I had browsed this title at the book store and the synopsis seemed very interesting. I bought the audio version and listened for well over two hours before the first glimpse of the book description came into play. The first segment of the book does carry a lot of importance throughout the rest of the main story, so be patient with this one and stick with it :)
This is one of those books that MUST be discussed with a fellow reader. The prose is excellent and the narrator brings it alive. My husband and I both loved it, and spent too much time in the driveway to savor every last bit of the chapters before going into the house. A must read-must share book.
Life of Pi has good writing and creative storytelling. I enjoyed the narration and the story made me think. I knew from the bookjacket that the story starts with a boy, a tiger, a zebra, a hyena and an orangutan in a lifeboat and that soon it's just the boy and the tiger. Being an animal lover, I didn't like, however, the excruciating detail regarding the deaths of the other animals. Those parts would have been best left to the imagination. Other than that, an amazing work of fiction.
Not since "One Hundred Years of Solitude" has a story captured my heart, mind, and imagination. Beautifully written, hysterical, touching, moving,educational. Life at it's worst the soul at it's best.
I listened to this audio book on my commute to work, the smile on my face, the wonder in my eye, my laughter escaping to the suprise of my travel companions. Loved it Loved it Loved it. A MUST LISTEN
It's a fun story to read, very insightful as well, esp. Pi's idea of zoo and of religion. However, I was not completely satisfied with the ending of the book, Part III was somewhat long and felt out of place...it wasn't very strong...but so close to perfection...so close
The narrator and the story are both excellent and make you want to spend every minute listening. The story is refreshing and a wonderful choice for any listener.
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!