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The CDs by outbasket on 9 August 2008 3:30am
Has anyone listened to the CDs of MP reading his books? The Day 1 of Pole to Pole has some of the music in the background which is nice. The CD set of Around the World in 80 Days on Amazon.com shows a release date of 2007. I am just wondering if they are worthwhile.
Re: The CDs by peripatetically on 9 August 2008 1:19pm
No, but they sound great!
Re: The CDs by trev on 13 August 2008 8:30am
Ive got them all (well, sort of have ripped the MP3s from Library borrowed copies of the CDs) and theyre all fabulous. The versions you tend to be able to buy from the BBC, Amazon etc all tend to be abridged, whereas Library versions are on the whole totally unabridged. I think they are versions made by Chivers Audio intended for people who are blind and partially sighted, but here in the UK at least, anyone can borrow them. Some libraries charge a nominal fee, but here in West Yorkshire they are totally free. Check out your local Library!

Id be happy to supply people with a disc full of the MP3s, but I think wed be getting into a murky copyright area there. Unless of course MP owns the copyright as he does the written books, and he OKs such a scheme with a view to making a few quid for The Michael Palin Centre?
Re: The CDs by outbasket on 16 August 2008 9:16pm
Thank you trev for the post. I noticed on the sample "Michael Palin Reads Day One", that most of them do not have any background music. The Pole to Pole sample does and it is wonderful. It adds so much to the reading. Is that a BBC Radio Dramatisation version? How would I know if I was getting a version with the background music?
Re: The CDs by trev on 18 August 2008 9:58pm
I can only presume that it is a BBC dramatisation on the abridged version. My version of Pole to Pole doesn't appear to have any music at all, whereas ATWI80D has short link music and background bits that soon fade out (much like the TV show itself). There is similar music on Hemingway, but nothing at all that I can find on a quick listen on Full Circle, Himalaya or Sahara (or Diaries and Hemingway's Chair for that matter). It's a while since I've listened to any of them so I had to have a quick check!

In short, I don't think any of the unabridged versions have consistent background music, but I don't have any of the BBC versions so can't be sure about them.

Audible Audio Files by outbasket on 23 August 2008 2:52am
I downloaded Around the World in 80 days (Unabridged) and Pole to Pole (Abridged) from Audible.com. The 14 day trial period allows for 2 free downloads. They both have the background music. Unfortunately I found out by calling Audible.com that the other Unabridged versions are not available in the US. I like the details, as it gives you more insight as to how the trip really went. I am enjoying listening to Michael read 80 days.
Re: The CDs by trev on 23 August 2008 3:06pm
Outbasket - drop me an e-mail to [email protected]


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