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
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Dom's travel exploits entertain me much more than I expected - he's a really good writer and his narration certainly adds to the amusement. See also "Scary Monsters and Super Creeps" http://www.audible.co.uk/pd?asin=B009W3C8JW
Different in style to Jon Ronson and just as enjoyable.
"A real gem"
This was right up my street as I'm a bit of a dark tourist as well. Loved learning about the places Dom travelled to and getting to know him a bit better. Good sense of humour, really warmed to him and nice to see a lot more depth than trigger happy. A really interesting read. Thanks Dom!
"Clever, funny, insightful."
Great book - if you like Jon Ronson you will like this more. I loved it.
"Wished it could have been longer but really good!"
Can remember listening to Radio 5 when Dom Joly recounted his brush with USA customs and laughing out loud so this book was always on my list.
Dark Tourism is a great idea and DJ has such an ability to remain steadfastly British in his expeditions that I wished the book and his tales could have lasted longer. Really enjoyed the observational humour on both location and individuals and lost count of the 'laugh out loud' moments. Fellow dog walkers in the New Forest have marked me down as 'troubled!' Particularly loved the e-mails from the PDRK and trip to Chernobyl! In all a great book and one that I will listen to again when I want to cheer myself up!
"I would love to go skiing in Iran after reading!"
A well described trip into the parts of the globe never before explored by Judith Chalmers in Holiday. Dom Joly treats each new place with sensitivity towards locals along with a wry look at unusual customs. I laughed out loud at many parts which were just long enough to make you want to go yourself without feeling there was nothing unexplored.
"Intelligent and interesting"
I needed lightening up so I picked up this audio book not expecting too much. I was more than pleasantly surprised to find that Dom Joly had a lot that was interesting, intelligent and funny; quite a combination! I think the element that made this work the most for me was the fact that the author was reading it, expressing the material in a way that only he could. I listen to a lot of audio books and this one stuck out because, unlike others, I didn't ever have to force myself to keep listening.
"Entertaining & informative"
Dom Joly provides a unique perspective on various unusual travel locations. This book is both funny (peculiar) and funny (ha ha) and brings out historic and personal facts and foibles in a satirical style. A really entertaining and informative book, brought to life by being read by the author himself. Thoroughly recommended.
I've gone straight on to buy his next book based on this. Some of the destinations must have taken quite a bit of daring, the result is a pretty unique travel book. This was in parts funny as you'd imagine, but mostly interesting. All but one of the destinations held interest for me, definitely one of the better audio books I've read recently.
"Very funny, yet not too insensitive"
His locations are brilliant and gave an interesting insight into the unseen under-visited locations of the world. His concept of "dark tourism" was not much different than the reason most people visit some places, it's the morbid rubber-necking of motorway pileups in holiday/travel writing form. Who doesn't like that.
I felt I learnt a lot and many experiences which could have been tastelessly joked about or transformed for cheap humour are avoided in favour of honest reflection, which is refreshing. Thoroughly enjoyed this, even though I have no experience of Dom Joly in his other media exploits. Well worth a listen.
"Fascinating and hilarious"
Highly recommended, who knew that Dom Joly was such a great writer, with such an interesting background. Spent much of the book laughing out loud, and the unusual nature of his travel destinations means much to learn too.
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