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Traveller's Guide to Planet Earth (Lonely Planet Traveller's Guide to Planet Earth) Paperback – 5 Nov 2010


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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 1 edition (5 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • 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 (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 516,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stuart Bruce TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Jan. 2011
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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 By T. J. Bacon VINE VOICE on 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 By Ed.F TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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 By Purpleheart TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Dec. 2010
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This is a companion book to the BBC David Attenborough series Planet Earth : Complete BBC Series (5 Disc Box Set) [2006] [DVD], covering 50 destinations from that documentary.

The structure of the book is as follows:
Mountains - 3 including the Simien mountains, the Rockies and the Torres del Paine, Chile
Fresh Water - 9 including Angel Falls and the great salmon migration in Canada
Caves - 4 including Lechguilla cave and the underwater cave in the Yucatan
Deserts - 6 including the Gobi, Sahara, Death Valley and the Australian Outback
Ice Worlds - 3: Artic, Antartica and Arctic Canada
Great Plains - 6 including the Himalayas, Mongolia and life on the Tibetan plateau
Jungles - 4: Borneo, New Guineau, the Amazon and Kibale Forest, Uganda
Shallow Seas - 6 including humpback migration in Hawaii and Penguins on Marion Island
Seasonal Forests - 6 including the call of the Lemur, Madagascar and Valdivian forest, Chile
Ocean Deep - 3: Dragon chimneys, Japan, Guatemala Bains and Pacific Volcanoes, off the coast of French Polynesias

Each destination has six pages with stunning photos, an Experience section which places you in the destination and some facts and lonely planet type orienting information. The photos are wonderful and the book plays to the armchair traveller or to someone who wants inspiration for one of their own jaunts.

I found the Experience section disappointing - written in the second person - eg 'It doesn't take long for you to sink into a daily rhythm of sunbathing, snorkelling, chilling in the village....you give in and sign up for a scuba diving course'.
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