The glimpses of Indian life, the mental runs of thinking the author outlines in Pi's mind about God, religion, zookeeping and ocean life. At times I could almost see Pi in my mind's eye on the lifeboat.
Expressive voice. Just the right amount of Indian accent with proper English inflections. I prefer lighter male voices as performers and his was just right.
Creative tigerkeeping on the Pacific Ocean
Wonderful flights of fancy. Great intrusion of REALITY at the end of the book, but as the listener/reader, I refused to believe in reality and held tight to Pi's version of events.
Was the first audiobook I ever listened to. I was driving home to PA from SC alone and got the book at a stand to try and help me keep awake. I was captivated.
Yes. I was engaged throughout by vivid descriptions and by trying to imagine what I would have done. This book stayed with me for a long time....still pondering.
The island and the unusual ending among many others
I felt I was hearing the experience in Pi's own words.
You might like this if you are interested in animal behavior or if you like adventure stories.
This narrator was absolutely amazing. Jeff Woodman is a genius. The story wasn't exactly my usual type of read (I prefer historical fiction and comedy reads), but the book came highly recommended by friends and I wasn't disappointed.
Change the narrator
Couldn't make it through the first hour.
Reminded me of an English actor at the very beginning of talkies.
I want my money back.
This isn't a book I'm quick to recommend due to its unusually slow and laborious beginning (I listened for several hours and still hated it) and the robotic, stilted narration. Though the story eventually picks up and becomes interesting, the style of writing and reading continue to poke, uncomfortably, in the ear and prevent imaginative immersion into the tale.
Jeff Woodman is a new narrator for me, but I have listened to Shantaram, which also has many Indian main characters, and I believe Humphrey Bower's style of narration would be vastly preferred to Jeff's.
The narrator was an excellent actor who made me forget he was reading. I visualized this story in full color. This book is well written, suspenseful and unforgettable. If you like animals then you will love this book. I would read from this author or narrator again in a nano second.
Pi, of course is my favorite character because he posseses attributes that are lovable. His courage and capacity to love are exquisitely articulated in this book.
The name is perfect
I read this book because it sounded like something different, which it definitely was.
The story is essentially a parable and advocacy for religion. It's certainly not giving anything away to say that, as the importance of religion (any religion) is highlighted right from the start.
The reading is well done, in two voices, and the story is captivating.
I have a problem with only one section towards the end, where the story goes from the possible to the impossible. But that's part of the point of the story, to force the reader to think about what they're willing to accept and why, and the value of accepting what is clearly consistent with reality and what may not be entirely so. One's attitude towards religion will clearly affect your reception to both this section and to the story overall.
While the book has a clearly religious bent, it's also just an interesting story; the story is captivating and the presentation is among the best to which I've listened.
Story of the Year! This is what books all about. Story told very simply but is rich in layers and emotion. I'm still going back and digesting the whole thing.