This is one of those rare books where you really are speechless ... for quite awhile .... once it's finished. For days after I just sat and thought about it - which story was true? What did he mean when he said ... ? Wow! It was great!! Warning, if you are weak in heart, there are some rather explicit writings about animals and people being eaten and such - a couple times I felt a bit sick. BUT - know that, on the whole, it is an incredible adventure. Pi is a character you fall in love with and feel like you're his best friend by the end! Worth every minute - and will listen to again, over and over!
The first several hours of the book were unbearable for me. I fell asleep multiple times and kept having to go back and listen to it again. That being said, once they got on the life boat it was a very pleasant listen. There was not much suspense, since we know by the description that Pi lives to tell of his adventure. It is enjoyable to listen to - the voice, the accent, the description. Pi is a funny & delightful character to follow through the book.
I was personally captivated from the start with Martel's work. It was gripping, thought provoking, and valuable all within the 11hr book. Hightly recommend, for the strong of stomach (slightly graphic).
This was an enjoyable "read"--I still haven't concluded whether it was factual or not. The premiss was interesting and the character, Pi, was charismatic. Some passages were a little heavy on the gore, but helped you to appreciate the desperate conditions in which he survived. Not one I would listen to twice, which is my personal criteria for a recorded book.
I can only say that I found this story fascinating. I could not stop listening, even after my trip ended. The voice seemed authentic. In addition, the great many descriptions of animals weree wonderful.
It would be best to start this book early in the day as it is easy to lose a night's sleep because you have to keep listening.
Evan though this is not the genre I generally read I found this book rivetting rivetting.
I am the type of person that generally can anticipate plots and characters but I am delighted to say that I was at the author's mercy, which was wonderful.
I highly recommend this to anyone who is in search of a truely great book. Take this journey, you'll be glad you did.
PS Some bits I found greusom but try as I might I couldnt bring myself to forward through them.