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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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    Jean Watz California 09-16-14
    Jean Watz California 09-16-14 Member Since 2014

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    "I thought this was going to be more entertaining"
    Would you try another book from Peter Allison and/or Antony Ferguson?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Stuck in the water with the the American and British couples.


    Do you think Whatever You Do, Don't Run needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    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.


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    Rachael 07-17-14
    Rachael 07-17-14
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    "Peter Allison will make you want to go on safari"
    What did you love best about Whatever You Do, Don't Run?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Whatever You Do, Don't Run to and why?

    Not a book, but I think this is like a David Attenborough's Africa TV series - stories of Africa's people and animals


    What about Antony Ferguson’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    lots of parts, actually.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angela LEWISTON, ID, United States 06-23-14
    Angela LEWISTON, ID, United States 06-23-14 Member Since 2013

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    Where does Whatever You Do, Don't Run rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character. His story about his nickname, how he got the truck stuck, and other exploits were great!


    What about Antony Ferguson’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was amazing! The expressions and tones helped to really add elements of excitement to the audiobook.


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

    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.


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    Karen D. Phillips, MD 06-11-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Worth the credit"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    joyce 05-30-14
    joyce 05-30-14

    Greedy, voracious reader since age five. After a number of eye injuries & surgeries, reading is hard. So now, I listen.

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    "My safari substitute"

    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.

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    James FRANKLIN, WI, United States 05-23-14
    James FRANKLIN, WI, United States 05-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Easy listen"

    Enjoyable stories from a safari guide, lots of animal stories and descriptions. Not really humorous and nothing outstanding. An easy listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zulu 12-18-13
    Zulu 12-18-13
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    "Great stories"

    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.

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    Geza Kamuela, HI, USA 01-20-13
    Geza Kamuela, HI, USA 01-20-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Laugh Out Loud Funny"
    If you could sum up Whatever You Do, Don't Run in three words, what would they be?

    Laugh, Learn, Africa


    What other book might you compare Whatever You Do, Don't Run to and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Antony Ferguson – was your favorite?

    My favorite character was the author, Peter Allison.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dotty CLOVIS, CA, United States 12-01-12
    Dotty CLOVIS, CA, United States 12-01-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Enjoyable safari"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tamrya Nash OKC 06-01-12
    Tamrya Nash OKC 06-01-12 Member Since 2008

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    Would you listen to Whatever You Do, Don't Run again? Why?

    No - I never listen more than once. If it was good, I might read it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love everything African... this was cute while at the same time true.


    Which character ??? as performed by Antony Ferguson ??? was your favorite?

    This was my first listen to Antony Ferguson


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Honey Badger does care.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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