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)
Being an animal lover, I was drawn to this story. I liked how it began, however after about 2 hours it got a bit too involved with religion for my taste and I wasn't able to get past it. It seemed like that was going to be a major theme in the story and it turned me off.
I heard a lot about this book so I tried it. I can't figure out why anyone would think it has a lot of wisdom or lessons to teach. Its logic is faulty, the story is not very interesting, and the lesson it teaches is that faith in one myth or another can make you feel a lot better about yourself. Unless you are looking for a book to convince yourself that your wishful thinking is good for you, then go on to another that will better challenge your mind and spirit.
Based on other reviews I resisted the temptation to stop in the middle and stuck through to the bitter end. It really got tired hearing at least 10-15 times (or was it 100-150?) the author accepting the fact that 'this was it - my poor miserable life is finally come to an end.' Please. This will, I am sure, be regarded by future generations as the 'Jonathon Livingston Seagull' of the new millennium: a lot of hype, a lot of phony philosophy, and when we wake up to the emptiness of the story - a lot of hot air. Do not bother.
This is the worst book I have listened to from Audible. The endless detail just wore me down. Other reviews on this book have mentioned how it came together in the end. I don't agree at all. This book is one that I would have passed up had I known how really bad it was. Almost anything I had done with my time besides listen to this book would have been better. Save your money or book credit for something worthwhile. This is not it!
Imagine for a moment being a castaway for hundreds of days alone at sea. Imagine what those days would consist of. Not much but sitting. Okay, now imagine reading hundreds of pages of someone sitting for hundreds of days on a boat that is lost at sea. Yawn.
With a book titled "Life of Pi", I assumed I would be intellectually stimulated with thought provoking insight or interesting scientific facts. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Instead, I was listening to someone who tries to be politically correct by worshipping in Jesus, Vishnu and Mohommed simultaneously. All without offering any spiritual lesson to grasp from. The pages only consist of bird, fish and animal killings to detail, repeatedly, travelling far from any kind of plot. One is left tossing, like at sea alright....Swinging from boredom to nausea and back to boredom again.
You know how you download a listen and expect to hear a great story... but are given a lesson on the author's research??? This is it. There was so much detail about zoology it was hard to enjoy the story. The underlying story was good and the narrator was great... but the details were overwhelming. Maybe the abridged version would have been better.
I have been an avid audio book listener for many years, and I truly enjoy good fiction by gifted writers such a Michael Crichton and Dan Brown. I chose this book because it had received many favorable ratings and seemed to be featured on Audible's site. To put it simply, among many dozens of audiobooks I have listened to, this is the all time worst book that I have ever encountered. I kept listening to the continuous prattle of childish drivel by the main character hoping that it would get better. After a few hours of listening, I simply couldn't stand it any longer and gave up. A total waste of a book credit. I even deleted the file from my computer, as it was not even worth taking up disk space.
I wanted to read this book since my Pilatis instructor kept telling me how exciting it was. She could not put the book down. I could not listen to the whole story. It was too gory and it became unbelievably painful for me to listen to. I stopped when the hyena was eating the other animal. However the reader was very good. I would have wanted to be able to listen more because tha character of Pi was great and I really wanted to know what was going to happen.The author really created tension.
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