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Life of Pi Audiobook

Life of Pi

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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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    Steve G. Bjorg San Diego, CA USA 08-14-04
    Steve G. Bjorg San Diego, CA USA 08-14-04 Member Since 2014
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    "Overrated"

    This book had been highly recommended. However, I must admit that I never really bonded with the protagonist. So, all of his fortune and misfortune produced no emotional response on me. The story was OK at best. Original in some ways, but generally slow moving and boring. In short, this book is not for everyone.

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    Damien san jose, CA, USA 08-14-04
    Damien san jose, CA, USA 08-14-04 Member Since 2011
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    "The most astonishing book ever..."

    This book would make you smile,laugh,surprise you and make you cry in places where you mite not expect (in my case,starbucks).My best read ever..

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    Cleo Lindale, TX, USA 08-07-04
    Cleo Lindale, TX, USA 08-07-04 Member Since 2001
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    "Hope Springs..."

    If you can wait a few chapters this book will reward you greatly. I was left smiling with wonder. It is amazing what the human soul will do to survive. I hope that when the need arises, we can all find a Richard Parker in our lifeboat.

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    J. Charley Silicon Valley, CA 08-05-04
    J. Charley Silicon Valley, CA 08-05-04 Member Since 2013
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    "A fun book!"

    Somewhat predictable and (in the beginning) a little monotonous, but once the ship goes down the story becomes far more engaging!

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    Randy Vancouver, WA, USA 07-25-04
    Randy Vancouver, WA, USA 07-25-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Highly Entertaining"

    This was something I couldn't wait to turn on again - excuses for going places in my car. The book is humerous and gripping, and I didn't want to put it down. The narrator is wonderful and fits the character. I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book.

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    Jeff Oakville, Ontario, Canada 07-17-04
    Jeff Oakville, Ontario, Canada 07-17-04
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    "Intriguing but missing something"

    I found the book entertaining but I was hoping for a little more given that this book won several book industry accoldaes. The reader does a good job and I learned a little bit about India, zoology and survival in the Pacific. I can't put my finger on what's missing! Perhaps it has something to do with the ending. The main character's "present" life is covered adequately throughout the book but the ending left me wanting to hear more about how his life in Canada unfolded and how his experiences at sea affected his choices.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Spooner Loveland, OH 06-11-04
    Andy Spooner Loveland, OH 06-11-04 Member Since 2006
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    "Loved it; not sure why; don't care."

    Great reader--truly deft with accents.

    The story itself I found perfect for listening while driving... just the right amount of suspense and character definition. My mark of a great story is the amount of regret I have that it's over. This one passes that test.

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    Larry Cooper City, FL, USA 06-10-04
    Larry Cooper City, FL, USA 06-10-04
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    "I didn't make it around the circle"

    About 2/3 of the way through book one, I realized that I really did not care what might happen to the title character. Sure, he's cute, funny, pedantic...but the story of his growning up quickly becomes a yawn.
    Sometimes I force myself to finish books just to see how they turn out, but not this one. Further, I lost patience with the author's many attempts to educate and lecture me. The reader, however, is outstanding.

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    Martin San Bruno, CA, USA 06-10-04
    Martin San Bruno, CA, USA 06-10-04
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    "Fantastic!!"

    An utterly amazing and refreshing book. It's so good you wish is was non-fiction. I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this book, I requested that Audible carry both his other books. I will buy anything Yann Martel writes from now on, it's THAT good.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan & Alexandra 06-07-04
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    "Well deserving of an award"

    Beautifully written story exploring religious philosophy and a human's relationship to nature. It is well researched in all of its details of Indian culture, history, and politics as well as zoology and seafaring. These things seem to flow natually out of the story of Pi's existence and it is easy to take them for granted. Bravo to Yann Martel for the intricacy of his imagination and his creation of such a complex and complete character.

    If John Grisham is pushing your intellectual ability this isn't for you. Likewise if you are looking for something simple to listen to on your way to work.

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