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Download A Book of Five Rings: The Strategy of Musashi Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9,794 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Miyamoto Musashi Narrator: Alec Sand Publisher: Trout Lake Media Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN:
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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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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin Tucker | 2/4/2014

    " Musashi must have been a very interesting and dangerous person. He had some very definate views on the martial arts and how to train the body and mind. I find a lot of his teachings to be foreign to many of my own ideas about how to act and live out my life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clayton Chase | 1/30/2014

    " In the void is virtue, and no evil. Wisdom has existence, principle has existence, the Way has existence, spirit is nothingness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/29/2014

    " very good and also a great read for anyone who is in business for themselves or wants an extra court advantage! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 1/9/2014

    " I read this after finishing Mushashi by Eji Yoshikawa. It was an interesting read, and I suppose it added to the Mushashi story like an appendix or something. I would recommend it only if you got a bit fanatical about samurai. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mikekite | 1/6/2014

    " If you don't know how to use a sword, don't bother. This book is often tauted by business leaders as a strategy book, in much the same way that Sun Tzu's book 'The Art of War' is tauted. The comparison is impractical. Sun-Tzu was far more a philosopher than Musashi. I took Iaido for 3 years before I could read this book. It IS good for strategy, but you don't get the metaphors without learning the sword first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zack Wagoner | 1/6/2014

    " Essential brain food for the true martial artist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil | 12/22/2013

    " A good book for strategy, but the principles can be applied in other areas besides warfare. Take some time and read this one, it can teach you some good lessons. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ahsan | 12/8/2013

    " Lucid, yet compressed. This is the kind of book that needs to be revisited frequently. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucas Hagane | 12/2/2013

    " Passei a respeitar mais Musashi... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 12/2/2013

    " Helping me to further world dominance "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wolfy | 12/2/2013

    " I'm sure that much of this book get lost in translation, however it's a refreshing insight into feudal Japan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andreas | 11/21/2013

    " Gets four stars for simply being astonishingly coherent in its principles' translation to modern day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grillo | 11/15/2013

    " fascinating read, but i don't really get why they file this into 'spirituality', because it's very earthly, and pragmatic. it's a kind of spirituality i'm not used to at all, and it's refreshing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt Fontanesi | 11/9/2013

    " Thought provoking aphorisms, but the book lacks momentum and tends to be very repetitive. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Steve Lane | 7/19/2013

    " The audio book bored me by the second disc. I think it might be more interesting to anyone heavily into self-defense or some warrior code. In all fairness I probably should have left this one on the bookshelf. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ender | 6/3/2013

    " This book really opened my mind. Every man in the world should read it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Riot | 1/4/2013

    " More about the mindset to be in rather than actual fighting. While some ideas may be harder to grasp than others, this is the kind of book that speaks to you more and more the more times you read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Arnþór Logi Arnarson | 12/28/2012

    " Did not find anything real profound in this book. However I am open to the option of a second read, as it is not long and many years have passed since the first read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ThunderPhunk TheGreat | 8/20/2012

    " This book is generally discarded by most readers as only readable if you are becoming a swordsman or warrior, but it actually is full of valuable life lessons from a legendary man...I recommend it...blessings "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 7/25/2012

    " An interesting book, though more like a collection of thoughts squished together than an outright book. Some of the parts are very basic and I found myself almost skimming ahead. Other parts are wonderfully philosophical. I think it'll make a nice reference book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J Patrick Ohlde | 7/6/2012

    " A lot of people use the Art of War for their business strategy and war strategy but I prefer the Book of Five Rings. To my mind, it offers much greater insight into tactics than the aforementioned. It has helped me in my day to day life and in my relationships greatly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 1/24/2012

    " Classic strategy text by the most famous swordsman of Japan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassandra | 11/26/2011

    " This is one of my all time favorites. Helps me get my head into the game. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay | 5/10/2011

    " I think this will definitely help my fencing, because I'm feeling like I'm stuck at a plateau. I need to think of a fencing bout as life or death to get better, and this advice is right toward that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 4/30/2011

    " I read this and found it interesting as it is something I do have an interest in. The problem being is it isn't something I practice so a lot was lost on me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anwar | 4/9/2011

    " Very good strategy book, still reading it from time to time, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 3/31/2011

    " Very insightful look into the mind of the samurai warriors! Although, being told "You should study this well" after every single lesson got somewhat annoying.

    Still a fascinating read.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lex | 3/6/2011

    " Martial Artist or not, this book will inspire you and impart some ancient wisdom into your life. Miyamoto Musashi was the epitome of legend. Read it for yourself if you haven't already. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Billy | 2/17/2011

    " the best example of unconventional thinking that i've ever seen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua | 1/21/2011

    " Ancient, esoteric? I liked it, but is it useful? hard to say, I got more out of the words and the structure of the book itself, than anything else. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerr | 1/11/2011

    " If you don't read anything else, read this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alec | 1/3/2011

    " Up to the water scroll so far - this is some stilted ass prose and poorly organized paragraphs like woah, but its fun. "

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About the Author
Author Miyamoto MusashiMiyamoto Musashi (1584-1645) was a renowned samurai warrior who, from age 13 to 30, fought and won over sixty duels. Between the ages of 30 and 50 he became known as a skilled craftsman and sculptor, as well as a calligrapher and a prolific painter. It was during this time that he formulated the ideas that later became A Book of Five Rings.