This abridged version of Clausewitz's magnum opus follows the text of the New and Revised Edition (edition by F.N. Maude in 1908) of Col. J.J. Graham's translation. Of the original three volumes, this version includes all of Volume I (except for the last chapter on night fighting) and six of the nine chapters of Book Eight of Volume III (The Plan of War). The editor's objective was to select those portions which most closely relate to our own time.
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"What makes On War so timely is that, unlike most military strategists and theoreticians, Clausewitz did not advocate war or recommend specific courses of action, but merely thought to describe war's character and dynamics." (Harper's Magazine)
The woman spoke so fast it was hard for me to understand what she was talking about. Out of the 30+ books I've listened to on Audible, this was the worst by far.
I listen in the car, and as much as I like this tome, the terrible audio makes me regret this purchase.
"Warning: Do not buy.Botched recording."
This is not audible. The recording is so bad the book is absolutely useless. It is way below normal Ausible standards. Don't buy it, even if it is the only recording of this book on Audible. Your money is lost.
No, but it has shaken my confindence in Audible quality standards and its attitude towards subscribers and costumers in general.
Audible could have admitted that the recording is hortible, removed it from the catalogue as suggested and reimbursed my credit. I feel ripped off.
"Bad Audio Quality"
I believe the audio was re-mastered from the early 90's, the narrator is british and the quality is not quite good, it takes a while to get use to but If you are determined to hear and understand you will. I guess clauswitz would call it friction
The subject matter is obviously incredible, however I find the narrater rushes through the text a bit too much. Understanding the complex ideas Clausewitz is trying to articulate takes time for digestion. Speeding through the process makes it more difficult to have one complete thought or maxim understood. Instead, disjointed segments of ideas are scrambled in the readers brain requiring them to re-read some of the passages. Overall the book is great but the tempo could be scaled back a little.
Carl von Clausewitz is some what difficult to understand. It is military theory and is not light reading. You might find humor in the audio version of this text, but on a more serious note it did allow for me to pass my class on the History of Warfare. If you are looking for other Military Theory, I enjoyed Sun-Tzu's "Art of War" much more.
"I regret buying this. Her voice turned me away."
I love the actual book. I bought this to listen while I commute to work, and do other tasks around the house. From the audiobook, I retained about 3%. Her voice made it extremely difficult to stay focused. It made me want to do anything else except pay attention to her.
"Not worth the time or money."
A philosophical, political and mathematical look at war, that is as boring as it sounds. I am a history major so I can tolerate boring material. However, this book is irritatingly repetitive and slow.
If you are interested in the theory of War I recommend Sun Tzu's The Art of War.
It was like listening to theories with King James prose narrated by my grandmother. Looking for better translation.
"Better than reading it!"
so if you are listening to On War it is probably not because you are doing this for fun..it is probably for school. So given that we all know this is mandatory pain....the audio version is much better to work with than falling asleep reading it in book form.
I wish the audio book was broken up in Books and chapters the way it is in hard copy, but other than that I was able to follow and keep up with my class readings.
"Excellent book, awful narration."
This lady's voice is extremely high pitched and kind of annoying.
Had to adjust the bass in my car just to get through it. Ridiculously high pitched and screechy l, which ruined the audio narration of the book.
Need to repurchase this book with different narration of available. Kind of feel ripped off.
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