Michael Palin: Around the World in 80 Days : Travelling with Michael Palin

  • by Michael Palin
  • Narrated by Michael Palin
  • Series: Travelling with Michael Palin
  • 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the autumn of 1988, Michael Palin set out from the Reform Club with an ambitious plan: to circumnavigate the world, following the route taken by Jules Verne's fictional hero Phileas Fogg 115 years earlier. The rules were simple. He had to make the journey in 80 days using only forms of transport that would have been available to Fogg. And so, complete with visas, running shoes, an inflatable globe and sound advice from Alan Whicker, Michael Palin began his incredible journey.
Crossing 17 borders and meeting innumerable challenges, he saw Venice from the back of a rubbish barge, rode around the Pyramids on a camel called Michael, and was attacked by a cockatoo in Hong Kong - amongst many other adventures. Phileas Fogg may have brought a Princess back from his travels, but Michael Palin brought back a fascinating and frequently humorous account of the journey of a lifetime.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Having mostly retired from comedy, former Monty Python member Michael Palin sets out with a BBC film crew from the Reform Club in London, planning to follow in the footsteps of Jules Verne's fictional Phileas Fogg to travel Around the World in 80 Days. Palin is allowed only to use modes of transport that to which Fogg would have access during Victorian times, a feat in itself. Visiting Venice and Hong Kong, Giza and many other exotic locations, Michael travels around the globe, bringing back entertaining anecdotes and an epic adventure filled with humour and excitement. Narrated by Michael Palin himself, this marvellous audiobook can be downloaded from Audible.

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Classic boys own adventure

I saw the original TV series of Michael's adventure when I was a teenager - and enjoyed it from start to finish.

This audio book is a carbon copy of the TV series, and is an excellent listen - Michael Palin's genuine interest in the world, coupled with a strong sense of British reserve and sarcasm make for an enjoyable experience.


Highlights for me where the Dow adventure and his train travel across China; for different reasons. The Dow experience was very much about the strong relationship he built with the crew and the China train trip because it is a time stamp for a China that is fast changing.

Great boys own adventure.
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- Amazon Customer

Very interesting indeed

Very good, interesting story and well told. Nice pace to the performance, more than enough to keep you coming back for the next instalment. Made me want to buy the DVD of the TV series too.
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- D. Wilkins

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-10-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios