This book starts off slowly but picks up in the middle and end. The end leaves you scratching your head and dying to know what the author had in mind when writing the story. The narrator does a wonderful job reading this book. Definitely worth listening to.
"Life of Pi" is one of the most unique books I have come in contact with. It is hard to assign the book to any discrete genre with it's delightful mix of fantasy, sociology, religious references, and bildungsroman structure.
Upon first approaching the book, I was somewhat skeptical. Most books featuring animals as significant characters usually fail to interest a broad audience of adults. Life of Pi does this without a hitch. Martel has done a magnificent job of creating a compelling (though sometimes annoying: if Pi has any flaw as a fictional character, it is that his religious diversity seeks to make him too universal and inherently nice as to make him nearly unbelievable) character and journey.
Kudos should also be given to the reader of this production. His voice creates the appropriate atmosphere and brings Pi's character to life, further endearing readers to his personality and journey.
Life of Pi is a book that needs to be approached with no expectations and on its own terms. If you allow Martel to work his magic, and give Pi a chance to grow on you, then his journey across the sea is one that you will look back upon as enjoyable and inspiring.
It's an electric listen. Well-read, superbly well-written. It will keep you wondering and cringing and imagining yourself in the character's shoes. This transportive book also asks some deeper questions about beliefs that even an athiest like me could appreciate. The book stays with you for a long time, especially its imagery. Buy it and listen without hesitation!
I am an absolute fan of this book - it seemlessly combines metaphysics and the best of adventure writing. On a deeper level, it is a rich allegory on the human condition. Plus, it is at times very funny!
The detail about India, sloths, zoos, and Bengal tigers is quite astonishing. I didn't know anything about the book or the story line when I began, and it was much different than I expected. It really leaves you guessing at the end, which is always fun.
I usually go for the more "exciting" books, but thought I'd try this one. Even after buying it, it took a few months to get around to listening to it. But I have to say it was the most engaging book I've read or listened to in a long time, maybe ever. And the story was performed perfectly by the narrator. I like everything about it!
I absolutely LOVED this book. I laughed and cried and everything between. The author did a magnificent job. And I must commend the reader. He too did an excellent job! I bought the book because I loved it so much! Thanks, Audible, for having this book on your list!
This was one of my first audiobooks and it was definitely a treat. Most of the reviews here have been spot on. There were points in the book where I kept wondering to myself where the heck Martel is going. But as you work through the details, you're slowly drawn into the book and a magical bond is formed between you and the main character. The grotesque thing that disgusted you a chapter earlier all of a sudden hits close to home as you ponder what would you do if you're in the same boat (pun unintended). The book draws out many emotions and it's an in-your-face look at human nature.
Despite some of the very long and grotesque details, the book is a worthwhile listen. It comes to a chilling climax and a wonderful ending. Well written, well narrated and highly recommended.
It starts off a bit slow with a rather long discussion of the 3 toed sloth but it's worth hanging in there for the rest of the story. The author paints great pictures with his words although sometimes I found his redundancy a bit annoying. It was captivating and I love the subtle sense of humor!