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.
For some reason (probably pilot error), when I started this listen, I thought it was "non-fiction". It was quite unbelievable, but sometimes the reality is stranger than fiction. When I later found out it was "fiction", well that just confirmed it. I thought the book was too slow to get moving, and the events too unrealistic. I gave it a B+ as "non-fiction"; but when I learned it was fiction, well maybe B- just to be generous. Since it is a popular book, there is some value to reading it just to keep up with the prevailing.
My first venture into the audio form, while i was extremely impressed with the whole concept i felt the book let me down in parts. It was very insightfull and enriched with animal pyschology, but mundane for extended periods.
The Narrator did a terrific job and placed me firmly in the world the author was trying to portray.
All up though, a little on the slow side . 2 stars.
Innovative, intelligently crafted and full of more surprise then you can expect at sea. It is a masterpiece.
The book ends with a surprise that left me thinking and wondering.
The book is well read.
Pi had me hooked from the beginning. Though a bit slow in the beginning, and I wasn't sure why I needed to know some things. Still, I couldn't stop listening and was rewarded in the end with knowing why. The narrator was right on the mark, I was right there with him...them. I have recommended this book to several people and will continue to do so.
This book had been highly recommended. However, I must admit that I never really bonded with the protagonist. So, all of his fortune and misfortune produced no emotional response on me. The story was OK at best. Original in some ways, but generally slow moving and boring. In short, this book is not for everyone.
This book would make you smile,laugh,surprise you and make you cry in places where you mite not expect (in my case,starbucks).My best read ever..
If you can wait a few chapters this book will reward you greatly. I was left smiling with wonder. It is amazing what the human soul will do to survive. I hope that when the need arises, we can all find a Richard Parker in our lifeboat.
Somewhat predictable and (in the beginning) a little monotonous, but once the ship goes down the story becomes far more engaging!