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Benjamin

Woodland Hills, CA, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Himalaya

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Michael Palin
    • Narrated By Michael Palin
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    In his most challenging journey to date, Palin tackles the Himalayas, the greatest mountain range on earth. It is a virtually unbroken wall of rock stretching 1,800 miles from the borders of Afghanistan to south-west China. Penetrated but never conquered, it remains the world's most majestic natural barrier, a magnificent wilderness that shapes the history and politics of Asia to this day.

    Martha says: "It took me far away from home"
    "Charming"
    Overall

    There is something delightful about traveling with Michael Palin. You get the impression that nothing much upsets him and that he is going to be pretty happy no matter what. That makes his observations about travel easy and enjoyable to listen to. One suspects that there is not even a little angst in his psyche.

    I found this book more interesting than Pole to Pole or Sahara, although I've enjoyed them all. You really can't go wrong with any of them, although I think this is the best of the lot.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pole to Pole

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Michael Palin
    • Narrated By Michael Palin
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Three years after the epic adventure described in Around the World in 80 Days, Michael Palin was off again. Not circumnavigating the globe, but journeying from one end to the other: the North Pole to the South Pole. Following the 30 degree east line of longitude and using aircraft only as a last resort, Palin and his team endured extremes of heat and cold as they crossed 17 countries on trains, trucks, ships, rafts, ski-doos, buses, barges, bicycles, and balloons.

    wendy says: "A delightful voyage"
    "fun!"
    Overall

    Charmingly eccentric in an English sort of way. Palin is an astute observer and more whimsical than laugh out loud funny. It is nice to hear him read his own work and this book was time well spent.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet's Tsangpo River

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (15)

    The Tsangpo Gorge in southeastern Tibet has lured explorers and adventurers since its discovery. Sacred to the Buddhists, the inspiration for Shangri La, the Gorge is as steeped in legend and mystery as any spot on earth. As a river-running challenge, the remote Tsangpo is relentlessly unforgiving, more difficult than any stretch of river ever attempted. Its mysteries have withstood a century's worth of determined efforts to explore its length. The finest expedition paddlers on earth have tried.

    Tory says: "Hell or High Water (Unabridged)"
    "A close call in high water"
    Overall

    This book is compelling in its description of a crazy quest to accomplish something that is ultimately not very meaningful; kayak down a wild river on the other side of the world. One is left with the feeling that the ultimate story was untold; an interesting, well meaning, and sensitive author trapped on an expedition with selfish, driven athletes. One gets hints of the real drama and resulting human dynamics of personal transformation, but too much is left unsaid. The expedition is interesting enough, but the real drama lingers as only hints in what would have otherwise been a profoundly fascinating story. Instead, it is good, but not great.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • How To Build A Tin Canoe

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Robb White
    • Narrated By Robb White
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    While still a young boy, Robb White built his first boat, hewn from the tin roof of an abandoned chicken coop in the backyard, stamping and primping it into shape, then testing it out in the back creek.

    Jim says: "Just finished this yesterday"
    "What fun"
    Overall

    A truly fascinating and enjoyable book especially because it is read by the author who injects his own charm and wit into every story. He captures the joys of eccentricity, the charm of the south and the magic of the seashore. I'm hoping for volume 2!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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