I utterly enjoy a great narrator and will try to listen to books that have one.
If you are like me and haven't read this book before then I would recommend skipping the intro. I had the misfortune of listening to it and it gave deep meanings of the book which I couldn't help but look for at every point in the book.
Good book though.
I can't even imagine trying to read this book. Michael Kramer does an excellent job of bringing a cerebral text to life. He maintained my interest throughout the entire book.
I ride motocycles and this book certainly made me long for the open road. Anyone who has read it knows the book is much more than a road trip on a bike. It examines the development of Western thought and the duality of conflict between what people beleive to be "quality" in a (insert noun here). I have to admit that the discussion on Plato, Aristotle and such left me in the dust. Having taken no philosphy in school I have little foundational knowlege to go on. But it spurred my curiosity in "rhetoric" and how present day people share ideas. Going online helped me clear up some of the issues I had in lack of familiarity.
Been intending to read this book for over twenty years. I wish I'd read/listened it sooner. A great story intertwined with some thought provoking ideas on the concept of quality and life. Highly recommended
Often it is difficult to listen to a narrator of an audible book for some time before you grow weary of his voice or find flaws in his reading style. This book was EXCELLENTLY narrated and you felt that you were listening to the author and not someone merely reciting words yet not mellow dramatically done. The book requires much thought and being able to rewind and listen to certain passages over again is wonderful. I originally read the book in my early twenties but was looking for a travel book not a philosphy book so it had little affect upon me, listening to it now on my commute into the city, it opens up much thought and forces the reader/listener to really think and not just swallow without chewing first. It will inspire the listener if he is of that temperment, to want to further read both philosophers and Pirsig's other books which sadly are not yet here available.
This book should be required reading in schools. This is the essence of philosophy without putting one to sleep. The author covers so many topics and ties it neatly together in a story that makes the lessons usefuul to all. This is an audiobook that will be reread every other year and you''l learn new things each time....oh yeah, you don't have to be a biker to love this book but it may create an urge for you to get one after.
I read this book in college (was a english lit major) and liked it quite a bit. I have listened to it (many years later) and found it even better.
It is not a light easy read. It can be tough to get through at times. It challenges the reader/listening - but is a very intelligent book. I recommend it to anyone who wants more than a best seller thriller every week (which I enjoy as well) from time to time.
This book had a big impact on me as a young adult and I've read it about three times. Tried it again in mid-life and it didn't have quite the impact but I think part of that was the reader; I don't usually complain about it but is reading sounded labored; there was a strange little cough at the end of so many sentences, like he's been a life-long smoker or something. I tend to think it's just his way of giving inflection and denoting the end of sentence/paragraph but it was really distracting.
I have read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance twice. Each time, I have gained insight from it's wisdom, applicable to my particular station in life at the time of reading.
However, in the audio version, I was able to visualize the author's words much more clearly than ever before. For example, the recurring vision of the author's son behind the glass door was somehow much more tangible in the audio version.
I recommend it to anyone serious enough about philosophy to 'sweat mental bullets' in order to understand a concept. Otherwise, I suggest sticking to reading/listening that is generally less challenging.
It is hard for me to think of many books that I will keep with me in my daily life as much as this one. I'm amazed that if you keep the time and context in mind, how much you can take forward into today. This is the begining of so many trends that we are now living.
I think everyone who reads this book will get something a little different out of it. If you reread it every 5 years or so, as you go through college or have children or become part of the "establishment" you will find you are pulling different things out with each read.