The story was captivating, but too gorey and gruesome when describing the death scenes of the animals and the end of some of characters towards the end of the book.
Since I finished this book I haven't stopped discussing it with fellow readers. The deeper meaning of the story just touched me heart, and it does this without being confined to particular racial or religious barriers. Although it does start off slow, the narration is perfect. Stick with it. Don't worry about absorbing every word and just get to know the main character. You will not feel cheated by the slow beginning towards the end of the book. I hadn't heard anything about this book when I began listening, and it is certainly not a book I would have thought to chose on my own. Audible recommended it as a sale, and I am so glad purchased it on a whim when I needed something to listen to. Never have I read something that caused me to think so much about humanity and story telling; and how they come together to add purpose to our existence. It's a beautiful story.
the first third of this story is a bit dull. I had a hard time listening to his description of life in a zoo. However the balance of the story more than makes up for it. Jeff Woodman does an amazing job with the narrative.
I listen to a books while riding my bike, driving, running or working around the house. Keep your mind active.
I found the novel interesting, exciting and unfortunately extremely slow. In its defense, the narration was excellent, had I been reading vice listening, I might have put it down before finishing. I enjoyed the discussion of the animals and their nature and grasped the metaphors but cannot proclaim the philosophical or religious experience that some reviewers proclaim. I am glad I listened to it, but it will not be on my list of favorites.
One of the best books I've gotten on Audible. Such an unusual and fantastic story. I didn't think it would interest me at first but it was not what I expected at all. What an awesome surprise. It also stays with you afterwards and leaves you pondering many, many things. Great writer and great narration. Yann Martel, you are amazing!
I got this book recently on a sale on Audible. The reviews were great and since there are animals in it, I went for it. Even though the subject of this book is quite devastating and serious, there is some very good humor there in all the right places. You will begin to feel that you are the one experiencing this incredible adventure. Sometimes you will laugh out loud and sometimes you will want to cry for the incredible dilemma the author is in. I loved the telling of how the Bengal Tiger, Richard Parker, got his name. I will listen to this book again sometime for certain. The narration was great also. Well desering of the awards this book has won. Buy it and enjoy.
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.