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North Korea Journal

Narrated by: Michael Palin
Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
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Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

The audiobook behind the hit Channel 5 documentary.

A glimpse of life inside the world’s most secretive country, as told by Britain’s best-loved travel writer.

In May 2018, former Monty Python stalwart and intrepid globetrotter Michael Palin spent two weeks in the notoriously secretive Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, a cut-off land without internet or phone signal, where the countryside has barely moved beyond a centuries-old peasant economy but where the cities have gleaming skyscrapers and luxurious underground train stations. His resulting documentary for Channel 5 was widely acclaimed.

Now he shares his day-by-day diary of his visit, in which he describes not only what he saw - and his fleeting views of what the authorities didn’t want him to see - but recounts the conversations he had with the country’s inhabitants, talks candidly about his encounters with officialdom, and records his musings about a land wholly unlike any other he has ever visited - one that inspires fascination and fear in equal measure.

Written with Palin’s trademark warmth and wit, the journal offers a rare insight into the North Korea behind the headlines.

©2019 Michael Palin (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Too short for 1 credit!

I didn't realise how sorry toys book was until it was too late. It shouldn't be 1 credit or the cash equivalent.

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Micheal Palin is the David Attenborough of the Travel World

Micheal Palin for me is the David Attenborough of the travel world. I love his voice and personality and he makes travel accessible for all, from the comfort of your own home. I really loved the insights into the mysterious North Korea and it has given me a new found fascination for the place. I’ve already downloaded an autobiography of someone who escaped from there and started to find out more about the history of it. I throughly recommend this book and find the other reviews about it being too short strange. Too short for what? It is what it is.

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too short

This is a real treat, especially as I had missed the filming series. well read, and emotionally insightful. What would have been great would have been more extended interpretations. But still very enjoyable. Just a bit too short but that should not put you off.

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Good , but too short

michael's always a great voice to listen to, but always leaves the listener wanting more. a good listen, but wish it was longer

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Eye opening

So much more detail than the documentary and shows much more of Korean life and insights that cannot be filmed. Michael Palin as magical as ever.

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Great audiobook

If you enjoyed the documentary I think you will enjoy this too. Great performance by Michael and will definitely be looking at his other audiobooks

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Good but lacking

While interesting, this account, as you might expect, failed to reveal any real insight into the real daily lives and goings on of the North Korean people. I still enjoyed it, Michael Palin has a good manner in which he delivers the story and his observations along the way were nice. But I just hoped for more. 4/5

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Good read.

Not long enough. Am an added fan of micheals books and tv programs. Whens the next one?

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Enjoyable but too short!

I enjoy Michael Palin's travel series and this one was up to the high standards. The only problem it's not long at just over 3 hours. I wanted more! Wish he could of spent more time in North Korea!

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