A better story and likable characters
Yes, slow and painful
All of them
It was not a great piece of literature, it has been a long time since I have read a book that I have had such a viseral response to. I would not recommend this book to anyone.
In South Lake Tahoe now; moved here to volunteer in wildlife rehab. Bears, raccoons, squirrels, birds -- lovely! Also knitting, embroidery, spinning and audio books.
The last seconds of both halves of this recording end in repetition of syllables mid-sentence. I will have to visit my library to see exactly how this wretched book ended. For shame, Audible!
I suspect this is one of those books that became a best-seller because it was marketed as a best-seller. I wonder if ordinary people read it or go to the movie just to see what happens next or, as a literature major might suppose, to enjoy the allegory and other exercises of the mind. As it happens, my own educated brain was just not up to such exercise.
Dear friends, if any of you are technically elderly and have a very elderly small economy car that is supposed to last forever, and that car is determined a total loss and unrepairable, if you gave that car a name and it carried you to any number of hospital visits and pow-wows and blowouts at Costco, if you are grieving for a machine more than you usually do over the passing of human beings, if you are waiting YEARS for the VA to deliver your entitlements and fear you will die before that happens -- then pass on this book at least until you find yourself in a better frame of mind. I was already facing the end of all good things, mortality, planned obsolescence, when I started this book, expecting a lively adventure. But no, it grossed me out, confused me, and dwelt on death for at least 227 days.
I liked the tiger and the circus game Pi played with him. The author seems to know something of animal psychology. As I help rehab bears and bobcats among other wildlife, and am fascinated by animal communication literature (Penelope Smith, for example, not the cutesy domestic pet nonsense that has been around for a while), the relationship with Richard Parker was riveting. I was very glad that Pi waited until the tiger returned to the boat before leaving the island.
Thank Heaven this is only fiction! If it were true, I would take it more seriously, realizing that a desperate man could actually be tempted to eat the dung of a constipated tiger. I can read anything that is supposed to be true. As I told an intake worker who was making a face at me, "If I lived it, you can damn well listen without making a face!" As fiction, the story is interesting and lively, but quite a downer. I find Real Life enough of a puzzlement, thank you!
I was really disappointed in this audiobook, as I read the book years ago and was looking forward to revisiting it as I really enjoyed the story. I was not able to stomach Jeff Woodman's accent, it was really off putting to me how inaccurate it was. If I could return this audiobook, I would.
I had thought this was going to be a humorous portrayal of life, relationships, and respecting differences.
I like animals.
I have not picked up this book in weeks, and yet cannot get the awful stories of animals being mutilated and made to suffer because some two legged creatures with little minds could not see the beauty in other living things/creatures.
I WOULD ABSOLUTELY RECOMMEND THIS STORY TO ANYONE AND EVERYONE! IT IS UPLIFTING AND ENCOURAGING! WHAT AN AMAZING STORY! LEAVES YOU FEELING SO GOOD!
I liked the Life of Pi......It kept me entertained - but it was far from deserving of 5 stars. There were parts that were completely gruesome to the point where I was nearly ill. The narration was good, but some of it really dragged - and just about the point where I thought I couldn't stand any more; the adventure brought him to an island - which was pretty incredible. It would be worth the price of admission to the theater to see how Hollywood handles this part of the book.
It was hard to tell at the beginning who was doing the interviewing; it had the sounds of someone who was watching him in a clinical setting post adventure......had he gone crazy from the experience?
Also the ending and the circular conversation with the Japanese investigators would have been a complete waste if not for Pi's allegory with his story - but this part was pretty drawn out too.
At any rate, I'm not sure I would recommend this to another reader, though I'm happy I read it. It gave me a different perspective of the life of animals in a zoo and also the resourcefulness of someone in a pretty hopeless situation.
My wife read this book and suggested it to me. I tried to read it in written book format and just could not get through it. So I downloaded it on Audible.com and listened to it while I read along in the book. I enjoyed the narration and thought that was quite good. I could never really get into this book. I found several parts of the story quite good - specifically the authors ideas about how zoos are not really such bad places for animals - he makes a compelling argument. And some of the philosophical aspects were interesting. But toward the end of the book I just wanted it to end. And that's never a good sign. Interesting idea - good narration - but it was just too abstract and too long for me.
Book: 5, Narration: 5. This book is by far the most eloquent argument on behalf of faith I have ever run across. Not just for the Christian God, but any God. This book also includes Allah and the Indian pantheon and the arguments will hold true, for me, for any belief. I am personally agnostic, but enjoy learning about religions. One thing not often taught in books of mythology or comparative religion is faith itself. The book itself if well written and entertaining. The audiobook is more so because the reader is really able to capture a lot of the subtle emotions felt by the character. I typically like to listen to audio books while doing chores around the house, but found myself so enchanted that I just stopped dead, engrossed in the images the reader conjured up in my mind. This book is a deep exploration of faith and finding one's self and humanity and God despite the name of the God you choose to worship. It will give you a deeper appreciation of this book if you have some knowledge of multiple religions, but is not a deal breaker. By the way, the publisher's summary sucks. It's like they didn't even finish the CliffsNotes version of this book. How can they expect their readers to anticipate the subtleties, religious allegories or profound trial of faith the character, Pi, is put through with, "Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle". I'm sorry, but that's like saying the Bible has some good stories about ancient cities and interesting people. The most important thing about this book and the reason I recommend it in this day and age is because it also gives a unique argument for religious tolerance. Pi is a character full of faith and dutifully practices 3 forms of religion. On a chance meeting of his 3 religious instructors all at once, an indignant argument ensues. When asked directly which faith he believes in, Pi simply answers, "I just want to love God."