The Book of Five Rings

  • by Miyamoto Musashi
  • Narrated by Kevin Theis
  • 2 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From Wikipedia: The Book of Five Rings is a text on kenjutsu and the martial arts in general, written by the swordsman Miyamoto Musashi circa 1645. There have been various translations made over the years, and it enjoys an audience considerably broader than only that of martial artists: for instance, some business leaders find its discussion of conflict and taking the advantage to be relevant to their work.
Musashi establishes a "no-nonsense" theme throughout the text. For instance, he repeatedly remarks that technical flourishes are excessive, and contrasts worrying about such things with the principle that all technique is simply a method of cutting down one's opponent. He also continually makes the point that the understandings expressed in the book are important for combat on any scale, whether a one-on-one duel or a massive battle.

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Philosophy of combat

I enjoyed this book the Book of Five Rings as it is a book of martial discipline in sword fighting but can be applied to many more aspects of life. Everyone faces conflict in their lives and while most of it doesn't require wielding a sword the lessons found in this book can help you find a creative solution.

Being a book written in 17th century Japan its hard to give the book itself a critical review, however Kevin Theis does a great job as the narrator and clearly marking between the words of the author and the footnotes added in to give the listener context to what is being said.

***I received a free copy from the author, publisher or narrator at my request in exchange for an honest review***
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- Ryan

An Important Book

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I read this book as a teenager so listening to it was a good refresher. Even though the text is almost five hundred years old, there are important lessons throughout that will help anyone in all aspects of life (business, personal, etc) -- including if you are a samurai or want to become one. :)

The narrator did a good job in making it conversational because at times the text can be rather cumbersome.

Please note that I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review

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- Koji Steven Sakai

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-07-2017
  • Publisher: Kanji Audio