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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction

Pi Patel is an unusual boy. The son of a zookeeper, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories and practices not only his native Hinduism but also Christianity and Islam. When Pi is 16, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship along with their zoo animals bound for new homes. The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450 pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them "the truth". After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second story, a story much less fantastical, much more conventional - but is it more true?

Life of Pi is at once a realistic, rousing adventure and a meta-tale of survival that explores the redemptive power of storytelling and the transformative nature of fiction. It's a story, as one character puts it, to make you believe in God.

Cover design by Vaugh Andrews. Cover illustration by Andy Bridge.

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Outstanding narrator

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

It's one of the best I've ever listened to.

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

The conversation at the end between the Japanese officials and Pi in his hospital bed.

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

The narration was absolutely amazing. I felt like I was there with Pi through it all.

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

I loved every word.

Any additional comments?

Outstanding narrator, his accent is like music.

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Worth Finishing

This is one of those books that I have a love hate relationship with. It seems to drag on and on and on and on for what seems like ages. Enduring the lengthy explanation of how a teenager survived is part of the Life of Pi experience. The ending is what makes this story great. It is the reason I'll endure all that follows up to it again and again.

Vikas Adam does a fantastic job of narrating. He really brings the story to life.

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wow

the book was so much better then the movie fantastic vocabulary, and great passion for telling the story.

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Wonderfully read and gripping story...

Sometimes funny, insightful, retrospective. Other times graphic, violent, and depressing... But that is the story of many peoples lives I guess.

As an adventure/survival story its fanciful and overly dramatic, but as an allegory, it is a wonderful examination of how we view our own situation in life, our story, and what part, if any God plays...

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