Like another book review recently, I remember reading this when it first came out and struggling to get into the story. And was glad that I did. Having seen the film recently, it prompted me to get the audiobook, and I loved the story all over again.
If you are new to Pi, you may find some of the sections do ramble on a bit. I did find my mind wandering on occasion. But the story is wonderful, and I can wholeheartedly recommend this for your listening experience.
Jeff Woodman does a very nice job with the characterisations. I was sure I recognised his voice, but can't place where......
Epic fantasy is my main love. I find the beauty of audible though is you try things that you would not normally read.
I don't understand why all the hype? How does this become an oscar winning movie? To say the story is slow to start would be an understatement. After listening to 40 chapters of philosophical and religious rambling by the time the "adventure" started i honestly didn't care if Pi lived or died.
It was so boring in the middle i found myself zoning out for minutes at a time only to come back to find the story had not progressed in the slightest and i had missed nothing of import.
I will admit the ending was better. The last hour or so did hold my attention and change my perspective of the book. HOWEVER this does not make up for the 11 hours of deadly dull, flat drivel that proceeds it.
The cleverness of the plot - how on earth do you survive on a lifeboat with a tiger?
Towards the end where Pi narrates the alternative story.
This was a truly unique story and beautifully read, one of my favourites listens so far.
My perfect night in: Cup of tea, all my wonderful audible books and dramas and a comfortable seat on top of my bed. Nuf sed'
I enjoyed the accent played by Jeff Woodman and think Yann Martel did very well to come up with a storyline for someone stranded on a lifeboat for months on end. It seems a daunting task to come up with a plot that won't lead the listener to become bored after a few hours of listening, but I think the author succeeded in keeping the listener's attention and interest throughout.
Not particularly exciting or surprising, as expected really.
Yes. It has urged me to seek out the film on DVD.
Life of Pi is a good listen. I would recommend this book to friends, it firmly places you into the shoes of someone experiencing hunger, thirst, loneliness and the desperate will to survive against all odds. This book has it's gory moments (not distasteful, the right amount too, not over the top) but vital to the theme and well executed by Martel.
At times I found myself a bit bored as the story is set primarily on a lifeboat in the middle of the vast ocean. However, I found that I was not bored for too long as the author came up with some good twists and even gave plenty of interesting facts animals.
An entertaining book not for the feint hearted!
What a book this is. I would recommend it to anybody with a big heart. It's quite educational too. You get to know so many interesting facts about zoos, animals there and about religion too. I truly enjoyed it and in my opinion it's slightly better than the movie because it's of course written in much more detail. It raises interesting philosophical questions too and trust me, you won't be bored! :)
Maybe Robinson Crusoe because it's about survival and friendship.
I really liked his different accents he was impersonating. I enjoyed that.
Not better, but gave me a different perspective. I heard things I hadn't noticed when I read the book.
Stupid question. Again duh.
No idea. Stupid question. I'm getting fed up with these stupid questions...
Really enjoyed coming back to this. It is very beautifully crafted and the audio version helped me to appreciate this even more.
I am really pleased that I am probably one of the few people who hasn't seen this film. The reading of the story was authentic sounding, and, the spoken word gets you right into the head of this young boy in a way that surely can't ever be portrayed in a film. Excellent plot, especially when Pi finds himself having to make up a story at the end for others because they can't believe his real experience.
A good listen, great narration worthy of my token. I even learned a bit about some animals.
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I would not read another book written my Yann Martel, it just excite me at all. Jeff Woodman however, read the book well and he is the only reason that I kept on listening to the end.
The characters didn't come to life for me, the plot was boring and lacking something in my opinion. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen and for me, nothing ever did that made me change my opinion of the story at all.
I didn't really feel the narrator detracted from the book at all, he read it perfectly.
I was disappointed in the book, after being told that it was a good read, I expected a lot more from it than I got.
It just wasn't my type of book at all.
Love literature - will read just about anything really - I have a couple of favourite authors and of course love the classics
I have been blessed by reading this beautiful book. It has an unusual content for a story really - being stuck at sea with a tiger called Richard Parker - but everything works, it contains abject sadness, overcoming loneliness, dealing with fear and the responsibility of being human - a great psychological twist at the end, leaving you to think about your own humanity - beautifully written and very well read - this is a story not to be missed.
I loved the simple and gentle way the story flowed.
Pi's description of the zebra & hyena in the boat
When Richard Parker went into the Mexican jungle..... it brought a lump to my throat
I don't think I could have read this book, but it was an absolute joy to listen to.