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."
As an adult, sometimes I like to listen to children's audio books when I’m in a more easygoing mood or need a mental break from more complex plots. With that said, I’m still surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. This book is a playful version of all the serious fantasy novels out there. I love the fantasy genre and have listened/read so many that some of the plots have become predictable. While this one’s happy ending is just as predictable, the humor and hilarious characters make this one really worth a go.
I would recommend this book to fans of the Pendergast series. I listened to this book before any of the others, so some of the character's quirks that were taken for granted fell flat for me. The thriller has some of the fantastic elements I love, taking thrillers to the edges of science fiction and fantasy, adding a mysterious element that sparks my imagination. If you like those elements as well, I would definitely recommend it.
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