If you want to hear an articulate, intelligent, accented Indian man ramble and babble on about his boring upbringing and his personal opinions then this is the book for you. I personally couldn't even make it to where his so called story begins because at two hours into the listen and him still rambling on about this and that I got disinterested.
I too thought the book start a little slow. BUT, only a little. The story started by building the character of Pi. You need to know his background to support the rest of the story. I could not put this book down. I would get up early to go to work so I could listen to the story early.
This book was very well narrated.
I loved this book. The narrator was perfect--while this is primarily a serious tale it has comic relief that is about the funniest I have ever listened to. This is one of the few audiobooks I've been compelled to pass to someone else as a gift. This story might just be better read to than read.
Every minute of this audiobook was a joy to listen to. The narrator was just perfect--he truly became the voice of Pi. The story was unusual, engrossing and flowed well. Highly recommended!
I am surprised that I am one of the few reviewers that think this is a mediocre book. While others seemed to love it or find it a total waste of time, I thought it was just OK. Ponderous at times, there were some good parts. I had difficulty relating to Pi and the religious rhetoric was often too much for me. I did like some of the animal descriptions but others showed a lack of research on the author's part. For instance the description of a whales gigantic eye being bigger than his head rang like a tin bell, particularly since even the largest of all whales has only a grapefruit sized eye. And while the description of the dorado fish changing colors when distressed was accurate, the description that all the other dorados disappearing when one was hooked (it actually ATTRACTS other fish!) made it obvious that the narrator had never lived the story he was describing. Still and all if you are a religious type with some time to kill, you just might enjoy it. But do yourself a favor and get the abridged version.
This is an amazing book. It really explores the core components of human's nature. I found myself mentally stimulated and enriched by this listening. Ah, to growth, to explore one's feelings, to hope -- just by listening to this book.
THE LIFE OF PI is a truly amazing book in its scope and depth. It explores philosophy, religion, various cultures, and the care and training of animals and the most amazing thing is that, while doing all these things, the author manages to tell a really good story. This is one of the best books I have read (heard) in years. There were many surprises! I loved the main character and his exploits. I can highly recommend this book.
I have already heard many other great audio books. My initial strategy was to get things with high ratings. This proved true on most occassions, but not all. While personal taste plays a factor in people's ratings, I must say that this book should appeal to everyone. It is worth the long unabridged version, since the author writes in a manner that makes wonderful images appear in the listners minds. I had to pause the book on several occassions to write down the descriptive words that were used or the interesting outlook to some of life's smallest details. Don't miss this one, especially the ending which is absolutely perfect.
5 STARS...two thumbs up!