Hundreds of reviewers have said they love this story, but narrator Jeff Woodman deserves much credit, too. I'm glad I bought the audiobook, rather than the hard copy. Woodman does wonderful voices, and understands characters as well as film actors do. Also check out his reading of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" by Mark Haddon.
As in another review I read on this book it did begin slow but when it got started I could not stop listening. The narriration was excellent and I would recomend this bood to all that love to get away from reality and relax.
Best book I've ever read. Author takes us to an extremely detailed and informed account of life as lived by a person with deep spirituality and optimism. This book promotes the use of imagination and invites to discover the pleasures of knowing stuff, religion, survivorship, zoo administration, life...
I don't think anyone can "listen" to this and think it
is Fiction. The perfect pace, absolutely the best narration
for this book, the imagery (if sophomoric) are many and fluid
and most importantly they pull you into believing a young boy's
rendition to be honest, and finally just "enjoyable".
I wondor if I had actually read the book whether I would have felt differently about this book. The story, while intriguing seems to drag under the weight of metaphors, similes and adjectives. Sometimes you have to finally, finally, finish describing the scene and get on with the plot line. I enjoyed the book but did not find it worthy of the Booker Prize.
This is a book that cannot be fully appreciated until its end. Some people find the beginning long and tedious (personally, I found it interesting and the perfect lead-in) but the books literary quality wouldn't be quite masterful if it was written any other way.
It's really hard to review this book fully without spoiling the story, best I can say: it's pure imagination and wonderfuly executed.
The audiobook edition is terriffic, thanks mainly to the very talented reader.
I'll only listen to audiobooks that improve over written content with good narration, and this book passes that first filter with flying colors. The barely perceptible subcontinent inflection for Pi's voice was perfect for creating the sense of a world unto itself. Both the author and the narrator understood perfectly the mental monologue of a child left to his own devices--as an only child I recognized that "voice" with a sense of remembered shock. Which was perfect in setting me up for the dramatic ending; without that voice --both literary and real -- getting me to identify so completely with Pi, I would not have been able to bask in the glow off the ending. Unabridged it's twice as long as most abridged books, but still worth your time.
I found myself wishing for traffic jams as I listened to the audio version of this book. Pi's jumbled life, the ship, the animals, his Gods, and Richard Parker all nudged me to think about reality - and what passes for reality.
There are parts that were tedious; no argument there. At the time, I'd think "ok, enough. you've named 3 flowers. no need to enumerate the other 12 you see." Upon reflection, though, I'm less frustrated by those passages. They add clarity to the present reality.
The audio book version is outstanding. The reader's accent and inflection compliment the story, adding strength to the illusion that it is the retelling of an event.
I'd listen to it again, and am actually thinking about buying a print copy, so that I can more easily reread passages... particularly the thought provoking interviews near the end.