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Brazil [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Michael Palin
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11 Oct 2012
Brazil is one of the four new global super powers with its vast natural resources and burgeoning industries. Half a continent in size and a potent mix of races, religions and cultures, of unexplored wildernesses and bustling modern cities, it is also one of the few countries Michael Palin has never fully travelled. With the next Olympics to be held in Rio in 2016 and the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, international attention will be on Brazil as never before. Michael Palin's timely book and series take a closer look at a remarkable new force on the world scene. From the Venezuelan border and the forests of the Lost World where he encounters the Yanomami tribe and their ongoing territorial war with the gold miners, Michael Palin explores this vast and disparate nation in his inimitable way. He journeys into the heart of the Amazon rainforest. He travels down the North-East coast to meet the descendents of African slaves with their vibrant culture of rituals, festivals and music. He visits the shanty towns of Rio and the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. He goes to Sao Paolo where the rich commute by helicopter. He travels South to meet German and Japanese communities, meets supermodels in the making and wealthy gauchos in the Pantanal before ending his journey at the spectacular Iguaçu Falls.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: AudioGO Limited (11 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445873206
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445873206
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 491,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Palin established his reputation with Monty Python's Flying Circus and the Ripping Yarns. His work also includes several films with Monty Python, as well as The Missionary, A Private Function, an award-winning performance as the hapless Ken in A Fish Called Wanda and, more recently, American Friends and Fierce Creatures. His television credits include two films for the BBC's Great Railway Journeys, the plays East of Ipswich and Number 27, and Alan Bleasdale's GBH.

He has written books to accompany his very successful travel series, Around the world in 80 days, Pole to Pole, Full Circle, Hemingway Adventure, Sahara, Himalaya and New Europe. He is also the author of a number of children's stories, the play The Weekend and the novel Hemingway's Chair.

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The prose of his travel writing is... economical, descriptive and rarely repetitive, making for a fluid, compulsive and engrossing read. (ENTERTAINMENT FOCUS 2012-10-13)

Palin does his job as a travel writer very well indeed. He knows how to entertain the reader at first, resists any temptation to lecture, then builds up a slow boil of interest before teasing out some answers through some skilful interviewing. The resulting mosaic of opinions draws out a fascinating composite picture of a nation. (Barnaby Rogerson THE INDEPENDENT 2012-11-13)

Michael Palin's Brazil is a good primer, written in the same chatty style as he uses in the television series (THE DAILY TELEGRAPH) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Michael Palin, the No. 1 bestselling author, explores an exotic country now a global superpower. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Audio Book Review 10 May 2013
By artemisrhi VINE VOICE
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I like Michael Palin and I like his voice. I have loved watching him travel around the world over the years giving us his very special personal insight into the places he visits. I was expecting him to delight me and enlighten and entertain me with his wit and wisdom. Did he do this Yes, but it is a solid rather than a resounding YES!

There are 8 CDs and a running time of over 10hrs as Micheal reads "his own bestselling account of his epic journey through Brazil". It was a long journey but I wouldn't call it epic!

I don't know why I am disappointed because the audio ticks all the boxes - well read, well written, well research well this and well that but overwhelming my response is "Well?"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engagingly lyrical 20 Nov 2012
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This is an engaging and lyrical account of Michael Palin's most recent travels for the BBC. It's well-produced, well-written and well-read. Palin is at times poignant, funny, reflective, astonished and, sweetly, perplexed. The CDs are a feast for the ears and the imagination, and are accompanied by a nicely detailed brochure.

This audiobook set is lovely - but for me, the journey doesn't quite match the excitement of Palin's earlier, time-sensitive, explorations (indeed, what could ever equal the astonishing rebuff of the Reform Club failing to allow him admission on his '80 Days' return?).

It is astonishing to me that Amazon insist on condensing print/audio media for review purposes, as buyers of different editions are looking for differing things. In my opinion, this work is suffering somewhat unfairly from Vine reviews where the reviewers were not expecting the format they received... whereas people buying the CD version/the hardback version will have chosen their format specifically according to preference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I have enjoyed Michael Palin's travels from his first `Around the World in 80 Days' series and have missed sharing in his adventures in the lull over the last five years. Brazil is a whole new area of vastly differing sights and sounds, races, tribes, cultures and landscapes waiting to be explored.

