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Michael Palin: Around the World in 80 Days Audiobook

Michael Palin: Around the World in 80 Days

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Publisher's Summary

In the autumn of 1988, Michael Palin set out from the Reform Club with an ambitious plan: to circumnavigate the world, following the route taken by Jules Verne's fictional hero Phileas Fogg 115 years earlier. The rules were simple. He had to make the journey in 80 days using only forms of transport that would have been available to Fogg. And so, complete with visas, running shoes, an inflatable globe and sound advice from Alan Whicker, Michael Palin began his incredible journey.

Crossing 17 borders and meeting innumerable challenges, he saw Venice from the back of a rubbish barge, rode around the Pyramids on a camel called Michael, and was attacked by a cockatoo in Hong Kong - amongst many other adventures. Phileas Fogg may have brought a Princess back from his travels, but Michael Palin brought back a fascinating and frequently humorous account of the journey of a lifetime.

©1989 Michael Palin (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Amazon Customer
    7/20/15
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    "Classic boys own adventure"

    I saw the original TV series of Michael's adventure when I was a teenager - and enjoyed it from start to finish.

    This audio book is a carbon copy of the TV series, and is an excellent listen - Michael Palin's genuine interest in the world, coupled with a strong sense of British reserve and sarcasm make for an enjoyable experience.


    Highlights for me where the Dow adventure and his train travel across China; for different reasons. The Dow experience was very much about the strong relationship he built with the crew and the China train trip because it is a time stamp for a China that is fast changing.

    Great boys own adventure.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • D. Wilkins
    London, UK
    3/13/15
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    "Very interesting indeed"

    Very good, interesting story and well told. Nice pace to the performance, more than enough to keep you coming back for the next instalment. Made me want to buy the DVD of the TV series too.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • SteveL
    2/16/15
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    "Excellent"

    Well written, well read. Totally absorbing.
    Would love to travel like this.
    Nothing else to say minimum word reviews irritate me

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • G. Huntley
    UK
    1/24/15
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    "Most enjoyable."

    I watched the Programmes when they first came out about 25 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed re-living it all now.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Southport, United Kingdom
    6/21/13
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    "Great story from a "nice man"."
    What did you like most about Michael Palin: Around the World in 80 Days?

    Michael Palin writes the book as if seeing the world through young eyes. Everything is new and interesting, but it is the people who he meets that adds to the story. I don't know if he likes to be know as a nice man, but he is. I like that he narrates his own book so you feel you get more of the insight into the journey.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jim
    7/12/14
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    "An excellent tale of adventure"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Michael Palin: Around the World in 80 Days to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Michael Palin: Around the World in 80 Days?

    Chapter after chapter of adventure from around the globe


    What does Michael Palin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Narrative spoken by the author himself


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent tale of adventure. As relevant today as the day it was experienced.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    United Kingdom
    4/8/13
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    "The Best Of The Best"

    Back when I was young and impressionable the TV series was (and still is) a wonder. Listening to it is a pleasure, yes things have changed in the world some for the better, some for the worst. bust listening to this you forget, you are dragged into Palin's life on the road. For anyone with even a passing interest in the world its a good choice!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lulu
    6/4/16
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    "Great story and well read. Shame about the music"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The music is annoying and frequently drowns out the spoken word. There is no need for it after the opening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was all fascinating


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator didn't detract from the book, only the annoying music


    Did Michael Palin: Around the World in 80 Days inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Get rid of the music!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • june
    12/5/15
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    "Great trip down memory lane"
    If you could sum up Michael Palin: Around the World in 80 Days in three words, what would they be?

    Adventure, humour, exciting


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the TV series and the book in the 80's so it was great to take a trip down memory lane and relive the excitement and pressure of the trip


    What about Michael Palin’s performance did you like?

    As he lived the words he writes it made for a very authentic performance


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Join the adventure


    Any additional comments?

    Just a great book (still, despite being almost 30 years since it was written) and thoroughly enjoyable. I am sure I will go back to this again and listen in the future. I've also just bought full circle, which I also enjoyed when first available, in the print and TV forms.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    BILLINGSHURST, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "A traveller's pleasure!"

    Michael Palin's voice is the perfect accompaniment to his travel story. I got a real feel for the people involved and it certainly fulfills the quote: 'It's not the destination, it's the journey'. Made me want to visit some of the places mentioned.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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