This book is in the top 25 of all the audio books I have heard.
The writing was marvelous and the character of Pi was well developed, intelligent, logical, practical and above all likable.
Jeff Woodman's performanse was wonderful. At times I felt as though I were right there in the boat with Pi.
The only negative thing I can say about the book is that the second half of the book was a bit slow. Understandably things got a little monotonous while Pi was drifting around on a life raft for 200+ days.
If this had been a true story, it would have been amazing. Unfortunately, it's just a bunch of poppy-cock dreamed up in the author's head. The story is neither inspirational or educational. Just a waste of time.
Every aspect of this novel is done to perfection! An unforgettable listen from beginning to incredible end.
I joined Audible to start reading great fiction novels, to learn more about famous writers, and improve my fading powers of concentration. For twenty years I read non-fiction exclusively. Now that I am listening to fiction, a whole new world of literature has captivated me. I have listened to four times more novels in my first year of membership than in my previous four years. Audible is the best gift I have ever given myself.
This delightful book is worth a second listen. I was intrigued by the story's quick start and the delightful accents. Soon I was captivated by each new day that Pi began. My husband, who has never listened to a book, and does not care for fiction, was spellbound by Pi's courageous struggles. He asked if we could listen together each evening till we finished the book. Near the end of book, the author presents a twist that will make you ache with understanding. Maybe even cry.
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Reviewing this book is challenging. While the performance was satisfactory the book itself lacks interest in the beginning. The first half rambled on and on and skipped about on time lines. It was confusing and not very pertinent to the story. The second half was very interesting and entertaining. I finished it and was happy with reading it because all of the reviews raved and I couldn't pass it up but I should caution you that it was challenging to reach the interesting parts. If you are someone with plenty of "listening time" to make it through the first half then it is worth it because you will enjoy the second portion. But if you are someone who is cautious about using credits you may want to pass on this one...
Just another book reader......but a book reader with style and panache!!!!
SURPRISINGLY DIFFERENT STORY. THE AUTHOR WOVE THE STORY INTO A RICH TAPESTRY OF IMAGINED SOUNDS...SMELLS....AND EMOTIONS.
I love survival stories and shipwreck stories, and expect them to include some desperation and dark times, but this one had a bit too much, and also throws in some extreme brutality and a bit of horror on top. Even that's O.K if there's an uplifting payoff at the end, but after suffering though many long hours of listening, there wasn't much of that at all.
As for the chapters about religion at the beginning, you'd have to be really interested in the subject to not give in and fast forward through them as I ended up doing.
It's a well written story, but if you don't want to be depressed and disturbed, don't listen to it.
No. After all the positive reviews about this book and recommendations from friends, I finally gave in and made my purchase. Thank goodness it was on sale or I would have been quite bitter about wasting a credit. I found the story boring and it seemed to drag on forever! I kept wishing it would just be over so I could move on to something else but eventually I simply gave up. The narrator made me listen a lot longer than I might have with someone less talented.