Ooh I just HATED this book. It was terrible. Boring and pointless, hours and hours of just listening about a guy floating in the middle of an ocean with a tiger. Don't listen to the people who say that you just have to get to the end where the "story kind of changes" and he makes some kind of deep philosophical point. Do NOT waste your time with this book. I know that my opinion does not agree with mainstream popular opinion, but there it is. I totally hated it.
I didn't expect to enjoy this book for some reason. But I suddenly found I couldn't stop listening to it and probably enjoyed it more than just about any book I've read in a long, long time. I also found myself thinking this was a true story. I don't often read fiction, but fiction like this gives me renewed energy to find more like it. Ah, it that were only possible. The character of Pi so well formed that you truly end up caring for him ... as well as Richard Parker!!! :-) Wonderful read.
I don't think I would have read this book - but I did enjoy having it on as I worked. It was easy to listen to and entertaining in part. It also provides some interesting ideas to think about. Worth the listen.
Very fun read. Interesting and thoughtprovoking. The narrator reads the story perfectly to take the reader on a very exciting journey. I recommended this to all my friends. Don't be fooled by the ending; think about it.
As I listened to this book, I found myself picturing the words the narrator spoke as they would appear in print. I consistently found that sentences that had at first sounded awkward or meaningless became profound and poetic. I would then lose focus on what the narrator said next as I tried to imagine how it *should* have been read. All in all, I felt that I would be better off reading the book when I got to my destination. This is a great book with no narrator to match.
Although we all assume that "this will never happen to me", this book explores the "what if...". I found it captivating from beginning to end. Some said that they found the beginning to be slow, whereas I thought the background information provided was important in understanding his approach later in the story.
This was an easy listen with a wonderful narrator. If you are a deep thinker with the capacity to meet the limits of reality when survival is at stake, please give Life of Pi a listen - I highly recommend it.
and, that is saying a lot now that I am about 50 books into my audio-phile lifestyle... LOL
This book just SANG to me... I loved the narration, I loved the poetic style of it, I loved the characters - I LOVED Pi. I was literally laughing out loud on the bus on my way home from work - enjoying Pi *so* much.
It's not all fun and games - it's deep and profound, moving and intense... I loved it.
I found this book entertaining and engaging, but wondered why it was considered award-winning. Despite its increduality, I did find myself drawn into the story, although I still wonder what the author's purpose for writing was. I would "re-read" the book, but the thought is too exhausting.
This has become my favorite book of all time. I believe the audio version to be much better than the printed version, more atmosphere and a quicker progression of the story. Friends who have tried actually reading it struggle to get to the best part- on the boat!! A little graphic at times, did not describe a kinship between human and animals as one may expect but the ending leaves room for interpretation.
Fun story, but you do have to indulge the authors rather lengthy character/background buildup in the beginning chapters. Once the sea travel begins, the story is quite captivating. This is more for road-trip type long listening drives or reclyner sittings. A constant start and stop type of listening approach to this book may leave one quite confused and definitely wanting.
Overall a great story with a nice thought-prevoking ending.