The Book of Five Rings Audiobook [Free Download by Trial]

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The Book of Five Rings

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Setting down his thoughts on swordplay, on winning, and on spirituality, legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi intended this modest work as a guide for his immediate disciples and future generations of samurai. He had little idea he was penning a masterpiece that would be eagerly devoured by people in all walks of life centuries after his death.



  • I enjoyed listening to 'The Book of Five Rings' as it is an old favorite of mine. What I really appreciated about it was the detailed explanations that added depth to the content.
  • This audiobook, "The Book of Five Rings," is undeniably a masterpiece that stands the test of time. Regardless of whether the author actually accomplished what he claimed in his life, it in no way diminishes the profound wisdom contained within. The insight presented could only have been attained by someone who truly achieved great things and lived a specific lifestyle, which granted them such invaluable knowledge.
  • Miyamoto Musashi takes the crown as the top-notch swordsman in "The Book of Five Rings." When it comes to strategy treatises, "Go Rin No Sho" is unparalleled. The translator, Thomas Cleary, deserves accolades for his excellent work. And let's not forget Brian Nishi, whose narration brings the audiobook to life.
  • The narrator's voice is decent, although as an American, I personally find the abundance of Japanese names and their authentic pronunciations uninteresting. It simply doesn't resonate with me. The writing style is excessively verbose, almost patronizingly simplistic as if it were aimed at children. Moreover, the book lacks substantial and valuable information, with only a scant few valuable insights scattered throughout. Consequently, I will be returning this book to get my money back. If I'm seeking this type of knowledge, I'll revisit Robert Greene's "48 Laws of Power" and also reconsider "The Art of War." I believe these two books encompass all the information I require.
  • This audiobook, 'The Book of Five Rings', is quite disappointing. Almost half of the five-hour duration is wasted on a pointless history introduction and a tedious Japanese lesson conclusion, which try to come across as a deep summary. Moreover, the so-called "strategy" discussed in the middle falls short and feels feeble. It's quite surprising that Brian Grazer considers this book to be important, especially considering his lost production deal at Universal.