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Publisher's Summary

Over thirty years ago, a group of five Englishmen and one wayward American re-wrote the rules of comedy. Monty Python's Flying Circus, an unheralded collection of sketches, hilarities, inanities and animations first appeared on the BBC late one night in 1969. Its impact on the world has been felt ever since.

This audio edition is a compilation of unique never-before-heard interviews with the Python team conducted by Bob McCabe while he researched the Python book, plus clips from the famous Monty Python sketches, including "The Parrot Sketch," "Nudge, Nudge, Wink, Wink," "Spam" and "Ministry of Silly Walks." Here is a unique glimpse at arguably the most important comic team of the modern age. Do you want Spam with that?

©2003 Python (Monty) Pictures; (P)2003 Orion Publishing Group, Published in the United States by Audio Renaissance, a Division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

Critic Reviews

"A full literary meal about the irreverent Python troupe...By book's end, [listeners] will feel they know each Python intimately and marvel that six such different personalities could collaborate to produce such hilarious, scathingly subversive comedy." (Publishers Weekly)
"Consistently absorbing...disarmingly frank." (The New Yorker)

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  • G
  • Indio, CA, United States
  • 01-14-04

Lots of fun

Very enjoyable, merits repeated listenings. I thought I knew everything about the Pythons but there were many bits that were new to me. Interviews nicely cut with some of their sketches. The quality of the interviews is slightly strange though, with ringing phones interrupting the speaker and John Cleese sounding like he's got food in his mouth. But don't let that stop you.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris
  • Spokane, WA, United States
  • 07-20-09

Interesting content, poor recording

You have to be a Python fan to make out the voices and content here; the recording quality is poor. But like the person who complains that the food quality is poor and then complains that there's too little of it, I wonder why Audible chose to abridge this. Once you've gotten used to the sound quality, as always it's a pleasure to hear the Pythons talking about their work.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Brilliant content, Poorly edited

Dont let the bad sounding interviews (John Cleese sounds like he is in an empty auditorium, far in the back...and Michael Palin's phone rings a few times)This is a truly enjoyable book! If you are a fan, you will strain and squint to listen, because it is worth the time.

Very funny moments of Monty Python history revisited by Eric Idle, The Terry's (both Jones and Gilliam) John Cleese, Micheal Palin and the late Graham Chapman...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great story, tedious audio quality

Great stories and background.

Some sections of interview were hard to make out. I'm sure just due to age and the original recording, as the more recent stuff was very clear.

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horrible audio.

as a great fan it is disappointing in the lack of ground that it covers.

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Huh?

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Love the Pythons. Hate the audio. Terrible sound. Could hardly understand anything that was being said.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Couldn't hear.

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

Nope.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Clean up the audio and you might have some good material.

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  • Paul
  • DublinIreland
  • 05-18-06

Great Insight..pity abouth the sound

Yes the sound quality is quite bad and the editing isn't the best either but the interviews are really interesting and funny.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • William
  • Mt. Morris, MI, USA
  • 06-05-05

Great for Python Fans

This was really fascinating if you are a true fan of Monty Python. If you've only seen the movies, then it may not be interesting enough for you, but if you've enjoyed Flying Circus, and have read some of the books, then you will enjoy it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful