inspiring, entertaining, enlightening
The first few moments in the raft with the Zebra. This book has inspired me to become a vegetarian (life long goal!) and helped me with my spiritual struggles! Also, a hard critic, my husband who doesn't read, listened to it and loved it!
I did like the description of how Pi found his religious beliefs. I did not like that it took more than half of the book to even get to the main story line of Pi's survival on the raft. I often felt like fast-forwarding during parts to move the story along more quickly.
The ending was somewhat of a let-down for me. Pi's time spent with the two investigators from Japan frustrated me. The styled departed from that of the rest of the story. I found it confusing at first. I also did not see the tie-in to the beginning of the story. I thought many questions were left unanswered.
This is the first performance I've heard by Jeff Woodman. I thought he did a great job with the different voices and accents. I cannnot compare this work to any other, however.
No. I think the main story is about Pi's survival on the sea. Now that this part of his life is over, unless something tremendously interesting happens to him, there is really nothing more to write about his life that would interest readers/listeners.
Yes. I love how the narrator have different accent for different characters. Bring the story alive!
This book doesn't shy away from dark, honest descriptions of shipwrecked life (there is talk of feces and of gutting fish, to name a few...), and also manages to capture the imagination in bright descriptions of marine life and ocean views, of what Pi thinks about. This would be a great book for older children, due to this balance. It could spark some great discussions about: What do you think about what just happened? What would you do in this situation?
I down-graded from 5 stars to 4 on the story because I was very disappointed about the sort of "storyteller" part of the book. It has a framework that is told from the perspective of a writer learning Pi's story, and this is never concluded! Why did we spend time hearing from this person, and then not get his final thoughts, why he was researching this, or any kind of conclusion?? I felt like the last few minutes were missing for this reason.
That being said, all of the parts told from Pi's perspective are great. A wonderful story, and I love that it did not shy away from the gritty details I mentioned above.
I am truly baffled by all the five star reviews for this book. Starts off interestingly enough but quickly becomes very monontonous. It goes on and on (hours worth), discussing in tedious detail about what he ate and drank while at sea. I was ready to abandon ship, so-to-speak, at about chapter 40, but the reviews kept alluding to a great ending so I stuck it out. What a mistake. The ending was lackluster, at best. This book fell well short of expectations. Wish I had the credit back and 12 hours of my time.
This looked like a fascinating book but when I started listening I thought I had the wrong book as it starts with of philosophies of the various religions of the world. So I put it away until I saw Life of Pi at the movies. I found the movie fascinating and couldn't wait to listen to the book.
Now the introduction makes sense, and it is a fascinating story, well told though I can't tell what my impression would have been if I hadn't seen the movie.
Richard Parker : Smartest character.
This story started slowly but interesting. By halfway through I was captivated, finishing the book in only two days. What I thought would be the slowest part of the book was the most interesting.
Great first read.
The beginning of the book was very well written and entertaining, and I bought the story. I will not however give the ending which was something. I enjoyed the book very much.
Piscine was the main character and overcame quite a lot of obstacles through out his life
When he got caught by his father and mother, and the three different fellows of different faiths.
Cape Town, South Africa
This was the book that made me fall in love with audiobooks! It was the first audiobook and I consider myself extremely fortunate to have started with one of the Rolls Royce of stories and narrations. The Life of Pi is a story that will touch your soul and speak to you in a way that you will never forget, and Jeff Woodman brings that all to life with his incredible narration. To say too much is to spoil the story, experience this journey with Pi and Richard Parker, it is one you will never forget!