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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: April 2005 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maura | 1/31/2014

    " This time he travels at a slightly less break-neck speed thru Pakistan, India, Nepal, Tibet, a tiny bit of China, and Bangladesh. Since these are all places I've either been to or would love to visit, this is a great window into that part of the world. which reminds me, i need to get my passport updated... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/15/2014

    " Very much a Monty Python fan and I enjoyed his take on a travel book. He's a personable guy and has a good outlook. "

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

    " Excellent overview of the Himalaya with enough detail & humour to hold your interest as you read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elissa | 12/24/2013

    " Monty Python's Michael Palin traverses the Himalayas to experience the diversity of culture and landscape along these mountains. Really makes me want to go there! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neil | 12/8/2013

    " Michael Palin is always enjoyable to read. This book is no exception. Really enjoyed it from the first page to the last page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Mustread | 11/20/2013

    " Third Palin travel book but first I've actually read -- other two I listened to on cd. This time I listened and followed along with the book, especially enjoyed the great photography. Next up is Palin's Full Circle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raghu Desikan | 10/16/2013

    " Palin is a good writer but he gets giddy at times, not that one should not be in awe of these wonders, but it could have been a whole lot better with some wiseass skepticism "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Murali | 9/14/2013

    " It is written with a nice sense of Humour and Palin has a flair for this particular genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 9/13/2013

    " A fun and educational book about the Himalaya's and the people who live there. Good book but not as entertaining as some of Palin's earlier travel books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 8/22/2013

    " Outstanding photography and text by the longtime Monty Python member and world traveller of one of the world's great places. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 angrykitty | 8/12/2013

    " like all the other palin travel books i've read, this one was really good. i do have to say though, that there wasn't as much writing in this one as some of the others and that was a bit disappointing. still a good read though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ambar | 2/12/2013

    " I was struck by his down to earth personality and found that he is very good with person as on Himalaya's BBC Program. So I bought the book. It contains his diary through the countries in Himalaya's range. Very inspiring and great narration. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 CynthiaA | 10/27/2012

    " Gorgeous photography accompanies a witty and interesting travel journal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lewis | 6/27/2012

    " Good old Palin, he never disappoints. This is perhaps the best of his travel books, along with Sahara. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesandre | 12/8/2011

    " Great pictures! Wonderful, humorous descriptions. Who wouldn't want to read Palin's journal? A more detailed companion to his miniseries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ken | 9/30/2011

    " Audio book version read by the author. This is a day by day narrative of his journey through the Himalaya mountain region. Michael Palin has a voice somewhere between Judy Dench and Wallace of "Wallace & Gromit". I would have enjoyed it better if I had a map because he visits some remote areas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 9/27/2011

    " pleasant travel audiobook, well narrated by Michael Palin himself "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela Joyce | 6/4/2011

    " This is excellent. Michael Palin is an amazing writer who knows how to inject unexpected humor into quite serious subjects. This book is more sensitively written than his Python material, however, and the photos are absolutely stunning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ajeya | 4/10/2011

    " Very informative and takes you to a journey in the mountains, people living there and their cultures "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 CynthiaA | 2/9/2011

    " Gorgeous photography accompanies a witty and interesting travel journal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lewis | 12/16/2010

    " Good old Palin, he never disappoints. This is perhaps the best of his travel books, along with Sahara. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hitbybus | 11/19/2010

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alan | 4/19/2010

    " Less satisfying than watching the TV series. Some great pictures though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chanpheng | 4/9/2010

    " Fun book, with nice pictures as Palin films around the Himalayas. Not a lot of background and a lot of silly jokes. His trip was quite superficial and revolved more around his filming schedule rather than being a meaningful memoir about amazing places. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 4/5/2010

    " Excellent overview of the Himalaya with enough detail & humour to hold your interest as you read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ajeya | 5/20/2009

    " Very informative and takes you to a journey in the mountains, people living there and their cultures "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elissa | 2/19/2009

    " Monty Python's Michael Palin traverses the Himalayas to experience the diversity of culture and landscape along these mountains. Really makes me want to go there! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesandre | 1/30/2009

    " Great pictures! Wonderful, humorous descriptions. Who wouldn't want to read Palin's journal? A more detailed companion to his miniseries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 11/23/2008

    " A fun and educational book about the Himalaya's and the people who live there. Good book but not as entertaining as some of Palin's earlier travel books. "

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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.