Yes, it is the first book in a very, very long time that moved me to tears. And I can't even remember the last time I cared so much for a character!
No other book compares, it's in a genre of its' own.
Pi Patel of course
Read it, you won't regret it!
Adventure, psychological, and teen
Richard Parker, because of the final relationship between him and Pi.
The last few pages of this book might turn the rest of the book on its ear. The basic story is pretty good, but it's not a book I would recommend to most of my friends. Because of the ending, this book becomes an outstanding springboard for discussing the relationships between characters. But an individual reader might not pick up on the import of the relationships. Discussing it amongst several people can lead to a different understanding of the story the author was trying to tell.
This is a story that delivers. It cleverly transorms the reader into an observer watching the battle for survival between our human and animal nature. The conclusion has the ablity to effortlessly alter your awareness by invoking our understanding of the primal need to survive.
His performance made me believe!!
Left me gobsmacked.
The good: I think the reader was perfect for the role and did a good job of portraying multiple accents and characters. I would listen to another book by this reader given the opportunity. The book was very clever in developing problematic situations and solutions. While the story was certainly fantasy, most of it was believable and rooted in sound logic and science. I was surprised to learn a lot about animal behavior and survival, (I have always had an interest in survival stories). I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys clever fantasy and learning new things.
The bad: The book was a little slow in the first third of the story before the raft part. Also, the main character had an odd religious evolution in the beginning of the story that didn't add to the story and came off as a little preachy.
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Pi - I love Pi's childlike yet complex character.
The Life of Pi is beautifully told at a "story" level yet the writer pushes one to look at human behavior. I love the author's ability to handle ticklish spiritual issues while maintaining humor. He manages to communicate the beauty & innocence of Pi's religious explorations all the while urging the reader to examine his/her own viewpoints.
The writer also covers day after of Pi's onerous solitary existence in his raft yet never loses the reader for a second. In the final pages one is taken through yet another story again left with questions for self examination.
The Life of Pi is a book which can be read again & again with new insights arising each time.
Yes, I would recommend Life of Pi to others and have. It's an imaginative, creative, story laced with interesting facts and a great, thought provoking finish.
The final scene pulls the entire book together.
Piscine Molitor Patel, of course.
Richard Parker. If Pi can survive with him on a boat, one dinner couldn't be so tough.
Give it a listen. you'll be glad you did.
The rich descriptions of things happening, the reading - Jeff did a wonderful job!
The arguments were presented really well and the whole story was just enthralling. I couldn't draw myself away.
Pi - definitely. Even his conversations with himself were amazing.
No I haven't, but I'm considering going to find more of his because he read so well.
'The Tiger, the Indian and the Life Boat'...no, not really - Life of Pi works really well.
I read the first few pages of the printed book and was very disappointed. But after reading reviews from others, I decided to listed to the Audio Book.
I'm not sure if it was Jeff's excellent reading, or what, but I loved every second of it! So much so that I will encourage others to read it, and would rate it as one of the best books I've ever read.
Absolutely! Read the book 1st by hand then audible. I highly recommend both. Brilliantly performed & pray the movie does it justice. What a marvelous spin of a life well lived. The dominance of spirit seeking a higher meaning using every resource and gift available. The interaction of other life forces, good, bad & indifferent. I just couldn't get enough of this book & the story it told. This was a refreshing & unique perspective of life on the edge.
The broad spectrum of characters & how they so delicately wove together. You were never sure of where the story would lead & at the end not so sure it was really actuality. The depth of how far a human can suffer in life still holding on to hope boggles the imagination.
I have not listened to other performances, but he did an excellent job.
Richard Parker would be a most interesting dinner guest. I would dearly enjoy probing his mind to hear the tale from his perspective.
Pi's indelible spirit & mind is a tribute to the driving force within us all. We are given all the resources in this life to survive & thrive. His youth, family upbringing, education & spirituality were the greatest survival pack of all. One must wonder if the rest of his life could ever measure up to his time on the ocean or how it impacted the any other catastrophes he faced in his life. It certainly sounds like he may have become a hoarder. Was he able to marry & share life as he did with Richard Parker or did it drive him to a reclusive existence. I would like to think he grew to be a sage. His life's lessons certainly impacted my view of the world.
The storyline was good, but imho it was simply drawn out, too long. It took a long time to get into it, but once I was in, I was hooked. Great writing, good performance, I think it will be a great movie.
it is more boring then watching a slug crawl across a wall that paint is drying on
a funny voice
this book is eggs