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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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A strategists must read, just not this narrator

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Owning this book, buying it to listen to was a spur of the moment decision. Make sure to listen to the sample and listen to the poor narration before purchase.

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Don't misunderstand me, this a great book by the greatest Samurai of all time. Worth the read or listen, just not this one.

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Read all of it in one day, then read it once a day forever

This is not a normal book with a start a finish. Reading the whole thing once is almost pointless, but I recommend doing it once so you can see a overview of the idea of this book. After that, 2 or 3 pages is something you could read over and over again for days, weeks, or even months, until that one though in those few pages becomes apart of you. Isn't his way, it could take you 2 hours to read this book and 2 decades to master what's inside.

I also find it rather encouraging, Musashi has a can-do, no nonsense way of thinking, and writes in a tone that comes across clear and to the point. If you explain all your problems to him, he could tell you in a few words how to try and fix things and almost make you feel silly for overthinking. In that way, it's good practice to whip this book out once a day for a minute or 2, like checking a text message, and having this ancient master impart any wisdom to you, if for nothing else, that invaluable reminder.

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Japanese Warrior Culture

A quick and interesting read on the arts of the sword of old Japan. The Swordmaster tells you many techniques to control yourself and your spirit in many situations. Much like other Asian Philosophical works this will benefit you in every day life.

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Wouldn't Want To Meet This Guy In Battle

Would you consider the audio edition of A Book of Five Rings to be better than the print version?

Yes, the narrator was awesome! The voice, pacing, and music was all well done.

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Favorite take away is the importance of daily, constant practice.

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a perfect reading

perfect reading. the voice the attitude of the speaker match the book perfectly. very pleased with it and be listening to it multiple times.

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For the swordsman in us all

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.

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Zen and Swordmanship

Though expressed in terms of war, this is a deep guide to right mind in all things

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Endless Metaphors on Life

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.

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  • Samir
  • Miramar, FL, United States
  • 05-21-12

Excelent

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The History, and the knowlege of the best sowrdman in Japan

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Book of Five Rings?

A lot

Did Alec Sand do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The speed

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Excelent for the people that knows martial arts, and spiritual way...

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A classic

A great book on ancient thinking and strategy from the writings of one of the greatest samurais in history.

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  • Brian
  • 07-01-16

A truly great thinker

Although the book focusses on 'Bushido', in its pure sense Musashi's way of strategy is ever applicable to modern leadership.

The narration matches the content well.