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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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    Roni CROWN POINT, IN, United States 03-12-12
    Roni CROWN POINT, IN, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    What did you love best about Whatever You Do, Don't Run?

    I loved the fact this books was several short stories tied in together as a collection. Great for keeping you entertained.


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

    This book stands alone.


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

    stories of people behaving badly in the bush


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Cardiff, Australia 05-31-13
    Terry Cardiff, Australia 05-31-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A waste of two hours"

    I was looking for something light hearted and joyful after just listening to Nancy Wake, but this book didn't grab me at all. I found the story quite weak and the narration annoying. As a result, I only got two hours into it before deciding that I'd given it enough of a chance to improve. It didn't.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Devine, TX, United States 10-16-12
    Cynthia Devine, TX, United States 10-16-12 Member Since 2008
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    What disappointed you about Whatever You Do, Don't Run?

    It was not at all entertaining...more like a series of fraternity house pranks.


    What could Peter Allison have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Quit bragging about the jokes he played on unsuspecting tourists and other guides.


    What does Antony Ferguson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator was very good.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I'm disappointed that I wasted a credit on this book. I only listened to the first third of it and then abandoned it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 03-04-12
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 03-04-12 Member Since 2002
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    "run from this book"

    Sadly, a great narration coupled with a totally uninspiring story. The flow seemed to be a collection of unconnected tales from Peter Allison's time as a guide in Africa.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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