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VINE VOICEon 10 May 2013
Format: Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
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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on 21 October 2013
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 collection , well worth buying if you fan of michaels , fan of travel books , diaries etc etc , or if thinking bout a holiday in brazil .. loverly pictures , funny at times and well worth a buy ...
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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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VINE VOICEon 23 September 2014
Impulse-bought this at the airport as background reading during a two week trip to southern Brazil. Palin's writing is not as amusing or diverting as you'd hope, relying more on facts than anecdotes or insight and he gallops around the country at lightning pace affording most towns 2-3 pages. As such, you finish the book feeling semi informed but not hugely satisfied. Some topics are covered in more depth (the various sections on favelas are excellent) and it's definitely worth a read, just don't expect Bryson-quality material.
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on 29 December 2014
This is the book that accompanies the TV series (which I actually haven't seen yet but have been told is great). Michael Palin's book is a lovely augmented guide which not only gives interesting information to travellers but is also filled with delightful anecdotes written in Palin's inimitable style.
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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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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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on 21 October 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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on 11 November 2013
A well written book easy to read. Very interesting you could be there with him. Would recommend it to all.
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on 23 November 2015
I OFTEN WONDER WHY THE BBC SPEND VAST SUMS OFMONEY SENDING EX COMEDIANS AND NON LINGUISTS TO PLACES ALL OVER THE WORLD.TIME AND TIME AGAIN WE HAVE WHISTLESTOP TOURS THAT ARE SO SUPERFICIAL THAT THEY SEEM LIKE TRANSIT STOPS.HOW COULD THE BBC SENDSOMEONE TO BRAZIL WITHOUT A KNOWLEDGE OF PORTUGUESE CONVERSATION.THEN THEY SEND STEPHEN FRY TO CENTRAL AMERICA SO THAT SOMETIMES 2 COUNTRIES ARE COVERED IN A PROGRAMME.THERE IS A HOPE OF CHANGE WITH JEREMY WADE AND JAGO COOPER IN THEIR FASCINATING PROGRAMMES ON RIVER MONSTERS AND CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGY RESPECTIVELY.BOTH ARE ABLE TO TAKE PART IN RESEARCH AND INTERVIEW LOCALS . IN SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE.FIONA BRUCE ,TOO CAN SPEAK ITALIAN AND FRENCH IN HER PROGRAMME ON LEONARDO DA VINCI.JUST ABOUT ALL THE REST INCLUDING SIMON REEVE HAVE TO BE SPOONFED BY LOCAL INTERPRETERS.THE BBC SHOLD ENCOURAGE LANGUAGE SKILLS
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