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)
Probably not. There was too much personal information. I thought the book would be stories about adventures with tourists and animals, but it was too much about him.
I enjoyed the observations about animal behavior and toursit behavior too. I would like to have had the whole book be about such topics, I personally did not care about his personal nick name, reputation etc.
Stuck in the water with the the American and British couples.
No. I listened to the whole book because we were going to Africa and I was trying to get up to speed, but my husband only listened to a few chapters and decided it was not for him. It was not captivating.
First - Peter is a great storyteller. Second - he doesn't shy away from admitting his mistakes, scary or sad moments = he keeps it real (and good, comedic writing doesn't shy away from the trials of life - it just helps us laugh at the absurdity or helps us realize we're not alone). 3rd - amazing adventure stories with animals in Africa.
Not a book, but I think this is like a David Attenborough's Africa TV series - stories of Africa's people and animals
Antony Ferguson's performance was alright (B+/A-). He has an accent like Peter, but I wondered why they didn't have Peter narrate his own book, because the man himself probably would have done a slightly better job at the tone and expressions of how he really tells a story.
lots of parts, actually.
We really enjoyed this audiobook. We listened to it on a cross country trip. The stories were ones that made us laugh and a couple that made us a bit sad.
The main character. His story about his nickname, how he got the truck stuck, and other exploits were great!
The narrator was amazing! The expressions and tones helped to really add elements of excitement to the audiobook.
This audio book is a compilation of various events encountered/participated in by the author while living in Africa. We laughed at some of the stories. We were sad at others.
What a great job to have. I liked how the guides respected the animals. I would love to know more about Mr. Allison's adventures or have him as my guide on an African safari.
Greedy, voracious reader since age five. After a number of eye injuries & surgeries, reading is hard. So now, I listen.
I'm pretty sure I'll never get to Africa to go on safari. I imagine them to be fantastic, though. This book painted great mental images of African wildlife and some people clumsily running around trying to get good pictures of them. Great narration. Really fun.
Enjoyable stories from a safari guide, lots of animal stories and descriptions. Not really humorous and nothing outstanding. An easy listen.
Great stories of the author's adventures in the bush and as a tour guide. Some were funny, some were sad and some were a little scary. He's a great storyteller and I hope Audible gets his other books. Since I'll probably never get to take a tour of Africa, this was a nice substitution.
I might have rated it a 5, but he tossed in a political story and I would have rather just heard about his encounters with the animals.
Laugh, Learn, Africa
This book reminded me of Bill Bryson's "A Walk in the Woods" because it was autobiographical, factual, interesting, captivation and so funny I laughed out loud in almost every chapter.
My favorite character was the author, Peter Allison.
No, not in one sitting. Don't get me wrong, it was great listening and I was always anxious to get back to it, but the chapters were complete stories in themselves and I knew that if I only had an hour or so, I would be able to come away satisfied.
An easy to listen to book. The author has a good sense of humor and an obvious love of animals. A good choice when you want something low key in between intense books.
No - I never listen more than once. If it was good, I might read it.
I love everything African... this was cute while at the same time true.
This was my first listen to Antony Ferguson
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