• A Book of Five Rings

  • The Strategy of Musashi
  • By: Miyamoto Musashi
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (274 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This special edition of A Book of Five Rings contains one hour of traditional Japanese flute (shakuhachi) and 43 minutes of music by traditional japanese ensemble. The music appears track by track at the end of the two and a half hour audiobook and is included as wonderful compliment to this dynamic and elegant listening experience. Legendary 17th-century swordsman Miyamoto Musashi’s exposition of sword fighting, strategy, and Zen philosophy. Required listening for any martial artist, business person, or student of strategy.

©2014 Trout Lake Media (P)2014 Trout Lake Media

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Wasted Space

The last chunk of the book is, as far as I can tell, several chapters of nothing but a flute playing. Not sure I understand why... but seems like padding to make this particular version of this classic text longer and therefore more complete.

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Great book but...

It was full of great techniques and strategy. I can definitely use this in my life day to day in dealing with office politics. This book was good for the first few chapters, but the last 20 or so were just Japanese jazz flutes and drum solos. No words, just instrumentals... Yeah..

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Reader is horrible

The reader of this book is second most boring and monotone I've had yet. The lines are read with a disjointed flow as if the reader is continually looking over the same sentence. I'll NEVER get another book read by Alan Munro!

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good story but half the audio book is music.

hard to finish when the second half is nothing but flute music. I wanted a book but got half a musical.

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A simple narration of an old text

I was expecting at least some commentary. Heck, even most bibles provide notes and commentary on the translation. The most interesting part of this audiobook is the 20 minutes or so that tell the story of Musashi. He was an incredible warrior.
The reading of his manuscripts is pretty useless. I can't imagine anyone getting any benefit from listening to the five rings unless you are a historian studying samurai. A waste of time for me.

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Only first 5/27 Chapters are book.

-There is only an hour or so of content.
-It is not as philosophical as I expected.
-It is literally about swordsmanship, with little else to grasp!

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I love it need more story's like that one the narrator writer was great great job

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Read the books description

Almost every review states how they were unhappy with the music at the end. It’s in the description. I feel that The Art of War by Sun Tzu is more relevant for being applicable to everyday life. This book is literally about the strategy of sword fighting. Still a good book.

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excellent audiobook, nice music too

first 10 chapters are the book and then 17 of shakuahatchi music which is quite good. I like this audiobook and recommend it fully!

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great book, I enjoyed the narration

how can you not like this book? I enjoyed the thoughtful and respectful narration and the music at the end was wonderful!

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  • Jordan
  • 04-21-19

More than half of the book is made up of music

Not my type of music so I'm not to happy with my overall purchase 🎶 😡

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-28-21

inspired

the man beat samurai with wooden sticks. absolute must read for those who value strategy