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.
I'd heard this was a worth a listen, and I wasn't disappointed. An interesting book, that looks at the workings of the mind in a unique way.
Beautifully read and constructed, I loved every minute of this book. I found myself standing in the middle of the room, forgetting what I was supposed to be doing, and just listening. Jeff Woodman's narration is outstanding and makes the character very, very relatable and the book is stunning. It deserves every prize and accolade it receives.
Life of Pi was an incredible book!!!! The beginning seems boring, but it is vital to understanding what Pi will go through in the latter part of the book. I have gone on to another book, but I still can't stop thinking about Life of Pi.....
I tend to find my time for enjoying books limited, and seems I never find enough time to catch up to my rapidly growing library. Yet, I loved this story so much after listening the first time, I encouraged my husband to choose this one for our long car trip. The storytelling and this reader are perfect. I will never forget Richard Parker, or Pi Patel.
I listen to audible books during my commute and this one is so engaging that it was difficult to stop listening to when I reached my destination. Initially I felt the narration was little odd but after a couple of chapters I really liked it, Mr Jeff did a brilliant job. Full marks to the author for making the readers believe the story of Pi and Richard Parker for a long while. Absolutely loved the book!!!