Whatever You Do, Don't Run is a hilarious collection of true tales from top safari guide Peter Allison. In a place where the wrong behavior could get you eaten, Allison has survived face-to-face encounters with big cats, angry elephants, and the world's most unpredictable animals: herds of untamed tourists and foolhardy guides whose outrageous antics sometimes make them even more dangerous than a pride of hungry lions!
Join Allison as he faces down charging lions (twice); searches for a drunk, half-naked tourist who happens to be a member of the British royal family; drives a Land Rover full of tourists into a lagoon full of hippos; and adopts the most vicious animal in Africa as his "pet". Full of lively humor and a genuine love and respect for Botswana and its rich wildlife, Whatever You Do, Don't Run takes you to where the wild things are and introduces you to a place where every day is a new adventure!
©2007 Peter Allison (P)2012 Tantor
"Allison's infectious enthusiasm for both the African bush and his job showing its wonders to tourists is readily apparent, making for a fast and very entertaining read." (Booklist)
I really enjoyed this book. I listened to it while hiking and I had to laugh out loud several times or said oh-oh to myself, depending on the situation.
This is a quick read that makes you want to visit Botswana!
I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of anecdotes from safari-land. A little bit coming-of-age, a little bit self-expose, a whole lot funny, and totally charming. Winding through the entire story is a surprising amount of information: history, natural history, animal behavior, botany, psychology, geography and probably a lot of other things I didn't notice because it was so gently integrated. These are stories of the bush told by a safari guide who loved the animals, birds and plants he lived and worked amongst. I suspect this will stay in my favorites so I can listen to bits of it again whenever I have a few minutes. Highly recommended.
Over the road truck Driver listen to books to make the miles go by.
I anticipated a entertaining romp through Africa regaled with funny stories of peoples foolish antics while trying to capture wildlife in nature. What I got was a dull story of Botswana Safari Guide being foolish and not even being entertaining in the bargain. Since he has given up guiding, sure hope he's not planning on a writing career.
316 audiobooks in my library and counting. I'm an addict but I'm not sure I'll ever seek help.
When you get tired of your own life and just want to escape into someone else's shoes for a bit, may I recommend this book?
"Whatever You Do, Don't Run" is a series of many different little anecdotes and personal experiences from an African safari guide who I wish would be my friend. I could imaging many entertaining dinner parties with great conversation and lots of laughs.
Yes, it's not very long, but the vignettes are easily split into bit sized chunks - perfect for making those afternoons spent running errands more enjoyable.
Peter Allison did a great job with this book. Great stories, and very humorous. The narrator, on the other hand, has made the book very painful to listen to. He stops mid-sentence and pauses as if there were a coma or a period where this is none. I listen to a lot of audio books as I spend a lot of time in my car. This is the first narrator I have truely disliked. I will not buy another book that has been narrated by this man.
The Holistic Business Guy
I liked that Antony had an Australian accent because the author is from Australia as well.
This audiobook has to be in the top ten I've ever listened to. I really, truly enjoyed it. Funny, poignant and even insightful to people's souls. The author does not try to proclaim himself as a hero. Most of the time, he is highlighting the exact mistake he made on a particular safari trip and the problem it caused him.
I recommend this audiobook highly.
This story was light and entertaining. I truly enjoyed and I want to buy the book as well.
The performance is horrible. If you can forget that the reader pauses at the end of every sentence and speaks in a fake accent, get this anyway.
The story made me laugh and cry. It was wonderful!
Whatever You Do, Don't Run is a great book if your looking for a little bit of humor and adventure. While Peter Allison is no Bill Bryson, his stories are still well written and pretty humerus. This book shows a very interesting perspective on Africa and paints a wonderful picture of a wild life preserve. The narrator was not my favorite but true to the Authors country of origin and his performance was smooth. Very good book overall, so definitely give it a shot!
Met my expectations. Loved the early story about the mouse problem and how it was handled. I will never go back to Africa, but it brought back good memories.
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