“A man with no motive is a man no one suspects. Always keep your foes confused,” sounds like a quote from Sun Tzu’s The Art of War but it’s actually not. It’s Petyr Baelish, a.k.a. Littlefinger a.k.a. the smoothest tongue in Westeros (okay, we just came up with that one), discussing his own ruthless ambition in an episode of Game of Thrones. Precisely for that reason, Audible Studios’ new audiobook version of The Art of War, read by actor Aidan Gillen who plays Littlefinger, is a stroke of genius. In all honesty, who would be better suited for reading a treatise on the art of warfare, manipulation, and outwitting your enemies than the man who is basically living it?
We can’t help but ask ourselves what other Game of Thrones characters would make for good audio book narrators. Maybe Tyrion Lannister, whose joie de vivre is starting to look like plain old alcoholism, could read the collected works of Charles Bukowski? How about Arya Stark performing a violent epos by Cormack McCarthy, or Jaime Lannister doing Richard Flanagan’s The Sound of One Hand Clapping (okay, low blow). But seriously, there’s so much potential here.