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The Prince

By: Niccolo Machiavelli
Narrated by: Grover Gardner
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Summary

From his perspective in Renaissance Italy, Machiavelli's aim in this classic work was to resolve conflict with the ruling prince, Lorenzo de Medici. Machiavelli based his insights on the way people really are rather than an ideal of how they should be. This is the world's most famous master plan for seizing and holding power. Astonishing in its candor The Prince even today remains a disturbingly realistic and prophetic work on what it takes to be a prince, a king, or a president. When Machiavelli was removed from his post in his beloved Florence, he resolved to set down a treatise on leadership that was practical, not idealistic. The Prince he envisioned would be unencumbered by ordinary ethical and moral values. Even today, this sixteenth-century classic has become essential listening for every student of government, and is the ultimate audiobook on power politics.

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Just what I needed to hear

Just what I needed to hear, this book is awesome, helps you to take an honest look at situations and teaches you what you need to detach yourself from emotional feelings which might hold you back from doing what you need to do. Don't get me wrong, you can still live by these principles and keep your morals in check, just sometimes issues can be clouded and these principles might help you see the way

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The narration is great first off. But as my title hopefully suggests, it's a book for princes. Whilst providing a brief porthole into Italian history it perhaps also gives analogies for how one should interact with and manage other people, particularly from a position of power. But unless you're planning on ruling a people I just don't see the relevance of this book other than for curiosities sake.

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Brilliant

This is a book anyone in a leadership position should read. Great book and a reminder of how little has changed in human nature over the centuries.

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Guide book for how to be a prince

There are very few princes left in the world. I would estimate a couple of hundred at most. Even fewer have their own principalities. When Machiavelli wrote this book in the early 16th century, the world was a different place. Italy was not unified and consisted of several disparate city states and principalities, as did much of the rest of Europe. This is an advice book for princes as to how to rule their territories including handy household tips as to how to undertake conquests, how to avoid flatterers and how cruel you should be (very is the answer, otherwise a prince will not have respect). You might think that this is about as useful in the 21st Century as an operating manual for a Betamax video recorder. And you'd be right. To an extent. Leaderships skills are, of course, relevant to anyone in a position of authority whether that be a prince, or a president or a business leader or head teacher. Machiavelli didn't spawn the term Machiavellian by being Mr Nice Guy though and this has come to mean that any means justifies the end to make sure a ruler stays in power and the term is now widely used as an insult, especially when describing politicians. That is not to say that Machiavelli exclusively advocated tyranny as a form of control, in fact some of the advice in The Prince is sensible and poignant eg “The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him” and my favourite “The lion cannot protect himself from traps, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves. One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves.” Although this is a relatively short book at less than 5 hours including an excellent introduction (nearly an hour) setting the context of how and when it was written, some of it is a bit heavy going. If I were to listen again I would probably chop the last three chapters that describe in details why the princes of Italy lost their states and the last chapter Exhortation to Seize Italy and to Free Her from the Barbarians which I don't mind saying, left me baffled and confused.

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The most devastating book I've ever read

An early insight into the mind of those who control us,and how they do it.
How many have used this book as an instruction book, on their quest of empire?.

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is what it is

brilliantly narrated. compelling stories and an insight into how powerful people must think, at least on some level. Mr Machiavelli of course a man of his time.

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Makes perfect sense even today

Great teachings! Good wisdom! Very inspiring book if you want to obtain power or control in a certain area or group.

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Excellent book

The content is very good and relevant but the narration is beautiful, one of the best IMO.

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Good, but the written version is better.

So often I find myself listening to a book on Audible first and then purchasing the printed version if I was particularly moved by what I heard.
I did The Prince the other way around - read the print version some years ago and wanted to reacquaint myself with it. I chose Audible as I could get through it on a long journey.

I have to say the print version is far superior to the Audible version. The reason for this is that there are so many insights I simply preferred having the print in front of me to refer back at ease.
The Renaissance history in the final chapters stands the transition to Audible, so there is some redemption!

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fundamental history

a classic read with insight and a strong American accent. Very thought provoking, suitable as reference in all modern scenarios!

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