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Publisher's Summary

Setting down his thoughts on swordplay, on winning, and on spirituality, legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi intended this modest work as a guide for his immediate disciples and future generations of samurai. He had little idea he was penning a masterpiece that would be eagerly devoured by people in all walks of life centuries after his death.

Along with The Art of War by Sun Tzu, The Book of Five Rings has long been regarded as an invaluable treatise on the strategy of winning. Musashi's timeless advice on defeating an adversary, throwing an opponent off-guard, creating confusion, and other techniques for overpowering an assailant was addressed to readers of earlier times on the battlefield and now serves the modern listener in the battle of life.

In this new rendering by the translator of Hagakure and The Unfettered Mind, William Scott Wilson adheres rigorously to the 17th-century Japanese text and clarifies points of ambiguity in earlier translations. In addition, he offers an extensive introduction and a translation of Musashi's rarely published The Way of Walking Alone.

©2002 William Scott Wilson (P)2010 Tantor

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Great guide for a great mindset

Great work, it is quite short though. A lot of the information you will have to investigate thoroughly elsewhere. However, he does put you on the right course for a winning mind set. Really insight into the mind of a man who won over 60 life and death fights.

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The book of the five rings

You should investigate this thoroughly study this in great detail. Put it to practice daily

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An excellent audio book! Will listen again!

A great audio book that's short but containing practical information. Something to review multiple times. Good book!

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Great for disciplining the mind

Though I may not practice anything with a sword this translation of musashis' "book of five rings" helped sharpen my hand to hand skills and organized my dad to day life by learning such rhythms.

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A classic must read

Would you listen to The Book of Five Rings again? Why?

Yes, anyone into martial arts or philosophy.

Any additional comments?

If you read books like "Art of War" then you need this one in your collection as well.

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  • Peter
  • kessel-lo, Belgium
  • 02-13-12

The way of all things.

If you could sum up The Book of Five Rings in three words, what would they be?

Exactly as hoped.

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

The introduction of the book by the original author, Musashi.

Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no idea

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I listened to it 5 times allready, I am sure I will do so again.

Any additional comments?

A marvelous book that I without a doubt will also buy in print. The performance of Scot Brick was excellent, clearly understandable and with good pronouncement, at least as far as I understand it (I do not speak japanese).

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I love the wisdom

this is knowledge you can carry with you and apply in your everyday life. I know that I do.

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Good Lessons Over Multiple Sessions

I've never heard of Musashi until my HVAC Technician (!) told me one of his stories. I currently study Martial Arts: Tang Soo Do. I need multiple listening sessions where I could stop and either visualize or perform Musashi's principles. The narrator has a nice soothing voice.

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Very powerful, very true

this is a classic, and has so much truth and insite. it will likley take several reads to understand. very worth while for anyone honestly, the concepts go so far beyond sword play.

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magnificent.

deep. well spoken. masterpiece. each time iblisten, I learn more about the exceptional teachings of the teacher.

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  • Mr R A Nitman
  • 03-13-18

Interesting listen

Really enjoyed this book. The narration was good, especially considering its a translation, and the story is very interesting.

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  • 08-18-17

struggled with the narration very monotone

book is great although a physical copy is probably better the narration however I found quite monotone so hard to finish in one sitting

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  • Steve
  • 12-05-14

Classic book for martial artists

If you could sum up The Book of Five Rings in three words, what would they be?

Budo, budo & budo

What did you like best about this story?

If you are not a martial artist or have little interest in the martial arts this is not for you. However, every martial artist will find a mind set and pattern that should be all to familiar to them. The authors instruction is simple but direct without any subtle backgrounds that you have to try and fathom. Whilst the exact details focus very specifically on Musashi's own sword style the message being put across is applicable to all martial arts....

Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favourite?

There is only one character

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

N/A

Any additional comments?

The initial introduction is a little long and drawn out in my opinion and seems to last longer than the actual book itself. I personally enjoyed the narrators voice as it added to the age of the book putting it in context to the time of it's writing

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