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Life of Pi Audiobook

Life of Pi

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Why we think it's Essential: If you've never been lost in the middle of the ocean, on a small boat filled with wild animals, you have missed a great adventure. Luckily, you have a chance to be transported to that terrifying and wondrous trip through the magic of Martell's writing and Woodman's narration. Whether you are in the car, at the gym, or walking the dog as you listen, you'll begin to feel the rock of the waves against your boat and feel the heat of a tiger's breath on your neck. (Beth Anderson)

Publisher's Summary

Man Booker Prize, Fiction, 2002

Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger.

Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story, so he tells a second one - more conventional, less fantastic. But is it more true?

A realistic, rousing adventure and meta-tale of survival, Life of Pi explores the redemptive power of storytelling and the transformative nature of fiction. It's a story, as one character claims, to "make you believe in God".

©2001 Yann Martell (P)2002 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"A story to make you believe in the soul-sustaining power of fiction and its human creators." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)

"If this century produces a classic work of survival literature, Martel is surely a contender." (The Nation)

"You've read it, right? No? Oh, God, hurry up. Life of Pi is wonderful." (Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly)

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    Ryan Somerville, MA, United States 11-07-05
    Ryan Somerville, MA, United States 11-07-05 Member Since 2005

    Gen-Xer, software engineer, and lifelong avid reader. Soft spots for sci-fi, fantasy, and history, but I'll read anything good.

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    "Wonderful book"

    One of the best books I've read this year. Yann Martel manages to take a relatively simple premise (a boy stuck on a life boat with a tiger) and turn it into both an engaging story and a compelling reflection on spirituality, loss, nature (human and animal), and the will to survive. The main character, Pi Patel, speaks with such sincerity, eloquence, and gentle humor that I felt emotionally connected to him within a few pages, and found his thoughts throughout the book as interesting as his deeds.

    Though it's hard to imagine, at first, that a story about being stranded at sea wouldn't wear thin after a while, the plot contains enough turns and twists as to be enthralling from start to finish. Granted, Martel does ask the reader to suspend his or her sense of the plausible at times, but he does so with such a light touch that I never minded. Each part of the book flows naturally to the next part, and even the sections that seem tangential to the main story still feel connected in an important way to it.

    In short, this is one of those remarkable books that is both entertaining and genuinely moving.

    Also, since this is an audiobook, I will add that whoever provided Pi's voice did a great job. The Indian accent definitely adds something to the telling, and makes a few descriptions a touch more humorous. The other characters are good, too.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Peter San Francisco, CA, USA 08-22-03
    Peter San Francisco, CA, USA 08-22-03
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    "This is what storytelling is all about"

    The whole point of this book is not the beginning, nor the end, but the journey through the story itself: you get enough insight into Pi's character to believe his emotions and motivations, and the story moves right along across the Pacific.
    If anyone gave you a summary of the book you would think it sounds ridiculous: an Indian boy drifts across the Pacific with a Tiger. However, once you start reading, you are ready to suspend any disbelief in the plausibility of that concept. Simply amazing.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Petaluma, CA, United States 04-07-09
    Alan Petaluma, CA, United States 04-07-09 Member Since 2002
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    "missing important part"

    great book, excellently read~~~

    BUT it is missing the vital, and i mean vital, opening "authors note" of 6 pages. This "note' is an integral part of the novel and the publisher, HighBridge Audio, has known of this ommission for years and should have added it in by now.

    Have a look at the book in a bookstore so to read the few pages before you begin...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Plano, TX, USA 10-02-08
    Kim Plano, TX, USA 10-02-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Glad I downloaded it"

    I knew nothing about the Life of Pi before I got this download other than someone mentioned it on a website during a "Tell me your favorite books" thread, and a number of people agreed.

    I loved the story, and the narrator brought it to life vividly.

    I recommend you read for yourself before seeing other reviews, I think many read too much or to little into into it.

    Take the journey, and decide for yourself what is real and what is not.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    B. Yeats Tulsa, OK 08-18-08
    B. Yeats Tulsa, OK 08-18-08 Listener Since 2005
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    "Breathless"

    This book left me breathless, unable to speak. Some reviews have said the beginning is slow, but I like all the details, and they helped paint a picture of who he was in his youth. The middle of the book locked me in, and I became obsessed, the end left me breathless wanting to listen again so I could go back over the details of the story. You will enjoy it very much.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    junerenee 06-26-08
    junerenee 06-26-08 Member Since 2006

    I joined audible when I first discovered in in 2006. I listen while: working out, knitting, cleaning, driving... Multitasking=win!

