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Life of Pi | [Yann Martel]

Life of Pi

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

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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    Lynn Atlanta, GA, United States 01-03-09
    Lynn Atlanta, GA, United States 01-03-09
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    "too gory!"

    Why has this been on the best seller list?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael SAINT GEORGE, UT, United States 01-01-09
    Michael SAINT GEORGE, UT, United States 01-01-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Strange"

    I never could figure out if it really happened or was just a very well written story. Either way, it kept me going the whole time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Umesh PuneIndia 12-25-08
    Umesh PuneIndia 12-25-08 Member Since 2000
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    "Amazing..."

    This is an awesome story that I and my daughter indulged in. We mostly liked the 2nd part of the story and have listened to it more than 5 times.

    The narrator is wonderful and has done great justice to the author's words and their meaning!

    We'd recommend this book to one and all. It's, so far, the best audio book we've heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Austin, TX, USA 12-17-08
    Gary Austin, TX, USA 12-17-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Superb"

    I read this in middle school, and listening to it now, I realize that I missed a LOT. This book is worth coming back to for multiple readings/ listenings.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Uxbridge, MA USA 11-20-08
    Rob Uxbridge, MA USA 11-20-08 Member Since 2007
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    "a VERY slow start"

    Until he gets shipwrecked this book has little content/value that I find to be useful. While it does set the stage for some philosophical thoughts later it does it so slowly as to be tedious. After he wrecked I found the detailed description of survival interesting.
    Overall I wasnt a big fan of the book. Its over-hyped.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Julie BEACHMERE, QLD, Australia 11-15-08
    Julie BEACHMERE, QLD, Australia 11-15-08
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    "Life of Pi"

    I could not wait to get in to my car to rejoin the story. I drive a long distance to and from work and enjoy listening to downloaded books. The Life of Pi was amazing, I have recommended it to others and still can not stop returning to the story. I live by the sea and wonder about bobbing about in a life boat with a tiger often!

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    Dean Cedar Grove, WI, USA 11-12-08
    Dean Cedar Grove, WI, USA 11-12-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Interesting, but a pretty slow first half"

    The author spends a lot of time in the beginning of the book setting things up, and it drags at times. The problem is that this takes up the first half of the book. Upon him being at sea, it stays pretty interesting. Can't wholeheartedly recommend it, but it is very clever and is about as unique as you could ask for.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Appleton, WI, USA 11-07-08
    Carol Appleton, WI, USA 11-07-08
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    "Gross"

    I had my eye on this book for awhile because I love stories about the bond between animals and humans. I enjoyed the beginning but the middle and end of the book was so graphically described and horrific, I was sorry I had read it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bronwyn ErindaleAustralia 10-26-08
    Bronwyn ErindaleAustralia 10-26-08
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    "Life Of Pi"

    This was an excellent story. Once I got used to the accent of the narrator I really enjoyed it. It seemed to carry on a bit long but overall it was a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Watertown, CT, USA 07-16-08
    Heather Watertown, CT, USA 07-16-08
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    "The Life of Pi"

    This is a compelling story of an endearing narrator who keeps you wanting to listen for hours. The visceral details augment the moments we can all relate to though in a very unusual life story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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