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3.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 5 3.74 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Yann Martel Narrator: Jeff Woodman, Alexander Marshall Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2003 ISBN: 9781598873443
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Inspired by the author's search for direction and purpose in his life, Life of Pi is a deeply meaningful and inspiring novel like no other. Having grown up working for his family's zoo in India and possessing a vast knowledge of animal behavior as a result, 16-year-old Pi Patel's life takes a dramatic turn when his father makes the decision to move the family owned zoo to Canada. When their Japanese ship sinks taking his family with it, Pi is suddenly alone on a lifeboat with the unlikeliest of companions - an orangutan, a hyena, a badly injured zebra, and a full-grown Bengal tiger. It doesn't take long before the tiger has killed the rest of Pi's fellow voyagers. It takes all of Pi's wits and knowledge to survive his harrowing 227 day journey across the Pacific Ocean with Richard Parker, the tiger who hopes to make a meal of him. His amazing and terrifying journey ends when the pair reaches Mexico and Pi's terrifying traveling companion disappears into the dense Mexican jungle. When Pi's tale is deemed too fantastic to believe by the Japanese authorities questioning him about the shipwreck, he crafts a more prosaic account. But is his second version of what transpired more accurate?

In Life of Pi, award winning author Yann Martel has crafted a tale unlike anything you've ever read before. Described by Barack Obama as "an elegant proof of God, and the power of storytelling", Life of Pi is one of those rare novels that is both breathtakingly profound and spiritually inspiring.

A brilliant, highly entertaining tale. At 16, Pi spends 227 days at sea on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger, a situation that demands the most of Pi, while he in turn gives the most of himself. Winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize, and an ALA Notable audiobo Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A terrific book…Fresh, original, smart, devious, and crammed with absorbing lore.”

    Margaret Atwood

  • Life of Pi could renew your faith in the ability of novelists to invest even the most outrageous scenario with plausible life.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A story to make you believe in the soul-sustaining power of fiction.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “An impassioned defense of zoos, a death-defying trans-Pacific sea adventure a la Kon-Tiki, and a hilarious shaggy-dog story…This audacious novel manages to be all of these.”

    New Yorker

  • “Readers familiar with Margaret Atwood, Mavis Gallant, Alice Munro, Michael Ondaatje, and Carol Shields should learn to make room on the map of contemporary Canadian fiction for the formidable Yann Martel.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “A gripping adventure story…Laced with wit, spiced with terror, it’s a book by an extraordinary talent.”

    St. Paul Pioneer-Press

  • “A fabulous romp through an imagination by turns ecstatic, cunning, despairing, and resilient, this novel is an impressive achievement.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize
  • A Book Sense Book of the Year
  • Selected for the Barnes & Noble Recommends Selection
  • One of the 2002 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carla Handley | 2/13/2014

    " I tried to read this book about 3-4 times when it first came out. I could NOT get interested in it. But I just listened to it as an audiobook and I loved it! I can see why it was/is such a popular book for book clubs: so much to discuss in it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aude Mouton | 2/12/2014

    " Life of pi is just a little bit slow but entertaining enough to keep reading. The interesting part is at the end of the book and make you wonder for a few days after that... that's something I like, reflecting on a book for a few days, anable to read something else... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arun Subramanian | 1/19/2014

    " More descriptive than the movie. Still debating on whether or not it helps. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison Reiser | 1/4/2014

    " This book was excellent. I really liked how Pi was able to escape from the sinking ship and survive on his own. Even though he was the only human, he would not have been able to stay alive if it weren't for Richard Parker. The bond between the adult tiger and this boy was unbelievable. Richard Parker ultimately saved Pi's life and that is what made the story so enjoyable to read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pam | 12/14/2013

    " I usually read crime/mysteries so this was not my type of book, but i thought i would give it a try unfortunately by chapter six i had had enough so gave up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 treeghosts | 12/13/2013

    " After seeing the film, I decided to give this book another go. I managed to finish it this time. Some parts I liked, some - I did not. I liked the story with the animals better than the story with humans. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 12/9/2013

    " I found this a bit of a slog really. Lots of description while on the boat which in the end I skimmed just to move it along faster. I did like the twist at the end though, which left you wondering who was who. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony Bottrell | 11/29/2013

    " Quite possibly the best book I'll ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 7/21/2013

