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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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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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    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!

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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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


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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

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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.


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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.

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    Donald C. Lawson III Allentown, Pennsylvania 01-17-13
    Donald C. Lawson III Allentown, Pennsylvania 01-17-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Wonderful Story - Extraordinary Narration"
    What did you love best about Life of Pi?

    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.


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

    Homer's The Odyssey. Epic tales


    What does Jeff Woodman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Emphasis of certain phrases


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

    A Journey of Life and Sea


    Any additional comments?

    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).

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    Sean Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada 01-15-13
    Sean Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada 01-15-13
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    "Great book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this book is a unique true story about living with a tiger on a life boat, quite incredible.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pi he is the only human mostly.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the small furry animals on the island crawled up the tree and covered Pi like a blanket.


    Who was the most memorable character of Life of Pi and why?

    Pi


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  • Andrea
    Canvey Island, United Kingdom
    3/1/13
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    "Enjoyable and brilliant"

    Brilliant from start to finish, never wanted it to end and started again the next day, although the narrator took a bit of time to get used to when I did he bought the story to life and I enjoyed every minuet of it. I did get a bit confused in places, I don't want to spoil it so wont say why but you will understand when you listen, but just go with it don't think about it being real just a great story and adventure.

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  • Nigel
    Kent, United Kingdom
    3/1/13
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    "Better than the film"

    After a long pre amble the book finally gets going. I found the narration a little bit slow to begin with but once I got used to it it was very enjoyable and addictive.I watched the Film recently and have now started re-listening to the book which has so much more depth and is even more enjoyable 2nd time around.

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  • Tapiwa
    Elm park, United Kingdom
    2/27/13
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    "Love It"

    This book is very cleverly written it caters for the ignorant and the enlightened reader at the very same time it is just a matter of perspective.

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  • Mrs
    Potterton, United Kingdom
    2/16/13
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    "beguiling"

    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.

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  • Mrs
    Longtown, United Kingdom
    2/15/13
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    "lovely book"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom
    1/29/13
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    "Excellent narration"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • C
    Wheatley, United Kingdom
    12/27/12
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    "Enter a world of spirituality"

    The narrator takes you on an incredible journey. Can't wait to see the film now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Preston, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Loved it"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emma
    United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "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?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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