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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (790 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bob McCabe Narrator: Bob McCabe, John Cleese, Michael Palin Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2003 ISBN:
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Over thirty years ago, a group of five Englishmen and one wayward American re-wrote the rules of comedy. Monty Python's Flying Circus, an unheralded collection of sketches, hilarities, inanities and animations first appeared on the BBC late one night in 1969. Its impact on the world has been felt ever since.

This audio edition is a compilation of unique never-before-heard interviews with the Python team conducted by Bob McCabe while he researched the Python book, plus clips from the famous Monty Python sketches, including The Parrot Sketch, Nudge, Nudge, Wink, Wink, Spam and Ministry of Silly Walks. Here is a unique glimpse at arguably the most important comic team of the modern age. Do you want Spam with that?

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 2/17/2014

    " I was very young when the Pythons started out... but they made me the man I am today! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 2/4/2014

    " A very thorough account of the Pythons humble beginnings within the confines of Oxbridge and US Midwest to international stardom and infamy. If you're interested in their backgrounds then this book is a good starting point. The chapters at the start of the book before they were "famous" so to speak, felt disjointed and all over the place. And even at some points VERY BORING. Hence it took me a real while to get into the book but once you get to the point where they are working together on Monty Python it becomes a fascinating ans sometimes funny read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 1/29/2014

    " The Pythons Autobiography is a funny and fascinating history of Monty Python, by the Pythons themselves: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. (Graham Chapman died in 1989; he's represented by excerpts from earlier books and articles, as well as by his longtime companion David Sherlock and his brother and sister-in-law John and Pam Chapman.) Switching back and forth from one member to another, it covers their individual beginnings, their coming together as a group, and their work together and apart, up to the present day. The multiple viewpoints give an occasionally contradictory but always honest and interesting account of the group's ground-breaking comedy work; I particularly liked the sections on The Holy Grail and The Life of Brian. The book is fairly long (though my paperback edition isn't as long as the hardcover, which had many, many more photographs and images), but it's an absorbing read -- definitely an essential for any Python fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 1/26/2014

    " It fits in nicely as a companion piece to Almost the Truth. Definitely for the more obsessive Monty Python fan... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Todd Martin | 1/3/2014

    " I'm a big Python fan, but in the end I suppose I'd prefer to just eat and enjoy the sausage, than to see how its made. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 11/14/2013

    " Amazing book for anyone who is a fan of Monty Python. It has BUNCHES of pictures provided by the Pythons and their families. It is very, very in-depth. Oh, and the chapter on Graham Chapman's death has made me cry every time I've read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 3/28/2013

    " Four stars cause I haven't read it. It's massive, gorgeously laid out and illustrated. Barnes and Nobles was giving them away so each of my siblings got one for Christmas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 2/2/2013

    " Yes, Virginia, you can even do research for Spamalot! This is a wide-ranging 1st person account from all of the boys. The state, restate, contradict, argue, and some of the best bits come posthumously from Graham Chapman. Python-head must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 1/21/2013

    " I kinda just want to say "cool" and leave it at that. I'll just add that I enjoyed hearing these interviews and getting a feel for who each of the Pythons were and how their relationship evolved over the years. Not a true "book" but enjoyable nonetheless. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pj | 1/11/2013

    " Don't get me wrong, I love the Pythons. I just didn't enjoy it as much as other books about Python and with the Pythons' involvement. I suggest Monty Python Speaks instead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryce | 1/9/2013

    " If you're a Pythonista, this is required reading! Lots of fun, lots of photos, diary entries and interviews. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 angrykitty | 1/3/2013

    " really great book. a definite must for any python fan. i really like how it brought in the different python stories......well worth the read.... "

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

    " Exhausting... this is literally everything you need to know about the Pythons, from (literally) birth to the present day, all from their own mouths. Only drawback is the really small text. It's understandable given the length of the book, but when they lay it over an image it gets lost. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Hermanowski | 11/5/2010

    " The only thing better than this are the scripts themselves... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Simon | 4/20/2010

    " It was an incredibly poor recording of the interviews, especially with John Cleese with the telephone ringing in the background. I enjoyed hearing the story of the Pythons. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 8/25/2007

    " I prefer to watch this group's genius on film. I got bogged down and tired of trying to sort out "inside jokes". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian Kloester | 5/13/2007

    " A great read for any python lover. A visual feast to boot. If you ever wondered why they gave the game away definitely read this for all the not-so-funny behind-the-scenes intrigues. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roxie | 4/26/2007

    " Awesome book, deff recommend its a long read aswell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophie Houston | 12/4/2006

    " Funny and informative, whilst also reminding the reader how fallible memory can be - very weird to read four or five clever people remembering one event four or five different ways! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darbus | 9/11/2006

    " My only regret with this book is that I wish that the pictures had been better captioned. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virre | 5/17/2005

    " This is a great book, the pythons themself come to say, and it's brilliantly let Graham Chapman bee part of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 lancelot schaubert | 1/16/2004

    " hilarious. fresh. innovative as always. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drew Elmore | 12/24/2003

    " There is so much here! A great coffee table laden swallow. "

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