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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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    Altivo 09-03-03
    Altivo 09-03-03 Member Since 2005

    Retired librarian, author, and dreamer.

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    "A slow start, but stick with it"

    An excellent reading of this fantastic tale. Almost unbelievable, and yet the author treads the very margin of reality. It could happen. This 20th century tale of shipwreck and survival stands close to Jonathan Swift's classic Gulliver's Travels in my opinion. Through it, we learn more about human (and animal) nature than perhaps we really want to know. I recommend it highly.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Erin Springfield, OR, USA 09-02-03
    Erin Springfield, OR, USA 09-02-03
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    "life of Pi"

    This was a nice change in what I normally listen to. I enjoyed the animal background and specificity. I thought the survival plot was excellent and truly unique to the author, it was a learning experience with many lessons to learn.

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    Amy Monument, CO, USA 08-31-03
    Amy Monument, CO, USA 08-31-03
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    "Very entertaining"

    Started slow but picked up speed. I couldn't put it down after the first 45 minutes.

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    Chris ASPLEYAustralia 08-17-03
    Chris ASPLEYAustralia 08-17-03
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    "Take A Bow"

    I really enjoyed this story. I loved the intelligence and the wit. The narrators gave it that added authenticity. Unlike some, I like an unabridged, I feel like I am getting my money's worth. I wouldn't have missed a word of this one.

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    Jennifer Everett, WA, USA 08-13-03
    Jennifer Everett, WA, USA 08-13-03
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    "What a Fun Ride!"

    This was quite a fanciful journey! I really loved this book. It starts out with some interesting philosophical points of view by the title character, then, it switches into high gear on the high seas and I couldn't stop listening (30 minutes in the driveway everyday!). I would have given this five stars but for a couple of hokey scenes that the book would've been better without near the end, but they didn't detract enough to keep this from being one of my favorite books of the last few years. Edge of your seat story telling.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Diamond Bar, CA, USA 08-06-03
    Mark Diamond Bar, CA, USA 08-06-03
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    "Good enjoyable story...but long"

    Really enjoyed the book and enjoyed the narrator. I'd recommend it. However, the book is loooooong. If they could make an abridged version of this it would be a close to a 5 star for me. Great story but you have to get through first 1/3 of the book before the story got my real attention.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John J Birmingham, AL, USA 08-02-03
    John J Birmingham, AL, USA 08-02-03 Member Since 2006
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    "Really a great story!"

    I had been reading some survival stories and this was a real surprise; just disappointed to find that it was fiction instead of real. It is very well written, descriptions almost artistic, and will hold your attention as unexpecteds develop after realistic impossibilities.

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    David West Milford, NJ, USA 08-01-03
    David West Milford, NJ, USA 08-01-03
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    "A Wonderful Book"

    A story unlike any other. The survival struggles of a spiratually oriented, inventive, strong-willed teen-age boy in a lifeboat--in a situation truly more bizarre than can be imagined.
    Beautifully written from the boy's point-of-view. Contains lessons for us all in the nature of the human spirit, and perhaps the very nature of God as well.

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    Marvin 07-30-03
    Marvin 07-30-03 Member Since 2016
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    "Long and boring"

    other reviews said it was a good audiobook,so I made myself listen to the whole thing,,bad move..it was long and boring!!!

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    William Ashland, NH, United States 07-24-03
    William Ashland, NH, United States 07-24-03 Member Since 2003
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    "fabulous"

    This is one of the best books I have ever read. The narrator really helps make the story come alive. The story can be appreciated on so many different levels. You never know what is going to happen next.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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