We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
Life of Pi Audiobook

Life of Pi

Regular Price:$25.87
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.2 (13784 )
5 star
 (7228)
4 star
 (3954)
3 star
 (1583)
2 star
 (539)
1 star
 (480)
Overall
4.3 (8743 )
5 star
 (4812)
4 star
 (2328)
3 star
 (990)
2 star
 (347)
1 star
 (266)
Story
4.4 (8681 )
5 star
 (5378)
4 star
 (2274)
3 star
 (658)
2 star
 (183)
1 star
 (188)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Daniel Orange, CT, USA 03-09-04
    Daniel Orange, CT, USA 03-09-04
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "An interesting tale..."

    Morbidly fun descriptions, a depressing yet fun book. I know, that sounds totally sketchy. But you must read it to understand!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dry Camp 02-20-04
    Dry Camp 02-20-04 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "A Fantastic Book"

    This book was a treat! More so because of the super narration. I was hooked immediately and completely forgot that this is a work of fiction. If I'm ever stranded on a desert island, this is the book I want to have with me--in case I run into a tiger!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Laura 02-19-04
    Laura 02-19-04
    HELPFUL VOTES
    16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    27
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Absolutely stunning"

    This is now one of my favorite books of all time. Mixing zoology, religion, and suvivalism, Yann Martel has written a moving and vastly interesting book. Rarely do you find a book with such elegant writing paired with an intriguing plot. I urge you to read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    P. Muller SF CA USA 02-12-04
    P. Muller SF CA USA 02-12-04 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    155
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Well-written big fun"

    The book did start a little slow - description and reviews set high expectations - but the quality of the writing, and of the narration really paid off. The combination of different accents by the narrator, intriguing plot development, delicious philosophical nuances and an intriguing twist at the end made for a thought-provoking but not pretentious work of literature.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Travis USA 02-04-04
    Travis USA 02-04-04
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Life of Pi"

    An ending worth waiting for. If listening to diatribes on religion and animals in zoos isn't your thing the first half of the book may be too much. But, it maintains thoughtfulness without getting bogged down in any one topic (philosophy, religion or otherwise).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Roderic Hagen Melbourne, Australia 01-26-04
    Roderic Hagen Melbourne, Australia 01-26-04
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    26
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Stunning"

    A stunning book - a masterpiece of imagination and intelligence. Its so full of subtle observations about the human (and animal) condition that you can't possibly capture them all with a single reading (or listening). Brilliantly conceived and brilliantly told.

    The audiobook rendition is excellent - there are not many things that will have me lying in bed at 2 in the morning with a pair of headphones! I'm well into the second run through.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Karin Nashville, TN, United States 01-21-04
    Karin Nashville, TN, United States 01-21-04
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Could not get into it"

    I can tell that this is a VERY well written book, but I just could not get into the audio version. It was too slow for my liking. I might try to read the book, but I am not sure.

    If you can get into the audio version it is well written and well narriated; its just not for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Scott 01-19-04
    Scott 01-19-04
    HELPFUL VOTES
    243
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    148
    36
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    11
    0
    Overall
    "Exciting! Magestically crafted! Wow!!!"

    I found this book engaging from the very first page. Martell joins the leagues of the finest story-tellers with this lyrical fable of a boy at sea. Varying its steps with exciting prose and religious exploration, the story winds it all up and then unreels for a huge catch in the epic Chapter 100. Listen to it slowly and with attention to the words the author chooses. Hooray for a fresh story written by a true master of words, irony and warmth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    tubetown 01-18-04
    tubetown 01-18-04 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    34
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    161
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "6 Stars"

    The other reviews have already expressed the power and strength of this novel. I'd had given it six stars, if possible. Pi Patel's story was meant to be 'told': here is an example where the spoken format is even more powerful than simply reading it would be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    BR mom 01-13-04
    BR mom 01-13-04
    HELPFUL VOTES
    87
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    81
    28
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Magical Realism at its best"

    Beautifully written. Imagery and wordplay is delightful. I agree that it starts slow, but also agree that it ends magically. The audio is very well presented and adds to the enchantment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.