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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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    Amanda Doreen, Australia 09-03-12
    Amanda Doreen, Australia 09-03-12

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    "A good read but could have been alot more concise"

    The storyline was good, but imho it was simply drawn out, too long. It took a long time to get into it, but once I was in, I was hooked. Great writing, good performance, I think it will be a great movie.

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    Amazon Customer Glen Ridge, NJ, United States 08-31-12
    Amazon Customer Glen Ridge, NJ, United States 08-31-12
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    "BORING"
    What disappointed you about Life of Pi?

    it is more boring then watching a slug crawl across a wall that paint is drying on


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

    died


    What does Jeff Woodman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    a funny voice


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    photosyntheseis


    Any additional comments?

    this book is eggs

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MrFreezit 08-29-12
    MrFreezit 08-29-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A wonderful story about fear, survival and trust"

    This story is masterfully told in 100 chapters. The plot has few twists but the twists that are in there are very profound. I've enjoyed listening to this audiobook and wholeheartedly recommend it.

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    Manuel 08-24-12
    Manuel 08-24-12
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    "100 chapter, formidable story. Great narrator."
    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is filled with beautiful scenes, sad moments and hilarious passages. Great hearing !!!


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Woodman – was your favorite?

    Pi performed by Jeff Woodman has an incredibly sutil Hindu accent that ir really transports you into the main character's mind.


    Any additional comments?

    Excelent use for my first credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    joelle 08-24-12
    joelle 08-24-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Eh, could have done without this book"
    Would you try another book from Yann Martel and/or Jeff Woodman?

    No, it was pretty slow going and not at all exciting


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes


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

    A lot of the on the water seemed repetative.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Sutcliffe Poughkeepsie, NY United States 08-22-12
    Brian Sutcliffe Poughkeepsie, NY United States 08-22-12 Member Since 2009
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    "I couldn't get into it."
    Would you try another book from Yann Martel and/or Jeff Woodman?

    This book wasn't for me. I just couldn't get into it and bailed. The narrator was OK. I just couldn't get into the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Las Cruces, NM, United States 08-20-12
    Michael Las Cruces, NM, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2016

    Why is it that I cannot get enough Zombie Books?

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    "great listen"
    Where does Life of Pi rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    at the top


    What other book might you compare Life of Pi to and why?

    books by haruki marukami because of the spiritual aspect


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Woodman – was your favorite?

    pi


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when he tames the tiger


    Any additional comments?

    loved it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mara Krugersdorp, South Africa 08-17-12
    mara Krugersdorp, South Africa 08-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Unexpected, Amazing and well worth the listen/read"
    What made the experience of listening to Life of Pi the most enjoyable?

    It's truly different from other books I've read, would not be sure how to class it, "magical realism". Unexpected and captivating!


    What did you like best about this story?

    ... the end...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Ohh, that will be a spoiler ;-)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both, laugh, cry and wonder... wonder... wonder


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carmen Chile 08-16-12
    Carmen Chile 08-16-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautifull!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Its a reading you will not forget


    What did you like best about this story?

    Beeing a grown up person, i read it to grandchildren, to elders and to teens, even them loved it, and that is much to say!


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Woodman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you could rename Life of Pi, what would you call it?

    The title is good enough to intrigue


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    D Aliso Viejo, CA, United States 08-12-12
    D Aliso Viejo, CA, United States 08-12-12 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the best novels of all time"

    This is one of the richest, deepest, most beautifully written novels I've ever read. It is quirky, amusing, works on various levels, about truth, zoology, coping gracefully with the difficulties of life, different cultures, etc. It is so rich in so many ways & so delightful I hardly know what to say.
    Like many of us, Pi is a student of both science & religion. When his parents object to his becoming a Christian, a Hindu & a Muslim simultaneously, he simply says, "I just want to love God."
    Pi is about Truth, which is not absolute, but which as quantum physics has documented, is a matter of one viewer's perspective at one moment in time. Pi's life is narrated in an engaging, delightful, a deeply meaningful manner.
    I will be thinking this book over for a long time.

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  • Sandra
    Redditch, worcestershire, United Kingdom
    12/17/06
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    "Nice as Pi"

    First off all thank you Jeff Woodman for the great narration of this audio book. I often listen to the books I download on my dull motorway journey to and from work.Sometimes I listen while taking a bath, others on lazy Sunday mornings in bed. It didn't matter where I listened to this book because I was always where the author wanted me to be,which in this books case from about half way through is floating in a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal Tiger for company.This book describes the feelings both mentally and physically of being a starving survivor so well that I could feel my own stomach rumble and feel the heat of the sun on my own parched lips.I'm not so sure about the first fifty or so chapters that tell about Pi's school life,life as a Zoo Keepers son in India and of his devotion to religions and God, but I really enjoyed this listen and the twist at the end that certainly gets you thinking what was true and what was the mental defence a starving brain puts in place to save ones sanity.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Matt Gibson
    Bristol, UK
    10/21/07
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    "The secrets of survival, tigers and bananas..."

    I'll keep this brief: This is a good book, wonderfully read. The narration has exactly the right level of dry humour, and truly makes you believe in the stalwart, surprising character of Pi Patel.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    1/6/13
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    "Unlike anything else!"

