I am an English teacher in China and can now read and write some Chinese.I have been to 13 countries on 4 continents.I am an avid audiophile
Being an avid adventure traveler I expected something about motorcycling peppered with Asian religion.Instead it is a deep study in Plato and Aristotle's ideologies.It does present some modern logical ways of thinking,but the title was definitely misleading.For a good book about motorcycle travel I recommend Storm from the Traveler's Tales book company about a guy who circumnavigates the Baltic with his girlfriend.It isn't available on Audible,but this whole series of books is a great way to discover strange places and be inspired to get out and create your own adventures.
I tried, I really tried to like this book, but I couldn't. I found the philosophy to be too obscure and the author never got hold of my with the fictionalized narrative (maybe he should have had John Galt ride cross-country? ;). I know people who really liked this book, but I just fought it the whole way.
Hated it!! I tried ,I really did. I got 3/4 of the way through and decided that life is just too short to endure the torture of "quality" or the lack thereof. It was essentially a philosophy text book and if you have ever taken a philosophy class,well,you understand. He essentially beats the drum about quality and how God is in the details but how much can you really say.If you are a philosophy major you will love it.If you want a good text for living life , read Tolles' New Earth.
This is very warm and engaging story about the author's struggles, both in his career as a teacher and with life in general. And he does not always succeed. The story of the trip that the author and his son take across the West on a motorcycle is one half of the story, and the other half is the author's discourses on Western philosophy. You don't have to be a philosopher to enjoy this one, though. The narrator is very good; he even sounds like he'd be a motorcycle do-it-yourselfer.
This book wears poorly. I read it and listened to it, but when I returned to it years later I found it embarrassing in some respects. It pretends to swing for the metaphysical fences, but compared to the reall heavy hitters, it really doesn't amount to much, unless you really think that disliking modern mechanical contrivances is a sign of philosophical sickness. It was popular because it took a novel approach and dealt with philosophy, but has little long-term impact. And the author's saying that his next book was not liked because no one understood it is a pathetic copout typical of authors with big egos and less accomplishment.
I read this book years ago with some friends and we all really liked it. It's a really cool book, but unless you like a Charlton Heston/Cap't Kirk/Troy McClure type reading of it, you'll really be let down. The narrator's intonation and emphasis just seems wrong, condescending and not true to the author's vision.
I tried reading the book a few years ago and put it down after 50 pages. This time I tried listening to it hoping that maybe I missed something. Nope. After about two hours of ramblings on the mechanics of a motorcycle, I decided to stop listening.
I hope others find the book more interesting.
It appears that readers rate this book either a one or a five. I very rarely fail to complete a book. "Zen" was an exception. I simply couldn't finish it. It may be deep but was in waters I found too noxious to swim in.
Want to be depressed?
This book will do it.
To me Zen seems to be the least of it.
This book should be called
"Greek philosophy and the art of motorcycle maintenance"
Also, I found the narrator's voice a bit irritating (too much breath at the end of many words, as if speech were difficult for him)
I found it difficult to finish and won't buy anything more from the author or narrator again.
I gave this book three and a half hours to go somewhere. Unfortunately it was more mundane than the traffic I sit in. Don't get me wrong, I'm open minded, but it just didn't hold my attention. I can appreciate the authors abilities, but it needs to move quicker.