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Traveller's Guide to Planet Earth (Lonely Planet Traveller's Guide to Planet Earth) [Paperback]

Lonely Planet
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5 Nov 2010 Lonely Planet Traveller's Guide to Planet Earth

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher*

Experience 50 extraordinary destinations from the BBC's spectacular documentary Planet Earth. From the highest mountains to the deepest seas, the hottest deserts to the frozen poles, The Traveller's Guide to Planet Earth reveals the places you dreamed about after seeing them on the BBC's landmark series. The book is divided into sections as featured in the series: MOUNTAINS, FRESH WATER, CAVES, DESERTS, ICE WORLDS, GREAT PLAINS, JUNGLES, SHALLOW SEAS, SEASONAL FORESTS, OCEAN DEEP

Prepare to be overwhelmed by the grandeur and majesty of the planet - then go out and experience it.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Andrew Bain, Matthew D. Firestone

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places where they travel.

TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)

*#1 in the world market share - source: Nielsen Bookscan. Australia, UK and USA. March 2012-January 2013

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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 1 edition (5 Nov 2010)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 174179885X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741798852
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 16.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Stuart Bruce TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is a strange hybrid of TV tie-in book, photo book and holiday guidebook that doesn't end up really being any of those three, but is still a good coffee-table

The "Planet Earth" TV series from 2006 set out to film some of the most remote and uninhabited (by humans) places on the planet, so a guidebook that attempts to give you tourist information about all of them is always going to have a tough job. If you were serious about a 'holiday' in any of these places, you would be looking at many thousands of pounds, and several weeks of travel- there are no weekend breaks here.

Such holidays are so unique and usually customised by expert travel agents that there's very little real 'guidebook'-style information here- there are almost no hotel listings (because there are usually no hotels in these places), very little travel information, and certainly no prices. As the book itself says, "you can't put a price on adventure" (p146), though it's probably also a case of "if you have to ask then it's out of your range" as well. What you do get is a few web addresses for some travel operators, and that's it. As well as feeling a bit short of useful information, it's also a little bit lacking in real character- there's not a lot of proper travel writing in it and what there is doesn't often invoke a real sense of any of the places being discussed. So as a Lonely Planet guidebook, it's a bit thin on the ground.

As a TV tie-in book it works better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a perfect combination 16 April 2011
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Bringing together the wisdom of the editorial of Lonely Planet with the majesty of BBC's Planet Earth was a masterstroke of genius. The strength of the book lies in its portability. Yes this isn't a coffee table book but what its lacks in physical weight it makes up for in its splendid capture of some of the most stunning photography you will have seen. Ever wondered how to get to some of the places that seem so far away and that you'd only ever imagined you would glimpse on TV? Well now through this product you can find out how to transport yourself there! And for those of you (inc. me) who can't get there cos of the budgets involved then one can dream and this book certainly will help.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Non-travellers guide 20 Oct 2011
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The problem with most licensed products is that, well... they can just 'suck' completely. Books don't escape this problem either, and here is a classic example; a 'guide' to the Planet Earth that is co-authored from the BBC and Lonely Planet. Its failure? The product has no real value because it doesn't fall into a specific category. Instead, it is a mix of hard data, facts, photographs, tips and information regarding the planet Earth, but all consolidated into a random mix.

Had the book been structured so that it followed the actual BBC Planet Earth program then it would be a different story entirely, but for now, you're far better off finding a book that is entirely dedicated to describing our planet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but lightweight. 23 Mar 2011
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I remember when I was seven I was given an illustrated dictionary, I loved that book, not for the utility of looking up words and spelling but for the generous number of cut-away drawings of things, maps and pictorial essays which punctuated the text. Given that this was the seventies the balance of text to images was about seventy-thirty. This book is a product of the 21st century and as befits such an artefact the ratio of text to images is reversed and more. There is precious little text in this book but it makes up for it with a surfeit of glorious imagery. In this respect it reflects the series it's supporting/benefiting from which was also very much balanced towards striking images rather than any deep information or understanding. Of course this reflects the current BBC ethos which is to be very pretty but puddle deep.

This is supposed to be a companion to the series, which was billed as part of the BBC's science/nature output but was really a very luxurious travelogue. Younger children will like the book as it's a wonderful visual feast, older children will look at it once and then ignore it as there is nothing really informative in it. Adults will find it migrates to the toilet library and stays there until you throw it way. A missed opportunity, again, just like the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good casual read 24 Feb 2011
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I really enjoyed the planet earth series some really breathtaking places I could only ever dream of visiting. This book features on 50 locations from the series. The book is broken down into several themed chapters that take you around the world Deserts, Jungles, Mountains.......

The book captured through the stunning photographs my attention and imagination. My two children love this book there is just information to keep them interested and coming back for more time and time again, it's a good bedtime read for them.

Many reviews have said this book ticks a lot of boxes which I agree with but it's no more than a casual read complimented by some stunning photographs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Arrived on time
Bought as a birthday present for my nephew's eldest son. He's into this sort of thing so should go down well!
Published 15 months ago by scouty lady
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning pictures
This book tries to link itself between being a holiday guide book, a book of incredible photographs and an accompaniment to the TV series. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Harry Parsons
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This is a strange book to be under the Lonely Planet Traveller's guide.

It takes some breathtakingly natural beautiful places around the world, and creates a sort of... Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2012 by P. McCauley
5.0 out of 5 stars lonely planet rocks!!!!
Excellent book, the usual lonely planet quality ... Well presented, excellent layout and some stunning pictures.
Great as a gift or as a coffee table book!
Published on 17 Jan 2012 by Yankeeeee
4.0 out of 5 stars An embarrassment of pictorial riches
This beautiful little book presents a wealth of beautiful photography of our world. The print quality is high, the colour reproduction rich. Read more
Published on 20 Oct 2011 by David B
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a travel guide but an inspiration to travel
Planet Earth is a BBC TV series from 2006 featuring David Attenborough as the narrator (the US version was voiced by Sigourney Weaver) and this book is positioned as a traveller's... Read more
Published on 14 July 2011 by Mr. P. HAIGH
2.0 out of 5 stars Stick to the DVD
This book is a companion to the planet Earth series. That series is great on-screen, not so good in this rather small paperback. Read more
Published on 20 Mar 2011 by Perry Duke
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely pictures. Bit small
This book is half-way between a traveller's guide and a coffee table book. It contains excellent, sumptious photos of wildlife and exotic landscapes, but is neither big enough to... Read more
Published on 17 Mar 2011 by Ash
4.0 out of 5 stars Warning: reading this may trigger wanderlust
This an enjoyable book to dip into, especially if you saw any of the destinations in the original BBC series and then thought to yourself "what were those place names again, and... Read more
Published on 24 Feb 2011 by Dulwich Guy
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