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Charles

Charles Wantage, United Kingdom Member Since 2010
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  • "How travel writing should be..."

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    By now, pretty much everyone knows what they're going to get when they read or listen to a Michael Palin travel book: If you're looking for a normal travel guide, this isn't it. If you're just wanting an audio version of the TV series, this isn't it either. The books delve much deeper into the day to day of the trip than was conveyed on the screen. You find out more about the crew that travel with MP on his travels, and the things that happen off camera. Think of this as the companion piece to the TV series. To get the full effect, you want both, and ideally you'd watch one episode, then read/listen to the chapters/days in the book that go along with it, etc...

    As for the narration, MP is of course the only person who could do it. He's not just narrating the book, he's re-living it, and breathing life into the words for you.

    I've only marked the "story" rating as a 4, because whilst it's a grwat read/listen, it doesn't *quite* reach the heights that he reached on Round the World and Full Circle....

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    Michael Palin: Pole to Pole

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Michael Palin
    • Narrated By Michael Palin
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    (29)
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    (21)
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    In Pole to Pole we join Michael Palin on the second of his epic challenges. Travelling from the North Pole to the South Pole, he experiences every extreme the globe has to offer. As he crosses 16 countries by train, truck, raft, Ski-Doo, barge, balloon and bicycle, he meets a diverse range of fascinating characters and landscapes while his own endurance is tested to the limit. With his customary aplomb, he plunges himself into the local cultures, starring in a crayfish documentary in Novgorod, attending a baby-rolling ceremony at a Cypriot wedding, and consulting an Mpulugu witch-doctor.

    Sherril says: "Entertaining, as you would expect"
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  • Michael Palin: Around the World in 80 Days (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Palin Narrated by Michael Palin

    Michael Palin: Around the World in 80 Days

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael Palin
    • Narrated By Michael Palin
    Overall
    (35)
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    (24)
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    In the autumn of 1988, Michael Palin set out from the Reform Club with an ambitious plan: to circumnavigate the world, following the route taken by Jules Verne's fictional hero Phileas Fogg 115 years earlier. The rules were simple. He had to make the journey in 80 days using only forms of transport that would have been available to Fogg.

    Jim says: "An excellent tale of adventure"
  • A Walk in the Woods (






UNABRIDGED) by Bill Bryson Narrated by William Roberts

    A Walk in the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (98)
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    (96)

    The Appalachian Trail covers 14 states and over 2,000 miles, snaking through some of the most spectacular landscapes in America. Reluctant adventurer Bryson recounts his gruelling hike along the longest continuous footpath in the world.

    Colin says: "A walk in the woods"
  • Michael Palin: Pole to Pole (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Palin Narrated by Michael Palin

    Michael Palin: Pole to Pole

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Michael Palin
    • Narrated By Michael Palin
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    In Pole to Pole we join Michael Palin on the second of his epic challenges. Travelling from the North Pole to the South Pole, he experiences every extreme the globe has to offer. As he crosses 16 countries by train, truck, raft, Ski-Doo, barge, balloon and bicycle, he meets a diverse range of fascinating characters and landscapes while his own endurance is tested to the limit. With his customary aplomb, he plunges himself into the local cultures, starring in a crayfish documentary in Novgorod, attending a baby-rolling ceremony at a Cypriot wedding, and consulting an Mpulugu witch-doctor.

    Sherril says: "Entertaining, as you would expect"
  • Travelling to Work: Diaries 1988-1998

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Michael Palin
    • Narrated By Michael Palin
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    Travelling to Work is the third volume of Michael Palin's widely acclaimed diaries. After the Python years and a decade of filming, writing and acting, Palin's career takes an unexpected direction into travel, which will shape his working life for the next 25 years. Yet, as the diaries reveal, he remained ferociously busy on a host of other projects throughout this whirlwind period.

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  • Notes From a Small Island (






UNABRIDGED) by Bill Bryson Narrated by William Roberts

    Notes From a Small Island

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
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    After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson, the acclaimed author of such best sellers as The Mother Tongue and Made in America, decided it was time to move back to the United States for a while. This was partly to let his wife and kids experience life in Bryson's homeland, and partly because he had read that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another. It was thus clear to him that his people needed him.

