This book had been highly recommended. However, I must admit that I never really bonded with the protagonist. So, all of his fortune and misfortune produced no emotional response on me. The story was OK at best. Original in some ways, but generally slow moving and boring. In short, this book is not for everyone.
This book would make you smile,laugh,surprise you and make you cry in places where you mite not expect (in my case,starbucks).My best read ever..
If you can wait a few chapters this book will reward you greatly. I was left smiling with wonder. It is amazing what the human soul will do to survive. I hope that when the need arises, we can all find a Richard Parker in our lifeboat.
This was something I couldn't wait to turn on again - excuses for going places in my car. The book is humerous and gripping, and I didn't want to put it down. The narrator is wonderful and fits the character. I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book.
I found the book entertaining but I was hoping for a little more given that this book won several book industry accoldaes. The reader does a good job and I learned a little bit about India, zoology and survival in the Pacific. I can't put my finger on what's missing! Perhaps it has something to do with the ending. The main character's "present" life is covered adequately throughout the book but the ending left me wanting to hear more about how his life in Canada unfolded and how his experiences at sea affected his choices.
I found this to be one of the most delightful audio books I've ever enjoyed. The description of the book didn't do a lot to draw my interest, but I wanted something different. I certainly got that! Please take a chance on this book - you must listen to all of it to appreciate the creativeness of this wonderful story.
Great reader--truly deft with accents.
The story itself I found perfect for listening while driving... just the right amount of suspense and character definition. My mark of a great story is the amount of regret I have that it's over. This one passes that test.
About 2/3 of the way through book one, I realized that I really did not care what might happen to the title character. Sure, he's cute, funny, pedantic...but the story of his growning up quickly becomes a yawn.
Sometimes I force myself to finish books just to see how they turn out, but not this one. Further, I lost patience with the author's many attempts to educate and lecture me. The reader, however, is outstanding.
An utterly amazing and refreshing book. It's so good you wish is was non-fiction. I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this book, I requested that Audible carry both his other books. I will buy anything Yann Martel writes from now on, it's THAT good.