The Prince (Version 4)

Read by Clive Catterall

(4.7 stars; 111 reviews)

This book is a five hundred year old manual for how to run a kingdom or principality. Written in 1513 but not published until 1532, "The Prince" generated controversy even before it got into print. Unlike the many previous "how-to" manuals for new rulers, "The Prince" only judged actions by their effectiveness and did not consider morals or ethics at all. Some of the suggestions were so brutal and amoral that many critics in the 18th century considered "The Prince" to be a satire, as they could not believe that any philosopher would seriously promote such actions. But perhaps the real reason for the discomfort of Machiavelli's critics is that he accurately observes and reports the actions of the most effective rulers of Renaissance Italy.

Despite questions about Machiavelli's intention, there was no question about the effectiveness of his methods. Copies of "The Prince" were owned and studied by Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII of England, the founding fathers of the American revolution, the leaders of the Parliamentarians who destroyed the Monarchy in the English Civil War, the leaders of the Glorious Revolution who restored the Monarchy twenty years later, Napoleon Bonaparte, Joseph Stalin and Benito Mussolini and many others. In the late 20th Century it was even considered the "Mafia Bible" by mobsters John Gotti and Ray DeMeo.

So if you have recently acquired a kingdom or suddenly become the head of an organised crime family, this is the book for you. It's interesting for the rest of us too. (Summary by Clive Catterall) (3 hr 16 min)


Dedication and Chapters 1 to 3 24:28 Read by Clive Catterall
Chapters 4 to 6 16:17 Read by Clive Catterall
Chapters 7 and 8 25:32 Read by Clive Catterall
Chapters 9 to 12 28:14 Read by Clive Catterall
Chapters 13 to 16 22:35 Read by Clive Catterall
Chapters 17 to 19 35:41 Read by Clive Catterall
Chapters 20 to 23 24:40 Read by Clive Catterall
Chapters 24 to 26 19:09 Read by Clive Catterall


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(5 stars)

Great book for anybody who is interested in power, politics,war and manipulation. The information can be interpreted and used for family, busniess and team management. There is lessons to understand herd psychology and rule.

Excellent Reading

(5 stars)

The text is a classic. The reading fits the text exceptionally well.

Excellent audiobook

(5 stars)

This book is of great historical significance. Machiavelli gives a historical explanation of what characteristics are exemplified by successful leaders, and a bit of history on mistakes made by unsuccessful ones. The reader is clear and goes at a steady pace, I listened to this while commuting to and from work.

Another must read.

(5 stars)

Firstly, Kudos! To the narrator, very clear and to the point recitation. This book is a chronicle and really important book, when considering strategies on how to how to conduct and defend oneself, especially when one is in power or coming to be in.


(5 stars)

The prose is very modern and entertaining for a sixteenth century book, and sheds some light on our modern era of autocracy.


(4 stars)

Great work, must read for every leader. knowing a bit of European history would help in greater understanding of this work.


(5 stars)

Excelente book. Amazing insight into the minds of rulers. Top quality reader. Perfect voice, smoothness and pace.

Excellent reading. Thank you.

(5 stars)

Excellent reading, well paced, clear, and a great voice for narration. Thank you!