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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Dramatised) Radio/TV Program

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Dramatised)

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Publisher's Summary

James Purefoy stars in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Robert M. Pirsig's multi-million best-selling philosophical novel. One of the most important and influential books of the past half-century, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance tells the iconic story of a father and son's motorcycle trip across America in the 1960s. Yet it also describes a personal and philosophical journey, asking questions along the way about how to live a meaningful life.

Now dramatised for the first time by Peter Flannery (Our Friends in the North, George Gently, The Devil's Whore) and starring James Purefoy (Rome, Injustice, Ironclad), this full-cast drama adds a new and original dimension to a true modern classic.

©2012 Robert Pirsig (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd

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    Ian 24/07/2013
    Ian 24/07/2013
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    "disappointed"

    I have read the book a number of times and enjoyed it. Sadly this dramatised version is far from the original text and left me feeling very disappointed. If you have never read the book then it might entertain, but if you have any knowledge of the book I would avoid this at all costs. The emphasis was completely wrong for me, possibly I missed the point when I previously read the book. This version seemed to focus on one aspect of the story and almost completely ignore, what was for me, the point of the book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. C. Tod Scotland 23/08/2013
    Mr. C. Tod Scotland 23/08/2013
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    "Oh dear!"

    It was a mistake to get the dramatised version i.e. huge chunks and half the point missing.

    I have fond memories of this book and it would have been perfect as a reading.

    It's my own fault for buying in a hurry and not spotting that it was a dramatisation.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Cooper 06/04/2017
    Mike Cooper 06/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Disappointed"

    Bore little resemblance to the written book. Not at all what I expected...dramatisation was not at all in keeping with my recollection of the original.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Féidhlim 16/02/2017
    Féidhlim 16/02/2017
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    "beautiful and captivating."

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book but was surprised and captivated. very easy to proses because of how it is written. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • SAW
    11/08/15
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    "I should have bought the book."

    pro: I liked that it was dramatized
    con: it was too abridged.
    To sum it up: create a dramatized unabridged version because what I heard was good.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sabith
    Dubai
    17/02/14
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    "Very Engaging and though provoking"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, the book is dramatised and it makes it very interesting to listen. The use of mild music is also soothing and adds to the drama


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Juncao Li
    16/11/17
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    "It is not the story it claims to be! Avoid!"

    It is not the story it claims to be! Avoid! Had to buy the real version again ...

    The story in this audible is wired

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Juan Arroyo
    Bridgeport, Connecticut USA
    26/03/15
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    "amazing! great to hear this book again"

    really good. I listen to this book a while back while visiting Spain. I feel like I understand the setting of the book a little more by listening this short part dramatized. def worth listening too if you like the book or audio.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wayne Harling
    16/02/18
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    "one of my favorite books"

    this was a great representation of an awesome book. I loved the way Chris and the author come to life in the dramatization.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ferdi
    South Africa
    25/01/18
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    "A good story perhaps too dramatized "
    What made the experience of listening to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Dramatised) the most enjoyable?

    The dramatization is done quite well, and at times you can feel the emotion coming through the characters voices.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I wish I could say the child was my favorite character, but he seemed to be a brat. The father in present sense was perhaps not likable, due to his roughness, but you could empathize with him.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It's very short making it a easy to listen through in a couple of hours.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patrice
    Durham
    29/12/17
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    "Interesting"

    My professor suggested this book and it did not disappoint. The father's perspective on life and learning. The son's yearning to be accepted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dean
    24/02/17
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    "Terrible"

    Weak story line and terrible ending... honestly I listened to this till the end, and was relieved when it was over. Wow! I wasn't expecting it to be that bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Miller
    30/03/16
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    "Wow !"

    What a great book ! I am going to listen to the unabridged version of this book now .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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