©2006 Michael Palin; (P)2006 Orion Publishing Group Ltd.
An audiobook diary for me is strangely dissatisfying. Much as I love Michael Palin, this book I found rather dull. It tells the story of the rise and fall of Python - and with it the well being and mental state of the protagonists - but in diary format offers no particular insight or depth. A typical days entry is in truth fairly dull, as I suppose the life of a writer and performer must be.
I listened to halfway to hollywood first and immediately bought this as i wanted to know more about the early years of python. I'm old enough to have been around when Python was born although I can't recite the parrot sketch or any others. Palin is a great story telller it was fascinating to re live the 70's through his eyes knowing what we know now about his career and those of his fellow Python's
Michael Palin is adorable, but does not spill any beans. These diaries are too safe and innocuous to be of interest.
Not really, Michael sounds bored with his own material, I always equate Palin with the enthusiastic persona that he displays in his Travel Shows, that Michael is not evident here.
When he meets the cast of Star Wars Back in the 76' His description of Harrison Ford is rather good..
Well It has to be Michael, Just sad he sounded so Deadpan...
Only if you are an extreme Python Fan. Some parts were interesting, but he just reads out of his Diary with a very uninterested delivery. It makes the whole experience oddly joyless.
Rather like listening to a favorite uncle complaining about his depression.
One for people who need to listen to every single detail that you never knew already about this famous comedy troupe.
I bought this book as Python fan and I wasn't disappointed. It gives great insights into the feelings of the group at the height of their success and all from the viewpoint of the quiet python. The fact that Michael Palin narrates himself only adds to the enjoyment.
A must read for any Python fan. Not to be missed.
I have spent several enjoyable afternoons laying on the conservatory sofa listening to Michael Pailin's selected readings from his diary. Whilst I was never a big Monty Python fan, I nonetheless very much enjoyed listening to Palin's recollections, read in his relaxed manner, recalling a very memorable era for all of us aged around 60. Have just downloaded the next installment and hope it is as good.
"Silly is the word."
Short, terse, but enjoyable odyssey through the life of Michael Palin; who just happened to be one of the core members of a silly group of brits which changed the course of comedy.
Silly is the word. Palin's the name.
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