    This book is impossible to categorize! Fantasy, adventure, blood-curdling violence, indomitable human-spirit, truth v. fiction, religion, humour, natural history, animal behaviour: it has it all! I think listening to the book is better than reading it as there is an awful lot of details about sorts of things that are a bit boring, especially the first part of the book, but if you're doing something else it just flows in one ear and out the other. In the end I enjoyed it and I thought the reader was good. I went to see the film after I'd listened to the book. The film is a visual feast and a much sanitized and softened version of the savagery of the book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Marcus
    Oxford, United Kingdom
    5/7/12
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    "Good listen"

    I liked this audiobook a lot. It does take some time to get used to the narration which sounds a little computer generated in the beginning, however that enhances the story when you come to understand the logic of it. The story is highly original and although it is not always clear where its going the ending makes it all worthwhile. It is one of those stories that is more impressive after you sit down to think about it than when you are immersed in it. It also has to be one of the only books I have read whereby after having finished it going back to chapter one feels like a continuation rather than the beginning again.
    There are many who have said that this book strengthens their faith in God, but for me it confirmed my cynicism of all religion. People will take from it what they will which is the the strength of the completed book. Books that make you think about life and the world get high marks from me and this is such a book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Tom
    Brighton, United Kingdom
    6/9/11
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    "A must read for so many reasons"

    Life of Pi is as enjoyable as it is thought provoking. It's an absorbing, engaging story I'd recommend to anyone. I had to listen to it at every opportunity. I even volunteered to wash up and clean the whole kitchen just so I could have it on in the background!

    Jeff Woodman was the perfect narrator, I was amazed that he was able to produce an accent that merged Canadian with Indian; I felt I was listening to Pi Patel telling me his story.

    It's wonderful, download it!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Beulah, United Kingdom
    6/23/10
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    "Strange and interesting"

    I enjoyed this book, but not quite as much as I had hoped. Because of its reputation and award, I thought it would have more depth, and maybe I missed any metaphors or spiritual message, but to me it was quite a straightforward though beautifully told story.

    The character of Pi was engaging and the strangeness of his story makes it compulsive listening, just because it is so different to anything else I have read. The depiction of Richard Parker, the oddly-named 450-pound Bengal Tiger that Pi finds himself sharing a lifeboat with is superb, as are the exploits on the boat.

    A memorable listen, well read and recommended.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Nick
    Stevenage, United Kingdom
    3/25/09
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    "Enigmatic and fascinating"

    The reader's voice took a little getting accustomed to but the story is well worth the praise and attention it has received. The narrative which brushes always against the surreal and plays it against the commonplace brutality of real life reminds the reader of the great Mervyn Peake. It touches a very real nerve in the human psyche and is highly recommended.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mikey
    poole, United Kingdom
    12/13/13
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    "An exciting story, but with a touch of repetition!"
    Would you try another book written by Yann Martel or narrated by Jeff Woodman?

    I enjoyed the accent played by Jeff Woodman and think Yann Martel did very well to come up with a storyline for someone stranded on a lifeboat for months on end. It seems a daunting task to come up with a plot that won't lead the listener to become bored after a few hours of listening, but I think the author succeeded in keeping the listener's attention and interest throughout.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Not particularly exciting or surprising, as expected really.


    Was Life of Pi worth the listening time?

    Yes. It has urged me to seek out the film on DVD.


    Any additional comments?

    Life of Pi is a good listen. I would recommend this book to friends, it firmly places you into the shoes of someone experiencing hunger, thirst, loneliness and the desperate will to survive against all odds. This book has it's gory moments (not distasteful, the right amount too, not over the top) but vital to the theme and well executed by Martel.

    At times I found myself a bit bored as the story is set primarily on a lifeboat in the middle of the vast ocean. However, I found that I was not bored for too long as the author came up with some good twists and even gave plenty of interesting facts animals.

    An entertaining book not for the feint hearted!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Laurel
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    4/20/09
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    "Affirms the power of storytelling"

    Unlike some listeners who found the first third of the book a little slow I enjoyed it from the beginning ? with its witty observations and asides on people, animals and religion. The tale of survival had me enthralled ? it is insightful, lyrical and descriptive though perhaps it drags a little toward the end and becomes rather too fanciful. The ending cleverly draws all the elements together and makes you think about the role and importance of storytelling long after the book is finished. The excellent choice of narrator enhances the enjoyment of the novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    Germany
    12/4/13
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    "??????????????"

    This book leaves me with a lot of questions and not about the plot. Why is this such a great bestseller, why is this to be said philosophical, why do so many people read such a book, why was this made in a movie????
    During listening to this book I was bored a lot of the time, I was angry about stupid assumptions, I was interested on some occations, I was glad the end got closer and closer....
    In the beginning the description of the young Pi are to long for me and the parts about religion are not very insidefull to me (taking on three religions at the same time, does not make it a world religion but stripping every religion from its meaning, or is: there is one or some gods, a real believe) besides some comments made me really doubt that the author really knows as much about animals as he wanted to make us believe (a cobra stolen from the zoo by a snake charmer is facing a live of serving?? What about they suffering from getting their teeth broken out).....
    There are very distgusting parts (e.g. the zebra gets eaten alive for a whole night and day....)
    The story is unlikly but that doesn't bother me. In the end (last 30 minutes) the story gets a really good turn (don't want to put it differntly, because it would spoil it for other readers) and makes the other part on the lifboat really symbolic, but the ten hours of description were to much.....

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful

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