This has become my favorite book of all time. I believe the audio version to be much better than the printed version, more atmosphere and a quicker progression of the story. Friends who have tried actually reading it struggle to get to the best part- on the boat!! A little graphic at times, did not describe a kinship between human and animals as one may expect but the ending leaves room for interpretation.
Fun story, but you do have to indulge the authors rather lengthy character/background buildup in the beginning chapters. Once the sea travel begins, the story is quite captivating. This is more for road-trip type long listening drives or reclyner sittings. A constant start and stop type of listening approach to this book may leave one quite confused and definitely wanting.
Overall a great story with a nice thought-prevoking ending.
I found the writing to be beautiful and quite vivid, as a matter of fact, a little too vivid for me. I wish I would have been warned about how gruesome it would get. I had to turn down the speakers and let it play to get thru some parts. I can only give this 2 stars due to amount of gruesome details.
The life of Pi is one of the greatest stories audible has. The way it was read was perfect for such a great story. If you didn't know better you would think it was true. It was writen so well that you wont want to stop playing it when you get where you headed. Out of all the 26 books I've listened to on audible this is by far the best.
Let me put it this way: I studied the plot? (a very loosely tied string of happenings, if you ask me), and found no deeper meaning. I listened to the narrator, and found no poetic prose. I understand it's supposed to be the story of someone's life, and there is no real meaning in a life, however; I just don't get it, what are we reading all this for? I kept waiting for the punch line, or the redeeming message. ... and then, well, my reward for my time and persistence? ...not so much. (lol) Did I mention I don't get it? live and learn...
The book begins slowly, with seemingly irrelavent intermittant dialogues with a 'narrator'; presumedly the fictional author of the tale. Evenutally the book evolves into an enthralling story (as soon as the character takes to sea) that challenges preconceptions of reality, experience, and memory.
I LOVED this book. I can see why some reviewers have said that it got a slow start, but that narrative I thought made the main story line (a man surviving at sea in a lifeboat with a tiger) somewhat believable.
I also can't imagine having read this book rather than hearing it as an audio book. I loved the narration. It was beautifully done and I can still hear Pi's voice in my head as my mind keeps bringing up some of the images from the book as well as some of its lessons.
This book was a little difficult to get involved with, but once into the book it was excellent.
I enjoyed every minute and the great descriptions of the sights, sounds, and smells experienced by Pi. I felt like I was actually with Pi.
I would recommend this book to anyone. I think this book takes you on a trip to a different world and forces you experience the journey