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Publisher's Summary

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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

5 of 6 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

1 of 1 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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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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Wow !

What a great book ! I am going to listen to the unabridged version of this book now .

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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Mike Cooper
  • 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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  • 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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • 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

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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