Ever since he can remember, Dom Joly has been fascinated by travel to odd places. In part, this stems from a childhood spent in war-torn Lebanon, where instead of swapping marbles in the schoolyard, he had a shrapnel collection - the schoolboy currency of Beirut. These early experiences left Dom with a profound loathing for the sanitized experiences of the modern-day travel industry and a taste for the darkest of places. And in this brilliantly odd and hilariously told travel memoir, Dom Joly sets out on a quest to visit those destinations from which the average tourist would, and should, run a mile.
Funny and frightening in equal measure, this is a uniquely bizarre and compelling travelogue from one of the most fearless and innovative comedians around.
©2010 Dom Joly (P)2011 Audible Ltd
Good book, funny and a different point of view. But didn't go into the sites he visited deeply enough. Worth using your credits on, fun book.
Yes, easy listen, author and reader did a great job.
While there were portions of this book which were interesting and-- indeed--funny, the lion's share of the work revealed the rantings of a man-child who had never quite grown out of his boarding-school humor. Joly may have done a fair bit of traveling, but it hasn't done away with his prejudices as Mark Twain theorized. There are far more interesting travelogues to unusual places than this.
Reasonably entertaining and informative. I found myself interested in exploring some of the places Joly went, and admired his willingness to just jump in across a variety of cultures. As other reviewers have noted, I also noted his tendency to speak in disparaging ways of pretty well every culture including his own in an effort, I suppose, to be funny. That didn't bother me enough to stop listening. Joly's narration was problematic. He does a great job of narrating his own material, but someone needs to tell him that he should never, ever try to fake an American or Latino accent again. Come to think of it, he shouldn't try to narrate any voice but that of a middle-aged British guy. I found myself cringing at all the dialogue. This is one of those ones that I wish I'd read instead of hearing.
"An OK read/listen"
Best: Some interesting insights into lesser visited places around the world. Funny in places.
Least: On occasion, a little too self-promotory.
Ending kind of petered out....underwhelmed (but then again, you wouldn't necessarily expect a big finish for this type of book).
This is my first listen to / read of Dom Joly.
Yes, given he's already done similar travel TV programmes. Dom Joly would obviously have to be the star!
Didn't know what to expect. Great that Dom Joly narrated it too. Give it a go.
"an unexpected gem"
My first internet download of a book. I have downloaded books from CD's previously, but this was a new experience. A brilliant experience. The book was not only funny, it was entertaining, educational and thought provoking. Read in a chatty way, so wasn't slow and sleepy, like many, and kept the listener alert. The book gives insights to many well known places of sadness, which we all tend to visit when we are there. Strange how we all are drawn to something macabre.
Brilliant book for travellers. Gave it 10/10. Strongly recommended. Brilliant. Will now seriously consider other audible books.
"The Casual Arrogance of an Englishman Abroad"
It's not quite xenophobia, bigotry or racism, but there is a definite air of superiority that permeates this book.I had expected an exploration and celebration of the bizarre and hard-to-explain places that Dom Joly chose to visit, but instead we were given a list of complaints that were borderline snobbery, and didn't allow us to savour the experience.
I love the books of Jon Ronson. They embrace the weird and challenging situations that he discovers, and they absolutely revel in them. This book didn't do that at all. I always felt like I was a tourist, and always detached from the place.
I gave it two rather than one star because the tales are mildly interesting (although, I must say I was also a little underwhelmed by the choice of destinations).
"what an arsey bloke, for a 'travel' writer"
DJ tries so hard for wry & sardonic & all that clever stuff but Mark Thomas he isn't; middle-class middle-England arsey is how he presents.
There are some entertaining and of-interest sections & flashes but for me these were drowned by his stereotype-tastic ethnocentrism; lazy boy.
"my favourite book"
can listen to it over and over. great writing about interesting places brilliantly read by the author.
"Joly Good (sorry)"
Thankfully not funny in the main. I found it amusing and well written in the main. Could do with some repeats editing. Overall as good a travel book as I have read.
Great fun book cheered me up and was sad to end the book
Anyone interested in weird travel stories will enjoy
"Jolly Enjoyable Tales"
Great audio book. Excellent my read and very interesting. There's more to Dom than just a big phone!
"Funny adventures in great places"
Fantastically written and well read book around Dom's fascinating adventures in countries normally left alone
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