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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Audiobook
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Written by: 
Robert M. Pirsig
Narrated by: 
Michael Kramer
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Audiobook

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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Publisher's Summary

This lyrical, evocative, thought-provoking journal of a man's quest for truth - and for himself - has touched and changed an entire generation, and is ready to reach out to a new one. At its heart, the story is all too simple: a man and his son take a motorcycle trip across America. But this is not a simple trip at all, for around every corner, through mountain and desert, wind and rain, and searing heat and biting cold, their pilgrimage leads them to new vistas of self-discovery and renewal.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is an elemental work that has helped to shape and define the past 25-years of American culture. This special audio edition presents this adventure in an exciting new way - for the millions who have already taken this journey and want to travel these roads again, and for the many more who will discover for the first time the wonders and challenges of a story that will change the way they think and feel about their lives. Unique to audio, this edition features a new introduction by the author.

©1974 by Robert M. Pirsig; (P)1996 by Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Profoundly important...intellectual entertainment of the highest order." (The New York Times)
"Brave wanderings, high adventures, extraordinary risks...A horn of plenty." (Los Angeles Times)

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    Terry Portland, OR 01-17-15
    Terry Portland, OR 01-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Classic"

    It's everything and nothing. Amazing. I will listen again and again. I love it and recommend it to everyone who loves life.

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    12-27-14
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    When you're ready
    This hits home
    If you're not ready
    This will suck for you


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    Roman Kharkovski Pittsburgh, USA 12-23-14
    Roman Kharkovski Pittsburgh, USA 12-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "interesting but feels unfinished"

    not only unfinished but also not quite to the point

    I think the theme of quality is just barely coveted and not fully discovered

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    Tyler 04-13-14
    Tyler 04-13-14 Member Since 2012

    Oh, you know, stuff.

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    "Great, thought provoking read."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its mental complexity. There is a lot of dense discussion in this book, though I wouldn't call it a philosophy book like others have. The topics of discussion work well within the framework of the character and novel as a whole, but are not necessarily meant to be rigorous, academic philosophical inquiries.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Whichever part of the book that starts discussing the "high country" of the mind.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No way. You need to digest this book as you listen to it. The book is mainly broken up into long speeches which are best appreciated if contemplated upon.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of those books that I always said "ya, I'll get to that one soon", because I didn't think it would live up to the hype surrounding it. I was wrong. If you can handle the long speeches, it delivers all the way.

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    Bogdan Ponomarov 02-07-14
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    "A gem to be appreciated over time"

    This book has way much more to say than I can possibly perceive at this point in life. I believe I'll be coming back to this book many times throughout my adulthood and parenting.
    Perhaps it is the barrier of being a foreigner that created many obstacles in understanding it fully. In addition, being a 23-year old individual trying to figure things out in life, make it even more difficult.

    However, I'm grateful I came across this gem. But lots of polishing should be done before the true value of it can be uncovered and appreciated.

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    Gypsy Wife Back on Boogie Street 09-16-13
    Gypsy Wife Back on Boogie Street 09-16-13 Member Since 2008

    Gypsy Wife

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    "Engrossing classic"
    What did you love best about Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance?

    The interweaving of philosophy and real life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Phaedras, because he worked so hard to come back.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    The narrator. His voice was extremely well performed with much nuance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Much too difficult to process in one sitting. The philosophical parts were really difficult for me. I'm too practical and usually think philosophers sound like people who need something real to do; they are spending too much time thinking.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad I finally "read" this classic, despite the fact that every time I read or try to study philosophy I wind up thinking the authors have way too much time on their hands and need to do something constructive. It seems to me this book is proof of that; here is a character who thought himself into insanity.

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    Blake Portland, OR, United States 06-10-13
    Blake Portland, OR, United States 06-10-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Brought tears to my eyes."

    This book takes some mental work to follow, and it totally grabbed me all the way to the end. I'm too young to remember it being a new book, (I heard about it when Phil Jackson gave it to Kobe Bryant to read) but I think that the ideas are timeless and hold up well. It's one of the best books that I've read in the entire last year. The end is profoundly emotional, but in a good way.

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    John Henderson, NV, United States 05-23-13
    John Henderson, NV, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Must Read/Listen"
    Where does Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top tier.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance?

    Their return to Montana.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The reconciliation near end of book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Your ghosts will always follow you.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Raytown, MO, United States 02-25-13
    Mark Raytown, MO, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Skip the introduction"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 02-16-13
    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 02-16-13 Member Since 2005

    You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis

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    "Good read but I can't swallow the philosophy"

    Riding a motorcycle and laying out tips on mechanics and pouring out philosophy. A strange combination, very well combined. Worth the read.

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