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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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    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

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    Doug Weissman 04-15-15

    Say something about yourself!

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book was recommended to me when I was in Africa by someone who had already been. I was not disappointed and I have recommended it to anyone whether they are going to Africa, already been to Africa or is never planning to go to Africa.


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

    I don't believe I've ever really read a book quite like this. It's an adventure story based on someone's account.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't wreck any part of the book, But there are some hilarious scenes and I can just imagine I'm really happening.


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

    Again I really don't like this question because it takes a lot for me to be considered "Moved". This was just a fun book


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    Todd England 04-03-15
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    "Very good and interesting!"

    The speaker had some errors but not terrible! It was a great read! There were many very interesting stories! Read it!

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    Marilyn Licciardello 03-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very entertaining!"

    Loved it! We are going on a safari soon, and found this book to be very informative.

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    Kimberly Ontario, CA, United States 03-16-15
    Kimberly Ontario, CA, United States 03-16-15 Member Since 2015

    I'm just a book lover!

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    This was a great and easy listen. Interesting and comical stories. I enjoyed the narration by Antony Ferguson as well.

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    Marcos Tarruella 02-01-15
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    "Great to warm up for my first Safari"

    Quite entertaining book with stories of day to day live in the African Safari camps. Exactly what I needed.

    Enjoy.

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    KRAMER New York, NY USA 01-29-15
    KRAMER New York, NY USA 01-29-15 Member Since 2014

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    I really really enjoyed this! Very fluid and witty. I honestly couldn't stop listening. I highly recommend this to anyone!

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    Jackie Houchin Sun Valley, CA USA 01-26-15
    Jackie Houchin Sun Valley, CA USA 01-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting and informative"

    Interesting and often suspenseful. I learned a lot about the antics and lifestyle of wildlife and what it's like to be a safari leader.

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    Diana 01-21-15
    Diana 01-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Humorous behind-the-scene look at safari guiding"

    This isn't a laugh-out-loud all the way through the book type of humor, but it is a memoir done by a man who has made quite a few questionable decisions around wild animals, yet lived to tell his tales. And, he is humble enough to tell stories where he has been in quite a pickle. He is probably more expert with animals than he leads readers to believe, or one of the luckiest men on the planet. The humor comes from the stories that he tells at his own expense, a quiet, keen and gentle observation of animals and of humanity.

    The circle of life that is so obvious to people who live with wild animals was a bit of a shock to me, the births, seasons, and death of animals that come and go through the pages. Some of the animals with names, who had years of interaction with the safari guides, had personalities that are recalled and treasured by Peter Allison and made an impact on me. I am so glad that they are recalled in a book and that I could know them just a little.

    For anyone who enjoys animals, even if it just our domesticated dogs and cats, this memoir will be fun reading. For people-watchers, this book is just as fun since the people who came to take part in a safari came from all over the world, and Peter Allison described their traits or quirks with as keen an eye as he described wild animals.

    If you are pretty certain that you'll never be able to go on a safari in your lifetime, then reading this book is going to bring you very close to the experience. Without the bug bites, mice, dirt, heat, and snakes and large predators.

    And, not being an adrenaline junky, it was interesting to see the way a brave person thinks - both in deciding to do something I would never do, and then seeing how he managed to survive, and then look back on it with self-deprecating humor.

    Peter Allison has had a lot of exciting adventures in his life. I'm glad he shared them.

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    ngaire booth 01-13-15
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I loved the stories but the delivery was most disconcerting. The reader would pause when there was no punctuation, making the sentences difficult to understand. Re-record with a better narrator and it will be much better.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The anecdotes were great, bought Africa in tooth and claw into my living room.


    What didn’t you like about Antony Ferguson’s performance?

    He doesn't seem to understand the function of punctuation. He pauses when there are not meant to be pauses, his deliver is also pretty dull, not a lot of variety of tone, emphasis or volume.


    What character would you cut from Whatever You Do, Don't Run?

    Antony Ferguson.


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