This book came highly recommended by friends who have read it, and has been critically well reviewed. I'm parting company with them.
The parts dealing directly with Pi's life were interesting. They were interspersed with long, really long, philosophical, theological and religious lectures. The author blathers on and on as if in love with the sight of his own words and entranced by the sound of his own voice. It didn't advance the story at all.
It was like running an obstacle course to get back to the interesting parts, and finally I just tired of it. I tried three times, and finally decided that I'd had enough.
The narrator was excellent. But not even he could enliven this pseudo treatise.
How/why this book received the excellent reviews and awards is a mystery to me.
I enjoyed this book. I knew nothing about the book when I started listening, and I think that made it even better. Every adventure was interesting and heart-breaking at the same time.
The Narrators voice was fun and added to the authenticity of the story.
The language was at times beautiful and at times a little too flowery for me, but it didn't detract from the story. The author also almost slapped you in the head with his foreshadowing, but somehow it worked.
I would highly recommend this book. I didn't want to get out of my car when I was listening to it.
I finally got around to listening to this one. I was hesitant, but I would say it was worth a listen. It may be a bit overhyped, I don't think I would say it was the best book I have ever read! I did enjoy the narration, the character's accent made it more enjoyable. I must advise that if you are squeamish at all I would skip this book! Yes, Yes I realize that it is all part of the animal kingdom but that doesn't mean I have to enjoy listening to very graphic descriptions of such things! It is difficult especially if you are an animal lover like me!
So if you can stomach through those parts you may find yourself enjoying this book. In fact, you may find yourself re-reading it all over again once you hear how it ends!
Say something about yourself!
where is the movie for this.. this has got to be one of the most brilliant well thought out stories i have ever heard. its one you wish you could memorize to tell your grand kids one day.. the ending is as good as.... no its better than that.. hands down my pick of the year..
There are three parts to this story of Pi; the foundation/beginning, the time at sea and the rescue. All three have their purpose and that purpose is to make a whole story.
Some reviewers have written that the first part was too slow and pondering. Others loved the second section, but hated the rescue. Nevertheless, until you see that each part makes the other parts necessary and plausible you will not fully understand and appreciate the book.
Pi is a character that I want to meet one day. He is a breath of fresh air. His thinking process, his analysis of life and his take on reality are all unique and uplifting.
I listened to the book in record time for me. I found myself wishing my journey in my car would not end. I slowed down to give myself more time to listen. I am already planning to share the book or the audio version with my wife and children. As I am sure, the book will create a great conversation and a opportunity for a shared experience.
The audio reader of the book was quite believable as the voice of Pi. The accent, tone and timing were quite good.
I would strongly recommend this fanciful tale.
Extra Note: To those who balked at the depictions of animals eating other animals I recommend you study more about the reality of the animal kingdom. It is not all stuffed bears and cuddly tiger cubs. Violence and death and savagery do happen in the wild, it is the nature of life.
I was looking forward to this book, but it was too slow and boring for me to get beyond the first chapter or two. It may well be an excellent book for some, but I will never know. I don't have the patience for the rambling and mundane speech. It may READ better than it is HEARD.
Sorry, maybe my faulty character, but I could not get past the hyena ripping the flesh off the defenseless zebra. The possible rescue of Pi could not have made it any easier. If this going to get any easier I may torture myself through this, but I haven't seen any hope yet. Too tough, too long, too graphic.
I could not "put this down!" I found myself not being able to wait until I got in the car again to listen to what happened next! Wait until you see what happens at the end! The facts twisted with fiction... the imagery!... was beautifully done. Definitely recommended!
A little long in the second (sea survival) section, or I would have rated it higher. But the prolonged discussion has the variety of a well-composed symphonic work, recombining elements and adding something with each challenge that made it more an imaginative exercise than a repetitive re-telling.
Testament to the power of the work: for several days after finishing this book I found myself wondering which story was "really true." As if the plot of a novel has a REAL truth to it!