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3.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 5 3.48 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert M. Pirsig Narrator: Michael Kramer Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2003 ISBN: 9781593972981
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At its heart, the story is all too simple: a man and his son take a lengthy motorcycle trip through America. But this is not a simple trip at all, for around every corner, through mountain and desert, wind and rain, and searing heat and biting cold, their pilgrimage leads them to new vistas of self-discovery and renewal.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Mantenance is an elemental work that has helped to shape and define the past twenty-five years of American culture. This special audio edition presents this adventure in a compelling way—for the millions who have already taken this journey and want to travel these roads again, and for the many more who will discover for the first time the wonders and challenges of a journey that will change the way they think and feel about their lives.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Brave wanderings, high adventures, extraordinary risks... A horn of plenty. Los Angeles Times

  • It lodges in the mind as few recent novels have...The book is inspired, original...the narrative tact, the perfect economy of effect defy criticism. The analogies with Moby Dick are patent. Robert Pirsig invites the prodigious comparison. What more can one say? The New Yorker
  • “Profoundly important ... intellectual entertainment of the highest order. The New York Times

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hamad | 2/10/2014

    " Review to come eventually "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah Poole | 2/7/2014

    " I give up. I rarely stop reading books, even bad ones, but after months of struggling to get through this "classic" and finding myself only a third of the way through, I have decided to let myself off the hook. This is an incredibly boring and rambling read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rb1985 | 2/3/2014

    " As the author indicates himself in the book, because he is not a novelist the book lacks elements of a novel like character building and in my opinion a purposeful structure. The way the narrative switches between his "Chautauqua" and the parts that follow him through his motorcycle journey is obviously designed so that the reader is occupied with some sort of plot line while he expounds his elaborate and ultimately hollow theory of metaphysics, which at first seems like it may become clearer as one reads on but instead becomes more and more repetitive and nonsensical to the point where at around page 293 one looks for reviews online to confirm one's suspicion that one has been taken for a mug. His theory even if it is of any value could have been summed up in 2 pages and as for the rest of the plot, it's boring, superfluous and written by a pretentious self-centred pseudo-philosopher trying too hard to become the next big thing since sliced bread and sell you something you don't need. Don't be fooled by the "cool" sounding title, this book will not enlighten, inspire or even entertain. Utter tripe. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave Dunaway | 1/30/2014

    " Not quite the book of philosophy and values that I thought. It plodded along and was hard to follow for me at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Goldberg | 1/27/2014

    " A classic. Took me a while to read it, but...each time I picked it up, I was enthralled. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave Schumacher | 1/26/2014

    " While the philosophical segments can be rather thick at times, still very much relevant to today. Also insight to his past mental challenges and what defines mental illness "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy A | 1/18/2014

    " Are you ready for a journey both physical and mental? Robert Pirsig has intertwined the two into a very thoughtful and introspective book about the "metaphysics of quality" in our world. Robert Pirsig has become the most widely read philosopher of our time. His life has been one of peaks and valleys and his nuggets of wisdom shine on. "The only zen you will find at the top of a mountain is the zen you brought up", RP. The book was written in the 70's but is just as relevant today. An amazing mind and it's view of the world. A juicy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 1/10/2014

    " A very rewarding read. Presented with an easy to follow narrative, the philosophical concepts are suprisingly deep, and require a great deal of attention to fully absorb. I found myself re-reading the book as soon as I was done, and have since re-read it on several occasions. Each time, I've learned something new. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Bailey | 1/7/2014

    " One of the most important books I've ever read... I feel I didn't understand enough on the first read through, so I'm currently going back (indefinitely) to ensure the man's patterns of thought really make sense to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mahmoud | 12/20/2013

    " Outstanding journey to wisdom and spiritual growth,from the eyes of a biker "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Clark | 12/18/2013

    " I'm not sure I can do justice to the sort of developmental gains that were imparted to me through this book. Just read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jaimie T | 11/29/2013

    " Incredible start, crashed and burned about 60% through. No pun intended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bob Warden | 8/13/2013

    " A pretty good father and son road trip story interupted regularly by half-baked interludes of simplistic western philosophy that actually have no basis whatsoever in Zen or any other branch of buddhism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikhil Bajpai | 6/28/2013

    " I must read for anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberlyluisi | 5/13/2013

    " Not what i was expecting. Great except for when he goes into straight philosophy lectures. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer Duffy | 4/30/2013

    " Strange and trippy book that gets weirder the further along the ride goes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pippa222 | 11/20/2012

    " When I was at school my RE teacher lent me this and said she knew I'd love it. I did. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brandon | 11/4/2012

    " Much more about physcology and alot less about the adventur of motorcycling with his son. I am not getting into it. I gave it a fair shake and read about 75 pages into it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carlene Havel | 10/29/2012

    " Must be me - everyone else liked this book. I thought it was boring, kept reading, hoping for the good parts... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 9/19/2012

    " I read this such a long time ago, that I really don't remember much of it, but I know when I read it I really enjoyed it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Flo | 9/4/2012

    " i did really enjoy the story of chris and his father, but disliked the preachy self indulgent rants on "quality". i never want to hear the word quality agaIN "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zoe | 8/3/2011

    " amazing, thought-provoking book. some of the parts heavy on philosophy took a while to get through, but overall a captivating read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Matthew Wilson | 6/27/2011

    " I gave it 100 pages. Just couldn't get into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 5/21/2011

    " If Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance could be distilled into a phrase, it would be "quality over quantity." This Buddhist-inspired message is woven into a circuitous narrative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/21/2011

    " first read it back in the late 70s. want to reread it again... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian | 5/16/2011

    " Read this again recently - more than 30 years since the last time. Re-astonished - beacons and pathways from this that I've been unconsciously following are back in the foreground again. I felt a lot more sympathy for the characters this time, which I'm taking as a good sign :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 5/16/2011

    " I recommend this to everyone who is restless with their perspective on life and experience, or who has wondered, 'how do I know the difference between something good/beautiful and something bad/ugly?. Requires concentration, but yields great rewards. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 5/7/2011

    " Great insight on what a life of quality might mean. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jillian | 5/4/2011

    " This book got me through one of the worst times in my life. I followed it like a religion, a way of life. I bought a VW microbus & named it Phaedrus.... "

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About the Author
Author Robert M. PirsigRobert M. Pirsig was born in Minneapolis. He studied chemistry, philosophy, and journalism at the University of Minnesota and attended Benares Hindu University in India, where he studied Oriental philosophy.
About the Narrator

Michael Kramer has narrated many audiobooks over the last twenty years; his favorite authors include Donald E. Westlake, Thomas Perry, and Robert Jordan. He has received fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards for his work. He lives in the DC area, where he also works in theater as an actor and director.