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Whatever You Do, Don't Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide | [Peter Allison]

Whatever You Do, Don't Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide

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!
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Laura Louisville, Ky USA 04-02-12
    Laura Louisville, Ky USA 04-02-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Disappointing"

    I thought there would be more entertaining stories about his safaris. More of an acolade to self.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kathrin Greenville SC 02-14-15
    Kathrin Greenville SC 02-14-15
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    "Quick Laugh Out Loud Read"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fay 10-14-13
    Fay 10-14-13
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    "Very entertaining!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William Houston, TX, United States 09-19-13
    William Houston, TX, United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2011

    Over the road truck Driver listen to books to make the miles go by.

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    "Not funny and slightly entertaining"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MelindaCogs Wisconsin 08-13-13
    MelindaCogs Wisconsin 08-13-13 Member Since 2012

    316 audiobooks in my library and counting. I'm an addict but I'm not sure I'll ever seek help.

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    "Just plain fun."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy 08-06-13
    Timothy 08-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Book, Bad Narration"
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    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl Kulak Westerville, OH USA 07-12-13
    Daryl Kulak Westerville, OH USA 07-12-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Entertaining, Funny and a Joy to Listen To"
    What about Antony Ferguson’s performance did you like?

    I liked that Antony had an Australian accent because the author is from Australia as well.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher 06-10-13
    Christopher 06-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Story, makes me want to book a safari"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This story was light and entertaining. I truly enjoyed and I want to buy the book as well.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The story made me laugh and cry. It was wonderful!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Zack Whitehouse Station, NJ, USA 02-28-13
    Zack Whitehouse Station, NJ, USA 02-28-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun and Interesting Adventure"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Libertytown, MD United States 04-22-15
    Amazon Customer Libertytown, MD United States 04-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it"

    Absolutely wonderful. Loved it and learned a lot. Wish there were another

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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