|# of Units:||3 CDs|
|Length:||3 hours, 30 minutes|
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I know this is one of the "great" works and therefore shouldn't poo poo it. But, I couldn't get through it. The phrases/wisdom were so anachronistic that I would need to spend significant time to translate them into modern terms. Do not listen while driving!!
Not the most engaging book. Great book to say you read...if you want to impress people.
Boring, Boring , Boring, Boring , Very Boring. If I had a sword handy I would have plunged it into my heart .
Educational. An instructive manual every executive should own and learn. Husbands and wives, lawyers and judges; anyone and every one who has ever bickered, argued or fought can benefit from a little strategy and a lot more compassion. Wouldn't you really rather take it all than have half of everything destroyed during the "negotiations"? T. V. Vessels, Jr. - author.
I did not know the book was basically impossible to understand when translated to English. With that in mind, it really only makes sense to listen to CDs 2 and 3 where they summarize each section after reading it. All in all, it is very interesting to listen to the strategies of a 1500 year old book and try to apply them to today's warfare on the battlefield and in the office environment.
At the beginning, I thought I felt the vibe of this book. My mind was working hard trying to piece it into modern application. Ultimately, though, I just found it monotonous and inapplicable to most everything I encounter in life, even at life's most corporate cut-throat level. Perhaps I'm not academic enough to fully appreciate The Art of War -- or perhaps many academics are just too embarrassed to say they don't get it either. Regardless, it's boring.
I realize this is considered a classic but the writing does not translate well into this time period. I think the group that translated it did a good job and I appreciated their commentary, but the text of the book by today's standards is not very good. It's redundant and confusing and whatever nuggets of wisdom one is able to mine from the text come at a heavy price. In short you listen to a lot nonsense before you get to anything that really strikes you as interesting. The narrators explain that part of the reason for this comes from the fact that the book manifests thoughts and ideas that come from an oral tradition because it had been composed around the 5th century. Since most people could not read then ideas had to be passed on in such a way. I can appreciate that but nonetheless it did not make for a very entertaining book. I would not listen to it again nor would I recommend it to others.
I have heard so much about this book; it was simlpy not that great. If you think this is applicable to modern life you're a **very** abstract thinker. If you think that abstractly, you probably don't need this book.
This is one of those books that I think most people should read at least once in their lives. The teachings are timeless. I took it in and understood the points. The first CD was great. The last two are the drawn out explanations in "modern terms," which I didn't feel I needed to hear.
Usually I listen to the cd's while I drive. I do this to learn a little something and to stay alert while I drive. I have read the book and it was educational and entertaining, the cd had the same information but was so drawn out it was more of a sedative than a interest.
Thomas Cleary earned his Ph.D. in East Asian studies at Harvard University and is renowned for his translations of classic Chinese, Japanese, Sanskrit, Pali and Arabic religious texts. His translations include the bestselling 'The Art of War', 'The Essential Tao', 'The Essential Confucius', 'The Essential Koran', and 'The Secret of the Golden Flower'. He lives in Cambridge, MA.
The Denma Translation Group is led by Kidder Smith and James Gimian.