As I listened to this book, I found myself picturing the words the narrator spoke as they would appear in print. I consistently found that sentences that had at first sounded awkward or meaningless became profound and poetic. I would then lose focus on what the narrator said next as I tried to imagine how it *should* have been read. All in all, I felt that I would be better off reading the book when I got to my destination. This is a great book with no narrator to match.
Although we all assume that "this will never happen to me", this book explores the "what if...". I found it captivating from beginning to end. Some said that they found the beginning to be slow, whereas I thought the background information provided was important in understanding his approach later in the story.
This was an easy listen with a wonderful narrator. If you are a deep thinker with the capacity to meet the limits of reality when survival is at stake, please give Life of Pi a listen - I highly recommend it.
and, that is saying a lot now that I am about 50 books into my audio-phile lifestyle... LOL
This book just SANG to me... I loved the narration, I loved the poetic style of it, I loved the characters - I LOVED Pi. I was literally laughing out loud on the bus on my way home from work - enjoying Pi *so* much.
It's not all fun and games - it's deep and profound, moving and intense... I loved it.
I found this book entertaining and engaging, but wondered why it was considered award-winning. Despite its increduality, I did find myself drawn into the story, although I still wonder what the author's purpose for writing was. I would "re-read" the book, but the thought is too exhausting.
This has become my favorite book of all time. I believe the audio version to be much better than the printed version, more atmosphere and a quicker progression of the story. Friends who have tried actually reading it struggle to get to the best part- on the boat!! A little graphic at times, did not describe a kinship between human and animals as one may expect but the ending leaves room for interpretation.
Fun story, but you do have to indulge the authors rather lengthy character/background buildup in the beginning chapters. Once the sea travel begins, the story is quite captivating. This is more for road-trip type long listening drives or reclyner sittings. A constant start and stop type of listening approach to this book may leave one quite confused and definitely wanting.
Overall a great story with a nice thought-prevoking ending.
I found the writing to be beautiful and quite vivid, as a matter of fact, a little too vivid for me. I wish I would have been warned about how gruesome it would get. I had to turn down the speakers and let it play to get thru some parts. I can only give this 2 stars due to amount of gruesome details.
The life of Pi is one of the greatest stories audible has. The way it was read was perfect for such a great story. If you didn't know better you would think it was true. It was writen so well that you wont want to stop playing it when you get where you headed. Out of all the 26 books I've listened to on audible this is by far the best.
Let me put it this way: I studied the plot? (a very loosely tied string of happenings, if you ask me), and found no deeper meaning. I listened to the narrator, and found no poetic prose. I understand it's supposed to be the story of someone's life, and there is no real meaning in a life, however; I just don't get it, what are we reading all this for? I kept waiting for the punch line, or the redeeming message. ... and then, well, my reward for my time and persistence? ...not so much. (lol) Did I mention I don't get it? live and learn...