Diaries 1969-1979

The Python Years
Narrated by: Michael Palin
Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Michael Palin has kept a diary since being newly married in the late 1960s, when he was beginning to make a name for himself as a TV scriptwriter (for David Frost, the Two Ronnies, etc). Monty Python was just around the corner. In this first volume of his diaries, he tells for the first time how Python emerged and triumphed. Perceptive and funny, it chronicles not only his struggle to find a niche in the world of television comedy, but also the extraordinary goings on of the many powerful personalities who coalesced to form the Monty Python team.
©2006 Michael Palin (P)2006 Orion Publishing Group Ltd.

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Silly is the word.

Short, terse, but enjoyable odyssey through the life of Michael Palin; who just happened to be one of the core members of a silly group of brits which changed the course of comedy.
Silly is the word. Palin's the name.

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  • Gillian
  • 06-17-10

fascinating

I listened to halfway to hollywood first and immediately bought this as i wanted to know more about the early years of python. I'm old enough to have been around when Python was born although I can't recite the parrot sketch or any others. Palin is a great story telller it was fascinating to re live the 70's through his eyes knowing what we know now about his career and those of his fellow Python's

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  • Dermot
  • 06-02-07

This might seem ridiculous but...

An audiobook diary for me is strangely dissatisfying. Much as I love Michael Palin, this book I found rather dull. It tells the story of the rise and fall of Python - and with it the well being and mental state of the protagonists - but in diary format offers no particular insight or depth. A typical days entry is in truth fairly dull, as I suppose the life of a writer and performer must be.

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  • Miss Monica Rygh
  • 10-24-18

Fascinating

Michael Palin has always been one of my favourite actors and authors. His movies, tv-series, and books have always given me great joy! It was very interesting to listen to his life in the 70’s and I am so looking forward to the next diaries from the 80’s. Very well written and of course, read! 😁

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  • Caz87
  • 04-12-20

Palin is fsntabulous

A wonderful read..... Palin always makes me feel so calm and reassured. Fascinating time of the pythons and if you're a fan it's ways great to hear x

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  • Stephen C Cooper
  • 02-15-20

Great insight

Michael ..... sorry ..... Sir Michael gives an honest insight into how MPFS started grew into adulthood then matured into a bunch of guys who put the “alternative” into British Comedy. Having grown up loving Monty Python and Ripping yarns it’s great to hear how it all came about. Full of resolve to keep my own diary even if it’s only for one year.

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  • Elena
  • 11-18-19

Cute

Sir Michael seems to be wise and calm person, it was interesting to read his perspective on some iconic people and events (for example dancing with cats in his trousers on SNL). But unfortunately sometimes the diary feels more like a to-do-list. I personally needed more ‘feelings’ than descriptions of what we already know happened.

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  • Roger Kenny
  • 09-14-19

Diary In name diary in content

Michael Palin is a very likeable host, but this is most definitely a reading of a diary and not, as I hoped, more fleshed out with anecdotal type stories! Still, an enjoyable listen, if a little bit light.

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  • John o'neill
  • 07-19-19

Nice listen

interesting to hear about the python early years. it's cool to hear them not from a recollective story, but from how they were written at that particular moment in time.

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  • mark
  • 07-07-13

An Interesting read.

I bought this book as Python fan and I wasn't disappointed. It gives great insights into the feelings of the group at the height of their success and all from the viewpoint of the quiet python. The fact that Michael Palin narrates himself only adds to the enjoyment.

A must read for any Python fan. Not to be missed.

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  • P. Brayne
  • 04-07-13

takes yer back!

I have spent several enjoyable afternoons laying on the conservatory sofa listening to Michael Pailin's selected readings from his diary. Whilst I was never a big Monty Python fan, I nonetheless very much enjoyed listening to Palin's recollections, read in his relaxed manner, recalling a very memorable era for all of us aged around 60. Have just downloaded the next installment and hope it is as good.

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  • luke
  • 02-23-17

great stories. Abrupt, disappointing ending

A must for any python fan. Ending could be better. A last and final word would've been good.