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4.16 out of 54.16 out of 54.16 out of 54.16 out of 54.16 out of 5 4.16 (19 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Miyamoto Musashi Narrator: Jim Donaldson Publisher: Trout Lake Media Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN:
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This is legendary 17th century swordsman Miyamoto Musashi's exposition of sword fighting, strategy, and Zen philosophy. Required listening for any martial artist, business person, or student of strategy, this audiobook includes the one hour Zen inspired soundtrack, The Mysterious Sound of Wind in the Bamboo, performed on authentic Japanese instruments.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 2/13/2014

    " The best of countless translations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J Patrick Ohlde | 2/13/2014

    " 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 Antoine | 2/12/2014

    " Heavy philosophical book on Entrepreneurship, mastering your own will and self. Trends towards martial arts (KenJutsu) and can be disorientating for anyone who doesn't practice it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marshall | 2/8/2014

    " Essential study for any martial student. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Sims | 2/7/2014

    " Read The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi - about the famed duelist and undefeated samurai & The Book of Family Traditions on the Art of War by Yagyu Munenori - about Taoism and Zen and how they apply to the warrior. Both written in the mid-seventeenth century, containing insightful texts on the subtle arts of confrontation and victory. "

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

    " Love this book. Pocket sized. It had a wealth of information. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tasha | 1/23/2014

    " Not really my thing... but a must-read if you practice martial arts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adil | 1/22/2014

    " I read a translation by Ashikaga Yoshiharu and Rosemary Brant. This book puzzled me in that at first glance I seem to have learned nothing else from it than how to hold a sword and attack and enemy, and obvious things like never let your enemy have a chance to recover. I'm definitely missing something, either due to the translation or my inability to read between the lines. I guess I'm supposed to reflect on it and come back to it until I "get it" if there's any wisdom in here. The book is full of lines such as "research this well," "study this thoroughly," "I cannot elaborate on this in writing" and I'm not sure how these are supposed to evoke any insight in me into anything. Furthermore, the topics are elaborated on very little in this book. I have a suspicion that all those people who rated this book highly have filled in the gap with their imagination. The edition I read presents the book as "the cornerstone of Japanese Culture" and I have absolutely no idea how this book played any significant role in Japanese culture; it baffles me. But I guess, as the book says, "these things are not explainable in detail." I can say one positive thing about my experience reading the book: It left me using sword battle as an analogy for human relations and that might be useful somehow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ender | 1/20/2014

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

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

    " Not as good as Hagakure, but it imparts its share of wisdom if you're receptive. The text touts endless metaphors between combat and every day life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen McDonough | 11/19/2013

    " Miyamoto Musashi is amazing. Ultimate Samurai, Insightful Writer, Amazing Artist. A True Japanese Renaissance Man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 10/30/2013

    " 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 Rsoeffker | 9/11/2013

    " Probably the best book on martial arts. This book focuses mostly on sword fighting, but the strategies can be utilized to any martial arts style. Must read for anyone interested in combat. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Indy | 8/6/2013

    " Very difficult to understand, but I read it because I heard that this is one of Hideki Matsui's favorite books... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pmercado | 3/28/2013

    " musashi is one of the greatest fighters of the world, the best swordsman ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 3/21/2013

    " interesting as a supplementary guide to understanding the roots of japanese culture, and the motivations of soldiers in general. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leon | 2/4/2013

    " Personally a good book to read after reading Sun Tzu's Art of War "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iggy | 11/21/2012

    " I can't write about this book like a few others. This is a book I only discuss in person. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ant | 7/15/2012

    " Practial guide to doing things properly. "

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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.