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Summary

One boy, one boat, one tiger....

British comedian, actor and broadcaster Sanjeev Bhaskar, OBE performs this brilliant edition of a work of fiction that is loved by fans around the world. 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 an extraordinary adventure.

©2002 Yann Martel (P)2017 Canongate Books

Critic reviews

"A unique and original story, brilliantly told." (Guardian)
"Pi is bewitching, the tale both nihilistic and naïve, philosophical and playful, deeply moving while always treading the line clear of schmalz." (Independent)
"Every page offers something of tension, humanity, surprise, or even ecstasy." (The Times)

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Where do I begin......

There are books that change you, there are books that touch your heart and there are books that stay with you forever.... this is all three. I cannot remember the last time I devoured a book like this in one session. It was beautifully told by the narrator, beautifully written of course and beautifully shared by Pi.

My heart breaks for his loss and trauma but booms for the life he has now. We never know why these things happen but in some way we always learn.

I know some have said that it is slow to start but I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Pi during his childhood so by the accident I felt I really did know him before and could see the change and growth in him through his adventure and tragedy.

These books come along once in a lifetime if you are lucky, the last one that had this impact on me was Like Water for Chocolate, so please don’t be in a rush for it to be over.

This is not a simple adventure story and without wishing to give anything away I think it will affect you emotionally, mentally and spiritually, for the better.

This is truly is something special.

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Loved it

I thought the book was excellent and the performance perfect. Highly recommend. My only negative is that it takes a little getting in to. But once you’ve got past the first few chapters it’s perfect

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Read this book

Now one of my favourite books. Extrodinarily original story, beautifully creative and moving. Exceptionally narrated.
Thank you

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Absolutely brilliant Story, well read engaging

I couldn't put my earphones down. I listened to this in less than a week. I had seen the movie but this gave an extra dimension. Incredible story the reading is fantastic

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Superb production of superb book

A beautifully read delight which left me thinking deeply. Not sure if I'd have finished it in print there are some difficult bits (the Island is just weird) but as an audio book... superb.

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great production and narration

i enjoyed this production very much, at first i found all the religious stuff a bit on the nose but its a great story

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Liked the film more

My god, this drones on and on and on and on 100 chapters. Love Sanjeev Bhaskar but I definitely preferred the film.

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Wonderful

I loved the book. It’s so much deeper than the movie. It is a mentally stimulating book.

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not liked at all

too slow to be heard. thought would have been good as a book. May be will try later again

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Really very good.

I really didn't fancy this book but I'm so glad I read this. Incredible.

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  • 17-05-21

Brilliantly read

It is a classic, so going into detail of the story may be irrelevant. But the reading of this book , the accents and characters, pace , everything was very well done. The reader managed to match the mood of the text and built suspense so effortlessly

Well done!

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  • 28-01-21

Fantastic!

Thoroughly enjoyed this book and the narration is superbly done!
Definitely a classic to be ticked off!

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  • 23-05-20

So much better than the movie!

Much more detailed than the movie, interesting, gruesome at points beautiful and funny in other parts, very nice descriptions and allegories. Recommend it!

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  • 15-01-20

Loved it

Loved it, lots of emotions including laughter. I now understand the movie. Book easy going.

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  • 10-03-18

Fact or Fiction

A remarkable story and It helped to have watched the movie first but its great to live in the world of make believe sometime———Sanjay allows us to do this

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  • 25-08-18

A great story

It is a great story I like to read when I am a fifth .
I choose five stars because it is a fun and adventure story like Robinson . He had a fun time with Richard Parker the tiger . It is also a sad story . The ship to Canada sinked. 😭😭😭