I chose this book after seeing the title. I needed something mindless for a trip. This book was not mindless it was mentally thought prevoking. The story was well writen and the main character developed fully. Recommended reading for anyone. Would also make a great read for a book club.
Wow! I picked this book based solely off of the awards it had won and customer reviews. (As I had never even heard of it before.) The reviews were so split that I thought about the purchase for several days before deciding to take the gamble. I am so glad that I did. I completely enjoyed this book. The writing is exquisite. It is so descriptive and poetic that you just savor the language...and I found myself jotting down a few quotes for future use in every day life. As far as the story line goes, I found myself so wrapped up in it that I tried to do mindless tasks such as cleaning and driving so I could keep my headphones in all day. If you are in the mood for a well woven story that doesn't quickly jump from scene to scene but just rather flows along, this is the book for you. I noticed a few criticisms of the narrator but, I thought he was great and enjoyed listening to him. This is definately one of the best downloads I've purchased.
I'm glad I came back to this title. I left it about 25% through. I found a lot of the exposition to be tedious. The title character's religious history didn't seem relevant, even in the end. When I finished another title, I came back to this, and became very engaged. By the end of the book I was a big fan.
This is a story that needs to be listened to (or read) by all ages. The first half is all about animal behavior and zoology. The stories seem random and pointless; they're NOT. The guy's voice might get on your nerves; you'll get used to it. By the time the second part starts, and the real story begins, you'll be addicted. You'll realize how important the man's voice is to you. You'll realize which story you'll want to believe. You'll know the better story is true. And that story is the LIfe of Pi. Go on, now. Click the "Add to Cart" button. It'll change your life. I promise.
This is a very interesting and, kind of, unusual book. It kept my attention all the way to the end and I found it very hard to pause listening to this story. Somehow it reminded me of London's "Love of Life", though taking place in a different setting. Definitely it deserves five stars.
I have listened to many audio books and "Life of Pi" was one of my favorites. The writing was intelligent and narration on point. My love for India and for animals is surely a contributing factor but I must say that this book touched my heart. I found myself asking everyone that I know if they had read it and if, not begging them to listen!
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.