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    "Loved it."

    I loved loved loved this audio book! From beginning to end. Beautifully written. It was one of those books where you can't wait to find out what happens, but you are sad when it ends. The narrator was very pleasing to listen to as well!

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    Tan. 04-19-05
    Tan. 04-19-05 Listener Since 2004
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    "Difficult at the beginning, but well worth it!"

    I have to admit that I really did have a difficult time getting into this book at first. However, after I did it developed into an exquisite story! You can almost taste, hear, smell what's happening. Well worth the effort.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie East Millstone, NJ, United States 01-19-05
    Laurie East Millstone, NJ, United States 01-19-05 Member Since 2015
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    "Mystical, magical, memorable"

    This is one of those books which I looked at in bookstores countless times but had no interest in reading. The reviews here convinced me to give it a try and it turned out to be one of the best novels I have ever read. The narrator was perfect and I believe that I got much more out of listening to the book than I would have by silently reading it, though I plan to do that in the future, my appreciation for the novel is so deep. It does start out a bit slowly, but listen carefully so you can get to know Pi before his great challenge.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    10-06-03
    10-06-03 Member Since 2006
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    "Life of Pi"

    I listened in my car and I didn't want to get out. I found myself thinking about both the theology and the zoology of survival as the book unfolded, when I was not in the car. The main charachter is passionate for life from both perspectives, which is exciting to the listener. I could feel his joys, fears, and pain. The reader is perfect for this book, with his clearly understood Indian accent.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Longview, TX, United States 05-10-12
    Linda Longview, TX, United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "When the focus of reality shifts"

    I enjoyed this book very much. Well written. However, the heart of the matter is finding a unique voice telling a tale that weaves through strands of reality giving "plause" to the implausible.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Mendo Shutaro
    Leamington
    9/25/13
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    "A deeply worrying message"
    Would you try another book written by Yann Martel or narrated by Jeff Woodman?

    No


    What could Yann Martel have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The message of Life of Pi is simple - lies are better than truth. Personally I find this to be a deeply worrying message.


    What didn’t you like about Jeff Woodman’s performance?

    The fake Indian accent grates after a while.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Life of Pi?

    I would have cut all the religious aspects, as they are relentless and very tiring. I get it, Martel wants you to believe in fairy tales/religion because the real world is full of bad things. Personally I'd take truth, evidence, and reality any day. Nothing good comes from believing lies.


    Any additional comments?

    Quite how this turgid, preachy nonsense ever won awards is beyond me.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • hans
    9/8/16
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    "Amazing from the start till the end"

    Better than the film. highly recomended. the naration was excellent. very easy to follow. loved it

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    "banana"

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  • Tim Reisner
    London, UK
    8/3/16
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    "Heartbreakingly good"

    This is such a wonderful book. Narration is strong and easy to listen to. Narrator brings the necessary humor which makes the sadness of the tale bearable. One of my very favourite novels. I shall listen again and again.

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  • George
    7/15/16
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    "amazing!"

    even if you've already seen and enjoyed the movie (as I had, and did) this in my opinion is a must.

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  • ncgm
    6/17/16
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    "Good book, odd reading."

    Indian accent is terrible. Why not get someone with a native Indian accent? Brilliant book, to me about how religion is perception. What some people might call God, others will see as nature or science. Which is the better story?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • shae
    6/3/16
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    "Life of Pi"

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this story but thoroughly enjoyed it. The performance was perfect and the storyline unusual and entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Henna
    4/6/16
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    "A truly remarkable story"

    With a 100 chapters and 14 hours to listen I thought I'd struggle. I didn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Terrie
    3/1/16
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    "Pi is best"

    Life of Pi is like chocolate for the soul. My go to story any time. Absolutely love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keith
    ARMAGH, Co Armagh BT60 2HN
    2/26/16
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    "A good read"
    Any additional comments?

    This book isn't really my genre (I prefer fantasy/sci-fi) and the whole section leading up to him being stranded on the lifeboat didn't really do anything for me (this was like half the book).

    Also the first half of the book had a lot of religious themes in it which I wasn't expecting although I did get this simply because it was on offer and so I didn't know anything about the book.

    However the second half of the book that tells us the story of how he survived at sea was very good and enjoyable.

    The narrator did a great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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