Interests in Design/Engineering, Architecture, & History
My reaction, put simply is - I can't tell if the author is trying to justify the merits of being a motorcycle mechanic to us or to himself. It's as if he started off overly in defense of his career choice, as if bitter of the lack of respect he feels people may hold for him because he is a mechanic, rather than a think tank academic. By the end, he just sounds very full of himself and rather intolerable. and the worst part? I more or less agree with what he's saying.
first if not you have not read Zin and the art of motorcycle maintenance then read that book and come. Back. I am college educate who found his career though a trade. I agree with the basic supposition that as society we have devalue manual labor and six years of education ending with goofy cap and dress and pice paper with the words PHD don't empower you with Godley powers. if find first chapters hard skip them the re al meat is after chapter 4 and it is good.
Eh.... maybe.... only if he promised not to "lecture" me with unnecessary commentary that required a dictionary, thesaurus and Google to understand.
If I had to "read" the book, I would have put it down before the end of the first chapter.
Somebody who doesn't mind listening to humorous yet arrogant babble to get to the point.
After listening to this book, which by the way, I did enjoy parts of, I realized that this whole book could have been said in one chapter. It's about "Work Ethic". Having it, using it, controlling it, making it part of your everyday life and how to succeed with it. I got that right away and he did a great job, albeit the long way, to get that point across. What made the book very tolerable is the use of expletives from time to time. I don't care who you are, a strategically placed "F" word makes for a chuckle in any book.
Narrator did a great job but the book was all over the place, couldn't understand 20% of it, need a dictionary as the author uses uncommon words.
though this book is not for everyone due to the philosophical language and heady way of Storytelling, drawing comparisons to motorcycle mechanics allows a complex story to be easily digested by anyone. this book completely describes today's corporate job rat race, where that model came from, and a potential path away from it. I loved this book and recommend it to anyone who has a hard time describing exactly what their job function is.
someone who likes to know in minute details of what screw another mechanic turned 20 years ago and if this mechanic succeeded in repairing a motorcycle or a porsche
about 1/2h of layman's philosophy like you would get from a drunk person in a workingman's pup.
A must for anyone who works for a living. A great thought book about what success means.
Listen again and again to get even more from this gem.
A book everyone should read by a great author and mechanic. Wish he would take the time to narrate this title himself as it would improve this program exponentially. Having heard M. Crawford speak several times, this recording could use his voice.