Travelling with Michael Palin

5 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,383 ratings

Michael Palin: Around the World in 80 Days Summary

In the autumn of 1988, Michael Palin set out from the Reform Club with an ambitious plan: to circumnavigate the world, following the route taken by Jules Verne's fictional hero Phileas Fogg 115 years earlier. The rules were simple. He had to make the journey in 80 days using only forms of transport that would have been available to Fogg. And so, complete with visas, running shoes, an inflatable globe and sound advice from Alan Whicker, Michael Palin began his incredible journey.

Crossing 17 borders and meeting innumerable challenges, he saw Venice from the back of a rubbish barge, rode around the Pyramids on a camel called Michael, and was attacked by a cockatoo in Hong Kong - amongst many other adventures. Phileas Fogg may have brought a Princess back from his travels, but Michael Palin brought back a fascinating and frequently humorous account of the journey of a lifetime.

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  • Book 1

    • Michael Palin: Around the World in 80 Days

    • By: Michael Palin
    • Narrated by: Michael Palin
    • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 761
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 678
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 674

    In the autumn of 1988, Michael Palin set out from the Reform Club with an ambitious plan: to circumnavigate the world, following the route taken by Jules Verne's fictional hero Phileas Fogg 115 years earlier. The rules were simple. He had to make the journey in 80 days using only forms of transport that would have been available to Fogg.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very interesting indeed

    • By D. Wilkins on 13-03-15

    Regular price: £15.99

  • Book 2

    • Michael Palin: New Europe

    • By: Michael Palin
    • Narrated by: Michael Palin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80

    Michael Palin reads his own account of a journey into a new Europe. Michael Palin's New Europe starts with a simple idea: that only a couple of hours from home are a half of Europe that is for him as unknown and unexplored as the plateau of Tibet or the vastness of the Sahara. Cut off for most of his life by Cold Wars and Iron Curtains, Europe's eastern lands are now open for business - and Michael sets off to discover them.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable but superficial

    • By Andrei S. on 13-04-17

    Regular price: £19.69

  • Book 3

    • Michael Palin: Pole to Pole

    • By: Michael Palin
    • Narrated by: Michael Palin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 205
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 181
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 181

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An interesting story with excellent narration

    • By DRMT on 24-02-15

    Regular price: £19.69

  • Book 4

    • Michael Palin: Sahara

    • By: Michael Palin
    • Narrated by: Michael Palin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67

    Michael Palin's epic voyages have seen him circumnavigate the globe, travel from the North to the South Pole, and circle the countries of the Pacific Ocean, but perhaps the greatest single challenge he has faced is his latest: a crossing of the vast and merciless Sahara Desert. As the journey unfolds, the Sahara reveals not only the emptiness of endless sand dunes, but a huge and diverse range of cultures and landscapes, and a long history of civilisation, trade, commerce, and conquest.

    Regular price: £18.49

  • Book 5

    • Michael Palin: Full Circle

    • By: Michael Palin
    • Narrated by: Michael Palin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 248
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 218
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 217

    The third and most ambitious of Michael Palin's adventures is a voyage of epic proportions - the circumnavigation of the Pacific Rim. He travels for almost a year through the 18 countries that border the world's largest ocean, and is forced to negotiate mountains, plunging gorges, cross glaciers and dodge icebergs. Volcanoes also mark Palin's journey. He climbs one which has freshly erupted and follows great rivers like the Yangtze and the Amazon to some of the most remote places on earth.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Palin Power!

    • By Fatboypoole on 08-04-13

    Regular price: £19.69