This is by far the best book I have read in years. The opening drew me in immediately. Despite a lot of zoology exposition, it clips along well and I found it fascinating (but then, I find animal behavior fascinating). Martel writes about zoology and zookeeping with authority. Later you realize how important all this discussion is, as it explains how Pi managed to survive with Richard Parker.
Once the main adventure gets going, it is riveting. Highly suspenseful despite the small setting. Throughout, the prose is excellent. I had a hard time putting this book down and I found excuses to catch snatches of it. The ending is satisfying with a touch of mystery, and it makes a point about doubts and what people prefer to believe. Highly, highly recommended.
The narrator is also perfect for this material. He has a light Indian accent but his words are clear and he puts the right inflection when needed. He also does the two other accents very well.
The story-telling device the author uses makes the story interesting. He uses the protagonist's knowledge for zoo animals to convey his thoughts, feelings, and experiences and as a metaphor for the human condition. The story is poignant with vivid images. It moves from realism to surrealism with a twist at the end. Every chapter leaves you eager for the next.
To top it off, the reader of the story is perfect for the part and is easy to listen to.
I could only get through about a third of this book. I had to force myslef through every chapter. It's just so slow. I also thought the Narrators Indian accent was trerrible.
All in all a big disappointment.
This book was a joy to listen to - the narration is wonderful, the quality of the recording is excellent. I did not want to turn off the story. I enjoyed the insight into the Indian culture, and was fascinated by Pi's view on religion and life. Don't miss this colorful and imaginative story of survival.
A Public Speaker and Executive Coach who is interested in humanities, history, astronomy, and comparative religions. A skeptical mind that is hard to convince and a true believer in the underlying commonalities among the human species
This is a great story to listen to, especially with an excellent and expressive narrator. If you listen just for entertainment, its a wonderful story about survival and human ingenuity. If you are looking for more, there is a wealth of hidden meanings and insights about life, relegion, and how humans can create their own world.
poor grad student
Very few audiobooks can make me smile in amusement or bite my lips in empathic horror and Life of Pi made me do just that. I enjoyed the first half of the book which dealt with Pi's quest to find God, and his witty dialogue. His point of view on matter of religion and life are both deep and enlightening, thoroughly from someone who has glimpsed God and swam far and deep in life's temperamental seas. The second half of the book is pure story telling joy. I recommend this book highly.
Hundreds of reviewers have said they love this story, but narrator Jeff Woodman deserves much credit, too. I'm glad I bought the audiobook, rather than the hard copy. Woodman does wonderful voices, and understands characters as well as film actors do. Also check out his reading of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" by Mark Haddon.
As in another review I read on this book it did begin slow but when it got started I could not stop listening. The narriration was excellent and I would recomend this bood to all that love to get away from reality and relax.
Best book I've ever read. Author takes us to an extremely detailed and informed account of life as lived by a person with deep spirituality and optimism. This book promotes the use of imagination and invites to discover the pleasures of knowing stuff, religion, survivorship, zoo administration, life...