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Life of Pi Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Life of Pi, by Yann Martel
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 4.24 (478,479 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:
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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.

The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes.

The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days while lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them “the truth.” After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second story, a story much less fantastical, much more conventional—but is it more true?

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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 Reviews

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by 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. "

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About the Author

Yann Martel was born in Spain in 1963. After majoring in philosophy, 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 bestseller, Life of Pi.  He currently 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.