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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 Trout Lake Media (P)2012 Trout Lake Media

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  • Mike
  • 01-09-2013

Offensive Narration

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator's style.

What didn’t you like about Jim Donaldson’s performance?

He performs with a stereotypical Japanese accent and cadence, despite not being Japanese. It was distracting.

Any additional comments?

A great piece of literature hindered by distracting narration.

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  • Michael
  • 04-10-2013

White washed narrator

The book is written by a Japanese Samurai from the 17th century. Yet the author was clearly was man of European ancestry doing a very thick accent.

The book itself was very enjoyable. But it took me a long time to get over the weird accent.

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  • mr
  • 09-10-2014

Great Clasic

Would you consider the audio edition of A Book of Five Rings: The Strategy of Musashi to be better than the print version?

the points are valid regardless of format.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

the detail of approach and mind sets that benefit you on the path of life.

What does Jim Donaldson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

poor attempts of a Japanese accent that is so think at first its a little distracting. but soon after 15mins he clearly struggles to keep the act up and I found my self not so distracted by his accents.

What did you learn from A Book of Five Rings: The Strategy of Musashi that you would use in your daily life?

It takes deliberate practice and will to attain expertise/genius/mastery, but once you know the way, you will see it in all things.

the book details wonderfully why he feels this is the case.

Any additional comments?

hear or read it. but then leave it a few days and do it again. you'll be surprised how many level his teachings have to them. re-reading with fresh eyes/ears

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  • sam
  • 16-10-2015

A timeless classic with Fabulous narration

I loved the performance. Felt like I was sitting at the feet of the master himself.

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  • "bsjwright"
  • 10-01-2017

Liked the book, but…

I found the book enjoyable but I wasn't too bothered about the last 12 or so chapters of the pipe music. I had previously identified on Audible which version of the book that I needed to get in order to avoid having to endure this, but unfortunately because I have an Apple device I needed to purchase on the Amazon site, which does not distinguish between versions, so I picked the wrong one. Great book otherwise!

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  • A. I. Hutchings
  • 12-04-2013

Great writing, weird performance

The performers determination to perform this text in an asian sounding voice (he is not asian) is unintentionally funny and often detracts from the serious and interesting source material. I'd thoroughly recommend reading the book, but this performer doesn't appreciate the thoughtful and philosophical nature of the text.