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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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    Maureen 12-09-12
    Maureen 12-09-12
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    "Read before seeing the movie"

    This was a great story. The narration was perfect and the story keeps you going. It was both heart warming and nerve racking. Well worth the effort. I highly recommend.

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    Mary 12-07-12
    Mary 12-07-12
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    "Excellent all around."
    Where does Life of Pi rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the top 10.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unique concept and the way it is put together.


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    Just perfect for the part. Unlike some readers he seems to actually have read the story before recording.


    Who was the most memorable character of Life of Pi and why?

    Richard Parker.


    Any additional comments?

    The first part of the story is a little brutal but once you get caught-up in the story it all fits together.

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    leighda 12-07-12
    leighda 12-07-12 Member Since 2017

    Audible is the best thing since sliced bread..

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    "Most entertaining"

    Although it is somewhat far fetched it is a great story. Full of wonder and imagination.
    A story I would give to my children.
    I really liked the fact that the young man never gives up on life, a story about going on in the face of certain death.
    I was not crazy about the readers accent, i found it annoying but i understand the need for it. Any fiction reader will enjoy this adventure. An instant classic.

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    Kelly Olean, NY, United States 12-06-12
    Kelly Olean, NY, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2008

    I love to read... love to listen while I walk my dog, Sally Jo.

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    "Exceptional listen."

    I started to read this book, but couldn't get through the first few pages. Listening to it was the key! My imagination just took off because of the great narration. The narrator's voice inflections and accents enhanced the story making it interesting to listen to.

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    Cori St. Louis, MO, United States 12-06-12
    Cori St. Louis, MO, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you recommend Life of Pi to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book to a friend. While I can appreciate another's religious views, the notion that the one true God is present and the same in ALL religions, not only is an absurdity and illogical claim, but is driven in this book to the point of overkill.


    What does Jeff Woodman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator did a fabulous job!


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I wanted to see the movie because the trailer was enticing, but now that I have read the book, I have no interest in seeing the movie.


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    Tina BALTIMORE, MD, United States 12-06-12
    Tina BALTIMORE, MD, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A wonderful slice of the Pie of Life"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Life of Pi?

    Pi's words "what a terrible thing it is to botch a farewell " will remain with me for a long time. His sorrow at the way his relationship with Richard Parker concluded brings to mind my own similar sorrows: the things I wished I'd said to my mother, my brother, friends long gone, the people to whom I wished I'd said "Thank you. I couldn't have made it without you."


    If you could rename Life of Pi, what would you call it?

    Be Still and Know --- or -- Give Thanks for the Tigers in Your Lifeboat


    Any additional comments?

    Very, very meaningful. A beautiful lesson. God meets you where, and how, you are.

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    Kay 12-05-12
    Kay 12-05-12
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    "Interesting listen"

    I wouldn't consider this one of the best books I have read but I did enjoy the story. The narrator did a nice job and his narration helped keep the story moving forward. I did like the ending, gave me something to think about & discuss with others who have read the book.

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    Bruce Anderson, SC, United States 12-05-12
    Bruce Anderson, SC, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "What an ending!!!"
    If you could sum up Life of Pi in three words, what would they be?

    This is an adventure story filled with many colorful characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Life of Pi?

    When Pi explains his adventure to the insurance agents.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Woodman – was your favorite?

    Mama G was my favorite character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending to this book is one of the best i have ever heard. It caught me by complete surprise.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not pass this one up!!!

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    ward Fort Collins, CO, United States 12-04-12
    ward Fort Collins, CO, United States 12-04-12

    Tokie Dog

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    Would you try another book from Yann Martel and/or Jeff Woodman?

    Yes.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was playful.


    Did Jeff Woodman do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It is and I thought I would until I listened to the book. Can't see enough story interest to seeing the movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Just way too much dialog about his past and how he was raised and his father and the various animals. Too much building of the story background to keep interest.

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    icy 12-04-12
    icy 12-04-12

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend The Life of Pi to my friends because it was different, not your typical adventure.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Life of Pi?

    The acid island and the tiger coming to an agreement with Pi has to be the most memorable part.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to choose from


    If you could take any character from Life of Pi out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Pi and we would have sushi, seaweed salad, and a glass of Hob Nob Pinot Noir. I would like to discuss the point of the book when he was young and attending all the different churches unbeknownst to this parents. I thought that was an incredibly smart thing to do. How else do you learn about the unknown?


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