One of the best books I've gotten on Audible. Such an unusual and fantastic story. I didn't think it would interest me at first but it was not what I expected at all. What an awesome surprise. It also stays with you afterwards and leaves you pondering many, many things. Great writer and great narration. Yann Martel, you are amazing!
I got this book recently on a sale on Audible. The reviews were great and since there are animals in it, I went for it. Even though the subject of this book is quite devastating and serious, there is some very good humor there in all the right places. You will begin to feel that you are the one experiencing this incredible adventure. Sometimes you will laugh out loud and sometimes you will want to cry for the incredible dilemma the author is in. I loved the telling of how the Bengal Tiger, Richard Parker, got his name. I will listen to this book again sometime for certain. The narration was great also. Well desering of the awards this book has won. Buy it and enjoy.
This book has its moments of charm, but I don't know why so many people have given it five stars and said things like "it changed my life." This would not make my top 10 books list. I found quite a bit of it tedious, and in the end, a let down.
An okay story, nothing to get worked up over. Basically the story of a shipwrecked, adrift-in-the-ocean teen and how he survives at sea while dealing with a tiger. Everything that happens before that is tedious. At best it is interesting to hear how he struggled to survive and ways he found to do so. Good narrator.
I don't understand why this book was so popular.
The writing quality is good but I found it excruciatingly boring and plodding.
I liked the first chapter or two but then it just grew too long.
I skipped through about the first 13 chapters and kept trying to hang in there, thinking others had thought it was a good book. There were some entertaining parts, but I regret having gotten this book. The reader is very good, but the story really dragged on and on for me.
After almost half the book, the very able narrator is still chattering on about zoos and animals and religious ecumenism in a book that seems to go nowhere and be about nothing. I had heard that this was a good book from a variety of people and perhaps might have been better if I could scan it, but listening to this book is not a pleasure, it is a somewhat confusing, ostensibly cross cultural tale that isn't enough to keep one's attention or be instructive in any way.
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.