Michael Palin journeys to a vast country of unimaginable contrasts - Brazil. An economic powerhouse, it is host to a staggering variety of peoples. He starts his journey in the north, in the remote mountains and forests on the border with Venezuela, and finishes in the south at the legendary Iguaçu Falls. He travels by river-boat, float-plane and foot to visit tribes deep in the jungle, samples life in the agricultural and mining heartland of Brazil, experiences the modernism of Brasília and the heady mix of Rio de Janeiro, and ventures into the favelas. He travels down the northeast coast with its African-inspired culture; to São Luís; Recife and Salvador, where Michael is swept up in Candomblé. He heads to São Paulo, where the super-rich commute by helicopter; tastes German beer served from a motorcycle sidecar, and tries his hand at being a cowboy before journey's end beneath one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world.
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Michael Palin's account of his journey through Brazil will stand out among my favorite audiobooks. His descriptions are so implicit, and his narration so full of energy, that it almost felt like I was at his side on his journey from north Brazil to south Brazil. A dash of history and humor makes this a fun and informative view into a rising country that I knew little about. It was hard to hit the pause button.
"I canot wait!"
I finished this over the weekend and must say it is up there with 'Around the World' and ' Himalaya's' - Now I cant wait to see the TV version as MP struts his stuff around this vast continent. He captures just about everything, with his wonderful humour and accents, its really very, very good and I have no hesitation in recommending it to you guys! It is amazing that this country is so diverse with such a massive culture difference, but everyone rubs along together and makes it work! He covers just about everything that you want to know, from politics to football, economics and gay marches. Now the problem is, what will he will do next?...USA I suspect, now that would be fun, poking fun at them...cant wait again.
Michael Palin is the king of narration. His warm and friendly style really draws the listener in and makes you wish you were there with him. The best thing is he is a Sheffield United fan, and of course Santos!
"More than just some bloke on holiday."
Hand's up who now wants to go to Brazil... Well form an orderly queue behind me.
This is the first time i've listened to a travel book. I always thought that listening to some bloke bang on about how lucky he was to have the opportunity to visit somewhere better than my suburban reality would really tick me off, but Michael Palin just isn't some bloke and Brazil not just some place far away. I was gripped from the two minutes in and stayed gripped throughout.
My wife and I started listening to this book on a ridiculously long car journey and found ourselves delaying getting out of the car when we stopped. Palin comes across as a genuinely nice bloke as you would expect. The real star of this book however, is Brazil.
Not just a wonderfully diverse and important place, Brazil you will discover is an approach to life that seems so refreshing and as my wife said, Palin's delivery unfolds more as the story of Brazil than a trip guide.
This book left us in no doubt that the emergence of Brazil as an important global force could actually be just what we all need.
"A wonderfull insight into this intriguing country"
The book highlights some wonderful people along the way which really leave you with an impression of the Brazilian way of life. It highlights the vast area of the country whilst via those encounters demonstrates the significant differences between the various areas. I downloaded the book as I am visiting for the world cup next year and feel I have a much better understanding of Brazilian culture as a result of listening, whilst obviously acknowledging any book attempting to cover such a vast country could only ever hope to really scratch the surface.
I did enjoy the way individual encounters are used to give a personality to the regions.
Overall an excellent listen/read.
"Palin on top form, little repetitive but good"
The latest of Palin's travels is documented in lots of detail here in this unabridged audio version of the Brazil book. The journey is an interesting one and brazil is clearly a very big, bold and beautiful place in the main. The real attraction of this for me is Palin himself, his narration is light, informative and funny and i always miss him when the story is finished. Would recommend highly, and in particular Palin fans. Classic Palin.
"Yet another superb example from Michael"
I have followed Michael Palin ever since he started with his TV travelogues and since joining Audible I have been enjoying them all over again. This latest adventure is as good as all the others and it makes me want to go to Brazil and experience all of the wonderful sights and sounds that great country has. Listen to it yourself I am sure you won't regret it.
Another fantastic audiobook by Michael Palin. I love to watch his travel shows. I have the other audiobooks as well as the DVD box set of his travel programs and find that this audiobook, like the others, is a perfect accompaniment to the series.
He reads the book himself, which is a definitely plus. It just wouldn't be the same with a different narrator. Only one complaint - I wish Michael Palin made more of these!
Great service by Audible too! Very pleased with my purchase and service received from Audible.
Yet again, Palin has a way, his very own way of taking you through the journey with him, entertaining you every step of the way. A must have for anyone interested in travel.
"If you liked the TV series, you'll love the book!"
I enjoyed the TV series, but of course it was 'how much can we pack into a programme'? The book covers everything seen on the TV and goes into each area in much more detail, as well as letting you in the little 'secrets' that you don't see on the telly unless someone does an out-take show - for example the number of times Michael had to record the first part of an interview with a tribesman, where he started something like, 'Living in this isolated place ...' because each time he said it, a plane went past. Highly entertaining, and of course read by Michael Palin himself, which is a big bonus.
"One trip too many, Michael"
The first three journeys were great, both on the screen and in print. When the style changed from 'Journey with Purpose' (80 days, Pole to Pole etc) to travelogue, with the stops obviously planned and researched well in advance, the urgency and much of the humour disappeared from these books. Read his diaries and novels instead, all highly recommended.
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