Maybe I am not intellectual enough. Maybe I didn't understand what the book was truly about. I was glad I stuck through it to the end, but I listened to it on 3x speed to get to it. There were parts I found interesting and parts not so much - not one of the better reads I've had.
In the introduction to this edition, a seemingly small fact is revealed that I didn't think much of at the time, but at the end of the book I wished I hadn't heard it. If you've already read the book, you may enjoy re-reading it with this knowledge but first timers should listen to the introduction after finishing the book. In this particular recording, the playback speed seemed to change occasionally. It started out normal, then the narrators voice seemed to get higher. When I got used to that, it suddenly got much deeper as if being played back slower than normal. And then at the end it went back to normal. It was a minor annoyance overall.
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
Riding a motorcycle and laying out tips on mechanics and pouring out philosophy. A strange combination, very well combined. Worth the read.
Yes, I would listen again. I may take a listen to the dramatized version to provide a greater audible depth into the story. The story of father and son I was able to follow, and even at times made me sad. The philosophical elements of the book went pretty deep at times, and that would be my purpose for reading (listening) again. I don't know if I necessarily got any real value from this book, but rather it has inspired me into deeper thought and personal study. Maybe that is the intent of the book. In the last chapter of the audio book, it takes place 10-years after the release of the book and provides deeper insight to their life after the story. I would listen to that chapter again, by itself.
I don't know that I could. I haven't read or listened to many books in my life. This one is so unique. I do wish I could find more like it, though. I have always liked the personal journey type stories.
I don't believe so. He did well, but it is noticeable and older recording taken from cassette. His voice can be droning at times, but after you get used to it and put that voice the main characters image in your mind, it works.
At times I chuckled, and times I felt a little emotional. Didn't actually cry.
This was taken from a cassette recording, so you can hear the other side of the tape in reverse, just enough to notice, but not enough to be annoying. This would be worth redoing at some point, unabridged, dramatized a little. It could draw a younger audience to the book.
Great story, though.
It had more philosophy about the art of quality and I wasn't really impressed with the fact that it didn't have much to do with motorcycle maintenance.
Very heart felt but it is a little weird to hear someone give themselves an alter ego that they refer to in the book.
I 'm not sure this book should have been brought to audio because it was written to be more on philosophy and it's easy to loose focus when listening. Probably a much better read so that it can be easily reviewed to ponder deep thinking.
No I had to take several breaks so I could ponder the philosophy mentioned in order to attempt to grasp the quality.
Yes. Keyword: TRY
Added SOMETHING interesting in the first chapter.
The reader had a droning, monotonist voice. He read it as if HE had little interest in the prose.
It would help me drift off to sleep.
Most people love this book, I just couldn't get into it. I am a motorcyclist and I adore philosophy, but this book actually bored me. I only made it through chapter 1, but I kept thinking, "Come on, get out of First Gear!!!!"
Perhaps it eventually got better, but I need something more entertaining. I can't imagine listening to this while driving late at night!
Artist / Musician
I highly recommend this book to anyone. It is an American classic that presents Pirsig’s philosophy of Quality and his struggle to assimilate it in a very readable and interesting way.
The narration is adequate, Nothing to complain about. There used to be a version available with the author narrating which was much better but it doesn’t seem to be available any more.
This book is alittle too long to listen to in one sitting.
No way in God's green earth.
Not written it.
No. I found his style to be sterile and medicinal.
Wonderful classic. Not to be missed. Books like these leave the reader changed.
I would constantly lose track of the story as my mind would be snagged by some new concept and then follow the logic independently of the narrator. I would then have to rewind to the point of departure just to get snagged all over again. It was a real treat.
The narrator's voice has a wonderful timber and (when played at double speed) the narration is beautifully delivered. You could almost imagine that the background noise is the crackle of a camp fire and that you are huddled around listening to ghost stories. (In a way you are!).
I suspect the publishers messed it up as it sounded as if the narrator was performing under the influence of strong sedatives from outside a crowded train station. The constant drone of background voices is very distracting and I had to play the title at double speed just to make it sound normal. Are they slowing these recordings down just make the time quota? I prefer to get through a book faster so that I can get onto the next one.
I would advise taking leave to get through this in one shot.
Of course, the book and the author are classics - the book is on several publisher lists as one of top 100 books of the 20th century - also selling over 15 million copies in 26 languages makes this the top selling "Philosophy" book ever published - no more needs to be said
The observations and insights of the narrator
He has just the right amount of melancholy in his voice and inflexions are also effective in the story telling which has the "first person" perspective deliverance that has a greater challenge to the narrator
No - it is better to pause and reflect so the "Audible" format is very suitable for the listener (reader) to digest the powerful messages that are being told in the context of the motorcycle journey
My favorite book of all time - read it as a teenager in mid 70's and it profoundly affected my formation as a person of values, integrity, and the quest for quality and constant improvement. Enjoy the journey and it is a book worth coming back to every so often.