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.
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.
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.
I'd listen again as I found it so though provoking. I found it hard to come to terms with however in a good way. This book book was a perfect example spoken word storytelling at its best.
Definitely the tiger.
He manages to bring to life the most incredible thing about the book which was the journey itself. This mixed with all the emotions Pi was carrying really made it special.
A journey from loss to achievement.
The way the story is told, using different voices for the different characters, helps bring the story to life and add emphasis to brilliantly descriptive story.
The conclusion of the story, when you are not clear on what actually happened. The feelings Pi has following the sinking of the ship and the total despair he feels also moved me.
The lead character, Pi, is the most memorable character, although the French cook was also very cleverly portrayed.
As mentioned before, after the ship had sunk, Pi's total sense of loss and despair at the size of the challenge facing him. I was also touched when we meet Pi's children, living in their secure, family setting in Canada.
It is an exceptional book which is beautifully told in this audio book. I have not, and do not wish to, see the film because I am sure it will ruin the images in my head. I initially doubted where it was going, when Pi was discovering his spiritual direction, but it cleverly introduced you to this bedrock that helped keep Pi sane throughout his journey.
Listen to audio books daily whilst I work on my furniture!
Funny, heartwarming, loved the relationship between boy and tiger
Started out as a great read but I really disliked the 'truth'.......On reflection it is a very cleverly written book and quite charming until the 'twist', then it turns pretty dark, too dark for me unfortunately.