The beginning moved way too fast for me, I was disoriented, after listening to the first two CDs I was not at all into it, I toughed it out and at the 5th CD I rewound to CD #1. It's totally worth it, very original, very phylosophical.
I truly enjoyed this book--one of my favorites. Entertaining and suspenseful. You felt like you were right there with Pi. What an adventure!
I loved this book for its insight into feelings of fear and hope. The narrator's delivery irked me for the first ten minutes until I got used to it, and then I became quite attached to the character and his plight. It was hard to limit myself to listening to the book in small segments, and I found myself mesmerized by the imagery of the premise, even when I wasn't listening to the book. I found the story inspiring for demonstrating that a less-than-super hero can prevail. The attention given to animal psychology made the book very believable. Kudos to the author for pacing the book in such a way that the reader can get the sense of being lost at sea. Highly recommended!
This is by far the best book I have read in years. The opening drew me in immediately. Despite a lot of zoology exposition, it clips along well and I found it fascinating (but then, I find animal behavior fascinating). Martel writes about zoology and zookeeping with authority. Later you realize how important all this discussion is, as it explains how Pi managed to survive with Richard Parker.
Once the main adventure gets going, it is riveting. Highly suspenseful despite the small setting. Throughout, the prose is excellent. I had a hard time putting this book down and I found excuses to catch snatches of it. The ending is satisfying with a touch of mystery, and it makes a point about doubts and what people prefer to believe. Highly, highly recommended.
The narrator is also perfect for this material. He has a light Indian accent but his words are clear and he puts the right inflection when needed. He also does the two other accents very well.
The story-telling device the author uses makes the story interesting. He uses the protagonist's knowledge for zoo animals to convey his thoughts, feelings, and experiences and as a metaphor for the human condition. The story is poignant with vivid images. It moves from realism to surrealism with a twist at the end. Every chapter leaves you eager for the next.
To top it off, the reader of the story is perfect for the part and is easy to listen to.
I could only get through about a third of this book. I had to force myslef through every chapter. It's just so slow. I also thought the Narrators Indian accent was trerrible.
All in all a big disappointment.
This book was a joy to listen to - the narration is wonderful, the quality of the recording is excellent. I did not want to turn off the story. I enjoyed the insight into the Indian culture, and was fascinated by Pi's view on religion and life. Don't miss this colorful and imaginative story of survival.