I've already read "Life of Pi" four years ago and it is still one of my favorite stories of all time. I too was looking forward to the movie and was extremely disappointed at what I watched on screen. If you already read this book, there is no need to watch the movie. In this case, the movie fell way short from the readers' expectation.
For some reason, the story did not feel the same of what is presented in the audio. If I remembered correctly, the narration of the audio version that I listened to wasn't that great either, but I haven't read "Life of Pi" twice. If you listened to the first chapter, the reader sounds like he is speed reading, but he simmers down as the plot progress.
I just bought this book to express my opinion on the movie. I really hope that other readers feels the same that the book is so much better than the movie. There is something missing in Ang Lee's rendition of Yann Martel's writing. I just thought that the film was poor.
There is a quote that I always remember, "Hairless Christians..."
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."
A beautiful and charming book, incredibly well-written and narrated with style and finesse. Much to say about life and faith, especially the role of love and belief. But in the last fascinating hour, all pretense is dropped and the story takes a chilling and devastating turn that can be neither rejected nor accepted. It will continue to haunt me, in the best sense of the word, for a long time to come.