I struggled to get into the story at first, but once I got into it, I loved it. I finished it about a month ago and I still think about Pi, Richard Harris, and their story. At first I wish I had stopped reading about twenty pages before the end, but the more I have thought about it the more I have come to appreciate the ending . It is just one of those books that leaves an impression. It didn't change my perception of God or my beliefs, but it did make me think.
At first I didn't think I would like it. On a life boat with a tiger? Is it for kids? But, soon I found that it's a great book. Just finished it and was touched. You will be happy to have and listen to this book.
The writting is sappy and superficial, particularly when the author talks of god and philosophy. The quality of dialogue is no better than those of the afternoon TV soaps. But, the imaginative story line saves this otherwise ordinary style. Don't expect Chekov's understated beauty, or Rushdie's exuberance. The audio rendering my Mr. Woodman is very very bad. Besides destroying Indian names in his pronounciation, he reads like a child. Why could they not have hired an Indian to read it?
This is a story that I didn't want to listen to, but can't imagine not having listened to it.
A story of survival and life.
I don't think of myself as a softy, but I am with this book.
An absolutely fabulous read. I could not stop listening. It is very beautifully written, and really brings the words to life - highly recommended.
This is a tale that will captivate you. It is also a tale which will make you think about the deeper questions of life. The author creates a compelling protagonist, and the setting is inventive (to say the least). This is an award winning novel that should make everyone's reading list. The audiobook version is playful and full of life, and captures the essence of the novel. The narration is wonderful. I think you will be recommending this book to others.
This audiobook was sometimes slow and difficult to make it through, probably due to the great length of the book. It was however, always enjoyable. If I had bought this in print, I would have quickly rushed through it and skipped a chapter or two. FOr this reason, I felt the audioversion saved me from myself and forced me to appreciate each word. I greatly enjoyed this book and recommend it. JUST MAKE IT THROUGH!! It is worth it.
I read Life of Pi about 6 months ago and it still has a profound effect on me. At times, I will think about Pi, Richard Parker, and even Orange Juice and wonder how they would react to certain situations. The narrator's child-like voice with his Indian accent brought the story to life. Even after the tsunami tragedy, I instantly thought of Pi and Richard Parker...only to realize...duh, there were just characters in a book. I love this book. It has made me believe in the resilience of the human spirit.
So far the best audio book I have heard. Unlike some other readers I enjoyed most the part before shipwreck, full of pleasing insight. The end is also a highlight though.