This special edition of A Book of Five Rings contains one hour of traditional Japanese flute (shakuhachi) and 43 minutes of music by traditional japanese ensemble. The music appears track by track at the end of the two and a half hour audiobook and is included as wonderful compliment to this dynamic and elegant listening experience. 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.
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The last chunk of the book is, as far as I can tell, several chapters of nothing but a flute playing. Not sure I understand why... but seems like padding to make this particular version of this classic text longer and therefore more complete.
"Great book but..."
It was full of great techniques and strategy. I can definitely use this in my life day to day in dealing with office politics. This book was good for the first few chapters, but the last 20 or so were just Japanese jazz flutes and drum solos. No words, just instrumentals... Yeah..
"A simple narration of an old text"
I was expecting at least some commentary. Heck, even most bibles provide notes and commentary on the translation. The most interesting part of this audiobook is the 20 minutes or so that tell the story of Musashi. He was an incredible warrior.
The reading of his manuscripts is pretty useless. I can't imagine anyone getting any benefit from listening to the five rings unless you are a historian studying samurai. A waste of time for me.
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