    Jo says: "A Note From A Small Islander"
  • What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (






UNABRIDGED) by Haruki Murakami Narrated by Ray Porter

    What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
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    (32)
    Story
    (34)

    In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, Haruki Murakami began running to keep fit. A year later, he'd completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon, and now, after dozens of such races, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and on his writing.

    Kevin says: "Motivational, Insightful, Poetic"
  • The Lost Continent: Travels In Small Town America (






UNABRIDGED) by Bill Bryson Narrated by William Roberts

    The Lost Continent: Travels In Small Town America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    (215)
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    (72)
    Story
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    Hardly anyone ever leaves Des Moines, Iowa. But Bill Bryson did, and after 10 years in England he decided to go home, to a foreign country. In an ageing Chevrolet Chevette, he drove nearly 14,000 miles through 38 states to compile this hilarious and perceptive state-of-the-nation report on small-town America.

    Miss says: "The road trip you're dying to take"
  • Neither Here nor There (






UNABRIDGED) by Bill Bryson Narrated by William Roberts

    Neither Here nor There

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (154)
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    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    Having seen Europe with a rucksack 20 years earlier, Bill Bryson decides to make a sentimental return. An incisive, honest and funny portrait of modern Europe.

    KOKSAL COBAN says: "Fun to listen to.."
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  • The Dark Tourist: Sightseeing in the World's Most Unlikely Holiday Destinations (






UNABRIDGED) by Dom Joly Narrated by Dom Joly

    The Dark Tourist: Sightseeing in the World's Most Unlikely Holiday Destinations

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dom Joly
    • Narrated By Dom Joly
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (138)

    Ever since he can remember, Dom Joly has been fascinated by travel to odd places. In part this stems from a childhood spent in war-torn Lebanon, where instead of swapping marbles in the schoolyard, he had a shrapnel collection -- the schoolboy currency of Beirut. These early experiences left Dom with a profound loathing for the sanitized experiences of the modern-day travel industry and a taste for the darkest of places.

    Helena says: "Amusing, engaging and thought-provoking"
  • Michael Palin: Full Circle (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Palin Narrated by Michael Palin

    Michael Palin: Full Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Palin
    • Narrated By Michael Palin
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    The third and most ambitious of Michael Palin's adventures is a voyage of epic proportions - the circumnavigation of the Pacific Rim. He travels for almost a year through the 18 countries that border the world's largest ocean, and is forced to negotiate mountains, plunging gorges, cross glaciers and dodge icebergs. Volcanoes also mark Palin's journey. He climbs one which has freshly erupted and follows great rivers like the Yangtze and the Amazon to some of the most remote places on earth.

    Amazon Customer says: "Palin Power!"
  • Down Under (






UNABRIDGED) by Bill Bryson Narrated by William Roberts

    Down Under

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (183)
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    (73)
    Story
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    Australia has more things that can kill you than anywhere else. Nevertheless, Bill Bryson journeyed to the country and promptly fell in love with it. The people are cheerful, their cities are clean, the beer is cold, and the sun nearly always shines.

    Dafydd says: "Great book, Shoot the narrator."
  • Tracks: A Woman's Solo Trek across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback (






UNABRIDGED) by Robyn Davidson Narrated by Angie Milliken

    Tracks: A Woman's Solo Trek across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Robyn Davidson
    • Narrated By Angie Milliken
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    Enduring sweltering heat, fending off poisonous snakes and lecherous men, chasing her camels when they get skittish and nursing them when they are injured, Davidson emerges as an extraordinarily courageous heroine driven by a love of Australia's landscape, an empathy for its indigenous people, and a willingness to cast away the trappings of her former identity. Tracks is the compelling, candid story of her odyssey of discovery and transformation.

