I absolutely loved the book, one of the top 10 reads ever. However, as a mother of a tween who loved the movie, I feel like I need to provide this warning.
After all the commercials for the Ang Lee's movie, I guess most people know the plot. Comparing to the movie, the book has more of the back story about the young character exploring religions, his growing up at the zoo, and the unique time in India.
The initial time on the boat with all the animals and their demise is longer. The story of how there is only the tiger left is much more visceral, bloody and heartbreaking.
The final revelation of the "real story" tears your heart out, I felt stoned and overwhelmed at this point. It is present, but somewhat brushed off in the movie.
The movie managed to get the PG rating and create a magical fantasy, while the book has a much harsher, almost graphic nature. If followed completely, it would be an R-rated movie.
It is a life-affirming and uplifting story, just not for 10-12 year olds...
My first audiobook so this is hardly a fair question...
The philosophy and religion throughout this book, without it being preachy.
The main character Pi is absolutely brought to life by Mr. Woodman. I kept forgetting this was a work of fiction and instead though I was listening to an Indian boy relate his tale.
No, but it gave me a great deal to think on.
Absolutely. Previous listeners' reviews sold the book to me and wow am I pleased that I listened!! It is so not the type of book I would usually go for and yet I found it to be absolutely wonderful.
The way Jeff Woodman pronounced "Richard Parker" made me fall in love with his character right away.
Jeff MADE this book. His accents, his pronunciations, and the speed at which he narrates, gives the story a wonderfully 'real' feel. He made me laugh out loud in so many places and he made me want to weep when the book was finished.
Yes and no. Yes because I loved it so much, and no because it is too good to gobble up in one go. It needs to be savoured.
The only part I could have done without is the bizarre trip that Pi took to the cannibal island. I understand that it was his starved body and mind that made him hallucinate like that, but it was so unbelievably hard to believe that it ended up feeling like that part of the story was shoved in there just to fill up the pages. I would recommend people skip over those chapters.
Up there with the best!
When Pi gets the Tiger to respect him.
Pi sitting in the tree with the meerkat.
The trying adventures of a brave boy called Pi
Can't wait to watch the movie!
a novel about the "hidden" aspects of life. It's a multidimensional look into the life of man by a narrator who grew up at a zoo in India (well, he was there for a while--no spoilers here). It's a sad story in a way, but it's also uplifting and motivating.
Narrator goes to a restaurant an uses his fingers to eat. The waiter's words "Fresh off the boat" shame him deeply, and his food looses its taste.
The main narrator and his science teacher (an atheist) at the zoo. The teacher says "religion is darkness."
No, I cannot sit still long enough to listen for more than 45 minutes. I did look forward to my listening time.
Additional comment: listen slowly (rewind as needed) and enjoy the process--then give your pet a hug!
Retired lady in my 60s. Have the time to read now so I seem to be "devouring " books. Love my Kindle.
I loved the suspense . It was so different than any other book /audio I have had the pleaure to read or listen to. This is definitely a book that is better to have on audio, as there is a lot of thoughts and unspoken words.
The film "castaway" is the only one that comes to mind
The accent of Pi
I cant wait to see the film version!! This is an audio book that I will definitely listen to again. aIt is also one I highly recommend.
The reader does a great job of moving along long uninteresting passages of detail. The problem is that the prose far outdistance the plot.
No. This would have been a great 3 hour listen. Problem is that it runs near 12 hours and is not worth the time committment.
I am sure the book is intended to be a deep and mystical reflection of life and faith. Just didn't work for me. Too shallow to engage. The boy and tiger on the raft set up is honestly a nifty idea. Just goes on and on long after the idea played out.
Yes highly recommend. It takes a little to really get going but then you don't want to put it down
Mr. Robert Parker; he kept the readers on the edge with his unpredictability. He made the story interesting .
Pi his whole life was overcoming obsticles. He definately was a survivor.
I haven't seen the movie but I hated when I had to put the book down & I couldn't wait to get back to it to see what happens next. I hated when it was over.
I had high hopes for this one, but I think the audio format killed it for me. The story has good foundations, but I found to hard to follow the bouncing from past to present, India to Canada, reality to fantasy. The narrator's voice was flat, detached, and dreary, which made me feel totally at odds with the character with whom I should have been connecting. I hope the movie was able to capture this story's intended greatness!
I realized when it had finished that this was a book that for once I have not listened to on 2x speed. It's one of those books you wish would go on forever. Read it, I doubt you will be disappointed. I'm sure the film will be good, but I doubt it will capture the magic of the book.