I am an absolute fan of this book - it seemlessly combines metaphysics and the best of adventure writing. On a deeper level, it is a rich allegory on the human condition. Plus, it is at times very funny!
The detail about India, sloths, zoos, and Bengal tigers is quite astonishing. I didn't know anything about the book or the story line when I began, and it was much different than I expected. It really leaves you guessing at the end, which is always fun.
I usually go for the more "exciting" books, but thought I'd try this one. Even after buying it, it took a few months to get around to listening to it. But I have to say it was the most engaging book I've read or listened to in a long time, maybe ever. And the story was performed perfectly by the narrator. I like everything about it!
I absolutely LOVED this book. I laughed and cried and everything between. The author did a magnificent job. And I must commend the reader. He too did an excellent job! I bought the book because I loved it so much! Thanks, Audible, for having this book on your list!
This was one of my first audiobooks and it was definitely a treat. Most of the reviews here have been spot on. There were points in the book where I kept wondering to myself where the heck Martel is going. But as you work through the details, you're slowly drawn into the book and a magical bond is formed between you and the main character. The grotesque thing that disgusted you a chapter earlier all of a sudden hits close to home as you ponder what would you do if you're in the same boat (pun unintended). The book draws out many emotions and it's an in-your-face look at human nature.
Despite some of the very long and grotesque details, the book is a worthwhile listen. It comes to a chilling climax and a wonderful ending. Well written, well narrated and highly recommended.
It starts off a bit slow with a rather long discussion of the 3 toed sloth but it's worth hanging in there for the rest of the story. The author paints great pictures with his words although sometimes I found his redundancy a bit annoying. It was captivating and I love the subtle sense of humor!
This story was fascinating. It pulled me right in. I found it to be very emotionally heavy because it deals a lot with death and despiration and the will to survive. It sonds a little like a childrens book, a boy stuck on a life raft with an orangatan, a zebra with a broken leg, a hyena, and a tiger named John Parker. In reality, it is the story of the life and death struggle that happens on the lifeboat and how the boy Pi survives to tell his tale. The ending is very thought provoking. It is not an easy read, but I would highly reccomend it.
I'm glad I finished the book. It got VERY graphic (blood and gore) and I had to fast forward a couple of times. 20 minutes from the end, the book was "ruined" for me... But then the last sentence more than made up for anything. This book really is a good listen.