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    • Hagakure

    • The Book of the Samurai
    • By: William Scott Wilson (translator), Yamamoto Tsunetomo
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 321
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 291
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 288

    Living and dying with bravery and honor is at the heart of Hagakure, a series of texts written by an 18th-century samurai, Yamamoto Tsunetomo. It is a window into the samurai mind, illuminating the concept of bushido (the Way of the Warrior), which dictated how samurai were expected to behave, conduct themselves, live, and die.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Way to Experience the Book Again

    • By WildKarrde on 07-10-17

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Obesity Code

    • Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss
    • By: Dr. Jason Fung
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,103
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,482
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,415

    In this highly listenable and provocative book, Dr. Jason Fung sets out an original, robust theory of obesity that provides startling insights into proper nutrition. In addition to his five basic steps - a set of lifelong habits that will improve your health and control your insulin levels - Dr. Fung explains how to use intermittent fasting to break the cycle of insulin resistance and reach a healthy weight - for good.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • We'll see, but .... why is this not common knowledge.

    • By PSBoyte on 04-30-17

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Complete Book of Five Rings

    • By: Miyamoto Musashi, Kenji Tokitsu (editor and translator)
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 637
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 570
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 565

    The Complete Book of Five Rings is an authoritative version of Musashi's classic The Book of Five Rings, translated and annotated by a modern martial arts master, Kenji Tokitsu. Tokitsu has spent most of his life researching the legendary samurai swordsman and his works, and in this book he illuminates this seminal text, along with several other works by Musashi.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best translation I have encountered.

    • By DW on 05-27-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • A River in Darkness

    • One Man's Escape from North Korea
    • By: Masaji Ishikawa, Risa Kobayashi - translator, Martin Brown - translator
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 854
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 770
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 769

    Half-Korean, half-Japanese, Masaji Ishikawa has spent his whole life feeling like a man without a country. This feeling only deepened when his family moved from Japan to North Korea when Ishikawa was just 13 years old. His father, himself a Korean national, was lured to the new Communist country by false promises of abundant work and a higher station in society. In this memoir translated from the original Japanese, Ishikawa candidly recounts his tumultuous upbringing and the brutal 36 years he spent living under a crushing totalitarian regime.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Awful! And I don't mean the book . . .

    • By DJW on 01-03-18

    Regular price: $17.49

    • The Essential Dogen

    • Writings of the Great Zen Master
    • By: Peter Levitt (editor), Kazuaki Tanahashi (editor)
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 340
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 293
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 294

    This is the first book to offer the great master's incisive wisdom in short selections taken from the whole range of his voluminous works. The pithy and powerful readings, arranged according to theme, provide a perfect introduction to Dogen - and inspire spiritual practice in people of all traditions.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of Buddhism's most influential teachers.

    • By Tom Phillpotts on 08-21-15

    Regular price: $2.99

    • The Art of Peace

    • Teachings of the Founder of Aikido
    • By: John Stevens - translator, Morihei Ueshiba
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 231
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 205
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 200

    The inspirational teachings in this collection show that the real way of the warrior is based on compassion, wisdom, fearlessness, and love of nature. The teachings are drawn from the talks and writings of Morihei Ueshiba, founder of the popular Japanese martial art of Aikido, a mind-body discipline he called the "Art of Peace", which offers a nonviolent way to victory in the face of conflict. Ueshiba believed that Aikido principles could be applied to all the challenges we face in life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Highly recommended!

    • By MICHAEL G VON RUPP on 04-05-17

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Great Passage

    • By: Shion Miura, Juliet Winters Carpenter - translator
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 138
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 127
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 132

    Inspired as a boy by the multiple meanings to be found for a single word in the dictionary, Kohei Araki is devoted to the notion that a dictionary is a boat to carry us across the sea of words. But after thirty-seven years creating them at Gembu Books, it's time for him to retire and find his replacement. He discovers a kindred spirit in Mitsuya Majime - a young, disheveled square peg with a penchant for collecting antiquarian books and a background in linguistics - whom he swipes from his company's sales department.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Engaging, unusual, fun

    • By LGLH on 02-11-18

    Regular price: $19.99

    • The Heart of Meditation

    • Discovering Innermost Awareness
    • By: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Jeffrey Hopkins (Editor and Translator)
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama provides intimate details on an advanced meditation practice called Dzogchen using a visionary poem by the 19th-century saint Patrul Rinpoche, author of the Buddhist classic Words of My Perfect Teacher. The Dalai Lama deftly connects how training the mind in compassion for other beings is directly related to - and in fact a prerequisite for - the very pinnacle of Buddhist meditation.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What a deep book....

    • By Cian on 01-31-18

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Go

    • By: Kazuki Kaneshiro, Takami Nieda
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 27

    As a Korean student in a Japanese high school, Sugihara has had to defend himself against all kinds of bullies. But nothing could have prepared him for the heartache he feels when he falls hopelessly in love with a Japanese girl named Sakurai. Immersed in their shared love for classical music and foreign movies, the two gradually grow closer and closer. One night, after being hit by personal tragedy, Sugihara reveals to Sakurai that he is not Japanese - as his name might indicate.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Koreans in Japan After WW-II

    • By Ike K. Hong on 04-11-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Spring Snow

    • By: Yukio Mishima
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 101
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 88
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 90

    Spring Snow is set in Tokyo in 1912, when the hermetic world of the ancient aristocracy is being breached for the first time by outsiders -- rich provincial families unburdened by tradition, whose money and vitality make them formidable contenders for social and political power. Among this rising new elite are the ambitious Matsugae, whose son has been raised in a family of the waning aristocracy, the elegant and attenuated Ayakura.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An extraordinary work.......

