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Life of Pi Audiobook

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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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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    Shoe-Aholic 05-13-12
    Shoe-Aholic 05-13-12
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    "Terrible Narrator"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Change the narrator


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Couldn't make it through the first hour.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Reminded me of an English actor at the very beginning of talkies.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    ibid


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I want my money back.

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    Sara 05-11-12
    Sara 05-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very slow to start, but narration continues to irk"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeff Woodman?

    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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paula West Yarmouth, MA, United States 05-01-12
    Paula West Yarmouth, MA, United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Uplifting, sad, funny, incredible & beautiful"
    Would you listen to Life of Pi again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    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 name is perfect


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    Jonathan Famous Pennsylvania 04-14-12
    Jonathan Famous Pennsylvania 04-14-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Interesting, different, worthwhile"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KJ Hampstead, QC, Canada 03-19-12
    KJ Hampstead, QC, Canada 03-19-12
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    "fantasy and insight"
    Any additional comments?

    This whole story is about

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    Mike Tucson, AZ, United States 03-16-12
    Mike Tucson, AZ, United States 03-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Unexpectedly Amazing!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    m Tauranga, New Zealand 03-12-12
    m Tauranga, New Zealand 03-12-12
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    "Story with a difference. Well worth the time."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Life of Pi to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version.


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

    None


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Island


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I listened over a period of a week while traveling. An excellent companion.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    roxann Olathe, KS, United States 03-11-12
    roxann Olathe, KS, United States 03-11-12

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    "I loved this book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Life of Pi to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print version so I would have no idea. The reader did a fantastic job however.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pi, of course!


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

    Pi


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

    Whatever you believe to be real, is real.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jo 03-09-12
    jo 03-09-12
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    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jodie 02-20-12
    Jodie 02-20-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Love this story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Life of Pi to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the audible edition with the indian dialect brings the story to life


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

    Water for Elephants, The Help, The Secret Life of Bees all these books were entertaining adventures and personal triumphs of self exploration


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    Everything


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

    Both


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book. The thought provoking twist at the end was wonderful

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