    " Awesome book with an interesting story of religion and beliefs. Fully read the book and thought that it was very descriptive and realistic, however you interpret Pi's story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickie | 7/7/2013

    " Read this originally about 6 years ago but had to re-read before I saw the movie. This book has been excellent "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina Durst | 6/22/2013

    " This was a book I was on the fence about. I really enjoyed some parts of it, and for a novel where the main character spent the majority of the novel without companionship, it's surprisingly interesting. Loved the ending, but a little lengthy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhiann | 6/16/2013

    " Really enjoyed this and SO glad I read it before I watch the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ainür Röfiq | 6/15/2013

    " Ceritanya sangat bagus, saya jadi ikut merasakan bagaimana rasanya hidup terombang-ambing ditengah laut. Bisa di ambil pelajarannya bagaimana caranya bertahan hidup jika terdapar di tengah laut. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carley | 4/20/2013

    " It's very well-written, but it tends to drag on and on with explanation and description. It needs a little more action, a little less talking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 H. S. Palladino | 4/15/2013

    " Lovely story, nothing less "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 3/31/2013

    " Amazing plot. Good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Davis | 2/24/2013

    " Stayed with me for quite a while after having finished. Haven't seen the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nihal Zafar | 8/17/2012

    " A journey to the far flung pacific ocean while travelling towards your inner self...adventure at it's best.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristiana | 8/16/2012

    " I was hesitant to start reading this book - the premise was too out there for me. But am so glad I listened to all its recommendations. It's a fascinating, gripping, thought-provoking, and well-written book (despite a somewhat slow start). Truly an original. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mirjam | 4/8/2012

    " A captivating story, well told, allthough I would not agree with the statement that "it will make you believe in God" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zachary Powell | 2/26/2012

    " Good book for the high schoolers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 12/20/2011

    " I think this is a very important book. It is a modern-day Moby Dick. But,I recommend seeing the movie before reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dea Presquito | 11/6/2011

    " Incredible.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libba Griffin | 10/27/2011

    " Enjoyed the book. The ending felt a little rushed. I wanted more to read. Beautifully written. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Crystal | 5/22/2011

    " Thought this book was so boring. Read it b/c it was getting so much good press. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 5/22/2011

    " Unusual story with twist at the end. Magical, endearing and totally unforgettable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher | 5/21/2011

    " A clever, spiritual story which has the sort of narrative twist that contemporary fiction seems to have taken from Hollywood cinema. The story is strong, but this plot device ultimately feels gimmicky. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 NickySatia | 5/21/2011

    " This isa book I recommend everyone and tell them to trust me that it's great, because trying to describe it takes away it's magic! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ally | 5/19/2011

    " I liked the idea, but the book was just a little boring for me... especially as a follow up to the hunger games trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 5/19/2011

    " Wow, what a book! I loved this one! The only reason I don't give 6 stars, is that I thought it was a bit too long at the end. But loved how the survival instinct takes over and I just loved the different religions and beliefs melted into one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 5/19/2011

    " Spot on. I love the ending...nothing like questioning the narrative of existence... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miriam | 5/19/2011

    " A bit slow at times, but overall a good story. Leaves you wondering where exactly the line between truth and fiction lies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Camellia | 5/18/2011

    " It seemed to drag on and on. Hope you enjoy the twist at the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eunice | 5/18/2011

    " I keep starting this book and putting it down. For some reason I just can get beyond the first few chapters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 5/18/2011

    " This one was a surprise, and a lot of fun. The start was captivating, but the storyline takes you WAY OFF the mark. I won't spoil the story for others, but this was a very fun, quick, and interesting read! A definite thumbs up from me. "

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About the Author
Yann Martel was born in Spain in 1963. After studying philosophy at university, he worked odd jobs and traveled before turning to writing at the age of twenty-six. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed 2002 Man Booker Prize–winning novel Life of Pi, which was translated into thirty-eight languages and spent fifty-seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.  Yann Martel lives in Saskatchewan, Canada.
About the Narrator

Jeff Woodman originated the title role in Tennessee Williams’ The Notebook of Trigorin and won the S.F. Critics’ Circle Award for his performance in An Ideal Husband. In addition to numerous theater credits on and off Broadway, his television work includes Sex and the City, Law & Order, and Cosby. A six time Audie Award finalist (and a 2007 winner), he has received seventeen Earphones Awards and was named one of the Fifty Greatest Voices of the Century by AudioFile magazine.