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.
"Getting Funny Looks in Lidl"
As a traveller, (for work mostly) I really relate to a lot of the situations in the book - particularly crossing international borders and the examination of other countries' visa stamps.
As good or better than anything I have had from Bill Bryson or Michael Palin.
I hadn't - but enjoyed this so much that I have immediately gone onto another one of his books - Scary Monsters and Super Creeps - and likewise am enjoying this.
In life things that are memorable tend to have prompted extremes in emotion. Something that could make you laugh one minute and almost cry the next - Cambodia!
I listen to Audible as part of a nightly 'get fit by having a long walk after dinner' regime. Wandering into supermarkets whilst listening to a book which at times is laugh out loud hilarious, gets you the strangest looks from people. People used to (and probably still use) the term with a book to describe how good it is - 'couldn't put it down'. This definitely comes into the category 'couldn't switch it off'!
"Interesting, but not very funny"
Mainly interesting due to the locations he visited and strange situations. I don't think you could exactly describe it as laugh out loud...maybe the odd chuckle.
The North Korea, Cambodia and Iran chapters are truly fascinating but the Lebanon visit is a flat end to the book as Joly is clearly famine with Lebanon.
However it's a good listen and Joly peppers the text with funny and not so funny anecdotes.
"Started well but then faded"
Started really well but the narrator was getting bored towards the end and you could really feel it in his voice .
"Wasn't much dark tourism "
Started well but tailed off in last few chapters. Was expecting more destinations along the lines of Cambodia and Chernobyl. Seemed to be a lot of padding towards the end
"Entertains, interesting, and informative."
An engaging narration from the likeable Dom Jolly makes it easy to follow him on his travels.
At each turn not only is he entertaining but also informative, showing the little seen destinations around the world in their true glory (good and bad) and makes you wonder wether you should follow.
Excellent for those who like to travel, dark or otherwise. Extremely good for everyone else!
"hilarious..look forward to much more from Dom Joly"
loved this book...i listen to it again and again...it is hilarious....more, more please Mr Joly....
"Better than I expected"
Having given up of S Frys latest and two or thew others, it was a pleasant relief. Interesting and humorous with out the need to drone on and on about himself and what an interesting fellow he is..
"Take a Journey.....Somewhere you thought ..."
Excellent, excellent story, real life telling. I personally have been to one or two of these places. But I NEVER would go to them all !!
"Amazing listen to time and time again"
I love this book so much Dom is a great travel writer and tourist I wish he did more of these books funny and insightful and a great way to explore things you might only ever hear about great counties and great stories thanks Dom 😄😄😄
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