Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger in Game of Thrones (Source: HBO)

Sun Tzu’s The Art Of War is perhaps the most widely read and revered text on military strategy in existence. And now the ancient manuscript has made its way into a new audiobook, narrated by the velvety Irish voice of actor Aidan Gillen. Gillen is known for playing schemers and social climbers, including Lord Petyr Baelish, a.k.a. Littlefinger, on HBO’s Game Of Thrones and Tommy Carcetti on The Wire, both characters that would probably utter sultry proverbs like “let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night” if they were in ancient China. So he’s an obvious choice for the job.

The bigger question here is: who, precisely, wants to listen to an Art Of War audiobook? And, more importantly, where will these people listen to an Art Of War audiobook? The gym, while focusing with steely resolve on the treadmill miles as they rocket past the marathon mark? The car, while driving with yet more steely resolve to a social media strategy meeting with Isiah Whitlock, Jr.? All options are equally terrifying. That said, interested parties can purchase the audiobook from Audible beginning today.

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