Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

  • by Robert M. Pirsig
  • Narrated by Lawrence Pressman
  • 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"Profoundly important...intellectual entertainment of the highest order." (The New York Times)
"Brave wanderings, high adventures, extraordinary risks...A horn of plenty." (Los Angeles Times)


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Customer Reviews

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Fantastic performance of a great book

A wonderful book that everyone should read or listen to at least once in their life. As the book admits, it's not really about zen, nor much about motorcycle maintenance either. Rather, it's about how to make sense of life.
I recommend this version over the unabridged version for two reasons. First, the actual text gets pretty heavy at times, and if you're not a philosophy major you might be turned off by that (and also might find it hard to understand just what the hell he is saying at times). The second and bigger reason is Lawrence Pressman. He reads the book with a kind of laid-back casualness, a kind of "relax, slow down, we're in no hurry" attitude. He quickly becomes the main character. This is not so much a reading as a performance. I have purchased both this and the unabridged version (just as I have purchased entirely too many copies of this book--different editions and whatnot) and this is the one I keep turning to again and again and again.
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- David LaSpina


Very well written and read book. Seemed like a lot of heavy philosophy but soaked it up and fully enjoyed it. If I had realized that there was an unabridged version available, I would have gone that route.
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- Craig

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-14-2001
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio