I have been an avid audio book listener for many years, and I truly enjoy good fiction by gifted writers such a Michael Crichton and Dan Brown. I chose this book because it had received many favorable ratings and seemed to be featured on Audible's site. To put it simply, among many dozens of audiobooks I have listened to, this is the all time worst book that I have ever encountered. I kept listening to the continuous prattle of childish drivel by the main character hoping that it would get better. After a few hours of listening, I simply couldn't stand it any longer and gave up. A total waste of a book credit. I even deleted the file from my computer, as it was not even worth taking up disk space.
I wanted to read this book since my Pilatis instructor kept telling me how exciting it was. She could not put the book down. I could not listen to the whole story. It was too gory and it became unbelievably painful for me to listen to. I stopped when the hyena was eating the other animal. However the reader was very good. I would have wanted to be able to listen more because tha character of Pi was great and I really wanted to know what was going to happen.The author really created tension.
I quit listening to this after the first part. Not only does the author bore you with too many examples in run-on sentences, he does the same with the killing of the animals. The goat/tiger sequence was understandable, but by the third killing I was physically nauseated. It may have a great ending, but this is one listener who won't hear it.
I downloaded this book simply because it appeared on quite a few lists of good books. Based on the premise alone I probably would not have gotten it. But I was pleasantly surprised, the book kept my attention throughout. The narrators voice I found a little distracting initially, but I got used to it quickly.
Overall I would definitely recommend it.
The animal and zoo information might make a good documentary, assuming it is true. "Pi" did not understand any of the 3 religions he followed. Each of the 3 contradicts the other 2 in their understanding of God. They could all be wrong but they can't all be right. If this is the author's view, his thinking is less than clear. The author is a creative writer. For me, the book was not as good as the recomendations indicated.
This book was slow to start for me. I was not interested in the book to begin with and the accent of the reader/voice made it hard for me to understand at times. I forced myself to listen to the book because I paid lost of money, the book started to make sense and I became very interested. Good book - Slow start.
It is imparative that you start this book nearly exactly halfway through, about when Pi boards the boat America. If not, you will end up not finishing the book which would be a shame. Once Pi embarks on his actual adventure Martel draws an imaginative world that raises eyebrows and teases common sense.
Nothing in the first half of the book is necessary except to know that Pi was once taught to fear and respect the tiger, and that his father owns a zoo. Beyond that, skip it and you will join a young man on a truly unbelieveable adventure.