I hadn't read the book, so approached this with curiosity and soon found myself beguiled by the style and lyrical quality of both writing and the production. I had wondered how a whole book could centre around a boy in a boat, but simply loved the whole experience. The "twist" at the end is an excellent device to make one reassess how far one has submerged into the author's views and perceptions - the classic trust the authorial voice question. Highly recommended.
I wasn't sure what to expect with the book because I had read mixed reviews. I loved it. I really enjoyed the account of his childhood and the description of Christianity and Hinduism made me smile. I held my breath as the narrator told of Pi`s efforts to stay alive and to prevent himself being eaten by Richard Parker. I don't want to give too much away to potential listeners but if you can suspend your beliefs and enjoy a good yarn, buy this. I listened to it on my commute to work and only have one hour left, I don't want to get to the end, I shall miss it!
Excellent narration of the story of Pi Patel. The exquisite scientific vocabulary vividly portrays the intelligence of Pi and the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean. A must.
"Enter a world of spirituality"
The narrator takes you on an incredible journey. Can't wait to see the film now!
"A journey in the mind..."
I listened to this book nearly 2 years ago, and I'm prompted to review it now as the film has appeared.I won't be going to watch it for sure, as this book has endured in my mind in that best of formats - the ' imagined'. Listening to ' The Life of Pi' was like living through the experiences of the boy Pi, with constant tension and heart-stopping moments -all completely enjoyable from the comfort of home or train journey.I particularly liked the narration, and would not wish to hear the story in any other voice. The book also left me with a tantalising sense of wondering - where was the line between reality and imagination in the tale? Still searching for another book as good as this one.
You know a book is really something special when you are still thinking about it days after finishing. It is well narrated, and the story will stay with you. Recommended.
"loved the fairytale story"
I struggled at first to get into this audiobook, but I think it might be because it was my first ever audiobook. However, the ease with which I could listen while waking to and from school was surprising.
The story was a lovely tale and one which I'm glad I chose. I'm going to let my children listen to this before I let them watch the film. Tough in places, and thought provoking, but that's what you want in a book isn't it?
"Excellent book brilliantly narrated"
The titled of this review says it all. It is an amazing story of survival filled with excitement, tears and also joyful humour at times. I suspect some people might become a little bored at some of the detail about the zoo animals at the beginning of the book, but personally I found it fascinating. There are also a few chapters with very explicit details of animals being killed which some may find hard to stomach.
The narration is excellent.
Great book, read by an excellent actor. Understandably an award winning book, which stays for you for life after you have finished with it. Recommended!
"Bored and disappointed"
I was extremely disappointed by this book, I have been told to avoid Booker prise winners and now I know why. Martel takes the reader on a laboriously slow and tedious journey through the Pi's childhood in the build up to the main storey which doesn't start until chapter 37 and then plods along with much unnecessary detail and little to keep the reader interested. The central character is so irritating that I found myself shouting out for the Tiger to eat him. However this is a storey of survival to which you already know the outcome as the storey is told in the first person so I could even relish in the prospect of his dimise. I was delighted when the book appeared to be was reaching it's conclusion only to find it was like a slow death with excruciating pain at the end.