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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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    Christine Portland, OR, USA 04-07-04
    Christine Portland, OR, USA 04-07-04
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    "What a fun, sad, poignant, inspirational tale!"

    Loved this book! What a great tale of human perseverance. We are taken first on a journey through adolescence in India, then across the Pacific Ocean over 7 months in a lifeboat with a tiger. Then, when all seems settled, we are flipped upside down wondering what reality really is. The story, told in the voice of Pi himself, is engaging, frightening, desperate, and triumphant. A true tale of human endurance and the ability of the human mind to create its own reality to protect itself from the pain within. Fun!

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    Susan Marietta, GA, USA 04-05-04
    Susan Marietta, GA, USA 04-05-04
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    "Brilliant"

    Like the other reviewers, there were times in the beginning where my mind wandered, but stick with it. The ending gave me a huge one two punch I never expected nor did I see it coming. It's great and made me wish I had payed closer attention to all the details,since you will find out that they all matter so much.

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    Nola Miramichi, NB, Canada 04-04-04
    Nola Miramichi, NB, Canada 04-04-04
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    "Delightful thought provoking read"

    Do not hesitate... it is engrossing, hilarious and thoughtful. This book is very worthy of it's accolades, and you will find it touches both your funny bone and heart. Excellent choice.

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    Baron Bellevue, WA, United States 03-31-04
    Baron Bellevue, WA, United States 03-31-04 Member Since 2016
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    "In what ground does the human soul grow?"

    This book was very good.

    This is an interesting story, told with wit and humor. This book also has many times when one is forced to learn deep lessons from one's soul.

    The narration and sound quality were excellent. The audio narrator has an Indian accent as the narator in the story would. It added to the story.

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    Rigsman 03-30-04
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    "Great author or narrator?"

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Unlike others, I didn't think that it started slow but rather laid valuable insight for later chapters. Every so often I would wonder if it was the wording used by the author that made this such a joy to listen to, or was it the superb narration. Best book I've heard since starting my subscription a year ago.

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    Stephanie Cayce, SC, USA 03-28-04
    Stephanie Cayce, SC, USA 03-28-04
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    "Great!"

    Definitely worth listening to. The only reason that I didn't give it five stars is because it is a bit slow at times. Interesting story, with plot twists and some bits of humor that temper the overlying sadness of Pi's situation.

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    Mark Round Rock, TX, USA 03-27-04
    Mark Round Rock, TX, USA 03-27-04
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    "Too much"

    OK story, more than just a story, but a fable shouldn't read as if the author is being paid by the word. I almost began feeling like I was adrift in a lifeboat with no hope for rescue. That may be the author's point, but who wants to feel like they're in a lost and pointless story? The ending was doubly satisfying...finally, the book ended...I was beginning to think it would never end, and yes, the ending of the book made me feel like I hadn't wasted my time, thankfully. After reading so many gushing reviews of this title, I was thinking "the emperor isn't wearing any clothes"! It's OK, but I can't see 5 stars!!

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    Ryan Lake Worth, FL, USA 03-26-04
    Ryan Lake Worth, FL, USA 03-26-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Great Story!"

    This was an awesome book! It begins a bit tedious and explanatory but unwinds into a whirlwind of a story that will keep your imagination running. This is a book that will keep you thinking long after you're done with it. I highly recommend it!

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    Marc S 03-17-04
    Marc S 03-17-04
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    "Refreshing and Uplifting"

    A savory story which swells the heart and sparks the mind. The author is an inspired artist well rooted in his medium. The narration was superb and proved the Indian accent to be a proud member of the wonderful spices of India.

    Bravo, bravo!!!

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    Daniel Orange, CT, USA 03-09-04
    Daniel Orange, CT, USA 03-09-04
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    "An interesting tale..."

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

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