Himalaya

  • by Michael Palin
  • Narrated by Michael Palin
  • 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Customer Reviews

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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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- Paul

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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- ZullPips

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-04-2005
  • Publisher: Audible Studios