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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 49 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 11 Oct. 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009OXOJZ6
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The trip covered 50,000 miles through 17 countries in ten months. Specifically, these countries were visited: USA (Alaska), Russia (Siberia), Japan, S. Korea (entry to N. Korea was denied), China, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, USA (California and Washington), Canada (British Columbia) and back to Alaska again.
This trip, like the other ones done by Michael Palin for the BBC, was filmed for viewing as a television mini-series. (This version is available on DVD.) Afterwards, Michael Palin and Basil Pao (the stills photographer in the filming crew) created this book as an alternative record of the trip.
The book is richly illustrated with Basil Pao's beautiful photographs. Michael Palin's text is wonderful because he has a way of finding interesting places and people and of describing them with warmth and humor.
The diversity of the many countries and places is amazing. Artic wilderness, tropics, deserts, cramped cities, huge rivers, high mountains, etc., etc. There are many high points along the way, the most exciting being when Michael Palin had to lasso a camel while standing in the back of a pickup truck that was going over bumps and around bends at break-neck speed!
At the same time, Michael Palin does not shy back from visiting and describing the thought-provoking places along his journey.Read more ›
This is because the book allows far better and more detailed explanation and gives you plenty of info about his surroundings: the hotel room, frankness about how he was feeling at the time and explanation of how and why he got to the next place (if he jumped a long distance, it was usually due to having to fly and for good reason). This means you are not left (as in the TV series) baffled and disappointed, with the sense of adventure and intensity of the journey being lost, when you suddenly move on to somewhere miles away without enough sense of journey or adventure.
As with Pole to Pole and 80 Days, what I also like about this book now is that as time passes it becomes ever more fascinating and has already become a period piece. 18 years later you can are able to look back (quite a long way in fact in 2014) at a snapshot of the Pacific Rim in 1996; early post-Soviet Russia for instance and mid-90s China as it embraced capitalism, when the Yangtze Gorges were yet to be submerged and most city people still rode bicycles.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book! Nice long easy to understand read! Both my Mum and I have read this book and it was a thoroughly enjoyable read! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very interesting read, as are all of Palins books, especially when he's in the more obscure countries.Published 14 months ago by Phil
Michael's narrative is entertaining and informative and you feel that he is also being entertained and informed on his amazing journey to seldom visited places of the world. Read morePublished on 8 May 2014 by Oakey View
Give me a chance I have not had time to read it yet,i can only go by the tv prog. ! !Published on 5 Feb. 2014 by red
I have this book on audio book and paperback as i like to listen to Mr Palin's voice to fall asleep. I love his work and his is my favorite of his tv shows. Read morePublished on 1 Jun. 2013 by Princess_Dennie_Pants