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Life of Pi Audiobook
Life of Pi
Written by: 
Yann Martel
Narrated by: 
Jeff Woodman
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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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    Kim NAMPA, ID, United States 04-26-13
    Kim NAMPA, ID, United States 04-26-13 Member Since 2011

    Ok, yes, I confess. I'm another paranormal geek.

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    "Just could not get into it!"

    I've heard several great things about this story, so I was happy to try it. But, after several attempts to get into it... I simply, couldn't. It wasn't enough for me. I got bored of the tangents the author went on about the animals diets, reproductive habits and environments needed. I didn't want to listen to a biology lesson, I simply wanted a story. I couldn't make it half way through the book. Maybe if I could have pushed through the rest I would have enjoyed it, but I simply was too bored.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    it should be worth it. Canby, OR, United States 04-09-13
    it should be worth it. Canby, OR, United States 04-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Over philosophized"
    Would you try another book from Yann Martel and/or Jeff Woodman?

    NO


    Would you be willing to try another book from Yann Martel? Why or why not?

    No because the rambling on about philosophy bored me.


    Was Life of Pi worth the listening time?

    No, I want my time back.


    Any additional comments?

    not sure why I listened to the whole thing. :(

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BookLady St. Cloud USA 03-12-13
    BookLady St. Cloud USA 03-12-13 Member Since 2009
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    "An adventure unlike any other."

    I am so glad I finally purchased Life of Pi and especially pleased that it was in the form of an audiobook. The journey on which this book takes you is simply unforgettable. The performance of the narrator added colour and depth. A great listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brodie Mornington, Australia 03-07-13
    Brodie Mornington, Australia 03-07-13 Member Since 2009

    An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.

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    "I missed the boat completely"

    Call me ignorant, point the finger at me and laugh a pitiful laugh but I just didn't get it. Everyone I know loved it, loves the movie, thinks it is genius but for this Antipodean Audiofile, I didn't quite abandon ship but boy did I feel like it. Maybe I am missing the Spiritual Gene or am not a Zoo-a-holic, I don't know but don't blame me if you listen and get befuddled like me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joanna Redding, CA, United States 03-05-13
    Joanna Redding, CA, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "An ( auditory) visual delight"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Life of Pi to be better than the print version?

    Did not read print, but loved the audio


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

    It's a completely realistic fantastic story. I hung on every one of Pi's words. I could imagine that events would have unfolded just that way. Pi's spirituality and his parent's bafflement at this was touching. Mostly, to me, his connection to the animals who were as they were. This was not Disney.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Pi decided that he has animal management skills and started to train Richard Parker.
    The realism and drama were continued as Pi continued to re-enforce the training as needed, always aware, always alert.
    Never relying on a perceived "connection" to Richard Parker.


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I could not wait for the movie, which was done well, though, as usually, could not transmit all that the book did. Also, it was toned down for the children who probably expected a Disney animal story.
    Loved the visuals. It struck me by how much I had the sense of deja vu, since the words had already painted the pictures for me, shade by subtle shade.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy NEW YORK, NY, United States 02-28-13
    Jeremy NEW YORK, NY, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2012

    This is the kind of styles I like: good pace, cerebral, well-documented, meaty, mind-bending.

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    "A guy, a tiger, a boat, but so much more!"

    ** I am trying to write this with no spoilers (bar what you already know from the book cover) **

    Yes, for the vast majority of the book, this is a story of one young man, a boat lost at sea and a tiger and, while it may seem interesting as an oddity or even as a short story, I would challenge anyone to come with a scenario for a complete book.

    Amazingly enough, the book takes these ingredients and makes of it infinitely more. It is a tale of the daily life of a young Indian boy with a greatly interesting family as well. It is tale of survival when stranded with no water or food. It is tale of companionship between potential foes. It is a tale of adventures in the high seas. The book really kept me on my toes with new things happening at every page and great combination of humor and dramatic tension.

    I should also mention that the narrator is absolutely fantastic; some may think that he is overdoing it with the indian accent but, in my opinion, it is delightful to hear. It's just not only the accent he does, but the boyish naive talk and the tension when something sad or unexpected occurs. He is also an artist with other voice acting when needed, from japanese to french. I have listened many voice actors on audible, and gave 5's quite often but on that same scale, this would be easily a 9 or 10.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    david chesapeake, VA, United States 02-03-13
    david chesapeake, VA, United States 02-03-13 Member Since 2016

    A fellow listener inclined to share my opinion on these productions. Maybe even inspire someone toward a powerful, or educational audiobook!

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    "Made Me Laugh and Cry!"

    I really love a book that can run me through my emotions. This book was able to play my heart strings, from the beginning to the end! The character Pi has been developed so well, you can not help but love him, and root for his safe rescue or return to safety. If you like books where you are wiping tears off your face so you can finish an intensely written page, you are gonna love this(I predict future classic) in audible form, as you don't have to dry your eyes to continue along the trail of magnificent literature. Don't you dare hesitate to buy this one!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marcela Kendell San Antonio, TX, United States 01-24-13
    Marcela Kendell San Antonio, TX, United States 01-24-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A book everyone should expirence"
    What did you love best about Life of Pi?

    I could be sitting here at work doing my thing but I was right there with the main character the entire time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    beautifully insightful


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    The Indian accent was a nice touch to the story.


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

    The tile couldnt be better suited for the book


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Ellicott City, MD, United States 01-18-13
    John Ellicott City, MD, United States 01-18-13 Member Since 2010

    johnfrommaryland

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    "One of the best audio books ever"
    What made the experience of listening to Life of Pi the most enjoyable?

    The story is fantastic and the narration makes the audio version better than reading it yourself. It really changes the book in my opinion.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Trina Brampton, ON, Canada 01-17-13
    Trina Brampton, ON, Canada 01-17-13 Member Since 2014
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    "What a great book!"
    If you could sum up Life of Pi in three words, what would they be?

    one great listen


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

    Richard Parker


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

    Richard Parker and Pi talking when blind


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

    I would love to listen to another animal story from Pi. He knows how to tell a really good story.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want a really good book to listen to or read. Read or even better listen to this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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