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
"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)
Change the narrator
Couldn't make it through the first hour.
Reminded me of an English actor at the very beginning of talkies.
I want my money back.
This isn't a book I'm quick to recommend due to its unusually slow and laborious beginning (I listened for several hours and still hated it) and the robotic, stilted narration. Though the story eventually picks up and becomes interesting, the style of writing and reading continue to poke, uncomfortably, in the ear and prevent imaginative immersion into the tale.
Jeff Woodman is a new narrator for me, but I have listened to Shantaram, which also has many Indian main characters, and I believe Humphrey Bower's style of narration would be vastly preferred to Jeff's.
The narrator was an excellent actor who made me forget he was reading. I visualized this story in full color. This book is well written, suspenseful and unforgettable. If you like animals then you will love this book. I would read from this author or narrator again in a nano second.
Pi, of course is my favorite character because he posseses attributes that are lovable. His courage and capacity to love are exquisitely articulated in this book.
The name is perfect
I read this book because it sounded like something different, which it definitely was.
The story is essentially a parable and advocacy for religion. It's certainly not giving anything away to say that, as the importance of religion (any religion) is highlighted right from the start.
The reading is well done, in two voices, and the story is captivating.
I have a problem with only one section towards the end, where the story goes from the possible to the impossible. But that's part of the point of the story, to force the reader to think about what they're willing to accept and why, and the value of accepting what is clearly consistent with reality and what may not be entirely so. One's attitude towards religion will clearly affect your reception to both this section and to the story overall.
While the book has a clearly religious bent, it's also just an interesting story; the story is captivating and the presentation is among the best to which I've listened.
Story of the Year! This is what books all about. Story told very simply but is rich in layers and emotion. I'm still going back and digesting the whole thing.
I have not read the print version.
No, I listened over a period of a week while traveling. An excellent companion.
Slightly drawn out in parts but this does not detract from Life of Pi being great story.Jeff Woodman does a fantastic job of narration.
family tree buff
Didn't read the print version so I would have no idea. The reader did a fantastic job however.
Pi, of course!
Whatever you believe to be real, is real.
Decent listen, decent narrator. I found the animal's characters and interactions were great. The main character not so much. I was not a fan personally. I could have listened to the way the animal's struggles and behaviour were described all day by the author. If Pi didn't quite make it to the lifeboat I'd have no choice but to love it.
Yes, the audible edition with the indian dialect brings the story to life
Water for Elephants, The Help, The Secret Life of Bees all these books were entertaining adventures and personal triumphs of self exploration
I would highly recommend this book. The thought provoking twist at the end was wonderful
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