I love survival stories and shipwreck stories, and expect them to include some desperation and dark times, but this one had a bit too much, and also throws in some extreme brutality and a bit of horror on top. Even that's O.K if there's an uplifting payoff at the end, but after suffering though many long hours of listening, there wasn't much of that at all.
As for the chapters about religion at the beginning, you'd have to be really interested in the subject to not give in and fast forward through them as I ended up doing.
It's a well written story, but if you don't want to be depressed and disturbed, don't listen to it.
No. After all the positive reviews about this book and recommendations from friends, I finally gave in and made my purchase. Thank goodness it was on sale or I would have been quite bitter about wasting a credit. I found the story boring and it seemed to drag on forever! I kept wishing it would just be over so I could move on to something else but eventually I simply gave up. The narrator made me listen a lot longer than I might have with someone less talented.
It is a wonderful book. Although it started off slow with giving the religious infomration and background of Pi. But, as the story moved on, I understood why. The reader was so moving and I felt that it was actually Pi telling his story. I was right in there with him and Richard Parker. Would recommend this to anyone.
The story was captivating, but too gorey and gruesome when describing the death scenes of the animals and the end of some of characters towards the end of the book.
Since I finished this book I haven't stopped discussing it with fellow readers. The deeper meaning of the story just touched me heart, and it does this without being confined to particular racial or religious barriers. Although it does start off slow, the narration is perfect. Stick with it. Don't worry about absorbing every word and just get to know the main character. You will not feel cheated by the slow beginning towards the end of the book. I hadn't heard anything about this book when I began listening, and it is certainly not a book I would have thought to chose on my own. Audible recommended it as a sale, and I am so glad purchased it on a whim when I needed something to listen to. Never have I read something that caused me to think so much about humanity and story telling; and how they come together to add purpose to our existence. It's a beautiful story.
To listen to a great book while I knit is heaven on earth.
the first third of this story is a bit dull. I had a hard time listening to his description of life in a zoo. However the balance of the story more than makes up for it. Jeff Woodman does an amazing job with the narrative.
A day without sunshine is like, well, night.
I found the novel interesting, exciting and unfortunately extremely slow. In its defense, the narration was excellent, had I been reading vice listening, I might have put it down before finishing. I enjoyed the discussion of the animals and their nature and grasped the metaphors but cannot proclaim the philosophical or religious experience that some reviewers proclaim. I am glad I listened to it, but it will not be on my list of favorites.
One of the best books I've gotten on Audible. Such an unusual and fantastic story. I didn't think it would interest me at first but it was not what I expected at all. What an awesome surprise. It also stays with you afterwards and leaves you pondering many, many things. Great writer and great narration. Yann Martel, you are amazing!