Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure

  • by Michael Palin
  • Narrated by Michael Palin
  • 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winner of the British Book Awards, Outstanding Achievement Award, 2009.When Michael Palin was researching his novel Hemingway's Chair, his interest was stimulated by Hemingway's appetite for travel and "Papa's" evocations of the places he knew. In pursuit of Hemingway, Palin begins at the beginning, in Oak Park, Idaho, then travels to Italy where Hemingway served in the Ambulance Brigade in the First World War. Then on to Paris in the "Roaring Twenties", bull-running at Pamplona and Hemingway's love affair with Spain. Hemingway became disillusioned and returned to the States, where he lived on Key West in Florida before moving to Sun Valley, Idaho, until the Spanish civil war recalled him.


What the Critics Say

"Easy-going Palin's essential niceness and unpretentious ability to relate to anyone from any culture makes him Britain's best-loved travelling companion." (Talking Business)


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Personal journey of an icon

Where does Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very relaxing and informative insight into the life of a 20th century icon. Very much a personal journey read in an amiable style which so characterises Palin. Learned some new things but probably the best part was the feeling that you are actually there in each location he visits.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure?

It was all memorable, I loved it.

What does Michael Palin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I can't imagine that the experience would be quite the same without Michael reading it. He leaves room for your mind to imagine without intruding.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

It's already a TV series!

Any additional comments?

Get it.

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- David


I couldn't get through this because of the extremely annoying use of background music that just wouldn't fade out and seemed to go on and on and on. It also seemed to be a 'Think of a Theme' travelogue that are so popular these days but also seem to verge on the utterly pointless. Maybe if you're a big Hemmingway fan you'll find something of interest here, otherwise give it a miss.
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- Jim

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-08-2006
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited