By Isabella Biedenharn
March 31, 2015 at 02:40 PM EDT

Classic war literature meets contemporary war TV in a new audiobook featuring Aidan Gillen, who plays Littlefinger on Game of Thrones, narrating Sun Tzu’s classic military treatise The Art of War. The audio feels more like a performance than simply listening to someone read, thanks both to the dramatic skill of the narrator and the timelessness of the text.

“This was a fascinating book to narrate, with surprisingly apt insights into modern life on every page,” said Gillen. “And as an artistic endeavor, The Art of War was a natural progression from the Machiavellian strategist I play on television. It turns out Sun Tzu and Littlefinger have a lot in common.”

For the uninitiated: The Art of War is an ancient Chinese guide to practical warfare. Because its strategies carry over so naturally into business and personal dealings, the book has endured for over 2000 years.

Check out EW‘s exclusive clip from the collaboration below, and download The Art of War at Audible.

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