Pole to Pole

  • by Michael Palin
  • Narrated by Michael Palin
  • 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Three years after the epic adventure described in Around the World in 80 Days, Michael Palin was off again. Not circumnavigating the globe, but journeying from one end to the other: the North Pole to the South Pole. Following the 30 degree east line of longitude and using aircraft only as a last resort, Palin and his team endured extremes of heat and cold as they crossed 17 countries on trains, trucks, ships, rafts, ski-doos, buses, barges, bicycles, and balloons.Whilst making his way down the world, Michael took part in an impressive and eclectic array of activities: a Russian kissing dance in Novgorod, a mud bath in Odessa, white-water rapids on the Zambesi and a squash game at 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Kartoum.
All of these adventures and more, including trying to buy a camel, are described by Michael Palin in his usual vivid and humorous style, leaving you wide-eyed with wonder whilst also laughing out loud.


What the Critics Say

"Palin vividly reports on the almost daily changes in panorama and the acutely experienced differences in climate, culture, politics, plumbing, lodgings, food, and mores.....The narrative is witty and Palin's exuberance contagious." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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A delightful voyage

I've listened to several of Palin's travels & this is by far one of my favorites (they are all good though!).

In this voyage, Palin and team begin at the north pole then cut down to greenland and through Europe. They eventually reach Africa and continue southwards.

Alas, in South Africa they experience insurmountable transportation issues and have to hop over to South America to continue down to the South Pole.

Palin's narration makes this trip a delight to listen to & brings alive the places they pass through.
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- wendy


Charmingly eccentric in an English sort of way. Palin is an astute observer and more whimsical than laugh out loud funny. It is nice to hear him read his own work and this book was time well spent.
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- Benjamin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-01-2005
  • Publisher: Audible Studios