    • By UMARRAJ on 05-29-14

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Burning Chrome

    • By: William Gibson
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Dennis Holland, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 502
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 382
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 395

    William Gibson's dark visions of computer cowboys, bio-enhanced soldiers of fortune, and hi-tech lowlifes have won unprecedented praise. Included here are some of the most famous short fiction and novellas by the author of Count Zero and Neuromancer.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Hypnotic dreams of a gleaming, gritty future

    • By Ryan on 03-15-14

    Regular price: $21.95

    • Training the Samurai Mind

    • A Bushido Sourcebook
    • By: Thomas Cleary (translator/editor)
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 114
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 102

    Training the Samurai Mind gives an insider's view of the samurai world: the moral and psychological development of the warrior, the ethical standards they were meant to uphold, their training in both martial arts and strategy, and the enormous role that the traditions of Shintoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism had in influencing samurai ideals.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A great classic

    • By Luis Pires on 01-22-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Samurai Rising

    • The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune
    • By: Pamela S. Turner
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    Minamoto Yoshitsune should not have been a samurai. But his story is legend in this real-life saga. This epic warrior tale may sound like a novel, but this is the true story of the greatest samurai in Japanese history. When Yoshitsune was just a baby, his father went to war with a rival samurai family - and lost. His father was killed, his mother captured, and his surviving half-brother banished. Yoshitsune was sent away to live in a monastery. Skinny, small, and unskilled in the warrior arts, he nevertheless escaped and learned the ways of the samurai.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Book

    • By Jim on 05-24-17

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Cult X

    • By: Fuminori Nakamura, Kalau Almony - translator
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 2

    When Toru Narazaki's girlfriend, Ryoko, disappears, he tries to track her down, despite the warnings of a private detective he's hired to find her. Ryoko's past is shrouded in mystery, but the one concrete clue leads him to a compound in the heart of Tokyo, with a group that seems to be a cult led by a charismatic guru. Narazaki plunges into the secretive world of the cult, ready to expose himself to any of the guru's brainwashing tactics if it means he can learn the truth about Ryoko. But the cult isn't what he expected, and he has no idea of the bubbling violence beneath its surface.

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Sky Above, Great Wind

    • The Life and Poetry of Zen Master Ryokan
    • By: Kazuaki Tanahashi
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 159
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141

    Ryokan (1758–1831) is, along with Dogen and Hakuin, one of the three giants of Zen in Japan. But unlike his two renowned colleagues, Ryokan was a societal dropout, living mostly as a hermit and a beggar. He was never head of a monastery or temple. He liked playing with children. He had no dharma heir. Even so, people recognized the depth of his realization, and he was sought out by people of all walks of life for the teaching to be experienced in just being around him.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Great Fool

    • By Susie on 03-03-15

    Regular price: $2.99

    • The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea

    • By: Yukio Mishima
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 90
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 79
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 79

    A band of savage 13-year-old boys reject the adult world as illusory, hypocritical, and sentimental, and train themselves in a brutal callousness they call 'objectivity'. When the mother of one of them begins an affair with a ship's officer, he and his friends idealise the man at first; but it is not long before they conclude that he is in fact soft and romantic. They regard this disallusionment as an act of betrayal on his part - and the retribution is deliberate and horrifying.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Unsettling writing, flawed reading

    • By Erez on 11-22-12

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Sound of Waves

    • By: Yukio Mishima
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 5 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 48

    Set in a remote fishing village in Japan, The Sound of Waves is a timeless story of first love. A young fisherman is entranced at the sight of the beautiful daughter of the wealthiest man in the village. They fall in love, but must then endure the calumny and gossip of the villagers.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Remote Japanese island beautifully depicted

    • By Bruce on 09-17-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Obesity Code

    • Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss
    • By: Jason Fung
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 23

    We are in the midst of an obesity epidemic, but despite being inundated with diet advice we are only getting fatter. We count calories and exercise regularly, yet still the pounds won't budge. Why? In this highly enjoyable and provocative book, Dr Jason Fung sets out a groundbreaking new theory: that obesity is caused by our hormones, rather than a lack of self-control. He reveals that overproduction of insulin in the body is the root cause of obesity and obesity-related illnesses including type 2 diabetes

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • fantastic listen! the truth is out there

    • By Anonymous User on 06-03-18

    Regular price: $21.50

    • When Awareness Becomes Natural

    • A Guide to Cultivating Mindfulness in Everyday Life
    • By: Sayadaw U Tejaniya
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72

    Finding awareness in any kind of ordinary daily activity... The first trade book from a Southeast Asian Buddhist monk-teacher who is becoming prominent worldwide, particularly in the insight meditation community. Meditation is great - but it's not what Buddhist practice is all about. That's the message of this engaging and funny Burmese Buddhist monk, and it's a message that is finding a significant following among Westerners in the insight meditation tradition.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Gem

    • By Yixiao on 12-05-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Yamada Monogatari: Demon Hunter

    • By: Richard Parks
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 188
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 169
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 169

    In an ancient Japan where the incursions of gods, ghosts, and demons into the living world is an everyday event, an impoverished nobleman named Yamada no Goji makes his living as a demon hunter for hire. With the occasional assistance of the reprobate exorcist Kenji, whatever the difficulty - ogres, demons, fox-spirits - for a price Yamada will do what needs to be done, even and especially if the solution to the problem isn’t as simple as the edge of a sword.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Demon Hunter mini stories

    • By mary on 01-29-15

    Regular price: $24.95

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