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Diaries 1969-1979

The Python Years
Narrated by: Michael Palin
Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (217 ratings)

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Summary

Michael Palin has kept a diary since being newly married in the late 1960s, when he was beginning to make a name for himself as a TV scriptwriter (for David Frost, the Two Ronnies, etc). Monty Python was just around the corner. In this first volume of his diaries, he tells for the first time how Python emerged and triumphed. Perceptive and funny, it chronicles not only his struggle to find a niche in the world of television comedy, but also the extraordinary goings on of the many powerful personalities who coalesced to form the Monty Python team.
©2006 Michael Palin (P)2006 Orion Publishing Group Ltd.

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  • Gillian
  • keighley, west yorkshire, United Kingdom
  • 17-06-10

fascinating

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

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  • Dermot
  • Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom
  • 02-06-07

This might seem ridiculous but...

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.

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Fascinating

Michael Palin has always been one of my favourite actors and authors.
His movies, tv-series, and books have always given me great joy!
It was very interesting to listen to his life in the 70’s and I am so looking forward to the next diaries from the 80’s.
Very well written and of course, read! 😁

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Nice listen

interesting to hear about the python early years.
it's cool to hear them not from a recollective story, but from how they were written at that particular moment in time.

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  • mark
  • Cloyne, Cork , Ireland
  • 07-07-13

An Interesting read.

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.

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takes yer back!

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.

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Surprisingly dull

Michael Palin is adorable, but does not spill any beans. These diaries are too safe and innocuous to be of interest.

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Palin reads out his diary for a big paycheck..

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Diaries 1969-1979?

When he meets the cast of Star Wars Back in the 76' His description of Harrison Ford is rather good..

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Palin?

Well It has to be Michael, Just sad he sounded so Deadpan...

Was Diaries 1969-1979 worth the listening time?

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.

Any additional comments?

One for people who need to listen to every single detail that you never knew already about this famous comedy troupe.

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I loved it... real Palin class

listened to this over a 2 day period... absolutely loved it, great insight into the Python crew and behind the scenes antics, Michael has such a rich warmth about him.. I could listen to him all day. highly recommend it.

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Excellent!

I loved it! A great read and will be sorely missed on my daily commute!

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  • Oskar LB
  • 02-04-08

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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