I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of anecdotes from safari-land. A little bit coming-of-age, a little bit self-expose, a whole lot funny, and totally charming. Winding through the entire story is a surprising amount of information: history, natural history, animal behavior, botany, psychology, geography and probably a lot of other things I didn't notice because it was so gently integrated. These are stories of the bush told by a safari guide who loved the animals, birds and plants he lived and worked amongst. I suspect this will stay in my favorites so I can listen to bits of it again whenever I have a few minutes. Highly recommended.
Over the road truck Driver listen to books to make the miles go by.
I anticipated a entertaining romp through Africa regaled with funny stories of peoples foolish antics while trying to capture wildlife in nature. What I got was a dull story of Botswana Safari Guide being foolish and not even being entertaining in the bargain. Since he has given up guiding, sure hope he's not planning on a writing career.
316 audiobooks in my library and counting. I'm an addict but I'm not sure I'll ever seek help.
When you get tired of your own life and just want to escape into someone else's shoes for a bit, may I recommend this book?
"Whatever You Do, Don't Run" is a series of many different little anecdotes and personal experiences from an African safari guide who I wish would be my friend. I could imaging many entertaining dinner parties with great conversation and lots of laughs.
Yes, it's not very long, but the vignettes are easily split into bit sized chunks - perfect for making those afternoons spent running errands more enjoyable.
The Holistic Business Guy
I liked that Antony had an Australian accent because the author is from Australia as well.
This audiobook has to be in the top ten I've ever listened to. I really, truly enjoyed it. Funny, poignant and even insightful to people's souls. The author does not try to proclaim himself as a hero. Most of the time, he is highlighting the exact mistake he made on a particular safari trip and the problem it caused him.
I recommend this audiobook highly.
Mr. Allison says things that are untrue and stupid. I suggest that if you are going to write a book about animals you should know something about animals. For example, regardless of what you think, birds ARE animals, as ARE people. Grass is not an animal. Mr. Allison, you should take a course in zoology! If you believe that you should never run, then why run from an old grouchy water buffalo. The book also goes on-and-on on issues that are not interesting, like when their "sardine can" boat trip went awry. Who cares!
No, I like these books
This story was light and entertaining. I truly enjoyed and I want to buy the book as well.
The performance is horrible. If you can forget that the reader pauses at the end of every sentence and speaks in a fake accent, get this anyway.
The story made me laugh and cry. It was wonderful!
Whatever You Do, Don't Run is a great book if your looking for a little bit of humor and adventure. While Peter Allison is no Bill Bryson, his stories are still well written and pretty humerus. This book shows a very interesting perspective on Africa and paints a wonderful picture of a wild life preserve. The narrator was not my favorite but true to the Authors country of origin and his performance was smooth. Very good book overall, so definitely give it a shot!
Peter Allison did a great job with this book. Great stories, and very humorous. The narrator, on the other hand, has made the book very painful to listen to. He stops mid-sentence and pauses as if there were a coma or a period where this is none. I listen to a lot of audio books as I spend a lot of time in my car. This is the first narrator I have truely disliked. I will not buy another book that has been narrated by this man.
Not from Peter Allison. Boring writer. Antony? Sure.
I didn't get to the end, not that it would have mattered.
Not really. Something like this has such potential to be hilarious and the author is just a not very funny, not all that intelligent sounding guy who's writing is pretty average.