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Life of Pi

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Yann Martel

Narrated By: Jeff Woodman, Alexander Marshall

Publisher: HighBridge Company

Date: January 2003

Duration: 11 hours 43 minutes


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.


  • Rachel O

    What a different story line very different to most books. An amazing way to look at the world.

  • Maureen B

    This is a beautiful, enlightened story that will stay with me for a long time. It is metaphoric symbolism at its best. Recommend.

  • Molly Bollier

    This book is beautifully written, but there is just sooooo much description. It is a captivating story and the narration was perfect. Sometimes I got lost in the details, but overall, I enjoyed it.

  • Anonymous

    I must be the only one that thought getting through the book was an incredibly painful experience. This is the one time that I wish I watched the movie instead of reading the book. There were a few powerful scenes but they were few & far between. I can see how this would make a visually stunning movie, but as far as a book, this was not for me at all.

  • TrAcEy

    Just OK - we listened to the first 2 chapters and then skipped all the way to the boat wreck. It was better that way unless you are very interested in the philosophies/religions of this young man because they are not really a necessity to the plot that made me want to hear the book. It was interesting and once we skipped to the boat kept us entertained

  • Anonymous

    I stopped this book twice during the first half. If you are interested in hearing someone else's views on religion for a LONG time, you'll enjoy the first half. The latter part on the boat is okay but not exactly attention-keeping.

  • shelleelorayne

    A co-worker recommended this book to me, and it's not a "read again" for me. The reader did an excellent job. I found, though, that I was really ready for the story to end. The author is a philosopher and it shows in his lengthy narratives. I often screamed to the CD player "Get on with it!" The ending was a surprise and very disturbing, but it ended well.

  • Lindsay

    I had picked this book up years ago at the height of its popularity, but I wasn't really in the place to read it and gave up before I finished the first chapter. I ordered it on audiobook figuring I would give it more of a chance as a captive audience in the car. I was correct. The man reading the text is fabulous, very lively and he reads easily. He has a slight Indian accent (as the narrator should) but he is very easy to read. The middle of this text, and a large part of it, is spent in the shipwrecked lifeboat adrift at sea. As I imagine there is a lot of tedium involved in being lost at sea, sometimes the narrative can drag a little (even with a tiger on board!) Don't give up! The ending is EVERYTHING with this book. It was like a sucker punch that I'm still reeling from. It's an audiobook where you shut the CD player off when it's over and sit in silence and think for a long while.

  • Hope

    Beautifully narrated, captivating story. I expected more from the ending. This would be an excellent choice for a book club discussion.

  • Z

    This is not at all the kind of book I usually rent. (I thought it was a straight forward tail of survivalism.) It inspires much deep thinking while simultaneously being captivating, funny, horrifying, and exultant. The writing itself is beautiful and the narrator is exceptional. Whatever your taste, if you only rent one book this year, it should be this one.