It transported me, first to living the life of a young middle-class boy in India, then to a fantastical (but, against all odds, somehow very real) struggle to survive a shipwreck in the Pacific, sharing a lifeboat with a tiger. The circumstances were quite unbelievable when looked at with a rational mind, and yet the story-telling is so exquisite that disbelief is completely suspended while in the midst of the story. I found myself really thinking of it as a true story, a documentary of a young boy's incredible survival against great odds, and it required an effort to remind myself that it was fiction. Amazing story-telling!
The author is a keen observer of the zoo animals in the story, and has offered very detailed portraits of these animals. My spouse was once a zoo-keeper, working primarily with the big cats, and I found the author's observations to sound much like those of someone who had really lived with these animals. No corners were cut in researching these animals or the interactions between the keepers and the animals.
Some descriptions of death by tiger are pretty hard to tolerate (I generally don't tolerate gore well at all), and yet it is worth the effort to get through these scenes. They are not gratuitous.
I listened to this with my kids who are 8, 10 and 12. I soon realized it wasn't written for children but they were interested in the story so we listened to the entire book together. There were some gruesome parts but they were things that are part of life so I was ok with the kids listening in. Many interesting facts about animals and zoo's were part of the story which of course the kids enjoyed. At times the story was somewhat slow for kids to stay interested but I really enjoyed all of it. I probably would have enjoyed it more if I listened without the kids and wasn't concerned about their enjoyment.
All-in-all this is a very detailed story of the life at sea of Pi along with a tiger and some other animals. It leaves you wondering if it all could have really happened. It is written very realistically and factual.
I liked learning stuff about animals and the trials of surviving at sea.
I purchased this book after reading all of the rave reviews. I'm not sure if I started listening to it at the wrong time, or if I was expecting something completely different. I was 3/4 of the way through part I when I decided to just stop listening. I was starved for action within the first few chapters. I found myself frequently asking out loud
The sluggish pace and lack of action in the beginning of the book did me in. I'm sure things spice up when he actually gets on the boat, but honestly I was almost halfway through part I and there was no mention of it.
The narrator annoyed me for some reason. But the accent was spot on!
I still have it floating around my library. I might give it another chance sometime. But honestly I used it to help lull me to sleep a lot, so I might not be able to listen to it without passing out.
I found the characters open mindedness toward various religions refreshing, but I felt tricked because I initially thought this was a true story. Although the reader did a perfectly adequate job, the overall experience was not a positive one.
This was a great book to listen to, have re-read it and have bought the hard copy. The start is a tad slow, but stick with it, it gets way better with time!
A fantastic book with a fantastic narrator - what more could you want???
Jeff Woodman does a fantastic job narrating in an Indian accent, I was incredibly surprised to realise it was the same narrator as "the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time" - and then imagine how surprised I was to find out he's not Indian or British, but American!
The story of Pi is just fantastic. I loved every moment, and still enjoy re-listening to this book just for the sheer pleasure of it.
A friend of mine wasn't able to get far into it, claiming "It sounds like a text book"... I sort of see her point (I personally enjoyed the info at the beginning about sloths and religion), but don't let it bog you down - the best parts of the book start half way through (although I find the beginning just as enjoyable.
I usually like to listen to these books in bed to help me rest, this book kept me awake. It was well written, and the narrator Jeff Woodman was at his best for this Pi guy. Thank you Yan Martel...
This was a very entertaining book. I don't know what to say about it other than it was very quirky. The story was amusing and entertaining and the ending was very satisfying. One of the strangest books I have read.
Fabulous book and performance. Only one complaint...
Unfortunately the audio version does not include the Author's Note at the beginning of the book, which, in this case, is not a traditional author's note, but is part of "The Story" Martel is weaving. So this is in fact an abridged version of the book.
Life of Pi is an inspiring tale of bravery and adaptation. Yann Martel has a wonderful sense of story and revelation. I loved this book from start to finish. Truly a must-read.