The Book of Five Rings

  • by Miyamoto Musashi, William Scott Wilson (translator)
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • 2 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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- Peter

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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- Jlb

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-30-2010
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio