The Book of Five Rings

  • by Miyamoto Musashi
  • Narrated by Ron Welch
  • 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From youth my heart has been inclined toward the Way of strategy. My first duel was when I was thirteen, I struck down a strategist of the Shinto school, one Arima Kihei. When I was sixteen I struck down an able strategist, Tadashima Akiyama. When I was twenty-one I went up to the capital and met all manner of strategists, never once failing to win in many contests.
After that I went from province to province duelling with strategists of various schools, and not once failed to win even though I had as many as sixty encounters. This was between the ages of thirteen and twenty-eight or twenty-nine.
When I reached thirty I looked back on my past. The previous victories were not due to my having mastered strategy. Perhaps it was natural ability, or the order of heaven, or that other schools' strategy was inferior. After that I studied morning and evening searching for the principle, and came to realise the Way of strategy when I was fifty.

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Move over ART OF WAR

This is a very technical how-to primer in the vein of Lao Tzu's Art of war. While the practical value is extremely limited to practitioners of this particular martial art, the delivery by Ron Welch was almost musical in his narration. I will be thinking of this book for some time to come. I was provided a copy of this audio book in exchange for an unbiased review.
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- paul

Author implores you to study his work carefully!

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

Possibly... if a friend was aspiring to be a swordsman.


Any additional comments?

The narrator did an excellent job at bringing to life, what might have been a rather dry read. I suspect that a person might know that they will enjoy this book before even reading/listening to it, if you think you will, you most likely will be right, if you think you will not, you will likely be equally right.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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- Adam

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-28-2016
  • Publisher: Takeshi Audio