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.
Loved it. Plenty of great adventures and all well narrated by Dom Jolly. I've now downloaded his next book.
"Audio books at their best"
Audio books at their best, fantastic content read by the hilarious author himself. Would strongly recommend.
"What a great read"
I loved this book, Jolly is funny, intelligent and adventurous. The North Korea and Iran chapters were brilliant. I will be reading more :)
"I've gone off Dom"
a fairly dull account of a lonely, awkward man, doing very little in interesting places. Some genuinely funny parts, but not enough. A fairly mediocre delivery of his own material.
I really wanted to like it, but found that I rarely did.
"Great stuff from Dom Joly "
He writes and narrates this with such subjectivity and it's highly recommended by me excellent
"Alternative and interesting view of the world"
A very good, easy and entertaining listen. While familiar with Dom Joly, I've never actually sat down and watched one of his shows so this was a bit of a departure for me but I will certainly check out Mr Joly's other writing in the future.
The tours as a whole were good and I was quite taken with the idea of skiing in Iran, North Korea was also fascinating. He doesn't take himself too seriously which makes this an easy listen for the most part but is obviously affected by some of the travels especially the killing fields.
Overall a most enjoyable and alternative way of looking at parts of the world.
Yes I would have already listened twice!!!!
America and the total lunacy of the paranoid Americans he met
yes Scary Monsters, a great listen too
Yes unfortunately time didn't allow me
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