I normally listen to books only when I'm dog walking or occasionally while driving, so discussions about religion/philosophy usually cause me to give up and shut off my iPod.
This reader, plus a great story, kept my attention from beginning to end.
John Male 60+
A fascinating story that is well told. The narration was excellent. I am eager to see the movie.
The moment that Pi recognized that he had the skill to master Richard Parker
No question it was Pi
The Journey of a Lifetime
Artist at KiniArt™
Fantastically thought provoking
The ending - I feel driven to listen to the entire book again now that I know the ending so I'm certain I haven't missed a single morsel.
Jeff Woodman brings a warmth to the character of Pi, making him very real and endearing.
Richard Parker because he was SO many things: Magnificent, beautiful, vicious, vulnerable, frightened and sick, courageous and strong.
I'm so glad I now have Life of Pi in my library, because I know it's one story I will definitely listen to again and probably again after that.
Tell us about yourself! I am a French woman and live in Paris. I love to read - I read almost EVERYTHING! I like also to speak English
This book is about EVERYTHINGS – Faith, Religion, Freedom, Tolerance, Will Power, Boldness, Humor, and so much more …..!
Reading this book has been a great experience, I was hook right from the first pages! The book is funny and yet sad. I felt like I was the one being with the tiger in the boat. Martel has delivered one of the best fantasy book ever! "Life of Pi" packs so much into a little book. It starts off as a whimsical story of Indian teenager and his confusion about life, religion, and animals (his father is a zookeeper). It is reminiscent of John Irving's "Son of a Circus", and it bit like Salman Rushdie's "Midnight's Children" but more fun. The story then takes a much more adventurous turn when the boy and his family embark on a sea voyage to Canada. No spoilers here, but what a fascinating story. While a book for all ages I think "Life of Pi" will become a classic for the "I am too old for Harry Potter, really!" teenaged set.
Bottom line: simply wonderful. Fully deserving of the Booker prize.
He did a great job!
A must to be read!
Yes. its truly original and gets you thinking about a lot. If you can listen to the first 3.5 hours of narrative and the authors agenda on zoos and religion (which is interesting but not what you bought the book to hear about) it raises the opportunity for all sorts of thoughts and musings. then the journey itself is both harrowing and inspiring.
Would have rated it a lot higher if the first 3.5 hours were cut back to 45 minutes and if there were a lot more of an epilogue or follow through of Pi's transition back to the inhabited world and how he created his life from there.
Pi of course. the only real character that is developed.
imagining the island was like exploring a whole new world.
I will but not sure i need to see it on the big screen. i cant imagine how they cover the first 3 1/2 hours - hopefully movie goes can avoid this.
I liked Pi's musings on religion and his open mindedness toward each religion he encountered. He also saw the good parts of each religion and took them into his own belief system.
I would maybe try another book by this author, but it would need to have a little more action in order to keep my attention.
authentic, flexible, acrobatic
No I don't think Life of Pi needs a follow up. I was ready for Pi's story to be over as soon as I put it down.
It's hard to keep someone extremely interested in the situation the protagonist was in. There just isn't that much going on most of the time. I enjoyed the book, but I wouldn't say I was really all that engaged after the first 1/3 of it.
I listened to half while on a car trip and read the last half on my Kindle. I always like reading over listening since my mind gets more involved, but I can get through more books by listening in my car. I can't really say if the audio is better than the print - for me I like the print. For others, they may like to listen.
The ending made the entire book worthwhile and extraordinarily thought provoking. The "2nd story" brings it all together but is a sad commentary about the human race.
I have not.
Of course who would not want to speak with Pi Patel about his final understanding of God after all he went through. Is he still a Hindu, Jew AND Christian? But Richard Parker has a lot to say too!
As life is not always pretty, neither is this book. Although the movie is rated PG, I am not sure I would want a young person reading this book. It has much violence related to survival and in my opinion, is not for those under 14-16 years of age.
I would rank Life of PI in the upper middle of all the audiobooks I've listened to. Great narration. Interesting and unusual material. Some parts were gruesomely descriptive.
Not particularly. It was ok to take in parts.
I've listened to hundreds of audiobooks and this one is definately one of the good ones!
I read the book some years ago, and wanted to be more familiar with it before going to the movie--which is why I bought it to listen to. I had forgotten how beautifully written it is, how funny and poignant and profound. It is a stunning work of literature and the readers are very, very good--just right.