This is now one of my favorite books of all time. Mixing zoology, religion, and suvivalism, Yann Martel has written a moving and vastly interesting book. Rarely do you find a book with such elegant writing paired with an intriguing plot. I urge you to read this book.
This is the worst book I have listened to from Audible. The endless detail just wore me down. Other reviews on this book have mentioned how it came together in the end. I don't agree at all. This book is one that I would have passed up had I known how really bad it was. Almost anything I had done with my time besides listen to this book would have been better. Save your money or book credit for something worthwhile. This is not it!
The book did start a little slow - description and reviews set high expectations - but the quality of the writing, and of the narration really paid off. The combination of different accents by the narrator, intriguing plot development, delicious philosophical nuances and an intriguing twist at the end made for a thought-provoking but not pretentious work of literature.
I've gone through 5 audiobooks, and this is the best yet. Get through the first 3 1/2 hours and you're rewarded with prose bitingly real and parabolic. The essay like style at the onset fades quickly as the adventure sets to sea, and the pursuing tale kept my earphones on long after the drive.
An ending worth waiting for. If listening to diatribes on religion and animals in zoos isn't your thing the first half of the book may be too much. But, it maintains thoughtfulness without getting bogged down in any one topic (philosophy, religion or otherwise).
A stunning book - a masterpiece of imagination and intelligence. Its so full of subtle observations about the human (and animal) condition that you can't possibly capture them all with a single reading (or listening). Brilliantly conceived and brilliantly told.
The audiobook rendition is excellent - there are not many things that will have me lying in bed at 2 in the morning with a pair of headphones! I'm well into the second run through.
I can tell that this is a VERY well written book, but I just could not get into the audio version. It was too slow for my liking. I might try to read the book, but I am not sure.
If you can get into the audio version it is well written and well narriated; its just not for me.
I found this book engaging from the very first page. Martell joins the leagues of the finest story-tellers with this lyrical fable of a boy at sea. Varying its steps with exciting prose and religious exploration, the story winds it all up and then unreels for a huge catch in the epic Chapter 100. Listen to it slowly and with attention to the words the author chooses. Hooray for a fresh story written by a true master of words, irony and warmth.
The other reviews have already expressed the power and strength of this novel. I'd had given it six stars, if possible. Pi Patel's story was meant to be 'told': here is an example where the spoken format is even more powerful than simply reading it would be.
Beautifully written. Imagery and wordplay is delightful. I agree that it starts slow, but also agree that it ends magically. The audio is very well presented and adds to the enchantment.