Back when I was the tender age of 16, a guy I really liked lent me this book. He said it was his favorite book and that I would love it too. I excitedly rushed home to devour this piece of literature in hopes that we could have one more thing in common to bring us even closer together.

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    6 people liked this review.

  • Apr 07, 2009

    Goodreads reviewer


    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally here.)

    The CCLaP 100: In which I read for the first time a hundred so-called "classics,"... more...

    6 people liked this review.

  • Nov 21, 2007

    Goodreads reviewer


    The Art of War is often referenced in other books and movies as being a great source of information on how to strategize in business as well as war. I believe Donald Trump has raved about it more than once as something that has helped him build his, um, "empire".

    The first sect... more...

    5 people liked this review.

  • Apr 02, 2009

    Goodreads reviewer


    The version of the Art of War I would recommend is by Shambhala. It's the most readable and most touching translations I've found of this book. The Shambhala translation comes with essays by the Shambhala group, which add to the great depth and breadth of this work. I've read this book two or three ... more...

    4 people liked this review.

  • Sep 09, 2008

    Goodreads reviewer


    I hoped to get more from the Art of War than I did. I hoped to find in this translation of the ancient text metaphors and symbolic formulations that I could apply to my own life. In particular I hoped to find ways to overcome the challenges in life that we create in our minds. I also hoped to fin... more...

    2 people liked this review.

  • Nov 01, 2010

    Goodreads reviewer


    This book came into my possession after I backed up my Jetta, whose trunk begged for a milking of her crates, into the driveway of a young woman ("Cynthia Wang, 2000" her bubbly #2 script announces at the bottom of the title page) relocating from Greenwich, Connecticut to Seattle, Washingt... more...

    2 people liked this review.

  • Aug 10, 2007

    Goodreads reviewer


    One of the classics of the ancient world, it also speaks volumes in our own modern world.

    This particular version had a long-winded history lesson as it's introduction, which was much longer than Sun Tzu's book itself. It was somewhat interesting, but not all that necessary. The actual bo... more...

    2 people liked this review.

  • Feb 21, 2011

    Goodreads reviewer


    I've often heard this ancient text referenced in a business context. Sun Tzu's lessons about war are often applied to business strategy, competition, marketing, and leadership. Among the outdated, specific advice and observations about foot soldiers, weaponry, and terrain, Sun Tzu explains several t... more...

    1 people liked this review.