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)
The narrator has a pronounced accent (to the American ear). At first, I found listening very difficult. However, I soon caught onto the rhythm of his speech and to the unfamiliar patterns of pronunciation and, within a chapter or two, found the reading quite pleasant.
I've been on safari a number of times, and always wondered what it would be like to be one of the guides. As I listened to Mr. Allison's tales, I felt like one of his comrades sitting around the campfire, exchanging stories about encounters with wild animals and khaki-clad tourists like myself. I very much enjoyed this book.
Met my expectations. Loved the early story about the mouse problem and how it was handled. I will never go back to Africa, but it brought back good memories.
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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