This book has its moments of charm, but I don't know why so many people have given it five stars and said things like "it changed my life." This would not make my top 10 books list. I found quite a bit of it tedious, and in the end, a let down.
An okay story, nothing to get worked up over. Basically the story of a shipwrecked, adrift-in-the-ocean teen and how he survives at sea while dealing with a tiger. Everything that happens before that is tedious. At best it is interesting to hear how he struggled to survive and ways he found to do so. Good narrator.
I don't understand why this book was so popular.
The writing quality is good but I found it excruciatingly boring and plodding.
I liked the first chapter or two but then it just grew too long.
I skipped through about the first 13 chapters and kept trying to hang in there, thinking others had thought it was a good book. There were some entertaining parts, but I regret having gotten this book. The reader is very good, but the story really dragged on and on for me.
After almost half the book, the very able narrator is still chattering on about zoos and animals and religious ecumenism in a book that seems to go nowhere and be about nothing. I had heard that this was a good book from a variety of people and perhaps might have been better if I could scan it, but listening to this book is not a pleasure, it is a somewhat confusing, ostensibly cross cultural tale that isn't enough to keep one's attention or be instructive in any way.
I had been meaning to read this book for a few years and, on the recommendation of a friend, I selected it as a audible.com read. While I had a hard time getting into it at first, I'm glad I kept listening and made it through. It's an unusual story, well-read by Jeff Woodman.
So, I hear this is a 'great' book. I buy it for a road trip. The first 20 chapters are almost complete nonsense, just when you think the story is getting somewhere it's not.
Also, I would say anticlimactic. Certainly not 'life changing' as one reviewer wrote... not for me anyway.
I hate to be 'the negative reviewer' but to save someone a credit, I will give an honest review.
I bet this book has a good reputation for a reason. It is probably very good. It was highly recommended to me by my younger brother and his friends. I made it 3/4 through and stopped listening though. 10 years ago I probably would have loved this book.
However, I just zoned out during the parts that deal with Pi's quest to find religious meaning. I made that choice for myself long ago (skeptical agnostic / atheist) It's not that I have a problem with religious discussions, I just found it not interesting. I wasn't looking for insight. I have become very skeptical of religion as a whole and the book wasn't making me change my mind.
Had I read this 10 years ago when I was in my 20's I would have probably highly recommended it. But I'm afraid that phase has come and gone for me. I was really tempted to skip ahead and see how Pi turned out and how the story ended but I felt that would really be missing the point, so I just turned it off.....
Maybe if you mind is right you will have better luck.
After so many good reviews I was excited to read this book and I was so disappointed! The extensive background information on Pi was unnecessary and once they FINALLY got to the boat it was so painful to listen to and so graphic, I just wanted it to end! I would've turned it off early on but I wanted to hold out, hoping the great things were to come. Unfortunately it never came. The second star was for the narrator who was incredible! His accents were amazing!