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)
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.
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.
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.
The anecdotes were great, bought Africa in tooth and claw into my living room.
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.
I loved the interesting and amusing stories of the author's escapades in Botswana. I learned a lot of interesting animal facts that I shared with my students as we studied Africa. Highly highly recommend!!!
Not from Peter Allison. Boring writer. Antony? Sure.
I didn't get to the end, not that it would have mattered.
Not really. Something like this has such potential to be hilarious and the author is just a not very funny, not all that intelligent sounding guy who's writing is pretty average.
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.
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