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Life of Pi Audiobook

Life of Pi

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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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    Roberta L. Ruben 11-03-12

    Retired Library Media Specialist. Professor of Instructional Technology. Over 65 and living in Chicago.

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    "Makes you use your imagination"
    If you could sum up Life of Pi in three words, what would they be?

    Full of visual surprises


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pi he controlled his fears and survived


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The strange flesh eating plant on an island with no people


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Could this be true? Beliefs are about man vs animals are false.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book for young and old listeners

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    Michele 11-02-12
    Michele 11-02-12 Member Since 2016

    Books, and words, and information are my treasures.

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    "I wasn't sure what to expect"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It depends on which frirnd. It is not a simple story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That they didn't leave you hanging at the end of the story.


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

    No, this was the first one read by Jeff Woodman.


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

    When Pi was sad that Richard Parker didn't say goodbye.


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    Theo Sarnen, Switzerland 10-29-12
    Theo Sarnen, Switzerland 10-29-12
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    "For years in my bookshelf"

    As this book came out as a hardcopie, I always wanted to read it. But I lost its way. So now as Ang Lee made the motion pucture, it crossed my path again. A good Story well written and full of surprises and heart. I'm also glad I could listen to the Audiobook, a good narrator always clicks on my Head-Movie and. Jeff Woodman did such a good job, thank you.

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    Walter Welle close enough to the greateat city in the world. 10-18-12
    Walter Welle close enough to the greateat city in the world. 10-18-12 Member Since 2015

    the papers the papers....

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    "An amazing story only surpassed by the Narration"
    What did you love best about Life of Pi?

    Honestly, the narrator did such a beautiful job with the story that the story itself was so good in itself but when delivered by the Jeff Woodman, I fell in love with Pi and looked forward to listening to his accounts on my way to work each day.

    I, like so many others, whole-heartedly recommend this book and audio book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Life of Pi?

    i cant focus on one, the entire book was so enjoyable....


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    Ruben San Ysidro, CA, United States 10-18-12
    Ruben San Ysidro, CA, United States 10-18-12
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    "A wonderful story and a superb performance"

    Jeff Woodman gives a fantastic performance and brings to life an amazing story of hope and the joy of living. This book explores the wonders of life; from a child's wonder and curiosity in the glow of family love to the despair of dealing with tremendous loss and the sheer brutality of survival of the fittest.

    I have listened to this book several times by myself and with my daughters and it is a new joy every time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Oregon, USA 10-14-12
    Sarah Oregon, USA 10-14-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is the first book in a very, very long time that moved me to tears. And I can't even remember the last time I cared so much for a character!


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

    No other book compares, it's in a genre of its' own.


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

    Pi Patel


    If you could take any character from Life of Pi out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Pi Patel of course


    Any additional comments?

    Read it, you won't regret it!

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    Wryter Olathe, KS USA 10-02-12
    Wryter Olathe, KS USA 10-02-12 Member Since 2016

    Wryter

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    "Great for book club; not so much for individuals"
    If you could sum up Life of Pi in three words, what would they be?

    Adventure, psychological, and teen


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Richard Parker, because of the final relationship between him and Pi.


    Any additional comments?

    The last few pages of this book might turn the rest of the book on its ear. The basic story is pretty good, but it's not a book I would recommend to most of my friends. Because of the ending, this book becomes an outstanding springboard for discussing the relationships between characters. But an individual reader might not pick up on the import of the relationships. Discussing it amongst several people can lead to a different understanding of the story the author was trying to tell.

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    Vicki Brisbane, Australia 10-02-12
    Vicki Brisbane, Australia 10-02-12
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    "wow"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a story that delivers. It cleverly transorms the reader into an observer watching the battle for survival between our human and animal nature. The conclusion has the ablity to effortlessly alter your awareness by invoking our understanding of the primal need to survive.


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    His performance made me believe!!


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

    Left me gobsmacked.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carl United States 09-21-12
    Carl United States 09-21-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Entertaining, good performance by reader"
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    The good: I think the reader was perfect for the role and did a good job of portraying multiple accents and characters. I would listen to another book by this reader given the opportunity. The book was very clever in developing problematic situations and solutions. While the story was certainly fantasy, most of it was believable and rooted in sound logic and science. I was surprised to learn a lot about animal behavior and survival, (I have always had an interest in survival stories). I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys clever fantasy and learning new things.

    The bad: The book was a little slow in the first third of the story before the raft part. Also, the main character had an odd religious evolution in the beginning of the story that didn't add to the story and came off as a little preachy.

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    Jamea 09-12-12
    Jamea 09-12-12

    Private Vocal Music Educator

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    "A gentle push"
    Where does Life of Pi rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pi - I love Pi's childlike yet complex character.


    Any additional comments?

    The Life of Pi is beautifully told at a "story" level yet the writer pushes one to look at human behavior. I love the author's ability to handle ticklish spiritual issues while maintaining humor. He manages to communicate the beauty & innocence of Pi's religious explorations all the while urging the reader to examine his/her own viewpoints.

    The writer also covers day after of Pi's onerous solitary existence in his raft yet never loses the reader for a second. In the final pages one is taken through yet another story again left with questions for self examination.

    The Life of Pi is a book which can be read again & again with new insights arising each time.

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