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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.

©2014 Trout Lake Media (P)2014 Trout Lake Media

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  • Wayne
  • 12-05-2018

Reader is horrible

The reader of this book is second most boring and monotone I've had yet. The lines are read with a disjointed flow as if the reader is continually looking over the same sentence. I'll NEVER get another book read by Alan Munro!

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  • Logical Paradox
  • 20-12-2015

Wasted Space

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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-03-2019

Only first 5/27 Chapters are book.

-There is only an hour or so of content.
-It is not as philosophical as I expected.
-It is literally about swordsmanship, with little else to grasp!

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  • Mario
  • 05-02-2017

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..

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  • Ikela Dean
  • 17-11-2018

I love it need more story's like that one the narrator writer was great great job

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  • Christopher C Coleman
  • 06-11-2018

Read the books description

Almost every review states how they were unhappy with the music at the end. It’s in the description. I feel that The Art of War by Sun Tzu is more relevant for being applicable to everyday life. This book is literally about the strategy of sword fighting. Still a good book.

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  • Jack Frasier
  • 24-06-2018

excellent audiobook, nice music too

first 10 chapters are the book and then 17 of shakuahatchi music which is quite good. I like this audiobook and recommend it fully!

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  • Relar
  • 03-05-2018

good story but half the audio book is music.

hard to finish when the second half is nothing but flute music. I wanted a book but got half a musical.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-04-2020

painful music near end, ruined the book

sorry I am returning this, I didn't need high pitched flutes for an hour at night please

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  • Aaron
  • 07-03-2020

classic

this is a classic! wonderful narration aswell. you will not be disappointed purchase it :)

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  • Jordan
  • 21-04-2019

More than half of the book is made up of music

Not my type of music so I'm not to happy with my overall purchase 🎶 😡

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