As always, Michael delivers in his relaxed easy style, reading with warmth and humour, thoroughly engaging his listeners, and the tales he relates never failed to hold my interest throughout the entire 10 hours. It's pure escapism to listen to on a long, dull motorway journey especially in pouring rain but for armchair travel I feel it lacks visual content to capture the colourful tribes and characters he meets. Admittedly, it's an audiobook so by definition the content is audio but I did rather expect to find some visual content even just a small photographic booklet insert to accompany the CDs showing at least some of the highlights of his trip. Instead there's just a map of Brazil which was a little disappointing.

At times I also felt it was disjointed by being split into 4 separate visits to Brazil each covering a different area. It lacked the central theme and continuity of circumnavigating the globe in 80 days, traversing the globe from Pole to Pole, crossing the Sahara....

As an audiobook I would definitely recommend it to Palin fans to listen to while driving but to fully capture the atmosphere of his trip then either the DVD or photo-packed book will give the armchair reader/viewer a greater and more fulfilling experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I have found the book BRAZIL by Michael Palin a very good accompaniment to the BBC tv series of the same name. It fleshes out the story of the country and the people that Michael encounters on his travels throughtout Brazil, and even in it's own right it is an interesting and well written book in my opinion, but there again I may be a little bias, as I have been a fan of Michael's travel adventures right from the very start, when "Around the world in 80 days" got me hooked on Michael's style of writing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A wrong medium for Mr Palin 31 Oct 2012
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To give a brief initial over view of the first segment and a flavour of things to come, Mr Palin begins his journey of cultural and geographical discovery of Brazil by journeying to the north east, in essence this is where modern Brazil was born. The Portuguese explorers first landed and came upon the native Brazilians and where hundreds of thousands of African slaves were brought to work on sugar and tobacco plantations. The north-east is where the initial germination area and mix of races was and cultures that culminated in what we now think of as Brazil i.e. in terms of music, food, dance, and religion all bear the imprint of this `mix'.

There are over 8 hours of audio descriptive material here, all narrated and delivered in a humorous and very charismatic way by Michael Palin. Unfortunately, there is a problem here, and that is one that cannot be corrected by audio description alone, as there is a clear need, for us to see the sights through the full visual delights that are Brazil. Here in, is the `Achilles heel' which lets down, an otherwise good production.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD NARRATION BY MICHAEL OF HIS BOOK 21 Oct 2012
Being a fan of Palin and his travels, I was intrigued to receive this Audio CD book and of his latest travel programme 'Brazil'. Having several long car journey's imminemnt I though it would be ideal to listen to his latest travel adventure via this method as normally if given time I would watch his programmes.

The Audio book arrived and it comes in 8 CD's with just over 10 hours of content. I found it worked well and Michael conveys his book very well as a detailed narration to his journey. Michael adds his wit and humour of course to his narration which adds further to the enjoyment of his travels.

I am only part through listening but I am very much enjoying it and for anyone who doesn't have time to read the book or watch the series in depth, this is an excelent way to catch up on it and not miss his adventure. Having said that, I think even if you watch the programmes and want more detailed narration then this Audio book will give you a far greater insight to his long journey and what he experiences along the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 17 days ago by K. Lijkendijk
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great present
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Wendy Dent
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by JOHN M LEITCH
2.0 out of 5 stars Readable but lacked substance
Michael Palin a great entertainer who opens up new worlds to us, but as a resident of Brazil for many years I found this book disappointing and there were too many errors that... Read more
Published 5 months ago by RAYMOND H W SMITH
5.0 out of 5 stars Captures the flavour of Brazil
Palin's style is so readable. He captures the essence of the people and country so well. What drives them, what amuses them and sometimes what frustrates us about them.
Published 7 months ago by Yale B Davies
4.0 out of 5 stars ypical Palin Style
Palins style always makes for an enjoyable read. This one was good but not, I think, quite as good as some of his earlier travalogues
Published 7 months ago by Lincoln J
4.0 out of 5 stars another great book
the series wasnt as good as any of his previous series but as a massive fan still really enjoyed .. now the book is well made , great to read and as a fan had to get to add to the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by legless09
2.0 out of 5 stars BORING
Published 10 months ago by steve daley
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I love all Michael Palin does. Been a fan for years. Have all his other trips on Video, DVD and the books as well as Monty Python stuff. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Deb Mabbutt
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a dead parrot
A really good read. Mr Palin's colourful narrative brings the country to life in this marvellous book. A real page turner. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Brian
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