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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (177 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Richardson Narrator: Buck Schirner Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1968, Robert Pirsig and his son, Chris, made the cross-country motorcycle trip that was the basis for Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a book that has inspired generations with its searching personal and philosophical narrative.

After rereading the book at the onset of middle age, reporter Mark Richardson tuned up his old Suzuki dirt bike and became a Pirsig Pilgrim, one of the legions of fans who regularly retrace the author's route from Minneapolis to San Francisco.

Richardson, like Pirsig before him, traveled the lonely roads of the American West, where he encountered many of the same people and places that inspired Pirsig. Richardson also corresponded with the reclusive author and his legendary editor, James Landis, and uncovered new details about Pirsig's mental illness, his unhappy celebrity, and his struggle to put his life together after the brutal murder of his son in 1979.

Published to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Pirsig's trip, Zen and Now is an intellectual adventure, a meditation on the values of a classic book, and an inquiry into its relevance to the complex and bewildering world we inhabit today. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by David | 2/15/2014

    " A light reading book but I preferred it to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Easy to read and explains some of Pirsig's writing. (The original book can be quite depressing and long winded as the story and ideas unfold. I do find it interesting that others have followed the initial bike ride but no doubt that happens with a lot of popular stories. A light travel book mixed with padding out the biography of a complex person "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Alan | 2/8/2014

    " It was okay. Actually, I didn't finish it. I made it about half way through and decided I was much more interested in hearing about his motorcycle journey and much less interested in his soap box. I tried to hold out, hoping the soap box sessions would diminish and the cycling would become more prevalent... but I didn't make it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Travis | 2/8/2014

    " Pretty good read, it's really fun to be taken along with the author on a cross country moto tour. There are some cute parts and it is pretty good journalism in my opinion. But don't expect much zen or deeper meaning to go along. The author stays straight forward right on the surface - he tries to be a little deep here and there but I don't think he was attempting to be Persig anyway. A solid read with a ton of interesting facts and background especially if your a Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values fan. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Tish | 2/3/2014

    " I didn't enjoy this book quite like I thought I would. If you're in any sort of dark place, don't read this book because it will just enhance that darkness. Also, I found out the author really didn't know anything about motorcycles...Somehow that took away the charm I was so desperately holding on to whenever the dark parts came. Pity. I'll probably be burned alive for that review. Everyone seems to love it. "

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