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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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    Jesse Wailuku, HI, USA 11-12-04
    Jesse Wailuku, HI, USA 11-12-04
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    "Excellent Story, Excellent Reader"

    The story-telling device the author uses makes the story interesting. He uses the protagonist's knowledge for zoo animals to convey his thoughts, feelings, and experiences and as a metaphor for the human condition. The story is poignant with vivid images. It moves from realism to surrealism with a twist at the end. Every chapter leaves you eager for the next.

    To top it off, the reader of the story is perfect for the part and is easy to listen to.

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    Marc BradfordUnited Kingdom 11-04-04
    Marc BradfordUnited Kingdom 11-04-04
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    "Pi"

    I could only get through about a third of this book. I had to force myslef through every chapter. It's just so slow. I also thought the Narrators Indian accent was trerrible.

    All in all a big disappointment.

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    Alexandra 10-26-04
    Alexandra 10-26-04 Member Since 2013
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    "Colorful Journey"

    This book was a joy to listen to - the narration is wonderful, the quality of the recording is excellent. I did not want to turn off the story. I enjoyed the insight into the Indian culture, and was fascinated by Pi's view on religion and life. Don't miss this colorful and imaginative story of survival.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hisham El-Gamal Cairo, Egypt 10-17-04
    Hisham El-Gamal Cairo, Egypt 10-17-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Great story ... Many hidden meanings"

    This is a great story to listen to, especially with an excellent and expressive narrator. If you listen just for entertainment, its a wonderful story about survival and human ingenuity. If you are looking for more, there is a wealth of hidden meanings and insights about life, relegion, and how humans can create their own world.

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    George Aranjuez Cleveland, OH 10-13-04
    George Aranjuez Cleveland, OH 10-13-04 Member Since 2007
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    "Entertaining and enriching"

    Very few audiobooks can make me smile in amusement or bite my lips in empathic horror and Life of Pi made me do just that. I enjoyed the first half of the book which dealt with Pi's quest to find God, and his witty dialogue. His point of view on matter of religion and life are both deep and enlightening, thoroughly from someone who has glimpsed God and swam far and deep in life's temperamental seas. The second half of the book is pure story telling joy. I recommend this book highly.

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    Cohen Denver, CO, USA 10-12-04
    Cohen Denver, CO, USA 10-12-04
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    "Great narration, too"

    Hundreds of reviewers have said they love this story, but narrator Jeff Woodman deserves much credit, too. I'm glad I bought the audiobook, rather than the hard copy. Woodman does wonderful voices, and understands characters as well as film actors do. Also check out his reading of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" by Mark Haddon.

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    Candace Houston, TX, USA 10-12-04
    Candace Houston, TX, USA 10-12-04
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    "Great Read!!!"

    As in another review I read on this book it did begin slow but when it got started I could not stop listening. The narriration was excellent and I would recomend this bood to all that love to get away from reality and relax.

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    Juan MexicoMexico 10-01-04
    Juan MexicoMexico 10-01-04
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    "Best Pi-book ever read"

    Best book I've ever read. Author takes us to an extremely detailed and informed account of life as lived by a person with deep spirituality and optimism. This book promotes the use of imagination and invites to discover the pleasures of knowing stuff, religion, survivorship, zoo administration, life...

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    Matt Boreen Point QLD, N/A, Australia 09-30-04
    Matt Boreen Point QLD, N/A, Australia 09-30-04
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    "Life of Pi"

    This was my first audible.com book and what a fantastic first it was!

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    Bonnie 09-30-04
    Bonnie 09-30-04 Listener Since 2001
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    "An amazing adventure"

    I don't think anyone can "listen" to this and think it
    is Fiction. The perfect pace, absolutely the best narration
    for this book, the imagery (if sophomoric) are many and fluid
    and most importantly they pull you into believing a young boy's
    rendition to be honest, and finally just "enjoyable".

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