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Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure

Narrated by: Michael Palin
Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
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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.

©1999 Michael Palin (P)1999 Orion Publishing Group Ltd

Critic Reviews

"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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  • montana
  • 31-05-2016

Travelling like a Champion!

I have always enjoyed watching Michael Palin documentaries on traveling the planet. In the true style of Michael Palin's mega journeys; a delightful dip into Ernest Hemingways adventures.

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  • Wallen
  • 22-10-2007

Great story about Hemingway

Micheal Palin's voice and dry humour never ceases to bring interest to this topic. Being a Hemingway fan is not necessary to enjoy this audiobook, but it adds value to know about the man and his stories.

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  • M. Harris
  • 07-04-2018

Production!!

I have loved every TV series, book and audio book by Michael Palin, but felt that this audio book was let down by the poor production and especially the awful unnecessary background music. Remove it and it would be up there with his other works.

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  • bungalowphil
  • 18-05-2015

excruciatingly annoying background music

What did you like best about Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure? What did you like least?

like everything by palin the book is well crafted and read but the background music is so intrusive that I have yet to read more than a few minutes at a time without throwing the headphones across the room.

Who was your favorite character and why?

n/a

How could the performance have been better?

scrap the background music

Did Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure inspire you to do anything?

ensure any future purchases are music free

Any additional comments?

it is a shame that such poor production standards have been allowed to mar what would otherwise presumably be an enjoyable read/listen. I won't be buying anything further from this publisher (or whatever they're called)

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  • David
  • 06-03-2014

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-09-2020

the wrong way round

I really enjoy watching the DVDs of the programmes contemporaneous with listening but this time they followed a different path. Quite confusing. But still good.

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  • Ed H-J
  • 16-05-2020

Probably the least successful Palin diary

I hugely enjoy Palin’s work, as a comic, and his travel programs and writing. However, for whatever reason I couldn’t get into this one. Having not read much Hemingway was possibly the cause, but I don’t know.

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  • Just
  • 06-02-2020

Palin at it again!

Was always a fan of Michael Palin's odd travelogues, which all had a geographic theme to them, while this one does not; here he does not travel around the world, across a desert or mountain range, but follows the life and movements of his favourite author. Very well written, amusing and serious, and read wonderfully by the author.

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  • F. R.
  • 01-11-2019

Could not bear the repetitive background music.

I love Michael Palin's voice but there is annoying trumpet music on a loop, most of the way through. I had to give up listening. I really wanted to hear the story as the book is out of print. Didnt an editor listen to it before publishing. so disappointing. would like a refund but cancelled Audible membership as I have enough books for now.

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  • Jim
  • 28-05-2007

Irritating

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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