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Life of Pi Audiobook

Life of Pi

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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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    G. AmersfoortNetherlands 12-06-03
    G. AmersfoortNetherlands 12-06-03
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    "a great read"

    Not only a great book, but extremely well read! Time flies by as you go from work to home and the other way around, while you're submersed in this ultimate survival fantasy... or is it?

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    SL Auburn, AL United States 12-05-03
    SL Auburn, AL United States 12-05-03 Member Since 2015
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    "different"

    I was rather disappointed in this book. It was good, but I apparently missed what everyone else found so intriguing. It was good, but I expected more.

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    Graham Hong KongHong Kong 12-04-03
    Graham Hong KongHong Kong 12-04-03
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    "Life of Pi a Wonderful Novel"

    I enjoyed this book tremendously. Very funny as well as thought provoking. A definite read.

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    Karen Anaheim Hills, CA, CA, USA 12-01-03
    Karen Anaheim Hills, CA, CA, USA 12-01-03
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    "Pretty Good"

    I couldn't finish this book. I listened to most of it but found the parts about the animal deaths painstakingly drawn out and detailed. I even fast forwarded through some portions trying to bypass but it just kept on coming. Other than that I enjoyed what I heard.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Cary, NC, USA 11-17-03
    Steve Cary, NC, USA 11-17-03
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    "Excellent - definitely one of the best!"

    A little slow at the beginning, but keep listening...once this story got going, I didn't want it to stop. I couldn't wait to get in my car to listen each day to and from work. So incredible and rich with detail and feeling, I thought it must be a true story.

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    Stephanie WAKE VILLAGE, TX, United States 11-16-03
    Stephanie WAKE VILLAGE, TX, United States 11-16-03 Member Since 2007
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    "Don't judge this one too soon."

    Jeff Wood does an excellent job bring the character of "Pi" to life in this wonderful fiction. It is so well written that at times I forgot it was fiction and had actually happened. It does start out a little slow, but that is necessary to lay the foundation upon which the story develops. I really enjoyed this book and recommended it to everyone I know.

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    Calvin Alexandria, VA, USA 11-15-03
    Calvin Alexandria, VA, USA 11-15-03
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    "Worth the trip"

    I saw the review that said this book started a little slowly. It was true, but it did all tie together eventually. Once they hit the sea, all was saved! Great story, great reading, made my commute seem to go by in minutes. I've given this book to a friend.

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    Kipp Washington, DC, USA 11-10-03
    Kipp Washington, DC, USA 11-10-03
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    "Funny, funny..."

    This was an excellent book. It was so good that part of the way through I was wishing I had bought the book and read it instead of downloading it. Hindsight. You'll love it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Fiona Santa Rosa, CA, USA 11-01-03
    Fiona Santa Rosa, CA, USA 11-01-03
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    "Life of Pi"

    Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant..
    what can I say brilliant!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie 10-30-03
    Laurie 10-30-03 Member Since 2015
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    "Something Different"

    This was a very unique and well-told story. Things to think about seriously are brought up in an interesting context.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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