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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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    Damon CROSSETT, AR, United States 11-20-12
    Damon CROSSETT, AR, United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Fantastic...so excited about movie coming out."
    If you could sum up Life of Pi in three words, what would they be?

    I listened to this audible book in 2003. It was probably my fifth book to listen to, and it became one of my all time favorites. The pace is surprisingly great with a tension line that runs throughout the development of the characters in that big open sea. Great.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The tiger was my favorite character. He was so central to the story movement.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Flying fish scene.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did cry. Tears came to my eyes at the end of the book, not at any particular moment, just a gratefulness for the deepness of the story.


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    Gary Walnut Creek, CA, United States 11-19-12
    Gary Walnut Creek, CA, United States 11-19-12
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    "A Castaway Tiger and Boy??????"
    What did you love best about Life of Pi?

    When not sure which book to get next, I frequently go to the readers evaluations. I couldn't quite figure out how a book about a Castaway Boy and Tiger could be entertaining, but with almost 3000 readers giving it a 5 star, I had to find out. The story was engaging, thought provoking, and humorous. It covers animal lore, religous thinking, seamanship, survival technique, and fantasy all in one masterful story. And what a surprising ending. I add my 5 stars.


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    Fabio Sao Paulo, Brazil 11-19-12
    Fabio Sao Paulo, Brazil 11-19-12 Member Since 2015
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    "One of my favorite books"
    Would you listen to Life of Pi again? Why?

    Have read the printed version, now experienced the audio, it's almost as good.


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

    "I will turn the miracle into routine! The amazing will be seen every day."


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    Pink lady 11-15-12
    Pink lady 11-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointed in the end"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Life of Pi to be better than the print version?

    Yes, since the reader did a wonderful job.


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

    When he talked to the Tiger


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

    There was only the one main character who was great.


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

    NA


    Any additional comments?

    Would have given this book a high rating if it was not for the end-which was confusing to me. I do plan to see the movie and see how they address the end.

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    Gayle Wayne 11-14-12
    Gayle Wayne 11-14-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Both fanicful and absorbing"

    What a tall tale! Yet, how wonderfully done, from the writing to the narrator. It was a delight to get lost in. I am recommending it to all I know, from ages 12 to 100, who love a yarn with a little mystery and much heart.
    The narrator was AWESOME!

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    Anne Abbotsford, Australia 11-13-12
    Anne Abbotsford, Australia 11-13-12
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    "My first audiobook"
    What did you love best about Life of Pi?

    All of it


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Woodman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No , but his narration is truly brilliant


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I know they are making a film, but I don't know how they are going to do the book justice


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    Mark Bickham Orlando, FL 11-13-12
    Mark Bickham Orlando, FL 11-13-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Very Memorable!"
    Where does Life of Pi rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd say pretty high.


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

    When I realized that there could be two stories here and that maybe the better one wasn't the truer one.


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    He did an excellent job... I Loved every word.


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

    When the second narrator was talking about Pi's life & childhood in India (And all remnants of his family) being illustrated in the photo album by just four blurry pictures.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book I'll remember fondly and hauntingly for the rest of my life.

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    Jeremy Easton, PA, United States 11-12-12
    Jeremy Easton, PA, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2017

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    "Painful at times to listen to."
    Would you try another book from Yann Martel and/or Jeff Woodman?

    No to Yann. Yes to Jeff.


    Has Life of Pi turned you off from other books in this genre?

    If castaway is a genre, then yes.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end where we learned of the twist. That was the only part that caught my attention and I am sure this part will never make it into the movie.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration, impatience.


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    Grifgirl OK, United States 11-11-12
    Grifgirl OK, United States 11-11-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Listen to this one!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is an awesome book! Definitely listen as the narrators accent helps the story take flight. I listened and read at the same time. Glad I did. It was one of those books you'll always remember fondly.


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    His accent helped me hear Pi. It was like listening to a friend tell me his story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    There is a film and I can't wait to see it now!


    Any additional comments?

    This book starts a bit slow. Stick with it. The info you learn about zoos in the beginning is important later on. Keep listening. You will be glad you listened to this amazing book.

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    Amazon Customer Hyderabad, India 11-11-12
    Amazon Customer Hyderabad, India 11-11-12 Member Since 2013
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    "An excellent and touching story. Out of this world"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Life of Pi to be better than the print version?

    Even though I did not read the print version, the audio was excellent. The reader speaking made sure that you could feel what is happening. you could feel yourself in Pi's place. Feeling what he was feeling.. seeing what he was seeing.. feeling his emotions. It was great!!


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    Performance was great.. It was like a movie.. He managed the accents really well and the hindi words as well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It makes you laugh.. it makes you cry. you are able to feel the suffering.. you end up respecting what you have rather than taking things from granted.


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