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.
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.
"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
"Nice and interesting"
It is a nice and interesting book to listen from experience of traveling to strange and inaccessible areas with taste of a comedian performance.
"Pure Dom Joly"
This was entertaining, funny and at times informative. Dom Joly shows the educated side to his humour here, well worth a listen to.
Brilliant listen. Always loved Trigger happy tv, and came across a 'gay toilet attendant' sketch on youtube and got this audiobook.
I don't want to spoil anyones read/listen but some unique grass cutting scenario in North Korea, humous-gate, explanations of how NASA went on a let's design a pen for space, when Russia just used pencils and countless other random facts in very different countries serves up a smorgasbord of laughs, and thoughtful stuff too.
"Thoroughly enjoyable listen"
Engaging right from the start, Dom Joly leads us through his Dark Tourist destinations. Made me alter my bucket list somewhat, now searching flights....
"interesting and amusing"
I don't usually do travel, fiction or biographies but , for some reason I was drawn to this one. So glad I was! Loved it from start to finish (which took only a couple of days). Interesting and amusing from the start. Jolys ability to draw you into the situation and surroundings is brilliant. A great listen . Highly recommended.
"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'!
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