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Michael Palin: Pole to Pole

Narrated by: Michael Palin
Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (270 ratings)
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Summary

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. He samples the local cuisines, from goat stew in Kigoma to seal lasagne in Tromsø, and the local customs, beating himself with birch twigs in a Finnish sauna and enjoying a mud massage in Odessa. His incredible journey is a delight for anyone interested in our weird, wonderful world.

©1999 Michael Palin (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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An interesting story with excellent narration

This is a really interesting journey with great narration by the author. Especially intriguing to reflect on the world he travelled through in the early 90s.

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I felt I was there ...

Michael Palin has the gift of creating word pictures so the listener can feel he/she was actually there. His words have the ring of authenticity. Nothing is sensationalised, just told like it was. He is not afraid to revel both the light and the dark of himself, which makes him engaging.

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Entertaining, as you would expect

Listening to this book is equally as entertaining as watching Michael Palin on TV. The scenes are painted with vibrancy and detail, giving the listener a trip From Pole to Pole which is entertaining from beginning to end.

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  • Charles
  • Wantage, United Kingdom
  • 18-07-13

How travel writing should be...

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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Great story, shame the download didn’t work and I couldn’t finish it! Annoyingly hard to resolve

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Excellent Audio Book

Really enjoyed listening to Micheal Pllin reading the book with enthusiasm and compassion. It brought ack lots memories of Africa, particularly Egypt, Kenya and Tanzania.

I would strongly recommend it to those enjoy travelling and yet are not to do so because of ill health like me.
Mahendra Kothari.

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Just wonderful

this is so different to watching the tv journey, the insights and anecdotes are fab and I could listen to Michael Palin narration at any time. Highly recommended.

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Not up to the usual Michael Palin standard

I have been working my way back through the Michael Palin travel books and diaries. The actual content is of course excellent. I enjoy his descriptions of his travels. However this specific book was poorer than say Around the world for two reasons. Firstly the sound quality is nowhere near as good as other books in the series. Don't know what the technical issue was but the sound was "grainy", less clear. The second issue is of course more subjective but Michael Palin just sounded a bit more jaded even a bit bored while narrating.

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Informative and enjoyable

A good book but not as good as around the world in 80 days. The ending was strangely abrupt.

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It's Michael Palin, do you need any more ?

Ok if you do, this is Michael's second outing, after round the world, and while it doesn't have the same time pressure, Mr Palin comes good with a very god travelogue of a world sadly past, he would I fear not be able to do the same trip now