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Publisher's Summary

A must-have purchase for any armchair fan of unique and award-winning travel programming.

Great Continental Railway Journeys is now a firmly established series on BBC2, following in the illustrious tracks of its predecessor - Great British Railway Journeys. Both series are fronted by ex-politician Michael Portillo, and in this European odyssey he travels around continental Europe using George Bradshaw's 1913 Continental Railway Guide.

Now coming up for its fourth instalment this autumn, Portillo guides the train-travelling fan across Europe, arriving at a myriad of magical and historically fascinating cities we all dream of travelling to by train. From London to Paris, Bordeaux, Lyon, Copenhagen, Oslo, Lisbon, Madrid, Berlin, Monte Carlo, Prague, Munich, Zurich, Rome, Budapest, and St Petersburg all the way down to Constantinople, Haifa and Jerusalem, Portillo describes the great feats of engineering that built the various railway lines connecting Europe and further afield and the men and women who made these journeys famous through their deeds and words.

This audiobook covers every single journey Portillo has undertaken across Europe, capturing all the colour, beauty, excitement and fervour of journeying across this historic continent can muster.

©2015 FremantleMedia Ltd 2015. First published in great Britain in 2015 by Simon & Schuster UK (P)2016 Bolinda

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  • Mark
  • 29-10-16

Boring Michael is much better on TV

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Less history, better narrator.

Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Portillo again?

Probably not will watch his TV shows

Any additional comments?

Not a travel book more an old history book that is very dry

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  • H. W. W. Kirby
  • 11-04-21

Bit Disappointing

I really like Michael Portillo's television programmes, but this book is a bit dry - even though I also have the hardback, so could admire the photographs.

Unlike the books that accompany the travel programmes of Michael Palin, Charley Borman or Chris Tarrant, this gives you no behind the scenes insight or personal perspective.

Instead, it is a precis of the episode without the input of the presenter or any of the people he met.

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  • Richard Ashby
  • 21-08-16

Politics with the occasional train

Would you try another book written by Michael Portillo or narrated by Michael Portillo and Nicky Henson ?

No

Has Great Continental Railway Journeys put you off other books in this genre?

No

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Performance was wooden, read in a total monotone. no pauses between sections

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Great Continental Railway Journeys?

All those annoying and totally unnecessary personal life spans !!!! 1652 to 1794 etc etc etc !!

Any additional comments?

A book about European politics more than an enjoyable travelogue.

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