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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 (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 453,394 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 Picard TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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 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 Ferris TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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