The whole point of this book is not the beginning, nor the end, but the journey through the story itself: you get enough insight into Pi's character to believe his emotions and motivations, and the story moves right along across the Pacific.
If anyone gave you a summary of the book you would think it sounds ridiculous: an Indian boy drifts across the Pacific with a Tiger. However, once you start reading, you are ready to suspend any disbelief in the plausibility of that concept. Simply amazing.
Very original, thoughtful and just a great story. It's a really enjoyable book. The narration is just perfect, you feel like Pi is telling his fascinating story right to you, the narrator captured the character very well. Highly recommended.
I read all the glowing reviews for this title so, when it was offered as the Daily Deal, I went ahead and bought it. It started out fairly well - interesting, flowed well, but then...it just went off the deep end. It got a little boring and drug after awhile at sea, then...the island...what the?! I forced myself to finish it thinking it had to get better or at least have a good finish - Nope, not so! The narrator did a wonderful job and is probably the only reason I suffered through the entire mess to the end. What a colossal waste of nearly 12 hours! Needless to say, I will NOT be wasting anymore of my time by watching the movie!
great book, excellently read~~~
BUT it is missing the vital, and i mean vital, opening "authors note" of 6 pages. This "note' is an integral part of the novel and the publisher, HighBridge Audio, has known of this ommission for years and should have added it in by now.
Have a look at the book in a bookstore so to read the few pages before you begin...
I knew nothing about the Life of Pi before I got this download other than someone mentioned it on a website during a "Tell me your favorite books" thread, and a number of people agreed.
I loved the story, and the narrator brought it to life vividly.
I recommend you read for yourself before seeing other reviews, I think many read too much or to little into into it.
Take the journey, and decide for yourself what is real and what is not.
This book left me breathless, unable to speak. Some reviews have said the beginning is slow, but I like all the details, and they helped paint a picture of who he was in his youth. The middle of the book locked me in, and I became obsessed, the end left me breathless wanting to listen again so I could go back over the details of the story. You will enjoy it very much.
I loved loved loved this audio book! From beginning to end. Beautifully written. It was one of those books where you can't wait to find out what happens, but you are sad when it ends. The narrator was very pleasing to listen to as well!
I have to admit that I really did have a difficult time getting into this book at first. However, after I did it developed into an exquisite story! You can almost taste, hear, smell what's happening. Well worth the effort.
This is one of those books which I looked at in bookstores countless times but had no interest in reading. The reviews here convinced me to give it a try and it turned out to be one of the best novels I have ever read. The narrator was perfect and I believe that I got much more out of listening to the book than I would have by silently reading it, though I plan to do that in the future, my appreciation for the novel is so deep. It does start out a bit slowly, but listen carefully so you can get to know Pi before his great challenge.
I listened in my car and I didn't want to get out. I found myself thinking about both the theology and the zoology of survival as the book unfolded, when I was not in the car. The main charachter is passionate for life from both perspectives, which is exciting to the listener. I could feel his joys, fears, and pain. The reader is perfect for this book, with his clearly understood Indian accent.