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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,222 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Palin Narrator: Michael Palin Publisher: AudioGO Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In his most challenging journey to date, Palin tackles the Himalayas, the greatest mountain range on earth. It is a virtually unbroken wall of rock stretching 1,800 miles from the borders of Afghanistan to south-west China. Penetrated but never conquered, it remains the world's most majestic natural barrier, a magnificent wilderness that shapes the history and politics of Asia to this day. Having previously risen to the challenge of seas, poles, and deserts, the highest mountains in the world were a natural target for Michael Palin.

In a journey rarely, if ever, attempted before, in six months of hard traveling Palin takes on the full length of the Himalaya including the Khyber Pass, the hidden valleys of the Hindu Kush, ancient cities like Peshawar and Lahore, the mighty peaks of K2, Annapurna, and Everest, the bleak and barren plateau of Tibet, the gorges of the Yangtze, the tribal lands of the Indo-Burmese border, and the vast Brahmaputra delta in Bangladesh. He also passes through political flashpoints including Pakistan's remote north-west frontier, terrorist-torn Kashmir, and the mountains of Nagaland.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by jeanie | 2/13/2014

    " This book was 9 CDs long, and it seemed to take a really long time to get through. Michael Palin traveled through the Himalayas to film stuff for the BBC. He wrote this travelogue, too. I think the trip was somewhere around 4 months, and I think he narrated something for almost every day of the journey. The beginning of the trip really didn't grab my attention for some reason. He started in Pakistan, and I guess I just don't have any real connection to Pakistan. I didn't think we'd make end of the story. However, it became a little more interesting when he went into India, and some of the other countries along the way. He hiked up some mountains, talked to the Dalai Lama and some other people, and saw some elephants. There were other descriptions throughout which made me chuckle, but really the trip was a bit uneventful, and I found myself zoning out quite a bit, and had to force myself to pay attention. Nothing terribly exciting happened... I mean, someone got kidnapped and then reappeared, but it just kinda happened and there was nothing to get worked up about. We made it to the end, but I definitely found myself spacing out a lot along the way, as it was less than riveting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jennifer Fetterly | 2/8/2014

    " Ex-Monty Python goes travelling. Great humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Robert | 2/1/2014

    " Not bad, not my favourite of his travel books, but as it was the audio version read by the Author, give it 4 stars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Hitbybus | 1/31/2014

    " I found this book to be kinda slow and boring. I listened to it on audiobook and found myself constantly daydreaming and the story continuously running together. There were a few interesting parts to the book, but ultimately, I was unimpressed. "

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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.