  • Tracks: A Woman's Solo Trek across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback (






UNABRIDGED) by Robyn Davidson Narrated by Angie Milliken

    Tracks: A Woman's Solo Trek across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Robyn Davidson
    • Narrated By Angie Milliken
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    Enduring sweltering heat, fending off poisonous snakes and lecherous men, chasing her camels when they get skittish and nursing them when they are injured, Davidson emerges as an extraordinarily courageous heroine driven by a love of Australia's landscape, an empathy for its indigenous people, and a willingness to cast away the trappings of her former identity. Tracks is the compelling, candid story of her odyssey of discovery and transformation.

  • The Thirty-Nine Steps (






UNABRIDGED) by John Buchan Narrated by Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot

    The Thirty-Nine Steps

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot
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    FNH Audio presents an unabridged reading of The Thirty-Nine Steps. In May 1914 Richard Hannay finds himself caught up in an international intrigue that has the sole objective of starting a world wide war. Hannay's enemies have committed murder and set Hannay up to take the fall. Now he's on the run from the secretive Black Stone and the police, yet he's the only one who can save England!

  • St. Tropez, Frejus, St. Raphael & the Western Cote d'Azur (






UNABRIDGED) by Ferne Arfin Narrated by Sally Martin

    St. Tropez, Frejus, St. Raphael & the Western Cote d'Azur

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ferne Arfin
    • Narrated By Sally Martin
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    Covered in depth are the Mauresque Coast, including St. Tropez, Le Lavandou, Grimaud, Ste Maxime, then on to Fréjus, Saint Raphael, the Massif du Tanneron, and the Esterel. All the places to stay are described, as well as the places to eat, the history, sights to see, plus adventures on foot, on horseback, and on water.

  • A Speck on the Sea: Epic Voyages in the Most Improbable Vessels (






UNABRIDGED) by William Longyard Narrated by Jon Repp

    A Speck on the Sea: Epic Voyages in the Most Improbable Vessels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By William Longyard
    • Narrated By Jon Repp
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    A Speck on the Sea chronicles the greatest ocean voyages attempted in the littlest boats.

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  • Central Idaho: Boise, Stanley, Challis, River of No Return, Pocatello, Craters of the Moon, Sawtooth, Oregon Trail: Travel Adventures (






UNABRIDGED) by Genevieve Rowles Narrated by Kay Nazarchyk

    Central Idaho: Boise, Stanley, Challis, River of No Return, Pocatello, Craters of the Moon, Sawtooth, Oregon Trail: Travel Adventures

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Genevieve Rowles
    • Narrated By Kay Nazarchyk
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    Right in the center of Idaho is the 2.3 million acre Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. Central Idaho offers the Gem State's most exciting, most literally down-to-earth, splash-and-dash adventures. The two big rivers running through it, the Salmon and the Middle Fork of the Salmon, attract adventurers from the world over. Ketchum/Sun Valley, Idaho's oh-so-trendy resort area, and the North Fork Road, an on-the-edge throwback to times past, point up the contrasts you will find here.

  • Oman: Under Arabian Skies (






UNABRIDGED) by Rory Patrick Allen Narrated by Alan Pelz-Sharpe

    Oman: Under Arabian Skies

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Rory Patrick Allen
    • Narrated By Alan Pelz-Sharpe
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    The Sultanate of Oman is a land of oases,deserts, rolling sands, shifting dunes, and mountains upon which ancient cities have been carved from stone. A land that boasts the Queen of Sheba, Sindbad the Sailor, and The Lost City of Ubar buried for millennia under the Arabian Sands. A country that was heralded for its wealth in frankincense, and it is from here that ancient frankincense caravans began carrying their precious cargoes to the classical world.

    Red says: "The Land of The Sultans"
  • Travel Tales Monthly: No. 2 Aug 2014 (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Brein Narrated by Gary Roelofs

    Travel Tales Monthly: No. 2 Aug 2014

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 38 mins)
    • By Michael Brein
    • Narrated By Gary Roelofs
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    Michael Brein's Travel Tales Monthly Bookazine Issue No. 2 for August 2014 contains 10 among the best travel stories from Michael's huge collection of travel tales that he has gathered in interviews with nearly 1,750 world travelers and adventurers during his four decades of his own travels to more than 125 countries throughout the world.