Life of Pi

Life of Pi

[a Novel]

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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Martel's novel tells the story of Pi--short for Piscine--an unusual boy raised in a zoo in India. Pi's father decides to move the family to live in Canada and sell the animals to the great zoos of America. The ship taking them across the Pacific sinks and Pi finds himself the sole human survivor on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg and Bengal tiger called Richard Parker. Life of Pi brings together many themes including religion, zoology, fear, and sheer tenacity. This is a funny, wise, and highly original look at what it means to be human.
Publisher: [Minneapolis, Minn.] : HighBridge Co. ; [Prince Frederick, Md.] : [Distributed by] OneClick Digital, 2011, 2003
ISBN: 9781598873443
159887344X
Additional Contributors: Marshall, Alexander
Woodman, Jeff

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1aa
Oct 27, 2016

A great mix: funny, adventurous, suspenseful, insightful, and, above all, playful. The narrator's reading is quite good, albeit with a few hiccups.

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SuzeParker
Feb 13, 2016

When a writer can focus most of a book on the experiences of a young man adrift in a lifeboat for seven months, where every day is a fight for survival but also hopelessly monotonous, and infuse it with meaning, that's a book worth reading.

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Revacard
Feb 12, 2016

I've seen the movie before I listened to this book. It didn't ruin my experience. The movie and book are different. I really enjoyed the book. It is a rewarding book to read. Also can be very tough to read.

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linghix
Jul 24, 2015

I recommend the audiobook. It is well produced and narrated. The main narrator performs (mostly) in an Indian accent, which is authentic to the character. However, I can report as someone with ample knowledge of Indian languages that he gets many basic pronunciations wrong. Although the accent itself is genuine, his pronunciations of certain foods and other Indian concepts are British! If you don't know anything about Tamil (the character's native language) phonology or the pronunciation of Indian foods, this is not going to bother you. But if you do, and especially if you have Indian heritage, this might be annoying to you. It's not a deal breaker, though; this is still an excellent audiobook.

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danielestes
May 08, 2014

Possessing a broad philosophical curiosity is a good prerequisite before reading Life of Pi by Yann Martel. The story is so full of meditations on the purpose of life, human nature and suffering that many would say it's didactic. Have you ever spoken at-length to someone who is deeply spiritual? For them, life's big questions are of the highest importance and their constant discussion is necessary. This is the tone to expect when you hear Pi tell his story.

"How can I not dwell on this brief, cramped view I have of things? This peephole is all I've got."

I love the above quote from the book, an introspection from Pi himself. The meaning doesn't necessarily sum up the story in any way though it does touch on the struggle of finding God amidst great suffering. I'm not a religious man, but I do recognize the humanity in searching for something larger than yourself, especially in times of abysmal hardship and hopelessness.

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jbaker0118
Jun 05, 2013

I had a love/hate relationship with this book. Parts of it I really enjoyed and parts even made me laugh out loud. Parts of it I found beyond repulsive - the detail seemed excessive. All of it, I found VERY long. BUT, I came to the conclusion that was the point - that by going into long and often excruciating levels of detail, Yann Martel actually very effectively brought the reader into Pi's world.

bnotash70 Dec 09, 2012

story of shipwreck of a 16 yr old Indian boy, son of a zookeeper, in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger somehow living for over 6 months and being found washed ashore in Mexico. Well done!

Kathy Jo Haupt Oct 29, 2012

I think it was a little over my head so I found it confusing sometimes. I also laughed out loud on parts! I liked how they described animals feelings as animals, when we humans tend to humanize the animals so much. It put a different spin on my view of animals in Zoo's.

kiedrom Sep 18, 2012

Great Driving Companion during my hour commute. Took me a few weeks to get through it- but not because of the content. Take about 4-CD's in to get to the good stuff. The background stuff is fine on 1-4, a lot of fluff- but it's told like a 12-16yo would tell a story. Flew through 6-9, couldn't wait to drive tp work/home to hear more. Liked it so much I went out the bought a paperback.
A bit graphic at times but pulled you into the story and put you on the lifeboat. The ending threw me for a loop and made me wonder what did happen on that boat.....

mmmasha Sep 13, 2012

Well-written, but at times the data made me space out, especially when I couldn't visualize what was being described. There was enough that I could identify with to keep me going past those passages.

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"This book was born as I was hungry."

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