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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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    Ashley Carmichaels, PA, USA 02-02-09
    Ashley Carmichaels, PA, USA 02-02-09
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    "Awesome!"

    I could not "put this down!" I found myself not being able to wait until I got in the car again to listen to what happened next! Wait until you see what happens at the end! The facts twisted with fiction... the imagery!... was beautifully done. Definitely recommended!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Sioux Falls, SD, USA 01-25-09
    Jane Sioux Falls, SD, USA 01-25-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Engaging and Unique"

    A little long in the second (sea survival) section, or I would have rated it higher. But the prolonged discussion has the variety of a well-composed symphonic work, recombining elements and adding something with each challenge that made it more an imaginative exercise than a repetitive re-telling.
    Testament to the power of the work: for several days after finishing this book I found myself wondering which story was "really true." As if the plot of a novel has a REAL truth to it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Johnny Manhattan Beach, CA, USA 01-22-09
    Johnny Manhattan Beach, CA, USA 01-22-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Zoo, religion and humanity"

    Jeff Woodman does a marvelous job at bringing this book to life...I loved it.
    What do you believe?

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    Gohar Issaquah, WA 01-07-09
    Gohar Issaquah, WA 01-07-09 Member Since 2017

    I enjoy sci-fi, fantasy, non-fiction, historical fiction genres. Liked Hyperion, Stormlight, Mistborn, GoT. Last read: Born a crime

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    "Not so great & so so slowww..."

    I have no idea how this book managed so many awards. Story is not that great. Too gory as many other reviewers said(sometimes, it felt unnecessary). It was an ordeal to finish this book. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.

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    Lynn Atlanta, GA, United States 01-03-09
    Lynn Atlanta, GA, United States 01-03-09
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    "too gory!"

    Why has this been on the best seller list?

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    Michael 01-01-09
    Michael 01-01-09
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    "Strange"

    I never could figure out if it really happened or was just a very well written story. Either way, it kept me going the whole time.

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    Umesh PuneIndia 12-25-08
    Umesh PuneIndia 12-25-08 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing..."

    This is an awesome story that I and my daughter indulged in. We mostly liked the 2nd part of the story and have listened to it more than 5 times.

    The narrator is wonderful and has done great justice to the author's words and their meaning!

    We'd recommend this book to one and all. It's, so far, the best audio book we've heard.

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    Gary Austin, TX, USA 12-17-08
    Gary Austin, TX, USA 12-17-08 Member Since 2010
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    "Superb"

    I read this in middle school, and listening to it now, I realize that I missed a LOT. This book is worth coming back to for multiple readings/ listenings.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rob 11-20-08
    Rob 11-20-08 Member Since 2017
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    "a VERY slow start"

    Until he gets shipwrecked this book has little content/value that I find to be useful. While it does set the stage for some philosophical thoughts later it does it so slowly as to be tedious. After he wrecked I found the detailed description of survival interesting.
    Overall I wasnt a big fan of the book. Its over-hyped.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Julie BEACHMERE, QLD, Australia 11-15-08
    Julie BEACHMERE, QLD, Australia 11-15-08
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    "Life of Pi"

    I could not wait to get in to my car to rejoin the story. I drive a long distance to and from work and enjoy listening to downloaded books. The Life of Pi was amazing, I have recommended it to others and still can not stop returning to the story. I live by the sea and wonder about bobbing about in a life boat with a tiger often!

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