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)
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!
Did not read print, but loved the audio
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.
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.
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.
This is the kind of styles I like: good pace, cerebral, well-documented, meaty, mind-bending.
** 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.
A fellow listener inclined to share my opinion on these productions. Maybe even inspire someone toward a powerful, or educational audiobook!
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!!
I could be sitting here at work doing my thing but I was right there with the main character the entire time.
The Indian accent was a nice touch to the story.
The tile couldnt be better suited for the book
The story is fantastic and the narration makes the audio version better than reading it yourself. It really changes the book in my opinion.
one great listen
Richard Parker and Pi talking when blind
I would love to listen to another animal story from Pi. He knows how to tell a really good story.
If you want a really good book to listen to or read. Read or even better listen to this book.
The narration is PERFECT and so closely tied to the character it works so well. The story is now well known but the delivery, magic and imagery of this narration deserves a listen.
Homer's The Odyssey. Epic tales
Emphasis of certain phrases
A Journey of Life and Sea
Spellbinding - I absolutely love this story. I listened to the audiobook when it first came out (9+ years ago) and this is the only audiobook I have listened to – TWICE (completely). I try to get everyone I knows who reads to listen to this book. When the illustrated book was announced I pre-ordered it (wonderful typeface and paper). And the movie turned out to be a great adaptation (I took my daughter to the opening release).
Yes, this book is a unique true story about living with a tiger on a life boat, quite incredible.
Pi he is the only human mostly.
When the small furry animals on the island crawled up the tree and covered Pi like a blanket.
adventure thrilling thought-provoking
Great character reading
I was eating a sandwich during a particular bad description of how/what was being eaten. I had to stop eating. Which was funny.
I hadn't read the book, so approached this with curiosity and soon found myself beguiled by the style and lyrical quality of both writing and the production. I had wondered how a whole book could centre around a boy in a boat, but simply loved the whole experience. The "twist" at the end is an excellent device to make one reassess how far one has submerged into the author's views and perceptions - the classic trust the authorial voice question. Highly recommended.
I wasn't sure what to expect with the book because I had read mixed reviews. I loved it. I really enjoyed the account of his childhood and the description of Christianity and Hinduism made me smile. I held my breath as the narrator told of Pi`s efforts to stay alive and to prevent himself being eaten by Richard Parker. I don't want to give too much away to potential listeners but if you can suspend your beliefs and enjoy a good yarn, buy this. I listened to it on my commute to work and only have one hour left, I don't want to get to the end, I shall miss it!
Excellent narration of the story of Pi Patel. The exquisite scientific vocabulary vividly portrays the intelligence of Pi and the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean. A must.
"Enter a world of spirituality"
The narrator takes you on an incredible journey. Can't wait to see the film now!
"A journey in the mind..."
I listened to this book nearly 2 years ago, and I'm prompted to review it now as the film has appeared.I won't be going to watch it for sure, as this book has endured in my mind in that best of formats - the ' imagined'. Listening to ' The Life of Pi' was like living through the experiences of the boy Pi, with constant tension and heart-stopping moments -all completely enjoyable from the comfort of home or train journey.I particularly liked the narration, and would not wish to hear the story in any other voice. The book also left me with a tantalising sense of wondering - where was the line between reality and imagination in the tale? Still searching for another book as good as this one.
You know a book is really something special when you are still thinking about it days after finishing. It is well narrated, and the story will stay with you. Recommended.
"loved the fairytale story"
I struggled at first to get into this audiobook, but I think it might be because it was my first ever audiobook. However, the ease with which I could listen while waking to and from school was surprising.
The story was a lovely tale and one which I'm glad I chose. I'm going to let my children listen to this before I let them watch the film. Tough in places, and thought provoking, but that's what you want in a book isn't it?
"Excellent book brilliantly narrated"
The titled of this review says it all. It is an amazing story of survival filled with excitement, tears and also joyful humour at times. I suspect some people might become a little bored at some of the detail about the zoo animals at the beginning of the book, but personally I found it fascinating. There are also a few chapters with very explicit details of animals being killed which some may find hard to stomach.
The narration is excellent.
Great book, read by an excellent actor. Understandably an award winning book, which stays for you for life after you have finished with it. Recommended!
"Bored and disappointed"
I was extremely disappointed by this book, I have been told to avoid Booker prise winners and now I know why. Martel takes the reader on a laboriously slow and tedious journey through the Pi's childhood in the build up to the main storey which doesn't start until chapter 37 and then plods along with much unnecessary detail and little to keep the reader interested. The central character is so irritating that I found myself shouting out for the Tiger to eat him. However this is a storey of survival to which you already know the outcome as the storey is told in the first person so I could even relish in the prospect of his dimise. I was delighted when the book appeared to be was reaching it's conclusion only to find it was like a slow death with excruciating pain at the end.
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