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!
This story was fascinating. It pulled me right in. I found it to be very emotionally heavy because it deals a lot with death and despiration and the will to survive. It sonds a little like a childrens book, a boy stuck on a life raft with an orangatan, a zebra with a broken leg, a hyena, and a tiger named John Parker. In reality, it is the story of the life and death struggle that happens on the lifeboat and how the boy Pi survives to tell his tale. The ending is very thought provoking. It is not an easy read, but I would highly reccomend it.
I'm glad I finished the book. It got VERY graphic (blood and gore) and I had to fast forward a couple of times. 20 minutes from the end, the book was "ruined" for me... But then the last sentence more than made up for anything. This book really is a good listen.
Although the book had received great reviews, I was skeptical as the story began ... this seemed potentially a flight of fancy I would not enjoy. Fortunately, I was happily surprised by the intricacy of the plot and affinity I developed for the main character.
I have a feeling the editor of this novel was stumped. What, and where, and why to cut? Sure, it's too long, but then length seems to be part of the point. You'll need to be as beaten down as I was to submit to the fantastical floating island chapters, and unless you let time sap your critical faculties the ending revelations will seem almost silly. Too bad. Parts are awfully funny and charming. I agree it's our age's "Jonathan Livingston Seagull."
While I did enjoy the story-line, I found it rather tiresome after awhile. I admit I didn't actually finish the book, once I figured out what was going on. But it was a clever fantasy.
OK, it is true that this book starts slowly. Give yourself one hour to get fully hooked. I once tried to listen to this book before and put it down too quickly.The storytelling is charming, enchanting and endearing. It plays with the interface between fiction and reality and powerfully shows the strength of the human spirit. There is a HUGE twist at the very end that will cause you to immediately want to listen to the whole book again. This book is truly a masterpeice. It is, without a doubt, one of the finest books I have ever listened to. Enjoy.
A beautifully written story that keeps you absorbed and interested from the beginning and then draws you in as you travel with Pi to reach an incredible conclusion. The reader was excellent and brought Yann Martel's wonderful words to life. It is very hard to put down once you start and when you finish, you'll want to read it all over again.