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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"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.
"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.
Well written, well read. Totally absorbing.
Would love to travel like this.
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"It felt longer"
If I had not used a credit to purchase this book I would have stopped listening after first chapter, perhaps it does not stand the test of time.
watched the tv series a long time ago and really enjoyed it but the audio book didnt live up to my expectations. Micheal Palin tries to hard to add Python humor into the story line which dosn't work it would have been better to tell a story that contained a more descriptive narrative of his journey and places that he visited. Maybe I have learnt that good TV dosn't always transpose into a good listen.
out of date
too late for that but will not be purchasing any more in the future.
I watched the Programmes when they first came out about 25 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed re-living it all now.
"Wonderful and inspiring"
A brilliant story, very well told by the author himself that evoked some incredible places and inspired wanderlust. An excellent buy.
"An excellent tale of adventure"
Chapter after chapter of adventure from around the globe
Narrative spoken by the author himself
An excellent tale of adventure. As relevant today as the day it was experienced.
"Great story from a "nice man"."
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.
"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!
"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.
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