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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.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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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..

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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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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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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15 chapters of music kinda weird.

the actual reading is great but the 15 or so chapters of Japanese music is kinda weird.

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Great book on strategy.

This and the art of war by Sun Tzu are the best books on general strategy I've read. They are also really short making for a super easy read.

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Must read book but...

Excellent book and something I’ll read over and over again to digest. However, the last 1.5 hours is just music. This book creator must have decided they needed to add so as to make this one more competitive. Go figure.

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Good story but half the book is Japanese flute

The book was good so was the reading. However what was thought to be an interlude is several chapters of traditional Japanese music. Totally unnecessary.