The Pythons

  • by Bob McCabe, John Cleese, Michael Palin
  • Narrated by Bob McCabe, John Cleese, Michael Palin
  • 2 hrs and 34 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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?


What the Critics Say

"A full literary meal about the irreverent Python troupe...By book's end, [listeners] will feel they know each Python intimately and marvel that six such different personalities could collaborate to produce such hilarious, scathingly subversive comedy." (Publishers Weekly)
"Consistently absorbing...disarmingly frank." (The New Yorker)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Lots of fun

Very enjoyable, merits repeated listenings. I thought I knew everything about the Pythons but there were many bits that were new to me. Interviews nicely cut with some of their sketches. The quality of the interviews is slightly strange though, with ringing phones interrupting the speaker and John Cleese sounding like he's got food in his mouth. But don't let that stop you.
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- G

Interesting content, poor recording

You have to be a Python fan to make out the voices and content here; the recording quality is poor. But like the person who complains that the food quality is poor and then complains that there's too little of it, I wonder why Audible chose to abridge this. Once you've gotten used to the sound quality, as always it's a pleasure to hear the Pythons talking about their work.
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- Chris

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-31-2003
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio