A Book of Five Rings

  • by Miyamoto Musashi
  • Narrated by Alec Sand
  • 1 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Legendary 17th century swordsman Miyamoto Musashi’s exposition of sword fighting, strategy and Zen philosophy. Required reading for any martial artist, business person or student of strategy. Includes the one hour Zen inspired soundtrack The Mysterious Sound of Wind in the Bamboo. Performed on authentic Japanese instruments.


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Endless Metaphors on Life

The Book of Five Rings, Written by: Miyamoto Musashi, Narrated by: Alec Sand. Masashi is a 17th century master Japanese swordsman, and this book provides his teachings on sword fighting, in the first instance, combat in the second instance and dealing with the adversities of life in its ultimate communication.

One must be interested in learning how to see the competitive nature of life, contending therein and winning to find value in the memoir. If you see worth in such leaning then this is a study you can read and enjoy as it has much valued perceptions on combat and therein life.

This is akin in importance to The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli, or the Art of Wary, by Sun Tsu. You can read each and consider, and will undoubtedly return in a few years and reread and continue to learn more each visit. Its knowledge is endless.
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- J.B. "Reading, the arts and physical activity clarify, explain, illustrate, and interpret life’s goods and bads."


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

The History, and the knowlege of the best sowrdman in Japan

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

A lot

Did Alec Sand do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?


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

The speed

Any additional comments?

Excelent for the people that knows martial arts, and spiritual way...

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- Samir

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-07-2011
  • Publisher: Trout Lake Media