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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Man Booker Prize

One boy. One boat. One tiger.  

After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a 16-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orangutan - and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and beloved works of fiction in recent years. 

©2002 Yann Martel (P)2017 Vintage Canada

What the critics say

"Yann Martel's Life of Pi (Canongate) is another reminder of the largely unsung excellence of the Canongate list. The fiercely independent Scottish outfit remains an outpost of rare quality and distinction, and this exceptional understated novel is certainly a worthy addition to its output.... It would not be out of place on a Booker shortlist." ( The Bookseller)
"In the end, Life of Pi may not, as its teller promises, persuade readers to believe in God, but it makes a fine argument for the divinity of good art." [Noel Rieder, The Gazette (Montreal)]
" Life of Pi...is about many things - religion, zoology, fear - but most of all, it's about sheer tenacity. Martel has created a funny, wise and highly original look at what it means to be human." ( Chatelaine)

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The book is always better than the movie

Worth every minute 😀 the details really bring life and depth to each character. I will be listening to this book more than once.

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Fiction or Fact?

I believed that this story was true.....at the end, there was a huge question in my mind whether it was fact or fiction. The story itself was very description and many times, very gory and visual.

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Dreamy and relaxing.

Whooah! Gripping tale and brilliant narrating. The writing is dreamy and relaxing, and the narrating is absolutely perfect. The ending is unexpected, and hangs over you like a cloud once you finish. Recommended.

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Worth the wait!

Waited too long to read this incredible work. The performance on this piece is just masterful!

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I see what all the fuss is about!

What a story, I had always heard so many good things about the Life of Pi, and decided to finally listen to it. Surendra is entertaining to listen to, having a somewhat cheeky tone to his voice. The story itself is splendid, with ever detail attended to. This is a unique book, with thought provoking content. I would definitely recommend.

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first time audible user

loved the narrator. perfect tone and character voice changing, accents etc.
would listen again soon

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An incredible journey full of universal insight a ne inspiration

Rajiv Surendra brings Pi Patel to life in this book! The narrative is beautiful and the story completely believable in all its complexity and detail. The first part of the book is crucial to the understanding of the whole and that includes the hero‘s experiences with world religions as well as his life in India and his knowledge of zoo animals and animal behaviour. His ultimate survival on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger is truly a journey of faith and a celebration of life.
I loved everything about this audiobook and have listened to it twice already. Amazing.

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Amazing adventure, Skip the religion section

I love this book so much, but honestly, you won't miss anything if you skip the few chapters where he discovers his religions before they get on the boat.. So much different than the movie and I love it.

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Storytelling at its finest.

A beautiful, tragic storytelling. Will make you laugh, cry and wonder. Amazing details and descriptions.

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Strange story but worth listening too

Glad I never saw the movie. Contains interesting insights about religion and life in general.