The author narrates, and his satisfaction with his own handy-work comes through in the audio format.
I love the story about him getting a huge sound system in a new car and immediately driving off to find a cop to get a noise violation.
The stories about just getting wasted and annoying people were a little boring.
The book is a collection of funny stories. Everyone likes to tell their funny stories, and I think in audio format you get more of the feel of hanging out with a friend and telling hilarious story than just reading them.
If you are familiar with this genre, you won't be amazed, but not disappointed either.
There isn't a single anecdote or account in this book that doesn't deserve to be told. They are mostly brutally depressing and shameful. But halfway through the book, I didn't really feel like I was learning anything new. If you read the title and subtitle and question the validity or mechanics in anyway, especially if you are an American, I'd highly recommend reading this, and maybe the prolonged discomfort of the repetitive, devastating stories is part of the author's intent.
Don't know, the only printed item that might be valuable would be a map of the area.
There are many great, scary, touching, beautiful descriptions throughout this great book. An early one that sticks out is the scenario where the safari ranger is inside the temporary elephant pen trying to repair the electric fence while his team distracts the heard, only to be discovered by the elephants and charged at. And then.......!!!
He's got the soothing English accent going for him and does a good job conveying a broad range or emotion without being overly dramatic.
The story is cohesive, rewarding, and filled with amazing descriptions of the author's life with this herd of elephants. It is very easy to project yourself onto his reserve and imagine yourself with these animals. This book made brought out a range of emotion. It made me tense, giddy, angry, inspired, sad, and excited. I was content at the end, a bit disappointed it was over, captivated throughout, and at times insanely jealous of the author's experiences.
Almost all the (hopefully) interesting plot points are built up in a very obvious, predictable way. Then, one you get to them, the description is just...average. Fill that in with a bunch of boring descriptions about moving around and looking for supplies. There is no novel take on the zombie genre. At all. Think of the most stereotypical zombie plot sequence you can imagine and you just summarized this book. The author's style is Grade C at best. There are repetitive word choices (e.g. "neutralize the zombie). He tries to get edgier by making the protagonist swear a lot, but only randomly. The protagonist, who's diary is the narration for the whole book, is the only character you get any feel for, and even he is weakly developed. The other characters are so poorly described that they might as well be cardboard cut outs.
Hints at a sequel. Just throw that thing away.
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