"Surprised by how much I enjoyed this book!"
I had actively avoided reading this book as I thought it sounded far-fetched and too high brow for me. (I have a bias against books that win literary prizes too.) However I overcame my prejudice and am so glad that I did. The character of Pi is endearing, open-minded and clear thinking and I am so glad that I spent that time getting to know him. I really enjoyed this audio book. The narrator was a perfect story teller.
"Life of Pi"
Having read this book years ago, I wanted to remind myself of it before seeing the film recently released. Wow, it was even more beautiful than I remembered. Once again, I couldn't put it down/turn it off. Jeff Woodman read so well and I was completely captivated by the story. When I read the book I felt it was slow to start, but somehow it didn't seem the case when listening to it and I enjoyed every minute. I am not sure I am ready to see the movie yet - wouldn't want to spoil it!
"A good listen"
Really enjoyable story, well narrated which really brings it to life. This is the kind of book that works well in audio format as it is quite wordy and requires a bit of concentration to read. Vivid descriptions really captured my imagination and kept me looking forward to the next chapter. I was sorry when it finished!
"Not really getting it."
Although a nice, even paced listen, I wasn't inspired, nor hanging off every chapter. It would make a good bedtime reading novel, after you've read "Little Prince" too many times, perhaps. Since I've read it I hear some reviewers comment on it being allegorical. Personally speaking I think that, if indeed this was the intention then it is a contrivance too far. I see this book appearing in a GCSE reading list near you soon, where neo-interlectuals will be invited to ponder over the various stories, and consider whether indeed they are metaphors or simply the wonderful imagination of the author. Now, if that was the intended undercurrent, then one wonders if the movie people got it too.
I loved this book. I did not expect much, as few my friends did not like the movie. I did not see the movie, but the book is very good. Highly recommended.
"Life of Pi"
I first saw the movie and I liked it! Then I was curious and wanted to find out how the book was! While I was reading (listening) the book I tried to compare it with the film: The film is very exciting but you must read (listen) the book to appreciate the poetry of the story!
"A little bit of a disappointment."
Although this is a wonderful story i felt let down by the Audiobook. The problem maybe that i had watched the film before listening to the book and new what was happening. To me the "Life of Pi" is one of those few occasions when you can say the FILM is better then the BOOK, it's usually the other way round.
There is nothing wrong with the voice actors or the sound quality they are all great, as usual for audible, my issue was that the pace of the story was very slow and it seemed disjointed. it didn't flow very well.
The Life Of Pi is a wonderful story but for me the film will always be better.
This has to be one of the most amazing books I've ever read and am so looking forward to listening to the audio book this time round.
Amazing creativity and a gripping story.
"Surprising, exciting and applied philosophy"
This was an enjoyable read. I loved the explorations of religion and the beauty of practising all simultaneously.
The time on the ocean was portrayed with such clarity that I travelled along with Picine.
Jeff Woodman did a fabulous job narrating this book.
I love this book! Reading it was a pleasure, listening to Jeff Woodman was even better, I felt I was in the lifeboat with Pi struggling along with him at every instance, I can't speak highly enough of this wonderful tale :)