©2007 Michael Palin; (P)2007 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
This is a great read. Who knew that Palin is such a great writer? The narrator is excellent too. A very pleasantly spoken brit, makes this book even more enjoyable and engaging. This is not a book about what to do and where to go and how to do it, rather, Palin's well told stories and encounters as he travels the ever changing landscape of Eastern Europe. It really makes you want to be there with him, or at least visit many of the places he writes about.
Michael Palin is well-known for his talented acting and as a talented comedian as one of the Monty Python gang. Well, he has another talent - as the author of his "travel" series with the BBC! The book is delightfully written, eloquent, and brings to life as though you were there! A talented man and a delightful "read"!
I found this book really hard to get into. I love Micheal Palin's travel stories and I enjoy his readings, but this one just didn't grab me. Perhaps it would be better if I had seen the documentary, but I didn't find it as compelling as Sahara, Himalaya, Pole to Pole, Full Circle or 80 Days. I've not seen the full documentary for any of these save 80 Days and found all the books highly enjoyable. I think New Europe is an unfortunate miss from an otherwise excellent travel writer and audio performer.
I could not, for the life of me, get into this book. I was expecting a something akin to Bill Bryson given Palin's background in comedy. What I got was Rick Steves without the usefulness of a guidebook. It was like reading someone's fairly mundane journal. Don't get me wrong, the writing itself is good. So are the places he describes. But the overall story just left me completely bored. The reading, with his great voices, was a total letdown.
Would advise anyone thinking of downloading audio books, start with Michael Palin, you will be hooked for life, dont believe me?, do it, I dare you.
"MICHAEL PALIN'S NEW EUROPE"
Another excellent book from the wordsmith Michael Palin, The European programmes were never my favourite favouring instead more adventurous and far off places. But New Europe is both these things.
Having watched the programmes and listened to the audiobook I can visualise what Michael is describing, but there is no need to watch the programmes as Michael descriptions are perfect.
Another great audio version narrated by Michael Palin himself. I only wish it wasn't the abridged version. The travel book is excellent and the narration, by Michael Palin himself, just makes it better. Brilliant stuff. I hope he keeps making these.
"Brilliant - buy it!"
Simply a great audiobook beautifully read by Michael Palin. The subject matter is well written and interesting and the book takes you on a journey of discovering europe. Well worth purchasing!
Delightfully read! Michael Palin’s writing and reading and his very sympathetic attitude and curiousity makes a whole new world come to live. Very recommendable.
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