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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

One of the great novels of the 1970s and a multi-million copy best-seller.

Against astonishing landscapes, a father and his troubled teenage son journey together by motorcycle from Minnesota to California through shifting climates and changing moods.

Behind this literal journey lies a turbulent philosophical one; an attempt, in the face of despair and insanity, to rediscover the fundamental nature of ‘quality’ in a world where it no longer exists.

©1974 Robert Pirsig (P)2013 Craftsman Audiobooks

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    Gareth Berg Sweden 05-30-16
    Gareth Berg Sweden 05-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Quality"

    A book like this comes rarely, it is haunting, fascinating, absurdly educational and above all QUALITY! I can not recommend this book enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jonny 05-02-16
    Jonny 05-02-16
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    "Amazing journey - also for the reader"

    The books made me think and see fundamental things in life different.
    Certainly a touching journey also for the reader

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vlad GURDIGA 02-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Full"

    It’s not an easy book, and it’ll at times require a pause to digest the ideas. There is little to no nice and easy emptiness in it. It’s full.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 10-13-14
    Michael 10-13-14

    Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

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    "Quality, excellence, truth"

    Be careful if you try to work out what these words mean you might end up mad. Well if you believe the story in this book. I suppose if you look at a speck long enough you could go mad trying to explain and work it out. This book is an excellent introduction to Zen philosophy. You will not become an expert and you will not be able to fix a motorbike after reading it but what ever you do this attitude the book discusses could be the determining factor between doing something and being something. Might also improve your golf game. The book like any good philosophy book opens more questions than it answers. Some of the book went over my head but I was listening to this book as an introduction and so should expect that. This is a great book for a journey as it parallels a motorbike journey across North America. If anything this book should open to your eyes to becoming a master of what every you wish to pursue. An attitude rather than just learning knowledge. I enjoyed the book and was a little lost after finishing it. I don't think I will ever read/listen to it again but will recommend it to some people who I think might benefit from some enlightenment. Michael Kramer did an excellent job narrating the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jaime 03-18-16
    Jaime 03-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Insane. Outstanding. 3rd reading. thank you Robert"

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    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Catherine
    newark, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "A coming to terms, a brave recollection"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this book, because it processes several different registers of existence in a seamless way. Firstly the day today living in the world, moments of social discomfort or fatigue; secondly a troubled memory, how to approach a remembered trauma - slowly - geographically ; thirdly, an attempt to generate a philosophical framework outside the academy - and the subsequent emotional exhaustion that entails.
    It is heartening, saddening, and hopeful all at once and all the way through.


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

    It is hard to isolate a 'moment', but one of the striking aspects of the writing is the parallel between the acute incisive philosophical analysis and the minutely accurate descriptions of machine parts. Both demand/presume a level of perfection and at the same time highlight the contrasting moments of vagueness... looseness in the thinking in the same section of text. Utterly compelling and magnetic...


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

    Kramer as Phaedrus, was quite the balance of passion, distaste and obsession, to be completely believable


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

    Yes, but it is dense and shorter, paced, goes, allowed a deeper engagment with its complexity


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone should read this book every ten years...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    1/6/15
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    "Awful rising inflection...."
    What disappointed you about Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance?

    This is a great and classic book and one which I've read many times. I downloaded the audible version to listen to on a long cycle ride, thinking it would be quite Zen! Unfortunately the narrator has the most AWFUL rising inflection, turning every sentence into a question. I couldn't listen to more than a couple of hours before wanting to smash my phone! Genuinely terrible narration....


    What other book might you compare Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance to, and why?

    Neil Peart's Ghost rider... similar themes


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Kramer?

    Anyone that has the ability to speak a sentence without making it a question!


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story is a classic - buy it and read it!


    Any additional comments?

    Probably the biggest waste of money I've ever experienced.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine
    Woking, United Kingdom
    12/8/13
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    "A Classic for Now"
    What did you like most about Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance?

    I read this when I was a teenager in the late 1970s. I loved it then, and many of the themes have echoed around my head since. Listening to the wonderful narration by Michael Kramer, not only brought back my earlier memories and feelings, but enlightened me in my wiser years!
    I get it more now, of course.


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

    I love the layers in this book. The building of the relationships between his friends and his son, and the mystery of the relationship with his wife.


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

    This is a book that you sometimes need to pause and really think about. Reading it in one session or listening to it all at once would be exhausting! Coming back after a day or two helps.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be listening to this again in about a year, I think, and then I will gain another bit of insightfulness.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Carl Chivers
    10/17/15
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    "Life changing"

    Brilliant book. The potential to be life changing, drive you mad, or bore you out of your mind, depending on your perspective, very marmite, but probably the greatest book I've ever read or listened to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • L Campbell
    7/23/15
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    "Lost in narration?"

    Was looking forward to reading/listening to this after numerous references to it I had heard over the years. Well it fell short. A very long rambling book. While the narrator was pleasant, even at 1.5x speed was slow and lethargic. Very hard to maintain concentration so I felt I missed parts, however feel this is on the content, not the reader.

    Does pique ones interest in philosophy. Not recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • GenKan
    1/31/15
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    "Fantastic story, new views and perspectives"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If they are interested in philosophy and look to broaden their view, most defiantly. If you dont know anything about Kant or Poincaré this will be an eyeopener.


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

    Right off the bat, the part where the friends wife noticed the sadness the people in the cars. How when you are looking at something frames, its not like you are part of what is going on. A passive observer of reality and not a part of it


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    How they found the national part so "fake", how if there is a big arrow to something it takes away from the experience.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I wasnt aware of "classic" and "romantic" knowledge, so that was the biggest eye opener. Ive seen it and felt it but never had it put into words. People in my surrounding actively look away from information about things they are dependent. The "war" between the two "sides" explains this perfectly


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic book. As some one who never had an interest in philosophy this book opened my eyes big times. Both explained concepts in society that Ive seen and introduce/explain concepts I had never thought about before.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A. G. Gilbert
    UK
    1/1/15
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    "A classic made more available"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely I would recommend. The book raises interesting points of philosophy in a very accessible way.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Phaedrus


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The bit where he visits his old University and reminisces.


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

    No, it's too dense for that.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have ever thought about the meaning of life, then you will likely enjoy this book. If not, then it is not for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fred Southgate
    9/28/16
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    "Found it pretty tough to follow at times."

    the narration almost sends you to sleep. really struggled with it and in fact it's the first title i haven't finished.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    9/12/16
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    "Dated and overated"
    Would you try another book written by Robert M Pirsig or narrated by Michael Kramer?

    No neither


    Has Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance put you off other books in this genre?

    No


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Kramer?

    I don't know enough to comment


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance?

    Most what I listened to I gave up because I could not stand the narrators tone anymore


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Hitchin, United Kingdom
    7/20/16
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    "hard going but a worthwhile story"

    This book is not about zen or motorcycle maintenance. But it is seminal in its own way,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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