I had this book in my queue for more than a year before finally listening to it - It's remarkable, implausible in it's main thrust, and yet written and performed so well, I had to check and confirm it was a novel at end. The main character's early years' narrative is not uninteresting but less than riveting and having no knowledge of the book whatsoever - it was an accidental purchase under embarrassing impression it was something else entirely, left me wondering where it was going , but it was all part of flow. It's so well done and the calamity unfolds and continues. It was purchased as a mistake but it's one I'm very glad I made. Film trailers for director Ang Lee's film version are out now. If he has captured the this book, it will be worthwhile.
In spite of the great reviews for this book, it is probably the only audio book that I have purchased and decided not to finish. I just did not find it enjoyable at all. I kept hoping it would get better, but by Chapter 46, I gave up. I only regret not having gave up on it sooner, as the detailed, gruesome deaths of the animals was disturbing to me.
His fake indian accent. If you want a indian to narrate a book, just hire an indian. Don't make a non-indian fake a weird accent.
Yes! many times yes. This is the first book that (as an adult) left me actively caught in the story. I realized the story to such a degree that I felt like it was progressing in real time (without me) while I had to be away from the book, working w/ clients. I worried about what was happening in the boat while I was away and could hardly manage life calmly until I could get back in.
Many ages and 'types' have found this superb!
Listening to books is very liberating for me. I am free to work with my hands while "reading" a book. Total relaxation.
One of the best books I have had this year.
After being interviewed by the Japanese, Pi asks which of the two accounts of his story did they prefer. Their answer reinforces Pi's personal feelings on religion and spirituality.
His soft Indian accent is very gentle on the ear and brings the characters to life.
No, the book is quite intense.
This wonderfully philosophical book was food for thought. I am not especially interested in religious debate, being at peace with my own feelings on the matter. Yann Martel, however, offers such a fascinating and refreshing perspective on certain issues. Really pleased that I read it.
The narration was really good. The story is really good. Its a great experience. You really care for him.
Learning about religions, and when found the land. Also the floating island. The lightening hitting the water.
great book. I recommend it to everyone.
The glimpses of Indian life, the mental runs of thinking the author outlines in Pi's mind about God, religion, zookeeping and ocean life. At times I could almost see Pi in my mind's eye on the lifeboat.
Expressive voice. Just the right amount of Indian accent with proper English inflections. I prefer lighter male voices as performers and his was just right.
Creative tigerkeeping on the Pacific Ocean
Wonderful flights of fancy. Great intrusion of REALITY at the end of the book, but as the listener/reader, I refused to believe in reality and held tight to Pi's version of events.
Was the first audiobook I ever listened to. I was driving home to PA from SC alone and got the book at a stand to try and help me keep awake. I was captivated.
Yes. I was engaged throughout by vivid descriptions and by trying to imagine what I would have done. This book stayed with me for a long time....still pondering.
The island and the unusual ending among many others
I felt I was hearing the experience in Pi's own words.
You might like this if you are interested in animal behavior or if you like adventure stories.
This narrator was absolutely amazing. Jeff Woodman is a genius. The story wasn't exactly my usual type of read (I prefer historical fiction and comedy reads), but the book came highly recommended by friends and I wasn't disappointed.