The Prince

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(4.5 stars; 309 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.
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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 (1969-2023)
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)

Thug Book!!!

(5 stars)

This book was just perfect to listen. I enjoyed it so much. I couldn't wait to lissen to it

(4.5 stars)

nice, thanks to librivox and its volunteer readers. i am finally among those who have read Nicolo's masterpiece

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.

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.

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.