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A Book of Five Rings Audiobook

A Book of Five Rings: The Strategy of Musashi

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Publisher's Summary

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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    05-05-17
    05-05-17 Member Since 2017
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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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    Daniel 12-31-16
    Daniel 12-31-16 Member Since 2015

    Audible fanatic

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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.


    Any additional comments?

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

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    Jonathan Streeter 10-22-16 Member Since 2016
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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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    Michael 06-08-16
    Michael 06-08-16

    Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

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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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    Douglas 05-23-16
    Douglas 05-23-16 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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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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    J.B. 04-14-16
    J.B. 04-14-16

    Reading, the arts and physical activity clarify, explain, illustrate, and interpret life’s goods and bads.

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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
    Samir Miramar, FL, United States 05-21-12
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    "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...

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Tate. 05-15-12
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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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    amateco 01-01-16
    amateco 01-01-16

    I love reading .... And now listening to audiobooks!,,

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    "Some insights useful to apply in our daily life"

    The books is mainly devoted to warriors however I found some concepts useful to design our strategy in daily life. Some philosophical concepts

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    Patricia Fontana 12-26-15 Member Since 2016
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    "What I expected"
    If you could sum up A Book of Five Rings in three words, what would they be?

    Duty- Honor- Loyalty


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have read this before so knew what to expect. Listen/read with an open mind.


    What about Alec Sand’s performance did you like?

    He has the a good voice for narration


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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