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Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Friday, 8 September 2006 Leave a comment Go to comments

Fiction: Contemporary. Unabridged Audiobook from HighBridge Audio. Published in 2001, recorded 2002. 11 hours and 28 minutes. Read by Jeff Woodman. Purchased from Audible.com.

On a recent visit, my Mom recommended Life of Pi to me. So, when I needed a new audiobook, this time it was an easy choice.

It’s a good book. I’d definitely recommend it. I also thought the narrator on the audio version did a good job with the Indian accent. (With a name like Jeff Woodman, I doubt he’s actually Indian. But, to my minimally trained ears, he sounded authentic.)

And, as my Mom says, “We all have a tiger in our boat”.

Publisher’s summary:
Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger.

Soon it’s just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean – for 227 days. Pi’s fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story, so he tells a second one – more conventional, less fantastic. But is it more true?

A realistic, rousing adventure and meta-tale of survival, Life of Pi explores the redemptive power of storytelling and the transformative nature of fiction. It’s a story, as one character claims, to “make you believe in God.”

Online book shopping:
Powell’s: Life of Pi
amazon.co.uk: Life of Pi
amazon.com: Life of Pi
Audible.com: Life of Pi

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