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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (74,688 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert M. Pirsig Narrator: Lawrence Pressman Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2001 ISBN:
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This lyrical, evocative, thought-provoking journal of a man's quest for truth - and for himself - has touched and changed an entire generation, and is ready to reach out to a new one. At its heart, the story is all too simple: a man and his son take a motorcycle trip across 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 Maintenance is an elemental work that has helped to shape and define the past 25 years of American culture. This special audio edition presents this adventure in an exciting new 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 story that will change the way they think and feel about their lives. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 2/12/2014

    " It's books like this one that remind why I enjoy the occasion read about philosophy. This was a very moving and compelling story about a cross country road trip of a father and son via motorcycle. The present story is blended with parts that focus on the back story history of the father as well as his thoughts on philosophical topics as related to a motorcycle. Sounds weird but it isn't! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 2/2/2014

    " What Persig lacks in writing style, he makes up for in sheer intelligence. This book earns its fame through dealing with a taboo subject matter and by challenging commonly-held assumptions. I'd recommend this book for the strength with which it makes you think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pasquale | 1/27/2014

    " Impegnativo, drammatico, prolisso e noioso in vari punti. Illuminante, chiaro ed elevatissimo in molti altri. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carrie Hawks | 1/25/2014

    " Did not like he treated his son, wasn't impressed and stopped reading "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Clark | 1/25/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessye | 1/12/2014

    " Probably my new favorite book in the entire world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raymond Yee | 12/27/2013

    " I remember this book as oneof the best books from my teen years. I'll have to revisit it to see whether it holds up to the passage of decades. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 nobody | 12/9/2013

    " Tedious, slow, heavy reading. felt the whole thing was a self indulgence of the author. Maybe I'm just too stupid to 'get' it. Don't think it helps to read this if you are a life long cynic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thirumal Rao | 10/29/2013

    " It was a great piece to read... A philosophical narrative comparable to Atlas Shrugged. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim O'shaughnessy | 10/19/2013

    " Really one of the greatest books on philosophy and life out there, I have read it many times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Spencer Peacock | 10/16/2013

    " I don't get the hype. It's a cool story. I like some of the zen mixed into it. But I don't get the hyple. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jason Hahn | 9/19/2013

    " Long, arduous, and and terribl.. You might as read the US Tax Code, you might actually find something interesting in that book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 H F | 9/10/2013

    " Good read, but did not help me fix my motorcycle. Also, I got really thirsty during the time I sat on the side of US-50 in Nevada, reading the book with my broken motorcycle. 1/5 stars; would not recommend to motorcycle mechanics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrik Eriksson | 8/29/2013

    " This is really an unusual book. Probably not for everybody. A strange roadtrip including life wisdom and psychoanalysis written in a captivating way. I really like it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 N_o'dowd | 5/26/2013

    " I don't know anything about philosophy and most of this book was beyond my understanding - glad I read it though, but it was heavy going at times "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven Fernandez | 4/15/2013

    " My favorite book of all time in any genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie Lemson | 3/23/2013

    " It made more sense this time. I liked it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lee Jenkins | 3/10/2013

    " Definitely an interesting book, it makes you think. However, the reasoning used on the metaphysics of Quality is fallacious and nearly impossible to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hamad | 2/27/2013

    " Review to come eventually "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jem Wilton | 5/26/2012

    " read this because of the bike bits.....lasted halfway through the philosophy - will try again! one day "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brooke Bove | 4/1/2012

    " DNF. I just couldn't bring myself to get caught up in all the philosophy and craziness. Maybe someday I'll pick it up again, but for now, I'm done. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nikhilesh Yerneni | 11/30/2011

    " Caught my attention initially but became very vague towards the end. Promises a lot but doesn't keep it's promises..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 10/11/2011

    " When I finished this I felt like I'd just run a marathon. "

  • 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. Pirsig

Robert M. Pirsig (1928–2017), American writer and philosopher, 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. He is the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, An Inquiry into Values, and Lila: An Inquiry into Morals, a New York Times bestseller.