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A Book of Five Rings Audiobook

A Book of Five Rings: The Strategy of Musashi

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Publisher's Summary

Legendary 17th century swordsman Miyamoto Musashi's exposition of sword fighting, strategy and Zen philosophy. Required reading for any martial artist, business person or student of strategy. Includes the one hour Zen inspired soundtrack The Mysterious Sound of Wind in the Bamboo. Performed on authentic Japanese instruments.

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  • Jonathan Streeter
    22/10/16
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    "a perfect reading"

    perfect reading. the voice the attitude of the speaker match the book perfectly. very pleased with it and be listening to it multiple times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Sydney, Australia
    08/06/16
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    "For the swordsman in us all"

    If you are planning to become a Kendo sportsman or actually do some samurai work then this is the book for you. Mainly dealing with the Katana (long sword) and not the Wakizashi (short sword) it does explain why. Minamoto Musashi has set out his explanation well but does use the caveat that with experience you will understand. I guess you could say that about any skill. I don't quite understand where the 5 Rings comes into it but overall not a bad book but more of a reference book and probably best if you got it in paper back to refer to over and back & forth when necessary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Douglas
    Auburn, WA, United States
    23/05/16
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    "Zen and Swordmanship"

    Though expressed in terms of war, this is a deep guide to right mind in all things

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J.B.
    Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States
    14/04/16
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    "Endless Metaphors on Life"

    The Book of Five Rings, Written by: Miyamoto Musashi, Narrated by: Alec Sand. Masashi is a 17th century master Japanese swordsman, and this book provides his teachings on sword fighting, in the first instance, combat in the second instance and dealing with the adversities of life in its ultimate communication.

    One must be interested in learning how to see the competitive nature of life, contending therein and winning to find value in the memoir. If you see worth in such leaning then this is a study you can read and enjoy as it has much valued perceptions on combat and therein life.

    This is akin in importance to The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli, or the Art of Wary, by Sun Tsu. You can read each and consider, and will undoubtedly return in a few years and reread and continue to learn more each visit. Its knowledge is endless.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Samir
    Miramar, FL, United States
    21/05/12
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    "Excelent"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The History, and the knowlege of the best sowrdman in Japan


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Book of Five Rings?

    A lot


    Did Alec Sand do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The speed


    Any additional comments?

    Excelent for the people that knows martial arts, and spiritual way...

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Anthony Tate.
    Barcelona
    15/05/12
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    "A classic"

    A great book on ancient thinking and strategy from the writings of one of the greatest samurais in history.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • amateco
    Patagonia
    01/01/16
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    "Some insights useful to apply in our daily life"

    The books is mainly devoted to warriors however I found some concepts useful to design our strategy in daily life. Some philosophical concepts

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia Fontana
    26/12/15
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    "What I expected"
    If you could sum up A Book of Five Rings in three words, what would they be?

    Duty- Honor- Loyalty


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have read this before so knew what to expect. Listen/read with an open mind.


    What about Alec Sand’s performance did you like?

    He has the a good voice for narration


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Josh Ells
    04/03/15
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    "Leaves me wanting"

    It was great. But it feels incomplete. It leaves me wanting more. I will be getting the full version of it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reynauld
    26/01/15
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    "Must listen to more than once"

    I think this is very distilled knowledge. Something that needs to be listened to and read a few times to get the full effect. The only annoying thing was the interval music.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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