I had been meaning to read this book for a few years and, on the recommendation of a friend, I selected it as a audible.com read. While I had a hard time getting into it at first, I'm glad I kept listening and made it through. It's an unusual story, well-read by Jeff Woodman.
So, I hear this is a 'great' book. I buy it for a road trip. The first 20 chapters are almost complete nonsense, just when you think the story is getting somewhere it's not.
Also, I would say anticlimactic. Certainly not 'life changing' as one reviewer wrote... not for me anyway.
I hate to be 'the negative reviewer' but to save someone a credit, I will give an honest review.
I bet this book has a good reputation for a reason. It is probably very good. It was highly recommended to me by my younger brother and his friends. I made it 3/4 through and stopped listening though. 10 years ago I probably would have loved this book.
However, I just zoned out during the parts that deal with Pi's quest to find religious meaning. I made that choice for myself long ago (skeptical agnostic / atheist) It's not that I have a problem with religious discussions, I just found it not interesting. I wasn't looking for insight. I have become very skeptical of religion as a whole and the book wasn't making me change my mind.
Had I read this 10 years ago when I was in my 20's I would have probably highly recommended it. But I'm afraid that phase has come and gone for me. I was really tempted to skip ahead and see how Pi turned out and how the story ended but I felt that would really be missing the point, so I just turned it off.....
Maybe if you mind is right you will have better luck.
After so many good reviews I was excited to read this book and I was so disappointed! The extensive background information on Pi was unnecessary and once they FINALLY got to the boat it was so painful to listen to and so graphic, I just wanted it to end! I would've turned it off early on but I wanted to hold out, hoping the great things were to come. Unfortunately it never came. The second star was for the narrator who was incredible! His accents were amazing!
What a story. Beautifully written and read with evocative language used to tell the story of the trials and tribulations of Pi, castaway on the Pacific Ocean. I was fascinated, revolted, amused, scared and delighted. Excellent story telling with a twist in the tail. Worth a listen for sure.
My husband is my book filter. He reads/listens first and then only recommends the ones he is certain I will appreciate. As I was listening to the first 2 hours of Life of Pi, I gave up. I didn't think the story had any direction, the descriptions were redundant and heavily detailed. I thought my husband had made a mistake. He convinced me to keep listening, even through the author's description of different religions... Bore... ZZzzz... And then after 3 hours or so, it magically happened: the story took a turn for the best. I was hooked and finally understood the purpose of all the excruciating descriptions which became the pillars of the entire story! Please keep reading/listening!
The narrator delivers an excellent performance. I first gave it 4 stars because of the slow start but went back on my decision because it continues to make me think. Piscine Patel lives on!
I didn't know anything about this (audio)book when I started. First I didn't know what to make of it and the story line confused me.... but when I was finished, I just couldn't get my thoughts away from the story. It moved me in a way only few books have.
The narrator Jeff Woodman is perfect in this story.
At first it was hard to get into Pi's life. It was slow, but interesting. It did give backround and set up for why and how such a young boy of 16 could survive the seas for so long. I did enjoy the authors writing and the wonderful narration. As others have mentioned, the story really takes off once Pi is shipwrecked with Richard Parker, a 450 lb Bengal Tiger! Not only did he survive, he survived 227 days. He even repeatedly stated he could not have survived without Richard Parker. I loved the dialogue Pi had with himself and RP. Very humorous in the face of death at every turn. I can absolutely recommend this audiobook to friends.
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.