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Summary

Shortlisted for: Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year – Specsavers National Book Awards 2012

Michael Palin journeys to a vast country of unimaginable contrasts - Brazil. An economic powerhouse, it is host to a staggering variety of peoples. He starts his journey in the north, in the remote mountains and forests on the border with Venezuela, and finishes in the south at the legendary Iguaçu Falls. He travels by river-boat, float-plane and foot to visit tribes deep in the jungle, samples life in the agricultural and mining heartland of Brazil, experiences the modernism of Brasília and the heady mix of Rio de Janeiro, and ventures into the favelas. He travels down the northeast coast with its African-inspired culture; to São Luís; Recife and Salvador, where Michael is swept up in Candomblé. He heads to São Paulo, where the super-rich commute by helicopter; tastes German beer served from a motorcycle sidecar, and tries his hand at being a cowboy before journey's end beneath one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world.

©2012 Michael Palin (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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More than just some bloke on holiday.

Hand's up who now wants to go to Brazil... Well form an orderly queue behind me.



This is the first time i've listened to a travel book. I always thought that listening to some bloke bang on about how lucky he was to have the opportunity to visit somewhere better than my suburban reality would really tick me off, but Michael Palin just isn't some bloke and Brazil not just some place far away. I was gripped from the two minutes in and stayed gripped throughout.



My wife and I started listening to this book on a ridiculously long car journey and found ourselves delaying getting out of the car when we stopped. Palin comes across as a genuinely nice bloke as you would expect. The real star of this book however, is Brazil.



Not just a wonderfully diverse and important place, Brazil you will discover is an approach to life that seems so refreshing and as my wife said, Palin's delivery unfolds more as the story of Brazil than a trip guide.



This book left us in no doubt that the emergence of Brazil as an important global force could actually be just what we all need.

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I canot wait!

I finished this over the weekend and must say it is up there with 'Around the World' and ' Himalaya's' - Now I cant wait to see the TV version as MP struts his stuff around this vast continent. He captures just about everything, with his wonderful humour and accents, its really very, very good and I have no hesitation in recommending it to you guys! It is amazing that this country is so diverse with such a massive culture difference, but everyone rubs along together and makes it work! He covers just about everything that you want to know, from politics to football, economics and gay marches. Now the problem is, what will he will do next?...USA I suspect, now that would be fun, poking fun at them...cant wait again.

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Solid Palin

My least favourite book of the author but still, a solid 4/5 and a must listen.

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Brazil

Michael Palin is the king of narration. His warm and friendly style really draws the listener in and makes you wish you were there with him. The best thing is he is a Sheffield United fan, and of course Santos!

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Loved it

A wonderful insight of Brazil told by the wonderful Michael Palin. Amusing,informative and colourful.

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Brazilliant!

totally love it, Palin is always a joy to listen to. 10/10 in my opinion.

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Armchair Travelling at its Best

I am completely biased. I have loved all of Michael Palin's TV series. And his books are equally as good too. helped by the author narrating them himself.

I find them witty, in site full and, sometimes, even cringe worthy.

But worth listening too again and again.

I look foward to him revisiting many of the sites in his books ... hint, hint.

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excellent

fascinating insight into Brazilian culture.
Michael tells the story so well & with genuine enthusiasm.
highly recommend

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Simply the best

As always Michael palin puts the listener in his well travelled shoes.
I await un abridged versions of "the Python years" and "halfway to Hollywood.

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A wonderfull insight into this intriguing country

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The book highlights some wonderful people along the way which really leave you with an impression of the Brazilian way of life. It highlights the vast area of the country whilst via those encounters demonstrates the significant differences between the various areas. I downloaded the book as I am visiting for the world cup next year and feel I have a much better understanding of Brazilian culture as a result of listening, whilst obviously acknowledging any book attempting to cover such a vast country could only ever hope to really scratch the surface.

I did enjoy the way individual encounters are used to give a personality to the regions.

Overall an excellent listen/read.

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  • 14-08-17

travels with Michael Palin

I have listened to, read and watched all of his travel books. Always enjoy the escape.

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  • Phil
  • 17-09-16

Want a modern look at Brazil?

Perfect for someone who wants a glimpse of modern day life in Brazil! I'm an educator who can use much of the factual details to share with my students. Gave me a wonderful picture of the whole country. Thanks!

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  • 27-10-12

Fun and Informative

What made the experience of listening to Brazil the most enjoyable?

Michael Palin's account of his journey through Brazil will stand out among my favorite audiobooks. His descriptions are so implicit, and his narration so full of energy, that it almost felt like I was at his side on his journey from north Brazil to south Brazil. A dash of history and humor makes this a fun and informative view into a rising country that I knew little about. It was hard to hit the pause button.

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  • 12-12-17

Awesome overview of an incredible country

I loved the route he took, his excellent way of telling the story of the people he met, and the narration in general. I’ve lived in Brazil, and am about to return to live a few more years, and this book has me even more excited.