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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,399 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Yann Martel Narrator: Mark Bramhall Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dark but divine…Everything comes into focus by the end, leaving the reader startled, astonished, and moved.”

    USA Today

  • “A slim but potent exploration of the nature of survival in the face of evil.”

    Huffington Post

  • “A thought-provoking delight.”

    Marie Claire

  • “Inventive, provocative, and artful.”

    Good Housekeeping

  • “Yann Martel’s new novel not only opens us to the emotional and psychological truths of fiction, but also provides keys to open its fictions ourselves, and to become, in some way, active participants in their creation.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “Martel has a boundless imagination and an astonishing way with words, taking the novel where it has never been before…Beatrice and Virgil is a weird, brave, looping book that does not pull punches. I can’t stop thinking about it.”

    Australian Literary Review

  • “Brilliant…with this short, crisply written, many-layered book, Martel has once again demonstrated that nothing tells the truth like fiction…Another philosophical winner.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “An unusual and provocative take on a profound, hauntingly enduring subject.”

    Washington Times

  • “[A] stunning holocaust fable.”

    Buffalo News

  • “Has many wonders…Martel’s latest book does something extraordinary. It causes the reader to contemplate serious ideas and to think. Beatrice and Virgil will haunt you long after the final page.”


  • Selected for the May 2010 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kera | 2/12/2014

    " Hauntingly original. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Cc | 2/1/2014

    " I really wanted to like this book because I loved life of Pi, but I just couldn't...I understand where he was going and it's a creative concept but I didn't enjoy it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Dana Farmer | 1/30/2014

    " Well, I can honestly say that I really hated this book! There may have been a few quotes that I would walk away with as interesting, but I can't quite get over the oddness of this book! I absolutely loved Life of Pi and I guess I expected this to have some redeeming qualities, but I feel I was wrong. I see from the reviews that many people loved it. It was not for me! In his goal to deliver the same news in a different manner than I have ever experienced, the author does get an A+. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Monica | 1/15/2014

    " I loved Yann Martel's Life of Pi - but found Beatrice and Virgil disturbing. Well written and good imagery -- but too philosophical for me and too much EVIL. "

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