The Prince

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(4.4 stars; 230 reviews)

ll Principe (The Prince) is a political treatise by the Florentine writer Niccolò Machiavelli, originally called “De Principatibus” (About Principalities). It was written around 1513, but not published until 1532, five years after Machiavelli’s death. The treatise is not actually representative of his published work during his lifetime, but it is certainly the best remembered one. (Summary from (5 hr 54 min)


Translator 18:32 Read by Chip
The Man and His Work 12:20 Read by Gesine
Author 3:31 Read by Chip
Ch. 01-03 23:08 Read by Kristin LeMoine
Ch. 04-06 19:05 Read by Chip
Ch. 07-08 30:45 Read by Gesine
Ch. 09-11 21:21 Read by Chip
Ch. 12-13 24:11 Read by Kristin LeMoine
Ch. 14-16 16:45 Read by Kara Shallenberg
Ch. 17-18 16:22 Read by Hugh McGuire
Ch. 19 27:06 Read by Gesine
Ch. 20-22 23:48 Read by Chip
Ch. 23-26 31:22 Read by John Gonzalez
Appendix 01 16:01 Read by Jim Mowatt
The Life Of Castruccio Castracani Of Lucca 28:38 Read by Chip
The Life Of Castruccio Castracani Of Lucca 41:39 Read by Chip


Good read, good recording

(4 stars)

Books recorded by multiple readers are always a mixed bag, but this one is consistently pretty good. Seven sections are recorded by Chip, who reads thoughtfully and expressively.

A must read for anyone interested in the History of the West

(5 stars)

Great and insightfull novel, well read

(5 stars)

The book is well worth its reputation and even though we are not all princes I think everyone kan learn from his advice. the history of castruccio castracani an insightfull tale on the kind of monarch he describes. Between the readers tone can differ a lot, but the style and quality is concistently great.

(4.5 stars)

Great book. Very “readable” and Chip and Gisine were excellent readers but the reader of what are considered The most important chapters of the Prince was terribly disappointing, almost whispering and completely monotone. Sorry but must be honest in writing a review. Other readers varied from competent to below par I do however appreciate that one volunteers to read

Different narrators make it hard

(3.5 stars)

Ideally, this would have been read by one person. The drastic changes of voice and accent distract from the narrative. Narrator quality also varies. Still, it's perfectly listenable and fantastic book.

(3 stars)

Good book well read, but terribly recorded. The bar did not keep up with the audio, so there were long periods of silence at the end, and the time was wrong

The Prince

(5 stars)

I much enjoyed the reading for this text. I also like the diversity of readers, of whom all skilled and passionate bringing this remarkable document to life.

(4 stars)

Very well written and an intriguing, brief look into Machiavelli's time period. The narration quality for some chapters was slightly lacking, but definitely listenable.