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4.23 out of 54.23 out of 54.23 out of 54.23 out of 54.23 out of 5 4.23 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Palin Narrator: Michael Palin Publisher: AudioGO Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2005 ISBN:
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Michael Palin is off again, this time to the seemingly desolate Sahara Desert. There's no easy way across, as he and his team discover on their most challenging expedition yet.

From a starting point in Gibralter, Michael makes his way to Morocco, then over the Atlas Mountains to the little-known countries of Mauritania, Mali, and Chad. He travels on the longest train in the world, meets with the Paris-Dakar Rally in the middle of nowhere, and sees the world's largest mud mosque before arriving in Timbuktu.

Then it's a journey with nomadic herders and a camel caravan, to Algeria and a recently re-opened Libya. Finally, Michael returns to the classical remains of Tunisia, where Life of Brian was filmed and he was crucified.

The mysterious, barren desert is revealed to be a place full of people, landscapes, and stories, a vibrant land with a history of civilisation, trade, and conquest stretching from the ancient Egyptians to the oil-rich Islamic republics of today. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anu | 2/3/2014

    " Almost as good as his travel series on PBS :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Genevieve | 1/16/2014

    " Listened to the audiobook version and followed along with the written version. I now want to go travel! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Wakefield | 1/14/2014

    " A delightful travel book by a very enthusiastic traveler. He even complains only minimally about some late night runs into the desert with a trowel, paper and matches following unfortunately upsetting camel stew. Palin is so very open to each new experience and appreciative of his opportunities that he easily carries along the reader. And from the security of my air conditioned home I can find his travels in 133 degree temps almost enticing. Well--almost. . On to palins next adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 12/20/2013

    " This was an enjoyable read. He doesn't gloss over the hard parts of travel. I'd like to read more of his books.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aquila | 11/12/2013

    " Wooooooooooooooooooooooooow. Amazing writing and amazing experiences! Sometimes quite moving too, but there are also some parts you can't help smiling at. Totally awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcus | 11/7/2013

    " Another romp with Michael Palin ,this time around the Sahara. Just as enjoyable as the others. You can tell that even during the lowest moments of the trip, he was enthusiastic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maja | 8/4/2013

    " Slower pace but very enjoyable! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 7/4/2013

    " No one writes a better travel narrative than this former Monty Python member. This is the third of his series of 5 or 6 that I've read, and none of them have fallen short of my expectations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 6/11/2013

    " The great travelling comedian brings us to the greatest desert region in the world and explores the land and its people in this exceptional companion to the documentary series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerri | 6/9/2013

    " Too hard to listen to a book like this, you really need the pictures and video. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monjamckay | 1/11/2013

    " I was a bit dissapointed by this legendary travel writer... He often seems more interested in drinking a beer at the end of the day than seeing the wonders of the world... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank Kelly | 8/24/2012

    " Wonderfully adventuresome chronicle by the witty and well spoken Michael Palin. I finished the book wanting to leave immediately for the region and to experience what Palin experienced. Superb read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis | 6/24/2012

    " This guy sure gets around. He seems to be able to get right alongside of the people he visits. He puts himself in some trying situations. a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lewis | 4/18/2012

    " You can't beat a bit of Palin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 10/3/2011

    " A good read but probably not as interesting as some of his other books simply because there was a lot less to see in the Sahara. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nelia | 9/19/2011

    " Not surprised to discover that Michael Palin's writing is funny, charming, and highly entertaining. Really enjoyed this book, I find Palin's voice very appealing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 T.r. Sune | 8/19/2011

    " Makes me want to visit the Sahara, home boys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 angrykitty | 2/4/2011

    " obviously i have read all of the plain travel books. this one, like himalaya had less writing and more pics, and for some that might be a plus, but to me that was a negative. overall though, still good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 12/31/2010

    " Best reading while you are actually crossing the desert in East Morocco,lovely "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon Aldridge | 12/21/2010

    " I actually read this one, instead of watching the series. I found it most enjoyable! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 5/16/2010

    " A fun armchair travel book by the former Monty Python star who is a funny, warm and humane travel writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 4/25/2010

    " I generally love travel books and Palin has a good eye for taking a reader on trips with him. This book (so far) is a bit of a tough read. The adventures are engaging, but it's a bit difficult to following the winding trail he takes through Africa. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis | 4/11/2010

    " This guy sure gets around. He seems to be able to get right alongside of the people he visits. He puts himself in some trying situations. a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monjamckay | 4/21/2009

    " I was a bit dissapointed by this legendary travel writer... He often seems more interested in drinking a beer at the end of the day than seeing the wonders of the world... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 1/31/2009

    " I actually read this one, instead of watching the series. I found it most enjoyable! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 11/27/2008

    " What a fantastic book. I knew Michael Palin was funny, but he is also a brilliant writer. The perfect blend of history, politics, people, and his own perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 9/20/2008

    " A fun armchair travel book by the former Monty Python star who is a funny, warm and humane travel writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Genevieve | 3/29/2008

    " Listened to the audiobook version and followed along with the written version. I now want to go travel! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lewis | 2/4/2008

    " You can't beat a bit of Palin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 angrykitty | 1/22/2008

    " obviously i have read all of the plain travel books. this one, like himalaya had less writing and more pics, and for some that might be a plus, but to me that was a negative. overall though, still good. "

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About the Author
Author Michael PalinMICHAEL PALIN is a comedian, novelist, actor, playwright, and founding member of Monty Python. He is the author of the novel Hemingway's Chair as well as several books on the history of Monty Python, including The Pythons, and numerous travel guides, including Brazil and Sahara.  He also happens to be one of the funniest people on the planet.  He lives in London, England.