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Reviewing this book is challenging. While the performance was satisfactory the book itself lacks interest in the beginning. The first half rambled on and on and skipped about on time lines. It was confusing and not very pertinent to the story. The second half was very interesting and entertaining. I finished it and was happy with reading it because all of the reviews raved and I couldn't pass it up but I should caution you that it was challenging to reach the interesting parts. If you are someone with plenty of "listening time" to make it through the first half then it is worth it because you will enjoy the second portion. But if you are someone who is cautious about using credits you may want to pass on this one...
Just another book reader......but a book reader with style and panache!!!!
SURPRISINGLY DIFFERENT STORY. THE AUTHOR WOVE THE STORY INTO A RICH TAPESTRY OF IMAGINED SOUNDS...SMELLS....AND EMOTIONS.
I love survival stories and shipwreck stories, and expect them to include some desperation and dark times, but this one had a bit too much, and also throws in some extreme brutality and a bit of horror on top. Even that's O.K if there's an uplifting payoff at the end, but after suffering though many long hours of listening, there wasn't much of that at all.
As for the chapters about religion at the beginning, you'd have to be really interested in the subject to not give in and fast forward through them as I ended up doing.
It's a well written story, but if you don't want to be depressed and disturbed, don't listen to it.
No. After all the positive reviews about this book and recommendations from friends, I finally gave in and made my purchase. Thank goodness it was on sale or I would have been quite bitter about wasting a credit. I found the story boring and it seemed to drag on forever! I kept wishing it would just be over so I could move on to something else but eventually I simply gave up. The narrator made me listen a lot longer than I might have with someone less talented.
It is a wonderful book. Although it started off slow with giving the religious infomration and background of Pi. But, as the story moved on, I understood why. The reader was so moving and I felt that it was actually Pi telling his story. I was right in there with him and Richard Parker. Would recommend this to anyone.
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.