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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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    Joanne Knoxville, TN, USA 07-21-05
    Joanne Knoxville, TN, USA 07-21-05
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    "This is a great story!"

    The detail about India, sloths, zoos, and Bengal tigers is quite astonishing. I didn't know anything about the book or the story line when I began, and it was much different than I expected. It really leaves you guessing at the end, which is always fun.

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    Bob M. 07-18-05
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    "Bob"

    I usually go for the more "exciting" books, but thought I'd try this one. Even after buying it, it took a few months to get around to listening to it. But I have to say it was the most engaging book I've read or listened to in a long time, maybe ever. And the story was performed perfectly by the narrator. I like everything about it!

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    Amazon Customer Michigan 07-18-05
    Amazon Customer Michigan 07-18-05 Listener Since 2001

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    "It is the best..."

    The Life of Pi is the very best novel I have read in years. Outstanding!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    R. Ohr Huntington Beach, CA 06-23-05
    R. Ohr Huntington Beach, CA 06-23-05 Member Since 2007

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    "Extraordinary book!"

    I absolutely LOVED this book. I laughed and cried and everything between. The author did a magnificent job. And I must commend the reader. He too did an excellent job! I bought the book because I loved it so much! Thanks, Audible, for having this book on your list!

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    Dean Cupertino, CA, USA 06-17-05
    Dean Cupertino, CA, USA 06-17-05
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    "A Worthwhile Listen"

    This was one of my first audiobooks and it was definitely a treat. Most of the reviews here have been spot on. There were points in the book where I kept wondering to myself where the heck Martel is going. But as you work through the details, you're slowly drawn into the book and a magical bond is formed between you and the main character. The grotesque thing that disgusted you a chapter earlier all of a sudden hits close to home as you ponder what would you do if you're in the same boat (pun unintended). The book draws out many emotions and it's an in-your-face look at human nature.

    Despite some of the very long and grotesque details, the book is a worthwhile listen. It comes to a chilling climax and a wonderful ending. Well written, well narrated and highly recommended.

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    L. Batts 06-13-05
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    "An entertaining thought provoking listen"

    It starts off a bit slow with a rather long discussion of the 3 toed sloth but it's worth hanging in there for the rest of the story. The author paints great pictures with his words although sometimes I found his redundancy a bit annoying. It was captivating and I love the subtle sense of humor!

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    Itsiq West Coast, USA 06-06-05
    Itsiq West Coast, USA 06-06-05 Member Since 2015
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    "A deep story"

    This story was fascinating. It pulled me right in. I found it to be very emotionally heavy because it deals a lot with death and despiration and the will to survive. It sonds a little like a childrens book, a boy stuck on a life raft with an orangatan, a zebra with a broken leg, a hyena, and a tiger named John Parker. In reality, it is the story of the life and death struggle that happens on the lifeboat and how the boy Pi survives to tell his tale. The ending is very thought provoking. It is not an easy read, but I would highly reccomend it.

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    Aaron MelbourneAustralia 05-31-05
    Aaron MelbourneAustralia 05-31-05
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    "Fabulous"

    What a wonderful thought provoking book, highly recommended to all.

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    Lou San Antonio, TX, USA 05-09-05
    Lou San Antonio, TX, USA 05-09-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Cringe"

    I'm glad I finished the book. It got VERY graphic (blood and gore) and I had to fast forward a couple of times. 20 minutes from the end, the book was "ruined" for me... But then the last sentence more than made up for anything. This book really is a good listen.

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    valim Purcellville, VA 05-06-05
    valim Purcellville, VA 05-06-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Unexpected"

    Although the book had received great reviews, I was skeptical as the story began ... this seemed potentially a flight of fancy I would not enjoy. Fortunately, I was happily surprised by the intricacy of the plot and affinity I developed for the main character.

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