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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A strategists must read, just not this narrator

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Owning this book, buying it to listen to was a spur of the moment decision. Make sure to listen to the sample and listen to the poor narration before purchase.


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Don't misunderstand me, this a great book by the greatest Samurai of all time. Worth the read or listen, just not this one.

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- John

Read all of it in one day, then read it once a day forever

This is not a normal book with a start a finish. Reading the whole thing once is almost pointless, but I recommend doing it once so you can see a overview of the idea of this book. After that, 2 or 3 pages is something you could read over and over again for days, weeks, or even months, until that one though in those few pages becomes apart of you. Isn't his way, it could take you 2 hours to read this book and 2 decades to master what's inside.

I also find it rather encouraging, Musashi has a can-do, no nonsense way of thinking, and writes in a tone that comes across clear and to the point. If you explain all your problems to him, he could tell you in a few words how to try and fix things and almost make you feel silly for overthinking. In that way, it's good practice to whip this book out once a day for a minute or 2, like checking a text message, and having this ancient master impart any wisdom to you, if for nothing else, that invaluable reminder.
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- Luis C. Santiago

Book Details

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