Life of Pi is a brilliant book, it is wonderful as an audiobook and it is some of the best narration I have ever heard.
I must admit I almost stopped listening about 1/4 of the way through. The first part of the book did not inspire me to go on. I felt more like I was trudging through information that I was mildly interested in but not enough to keep listening to. I am so glad I persevered.
This part of the book simply sets the table. Once - I do not think I am giving too much away here - Pi is in the life raft with Richard Parker the book soars. The story is fascinating and the details, well, it is a book of delicious details - writerly and humorous. Just as Pi's survival is painstakingly workmanlike, Martel's prose describing that survival seems effortless - the ending put it over the top.
This is a book that I never read, but I can't imagine my own dull voice doing justice to Martel's words the way Jeff Woodman's narration does. The voice, the story, the individual scenes linger on long after this book is finished. In fact, when the book is done is when so many thoughts and questions about its significance and real meaning begin.
Avid listener, teacher of English as a foreign language in Mexico City. Very interested in recommendations.
This book was recommended to me within the website so many times and I was reluctant. Giving in to the recommendation was highly rewarding. This is one of the very best audiobooks I've ever heard. It's light, simple, yet profound in meaning, very humorous and soul fulfilling.
Life of Pi is among the most original and poignant books I've read. I'm surprised to see any negative reviews. If you're looking to be completely transported this is the book! Spoiler: many questions cannot be answered.
The narrator is superb.
How is it that a voyage in a life boat with a boy and a tiger could be so engrossing? I really enjoyed this book and only wished I had read hard copy with a book group to discuss all the themes.
This book came highly recommended by friends who have read it, and has been critically well reviewed. I'm parting company with them.
The parts dealing directly with Pi's life were interesting. They were interspersed with long, really long, philosophical, theological and religious lectures. The author blathers on and on as if in love with the sight of his own words and entranced by the sound of his own voice. It didn't advance the story at all.
It was like running an obstacle course to get back to the interesting parts, and finally I just tired of it. I tried three times, and finally decided that I'd had enough.
The narrator was excellent. But not even he could enliven this pseudo treatise.
How/why this book received the excellent reviews and awards is a mystery to me.
I enjoyed this book. I knew nothing about the book when I started listening, and I think that made it even better. Every adventure was interesting and heart-breaking at the same time.
The Narrators voice was fun and added to the authenticity of the story.
The language was at times beautiful and at times a little too flowery for me, but it didn't detract from the story. The author also almost slapped you in the head with his foreshadowing, but somehow it worked.
I would highly recommend this book. I didn't want to get out of my car when I was listening to it.
I finally got around to listening to this one. I was hesitant, but I would say it was worth a listen. It may be a bit overhyped, I don't think I would say it was the best book I have ever read! I did enjoy the narration, the character's accent made it more enjoyable. I must advise that if you are squeamish at all I would skip this book! Yes, Yes I realize that it is all part of the animal kingdom but that doesn't mean I have to enjoy listening to very graphic descriptions of such things! It is difficult especially if you are an animal lover like me!
So if you can stomach through those parts you may find yourself enjoying this book. In fact, you may find yourself re-reading it all over again once you hear how it ends!
Say something about yourself!
where is the movie for this.. this has got to be one of the most brilliant well thought out stories i have ever heard. its one you wish you could memorize to tell your grand kids one day.. the ending is as good as.... no its better than that.. hands down my pick of the year..
There are three parts to this story of Pi; the foundation/beginning, the time at sea and the rescue. All three have their purpose and that purpose is to make a whole story.
Some reviewers have written that the first part was too slow and pondering. Others loved the second section, but hated the rescue. Nevertheless, until you see that each part makes the other parts necessary and plausible you will not fully understand and appreciate the book.
Pi is a character that I want to meet one day. He is a breath of fresh air. His thinking process, his analysis of life and his take on reality are all unique and uplifting.
I listened to the book in record time for me. I found myself wishing my journey in my car would not end. I slowed down to give myself more time to listen. I am already planning to share the book or the audio version with my wife and children. As I am sure, the book will create a great conversation and a opportunity for a shared experience.
The audio reader of the book was quite believable as the voice of Pi. The accent, tone and timing were quite good.
I would strongly recommend this fanciful tale.
Extra Note: To those who balked at the depictions of animals eating other animals I recommend you study more about the reality of the animal kingdom. It is not all stuffed bears and cuddly tiger cubs. Violence and death and savagery do happen in the wild, it is the nature of life.
I was looking forward to this book, but it was too slow and boring for me to get beyond the first chapter or two. It may well be an excellent book for some, but I will never know. I don't have the patience for the rambling and mundane speech. It may READ better than it is HEARD.