Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Robert M. Pirsig
Narrator: Michael Kramer
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Biography & Memoir, Buddhism
Publisher: Audio Renaissance
Published In: November 2006
# of Units: 13 CDs
Length: 16 hours
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Acclaimed as one of the most exciting books in the history of American letters, this modern epic became an instant bestseller upon publication in 1974, transforming a generation and continuing to inspire millions. This 25th Anniversary Quill Edition features a new introduction by the author; important typographical changes; and a Reader's Guide that includes discussion topics, an interview with the author, and letters and documents detailing how this extraordinary book came to be. A narration of a summer motorcycle trip undertaken by a father and his son, the book becomes a personal and philosophical odyssey into fundamental questions of how to live. The narrator's relationship with his son leads to a powerful self-reckoning; the craft of motorcycle maintenance leads to an austerely beautiful process for reconciling science, religion, and humanism. Resonant with the confusions of existence, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" is a touching and transcendent book of life.

Reviews (5)

Maybe it was good 25 years ago

Written by Anonymous from Los Angeles, CA on August 29th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I'd heard about this book all my life. When I disliked the first CD, I thought I would stick it out to see what everyone had raved about. By the middle of the second CD I couldn't take it anymore. This emperor was wearing no clothes, as far as I was concerned. Or maybe these insights seemed monumental 25 years ago.

Zen and the Art

Written by Anonymous from San Francisco, CA on March 1st, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

A book that puts daily life into perspective, helping to differentiate between trivial and transcendental, and how to deal with both. Engaging and enlightening.

thought provoking

Written by Brian Wells on March 29th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

very deep analysis of the contradictory views of the world as seen by scientists and artists (romantics). He suggests (I think) that neither view is correct, but are rather simply 2 different ways of looking at the same world. suggests that technology is neither good nor bad, but should bring "piece of mind". He inspires the reader to stop and see the world, and to do every job with "care".


Written by Anonymous on February 16th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great Book.!!! Everyone must read this book atleast once in their liifetime

ZAMM ... Very, very perspective driven. Throw out the picture frame and experience life vicariously!

Written by kk2again on October 22nd, 2004

  • Book Rating: 5/5

ZAMM proves to span the concept of time and being while some how connecting the two beyond geologic terms. Some writings define a culture, without setting out to do so. This is one of those. After renting it, you will want to own a copy. It is a vacation without leaving your CD player.

Author Details

Author Details

Pirsig, Robert M.

Robert M. Pirsig was born in 1928 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He studied chemistry and philosophy (B.A., 1950) and journalism (M.A., 1958) at the University of Minnesota, pursued graduate work in philosophy at the University of Chicago, and attended Benares Hindu University in India, where he studied Oriental philosophy. He is also the author of a sequel to this book, "Lila".