The Prince

Version: Unabridged
Author: Niccolo Machiavelli
Narrator: Shelly Frasier
Genres: History, Politics
Publisher: Tantor Media
Published In: December 2002
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 3 hours, 55 minutes
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The prince has long been both praised and reviled for its message of moral relativism, and political expediency. Although a large part is devoted to the mechanics of gaining and staying in power, Machiavelli's end purpose is to maintain a just and stabile government. He is not ambiguous in stating his belief that committing a small cruelty to avert a larger is not only justifiable, but required of a just ruler.
Machiavelli gives a vivid portrayal of his world in the chaos and tumult of early 16th century Florence, Italy and Europe. He uses both his contemporary political situation, and that of the classical period to illustrate his precepts of statecraft.

Reviews (4)

Great Basics of Statecraft

Written by John L. from San Antonio, TX on May 22nd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I had always heard that Machiavelli's "The Prince" was a must read on the basics of statecraft - now I know it is true. Machiavelli discusses the various forms and factors of creating, running and keeping a state. Still relevant, even in today's times.

Machiavellian, indeed

Written by Anonymous from Hartford, CT on September 8th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Machiavelli's arguments are a bit "pat". He likes to establish dichotomies and trichotomies, and answer each category of possibility. It strikes me that he broke a lot of new ground, establishing "rules for statecraft", but I found much of his analysis either too simple, or his examples insufficiently explored, to be much educated. Perhaps that's a good thing; it's an amoral education he promises, anyway. The narration is not flawed, but not compelling, either.

The Prince

Written by M S on April 22nd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The material itself is excellent and timeless. This production has been rendered in a competent fashion, but with little finesse. The work is accessible to almost all who would read (or, in this case, listen to) it; but I would have preferred a more robust and sympathetic reader.

Loved it

Written by Anonymous on April 15th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I love this book. The reader is very good, and there is a nice introduction on the life of Machiavelli. Although written on how to run a state, I find it very insightful in dealing with most social situations particularily in the office.

Author Details

Author Details

Machiavelli, Niccolo

NICCOLO MACHIAVELLI was born in Florence in 1469. In 1498, he was appointed Second Chancellor of the Florentine Republic; in 1501, he was imprisoned and tortured when the Medici returned to Florence. Upon his release, he retired to his farm to study and write.