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Download Around the World in 80 Days Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,227 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Palin Narrator: Michael Palin Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2005 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ERNEST MORE | 2/18/2014

    " BBC Radio Star-Cast Adventure. Dramatised in four parts of 30 minutes each by Terry James. Included are all 56 illustrations by Geoffrey Towle from the 1873 American edition of the book published by J. R. Osgood & Co. of Boston. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 2/12/2014

    " Great humorous eye-opener of the world's quacks and qualms "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tresuiri | 1/29/2014

    " It was tolerable mostly, good in a few spots. I would avoid this book unless you don't have better alternatives at that time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Millin | 1/23/2014

    " An amusing story of the trials and tribulations trying to emulate the fictional journey. More interesting to me because of the use of merchant shipping and coming into Felixstowe at the end "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 1/15/2014

    " I love Michael Palin! His travel shows were fantastic - so how could I resist reading the book? This wasn't a let down. The observations in the book are funny and insightful. I think you should watch the series before you read them, because it's helpful to visualize and relate to the people and places as you read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/11/2014

    " Re-read in March/April 2012 for book club "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marca | 1/10/2014

    " Interesting and fun. Mr. Palin is the voice (audio). By the end, the listener is almost as exhausted as Palin from all the travel. A great way to go around the world without leaving your home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dhen Hawke | 12/17/2013

    " The first travel book I have ever read and I thought it was fantastic! Michael Palin became my instant favourite. He's so witty and funny and has a special gift to write in such a very captivating way. The book is very entertaining and informative at the same time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurel Kristick | 12/6/2013

    " I'm listening to this one - fabulous companion to the first travel show Michael Palin did (can it really be almost 20 years ago?). MP is doing the reading and it is a lot of fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 10/17/2013

    " Not having ever seen the TV series (this or his other journeys) I didn't come to this with any pre-conceived ideas. Enjoyably written, more about the people and the travel than the places. It did make me rather nostalgic for some of my travel memories, and look forward to reading his other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 10/5/2013

    " Really enjoyed this! I love Michael Palin's style, and hearing him read his travel diaries is fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Losby | 8/31/2013

    " Read this right after reading his 1980s diaries, which end with him leaving on his adventure. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jill | 5/12/2013

    " I love Michael Palin and I love travel - I figured there was no way this couldn't be great. It was horribly boring. I didn't even finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 3/10/2013

    " A diary of his trip around the world. Fun read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Huy | 12/16/2012

    " Excellent read! The last leg from NY to London drags out a bit as nothing really happened. Also the ending is somewhat anti-climatic. But as the saying goes, the fun was in the journey, not the destination. And it was a fascinating journey. Highly recomended read for fans of offbeat travel books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pupsi | 2/24/2012

    " Reading this book now after such as long gap makes it read more like a history book than a travel book. But it is still enjoyable and his style of writing is very engaging "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole McGrath | 9/12/2011

    " Love Palin's friendly writing style, and warm descriptions of the interesting characters he meets on this incredible journey. As a traveller myself, I found this immensely enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn Stark | 8/13/2011

    " Probably my favourite of Palin's adventures :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 8/12/2011

    " A fun and informative travelogue; an early outing for the comedian who's made a second career out of this kind of thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susie077 | 12/1/2010

    " Humorous and interesting. Must read the others in the set now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 9/13/2010

    " Read this right after reading his 1980s diaries, which end with him leaving on his adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marca | 2/21/2010

    " Interesting and fun. Mr. Palin is the voice (audio). By the end, the listener is almost as exhausted as Palin from all the travel. A great way to go around the world without leaving your home. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 6/6/2009

    " A good thing to read if you are thinking you would ever want to try to go around the world in 80 days, because then you will already know you will not get to see much! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 5/29/2009

    " Great humorous eye-opener of the world's quacks and qualms "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 4/28/2009

    " A modern attempt at recreating the old Jules Verne tale. It was ok. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mystair | 4/9/2009

    " a pleasant, relaxing summary of facts in the typical Michael Palin style. Good to wind down from a stressful day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ERNEST | 1/20/2009

    " BBC Radio Star-Cast Adventure. Dramatised in four parts of 30 minutes each by Terry James. Included are all 56 illustrations by Geoffrey Towle from the 1873 American edition of the book published by J. R. Osgood & Co. of Boston. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jill | 1/7/2009

    " I love Michael Palin and I love travel - I figured there was no way this couldn't be great. It was horribly boring. I didn't even finish it. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Palin

Michael Palin established his reputation with Monty Pythonˆs Flying Circus and Ripping Yarns. His work also includes several films with Monty Python as well as The Missionary, A Private Function, an award-winning performance as Ken in A Fish Called Wanda, and Fierce Creatures. He has also written books to accompany his very successful travel series, Around the World in 80 Days, Pole to Pole, Full Circle, and Hemingway Adventure.