Though he's famous from film and television, when Michael Palin narrates his audiobook about British polar exploration in the 1830s and 1840s, he makes the material the star. His considerable intelligence, talent, and experience are manifest in his easy control of pacing and tone and his clarity of sense, which allow the absorbing, sometimes even thrilling, history to be the focus of interest. He aptly supplements the history with reminiscences of his own visits to some of the remote areas described. His slightly age-roughened voice is engaging and listenable. He narrates the sometimes bleak and sad history with appropriate sympathy, but his overall manner is of an amiable, cheerful interest, resulting in a program as engaging as it is informative. W.M. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2019]
Digital Download Greystone Books 2018
DD ISBN $21.00
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