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James Purefoy stars in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Robert M. Pirsig's multi-million best-selling philosophical novel. One of the most important and influential books of the past half-century, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance tells the iconic story of a father and son's motorcycle trip across America in the 1960s. Yet it also describes a personal and philosophical journey, asking questions along the way about how to live a meaningful life.

Now dramatised for the first time by Peter Flannery (Our Friends in the North, George Gently, The Devil's Whore) and starring James Purefoy (Rome, Injustice, Ironclad), this full-cast drama adds a new and original dimension to a true modern classic.

©2012 Robert Pirsig (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd

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I should have bought the book.

pro: I liked that it was dramatized
con: it was too abridged.
To sum it up: create a dramatized unabridged version because what I heard was good.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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It is not the story it claims to be! Avoid!

It is not the story it claims to be! Avoid! Had to buy the real version again ...

The story in this audible is wired

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Very Engaging and though provoking

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes, the book is dramatised and it makes it very interesting to listen. The use of mild music is also soothing and adds to the drama

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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amazing! great to hear this book again

really good. I listen to this book a while back while visiting Spain. I feel like I understand the setting of the book a little more by listening this short part dramatized. def worth listening too if you like the book or audio.

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  • Ferdi
  • South Africa
  • 01-25-18

A good story perhaps too dramatized

What made the experience of listening to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Dramatised) the most enjoyable?

The dramatization is done quite well, and at times you can feel the emotion coming through the characters voices.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I wish I could say the child was my favorite character, but he seemed to be a brat. The father in present sense was perhaps not likable, due to his roughness, but you could empathize with him.

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

It's very short making it a easy to listen through in a couple of hours.

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  • blair
  • West Hollywood, CA, United States
  • 06-16-18

I feel like “Chris” in the story. I am not liking the trip.

I have tried reading this actual story multiple times. I always lost interest 1/4 into the book. Having grown up on old time radio plays I thought this would capture my imagination and make it understandable to me. Nope. Some of the story makes sense now that I have heard it all through. But the ending leaves me totally confused. How has this story influenced so many people supposedly, I do not know. It just made me happy I got the really short version of it with most of the boring stuff removed.

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WARNING!!! Not the book.

It's an audioplay based on the novel. I wasted a credit not knowing. FYI, the other version on Audible is also NOT the book. (wasted another credit). It's a heavily edited shorter version. Audible doesn't carry the complete novel. Bummer.

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one of my favorite books

this was a great representation of an awesome book. I loved the way Chris and the author come to life in the dramatization.

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Interesting

My professor suggested this book and it did not disappoint. The father's perspective on life and learning. The son's yearning to be accepted.

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Terrible

Weak story line and terrible ending... honestly I listened to this till the end, and was relieved when it was over. Wow! I wasn't expecting it to be that bad.

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  • Ian
  • 07-24-13

disappointed

I have read the book a number of times and enjoyed it. Sadly this dramatised version is far from the original text and left me feeling very disappointed. If you have never read the book then it might entertain, but if you have any knowledge of the book I would avoid this at all costs. The emphasis was completely wrong for me, possibly I missed the point when I previously read the book. This version seemed to focus on one aspect of the story and almost completely ignore, what was for me, the point of the book.

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  • Mr. C. Tod
  • 08-23-13

Oh dear!

It was a mistake to get the dramatised version i.e. huge chunks and half the point missing.

I have fond memories of this book and it would have been perfect as a reading.

It's my own fault for buying in a hurry and not spotting that it was a dramatisation.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Mack
  • 04-06-17

Disappointed

Bore little resemblance to the written book. Not at all what I expected...dramatisation was not at all in keeping with my recollection of the original.

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  • g
  • 06-17-18

Good intro to book

However it lacks a lot of the details from the book due to it’s short length. Well portrayed by the speakers. But it is no substitute to reading the book.

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  • Lisa Reinisch
  • 06-01-18

brought this great book to life

brought this great book to life - shortened quite a bit it seems, but not beyond reason. great stuff

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  • Féidhlim
  • 02-16-17

beautiful and captivating.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book but was surprised and captivated. very easy to proses because of how it is written. Highly recommended.

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  • Alice
  • 09-11-15

This is immersive.

I've listened to this piece after I was done with the original text, but it can be well enjoyed on its own. In comparison, the plot has had some rearrangements and has been made compact to create this abridged edition. It is still much more than a typical audiobook. And, by the way, the best narration I've ever come along.

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  • Kevin
  • 06-12-18

What a wonderful book

A truly wonderful book, the dialogue is unexpected and amazing. This book is penitrating, and lasting into one's soul.

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  • kathleen
  • 04-28-18

Narration added so much to my understanding

If you could sum up Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Dramatised) in three words, what would they be?

Complex, colourful, real

Who was your favorite character and why?

The son of the narrator. He is much like my son. Interesting to hear the thoughts of people around him, and then his own feelings. Life is not what it seems.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Deciding whether to stay up the mountain in a storm - dilemmas.

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

No, but that is nornal for me.

Any additional comments?

I had read parts of this book as a student, so was looking forward to the narration; wow, I got so much more out of the narration/dramatisation that I did when I first read the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-19-18

Gets to the point but misses the language

Narration was great, but there was a lot left out from the actual book which I found disappointing. The message is still there though, if not a little short.

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  • Surprised
  • 09-01-17

Intense

I've meant to read this book for years. I had no idea how full of psychological suspense it would be. The dramatisation had me hooked from the first.

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  • James M
  • 08-27-17

Disappointing dramatisation

Any additional comments?

This dramatisation completely destroys the purpose and story of the original book.I really loved the book and was very disappointed with this audible book. If you have not read the book you should not listen to this audible dramatisation