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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.

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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.

4 of 4 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..

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Last 2 hrs are music

Music started playing halfway through the program. Thinking it was the end of a chapter or section I let it run for about a minute and then started skipping ahead. First 30 seconds, then several minutes and eventually entire chapters. The last two hours of the program are just music.

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  • ANDRE
  • Lake Charles
  • 09-30-17

patient instructions

This book, remember, is the written words of a master swordsman. It is not a story, but it tells a few stories of his time. It is deliberately slow and precise; well-versed for any would-be student of strategic, historic swordplay.
He writes in the vein of simple instruction, repeating key items one should remember.
Previous reviews of the audio were demeaning of the instrumentals attached, but I differ in opinion. It lends itself to use in meditation, if you're into that. It was very relaxing.

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half of this recording was flute playing

fantastic book! The lessons of strategy Miyamoto Musashi teaches, manage to still be applicable to modern life well after 300 years. I just feel like 10 plus chapters of flute playing is an odd way to end a book. Maybe you'll dig that extra bonus.

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Martial arts classic

Classic book for anyone taking martial arts, especially Modern Ninjutsu. Very good narrator. Great book.

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The True Way

One would be surprised what an Old Testament and Wisdom, can teach us.
While the vision may seem broad, the precision is that of a falcon. This book, to me, represented the devotion and sacrifice to finding the 'True Way'.

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  • Gerardo
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 12-12-15

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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