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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)

What Members Say

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    Kyla Blattberg Syosset, NY 04-12-15
    Kyla Blattberg Syosset, NY 04-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Hesitant"

    He was so strange and so crazy. And his moral and intellectual hubris, his arrogance and superiority were off-putting to be kind. Yet the story, and Chris were compelling.

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    Anna 03-22-15
    Anna 03-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "not for me"

    This book is for deep thinkers and maybe Anarchist. I personally could not stay with when he started making lists and explaining motor cycle Maintainance. I believe there are plenty of people who have a different temperament and would love it.

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    Christopher L. Osborne 03-21-15
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    "Interesting"

    Get this book it this type of topic is interesting to you. Keeps you glued to your set and you will not be able to put it down. Get it and enjoy.

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    Doug 02-20-15
    Doug 02-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Re-read 20yrs later"

    I actually made it all the way through (mostly) this time.

    Pirsig seems to me to have a lot of insight into certain things and at times I can relate to him and his experiences. However, the book often gets lost in his long babbling style.

    Still, it's a book I would listen to again - sometime (not anytime soon).

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    bila 02-04-15
    bila 02-04-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Inspiring and Enlightening."

    Just Right.

    Can be a little heave on the philosophical side at times but worth the trouble none the less.

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    Aaron Cox Washington, USA 01-27-15
    Aaron Cox Washington, USA 01-27-15
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    "Audible rocks!"
    Where does Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    first one i have had i enjoyed it.


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

    When he spoke about adjusting his valves, and approaching a roadside lake i really connected with that part.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoy being able to listen to a book while I am doing other things.

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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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    "Wow"
    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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