I found this book to be very thought provoking, entertaining and it kept my attention throughout.
Very well read with believable delivery.
Being an animal lover, I was drawn to this story. I liked how it began, however after about 2 hours it got a bit too involved with religion for my taste and I wasn't able to get past it. It seemed like that was going to be a major theme in the story and it turned me off.
Based on other reviews I resisted the temptation to stop in the middle and stuck through to the bitter end. It really got tired hearing at least 10-15 times (or was it 100-150?) the author accepting the fact that 'this was it - my poor miserable life is finally come to an end.' Please. This will, I am sure, be regarded by future generations as the 'Jonathon Livingston Seagull' of the new millennium: a lot of hype, a lot of phony philosophy, and when we wake up to the emptiness of the story - a lot of hot air. Do not bother.
I heard a lot about this book so I tried it. I can't figure out why anyone would think it has a lot of wisdom or lessons to teach. Its logic is faulty, the story is not very interesting, and the lesson it teaches is that faith in one myth or another can make you feel a lot better about yourself. Unless you are looking for a book to convince yourself that your wishful thinking is good for you, then go on to another that will better challenge your mind and spirit.
Imagine for a moment being a castaway for hundreds of days alone at sea. Imagine what those days would consist of. Not much but sitting. Okay, now imagine reading hundreds of pages of someone sitting for hundreds of days on a boat that is lost at sea. Yawn.
With a book titled "Life of Pi", I assumed I would be intellectually stimulated with thought provoking insight or interesting scientific facts. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Instead, I was listening to someone who tries to be politically correct by worshipping in Jesus, Vishnu and Mohommed simultaneously. All without offering any spiritual lesson to grasp from. The pages only consist of bird, fish and animal killings to detail, repeatedly, travelling far from any kind of plot. One is left tossing, like at sea alright....Swinging from boredom to nausea and back to boredom again.
You know how you download a listen and expect to hear a great story... but are given a lesson on the author's research??? This is it. There was so much detail about zoology it was hard to enjoy the story. The underlying story was good and the narrator was great... but the details were overwhelming. Maybe the abridged version would have been better.