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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.

8 of 8 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..

6 of 6 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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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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what the heck is with the flute?

why was it 2 hrs of book and 2 hrs of flute music? Seriously?! Was there not another short book instead?

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A book of Five Rings

Very interesting book well worth the $1.00
short though only 5 chapters the remaining 22 chapters is music.

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Shorter book than I thought

I don't like how the ending of the book isn't a book at all but instead just a traditional east asian instrument being played for 1 hour 30 minutes. I would've preferred to know that before I bought the book.

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Great read

Any additional comments?

Only issue I had with this book was that the wind pipe was blown for about 2 of the 4 hours during the duration of the book. I think that was very unnecessary.

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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.