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Download Zen and Now: On the Trail of Robert Pirsig and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Audiobook (Unabridged)

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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: August 2008 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug K | 1/19/2014

    " I enjoyed this. It is much more approachable then Zen and the Art. Even the author admits it took him at least three shots to make it through. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan | 1/19/2014

    " Too self-conscious in its attempts to mirror the structure and style of Pirsig's book, it is often melodramatic and hippy-dippy and saccharine and just bad. In several places I found myself writing "ugh!" or "yuck!" in the margin, and I'm not a hater. It was interesting for its insights into the ZatAoMM backstory and Pirsig's life outside the book, but I found Richardson's story and his quasi-philosophical meanderings to be amateurish, bumbling, choppy, and really without value. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Turi | 1/19/2014

    " Author Mark Richardson retraces the voyage of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, interspersing his travelogue with the story of the writing of the book as well as Robert Pirsig's life post-ZMM. I liked this mostly for the history - the motorcycle bits and traveling didn't really catch my attention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tegan | 1/2/2014

    " A personal journey while following the roads and way points described in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Allen | 11/26/2013

    " Interesting account of the author's search for reason as he retraces the route of the Pirsig's and Sullivan's in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. The yo-yo was fitting - what we put out we get back. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 9/17/2013

    " Recreation of Pirsig's route from Minnesota to San Francisco, written in a style very similar to Pirsig's, and with a great deal of insight into his life. Nice read, but nothing profound. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Mojoguzzi | 3/4/2013

    " It was a pretty darn good book from a motorcycle perspective...and from a travel writing standpoint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pancho | 6/10/2012

    " An interesting journey of a man retracing a previous ride in Zen and The Art of Motorcycle riding. The back story was not very fulfilling but his own journey was worth the read. I have a new respect for his bike the older Suzuki DR. Seemed like a long journey for that bike but it held up good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandy | 3/25/2012

    " Not very original. Retraces Persig's journey on a motorcycle and compares his experiences to those of Persig (minus the kid, married couple, originality, or insight). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Urban | 1/29/2012

    " I'm an ex-biker, and read Pirsig years ago at a particularly turbulent emotional period. That aside, Richardson's account is a skillful and fetching interweaving of Pirsig then, Pirsig now, and Richardson's own recapitulation by motorcycle. So yes, I liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Blaine | 12/1/2010

    " An interesting combination of contemporary travel book, reconnection with Pirsig's characters' route in ZAMM, and biographical information on Robert Pirsig's life. Being familiar with and at least a lukewarm fan of ZAMM would be helpful "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Shephard | 2/22/2010

    " Mark can write.. Claim a bias because he's a friend but if I didn't like it would I give it 5-star? (You can still give friends 4-stars yes?0 "

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About the Narrator

Buck Schirner’s professional career has primarily been on stage as a character actor. He is currently active in the theater scene in Philadelphia. Buck also appears in the independent film In the Woods.