The Complete Book of Five Rings

  • by Miyamoto Musashi, Kenji Tokitsu (editor and translator)
  • Narrated by Brian Nishii
  • 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Complete Book of Five Rings is an authoritative version of Musashi's classic The Book of Five Rings, translated and annotated by a modern martial arts master, Kenji Tokitsu. Tokitsu has spent most of his life researching the legendary samurai swordsman and his works, and in this book he illuminates this seminal text, along with several other works by Musashi. These include "The Mirror of the Way of Strategy", which Musashi wrote when he was in his 20s; "Thirty-five Instructions on Strategy", and "Forty-two Instructions on Strategy", which were precursors to The Book of Five Rings; and "The Way to Be Followed Alone", which Musashi wrote just days before his death.
Heard together, these five texts give listeners an unusually detailed, nuanced view of Musashi's ideas on swordsmanship, strategy, and self-cultivation. Tokitsu puts all these writings into historical and philosophical context and makes them accessible and relevant to today's listeners and martial arts students. Tokitsu understands Musashi's writings - and Musashi as a martial artist - unusually well and is able to provide a rare insight into the man and his historical contribution.

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Customer Reviews

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Great book and narration

An exellent interoperation of musashi's scrolls with a martialist take on it. Beautifully narrated and I like the comparative analysis between the different scrolls.
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- Lachlan

Brilliantly narrated

I think this book would probably be better to have as a physical copy. The ability to go back and really look at Miyamoto's points and highlight certain bits I think is necessary to really get the most out of it
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- A

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-12-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios