A little long in the second (sea survival) section, or I would have rated it higher. But the prolonged discussion has the variety of a well-composed symphonic work, recombining elements and adding something with each challenge that made it more an imaginative exercise than a repetitive re-telling.
Testament to the power of the work: for several days after finishing this book I found myself wondering which story was "really true." As if the plot of a novel has a REAL truth to it!
I Like scifi-fantasy,non-fiction, historical fiction genres. Liked Stormlight Archive, GoT, Ken Follett's work. Last read: Words of Radiance
I have no idea how this book managed so many awards. Story is not that great. Too gory as many other reviewers said(sometimes, it felt unnecessary). It was an ordeal to finish this book. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
This is an awesome story that I and my daughter indulged in. We mostly liked the 2nd part of the story and have listened to it more than 5 times.
The narrator is wonderful and has done great justice to the author's words and their meaning!
We'd recommend this book to one and all. It's, so far, the best audio book we've heard.
I read this in middle school, and listening to it now, I realize that I missed a LOT. This book is worth coming back to for multiple readings/ listenings.
Until he gets shipwrecked this book has little content/value that I find to be useful. While it does set the stage for some philosophical thoughts later it does it so slowly as to be tedious. After he wrecked I found the detailed description of survival interesting.
Overall I wasnt a big fan of the book. Its over-hyped.
I could not wait to get in to my car to rejoin the story. I drive a long distance to and from work and enjoy listening to downloaded books. The Life of Pi was amazing, I have recommended it to others and still can not stop returning to the story. I live by the sea and wonder about bobbing about in a life boat with a tiger often!
The author spends a lot of time in the beginning of the book setting things up, and it drags at times. The problem is that this takes up the first half of the book. Upon him being at sea, it stays pretty interesting. Can't wholeheartedly recommend it, but it is very clever and is about as unique as you could ask for.