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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Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
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.
College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
Though expressed in terms of war, this is a deep guide to right mind in all things
Reading, the arts and physical activity clarify, explain, illustrate, and interpret life’s goods and bads.
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.
The History, and the knowlege of the best sowrdman in Japan
Excelent for the people that knows martial arts, and spiritual way...
I love reading .... And now listening to audiobooks!,,
The books is mainly devoted to warriors however I found some concepts useful to design our strategy in daily life. Some philosophical concepts
Duty- Honor- Loyalty
I have read this before so knew what to expect. Listen/read with an open mind.
He has the a good voice for narration
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.
Great way to read great books on the go. Love Sci Fi especially Orson Scott Card and Star Wars.
I was not as pleased with this book as I had inticipated. The platitudes are very brief and in an audio format it would take severl listens in avery controlled setting to see benefit from its contents.
Personaly, that I do not have the time or focus to be a master of the sword as I can not devote the time he suggests.
His performance was decent, but a little dry.
It was good to have listened so that I know what its' contents are.
I would probably prefer to get this book in printed format.
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