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Beatrice and Virgil: A Novel

Written by:
Yann Martel
Narrated by:
Mark Bramhall

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2010
6 hours 0 minutes
Fate takes many forms. . . .
When Henry receives a letter from an elderly taxidermist, it poses a puzzle that he cannot resist. As he is pulled further into the world of this strange and calculating man, Henry becomes increasingly involved with the lives of a donkey and a howler monkey—named Beatrice and Virgil—and the epic journey they undertake together.

With all the spirit and originality that made Life of Pi so beloved, this brilliant new novel takes the reader on a haunting odyssey. On the way Martel asks profound questions about life and art, truth and deception, responsibility and complicity.
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I liked Life of Pi very much. Beatrice and Virgil was not nearly as good. It started off boring and didn't get much better. I was disappointed.

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I loved "Life of Pi" but this book was just depressing. It is about an author helping an old man write a play that is metaphorically about the Holocaust. I listened to it all even though the first disk was terribly boring. The story becomes mysterious and pulls you in, but the end has an unexpected twist and the whole thing is just depressing. I'm not sure I understand the point of it.

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Unlike the other reviewers I actually did finish this book--the first half was incredibly boring, the 2nd was not much better however it became increasingly disjointed before ending in a burst of violence and depression. The point of all the inane rambling does eventually become clear but it is far to little to late

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The Life of Pi was so very wonderful and enchanting... this is exactly the opposite. i almost never put down a book (or stop listening) but I did with this. I tried, but only made it about half way. Very boring, basically with only four characters - 2 people and 2 stuffed dead animals. Very dumb.

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This book was a huge disappointment after the life of Pi. I only made it an hour into the book before giving up. It's all about how he wrote a "flip book" and how his publishers hated it. The book is about how he wrote a book - it isn't actually a book! What a waste!

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