• Himalaya

  • By: Michael Palin
  • Narrated by: Michael Palin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 15-04-05
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (21 ratings)


Winner of the British Book Awards, TV & Film Book of the Year, 2005. 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 6 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.
©2014 Audible, Inc. (P)2014 Michael Palin
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5 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 28-07-06

More of the same Genius

You don't need to say alot more than, Palin, Travel, Genius. Once again Michael Palin makes you feel like you are travelling with him.

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4 out of 5 stars
By ZullPips on 30-01-18

Enjoyable -but thin on content

Where does Himalaya rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have only ever listened to this one

What was most disappointing about Michael Palin’s story?

It was a bit rushed. One was left wanting more detail on just about everything ( Geography, history, current conflicts, landscapes). I also did not like the fact that each day was announced numerically - it interrupted the narrative - especially as some days he didn't have much to say.

What about Michael Palin’s performance did you like?

He reads very well but trying to take on different accents didn't always work.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. We used it for traveling a long distance and divided it into two sessions.

Any additional comments?

It was an enjoyable experience. Thank you.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Martha on 19-06-05

It took me far away from home

I enjoyed this book once I found the website to follow along. His descriptions are so good - but the pictures and maps on the website really help to follow along.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By James on 05-05-05

A Summer Must-Have

Beautifully told audiobook by Michael Palin of Monty Python fame. Micheal continues his series of travel logs telling of the history, the people and culture of the Himalayas, his experiences as he travels around, the difficulties he encounters and descibes perfectly the beauty so few people have seen in the West.

This would also be perfect to go along with the DVD version as well. I would also recommend his other series of audiobooks such as his first, Around The World in 80 Days and Pole to Pole, if available.

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11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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