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)
Audio book fan girl
I've listened to hundreds! This ranks as about an 8.5.
I don't read non-fiction, but I'd rename this: Adventures of Han Solo on Safari
Peter Alison...I'd love to have him as a guide. He's funny!
The birth of the baby elephant actually brought tears to my eyes. He did such a good job describing the incredible beauty of that moment
I'm not a non-fiction reader, but this book kept me hooked. I played it in my car wherever I went, and I'd find myself sitting in parking lots just so I could hear what happened when Peter got charged by a lioness! This is a great listen for driving around doing errands. It's a series of short, self-contained tales, the verbal equivalent of a safari through Peter Alison's life as a guide. Very well done!
This was a most enjoyable and engaging story. How this gentleman survived and thrived in Africa is told from in a humorous first person narrative that kept me engaged and laughing out loud. He brings Africa to life and tells some amazingly tall tales that made me want to run to the airport and fly there to see it all for myself.
Whatever you do, don't run is the title, but also perfect for this story.
This is the best I've rented to date.
I love true adventure and this was the genre at its best--excitement and humor with some touching moments thrown in. You can't beat it.
The reader was excellent and had a charming Aussie accent.
In one vignette the author relates an experience where he chanced getting closer to an elephant herd than he should have. Later he relates watching the birth in the wild of an elephant out of this same herd. These interactions were exciting and moving.
Well done and bravo.
Great stories about life as an African safari guide. Some are as funny as they are hair raising. Good narrator.
Hilarious poignant engaging
One of the most memorable moments of the book is when Peter forgets a cardinal rule: don't drive into water without first checking how deep it is. Forced to abandon his clients perched on the only part of the jeep not immersed in the deep channel inhabited by crocodiles to seek help, he ran back to camp, running into a herd of water buffalo, one of Africa's most dangerous animals, on the way. Peter returns to the scene with his unhappy boss, who wraps him in the steel tow chain to
This is my first time listening to Antony Ferguson.
I laughed so hard it ached!
I have lived and worked in Africa, and have enjoyed several safaris. Those who have never had the experience find it hard to believe that you can pass within feet of a huge bull elephant without seeing him in the bush, but Peter brings this home with poignancy and high good humour. He is my kind of wildlife guide.
Anyone who loves nature and wildlife will enjoy this delectable account of life as a young wildlife guide in Botswana.
Say something about yourself!
Try it. You'll like it. A whole lot of vicarious thrills. If you love the bush and animals, you will enjoy this book. There is no way I will ever get to even visit Africa let alone go on a safari. Still, if you ever thought you might want to see animals in the wild, or even be one of the lucky ones and lead a trip of tourists, you will enjoy this book. I learned about wild animals, relived Peter's adventures, and was safely entertained. You can't ask for much more than that!
yes - interesting enough
at times it nice to have a series of short stories that are interesting and sometimes humorous. when the long epic fantasies and other novels start to bog you down this is a great book to turn to. I enjoy reading about wildlife and animals.
Mr. Allison says things that are untrue and stupid. I suggest that if you are going to write a book about animals you should know something about animals. For example, regardless of what you think, birds ARE animals, as ARE people. Grass is not an animal. Mr. Allison, you should take a course in zoology! If you believe that you should never run, then why run from an old grouchy water buffalo. The book also goes on-and-on on issues that are not interesting, like when their "sardine can" boat trip went awry. Who cares!
No, I like these books
I am an English teacher in China and can now read and write some Chinese.I have been to 13 countries on 4 continents.I am an avid audiophile
The author was just an average guy with a love for animals that moved from Australia to Africa for a backpacking trip and ended up staying for seven years.The stories of his encounters with lions,elephants,leopards,and birds were captivating.He spoke in a very relaxed cadence,which made it easy to follow.The stories about Rolls Royce the funny guide from Botswana,as well as the stories about the drowning and the vehicle breakdown on the way to South Africa were equally fascinating. The story about the lazy worker who discovered a snake that was longer than at first thought was another great story.You could at times feel the author's fear,stupidity and wonder.You could feel his pain,elation and basically take a very educational armchair safari.This has to be one of the best audiobooks I have heard recently.It was entertaining and educational.My only regret was it was too short.
This is more a collection of "happenings" in the liffe of a safari guide. And they are great. Each are told very well - not too many details, not too long, not too fantastic to make me think he was telling a yarn. I love that he includes his stupid mistakes and was honest about his own limitations. I couldn't put it down and was sorry when I finished. I will listen to this book again soon.
"Captivating - well read and retold"
An honest insights into the joys and challenges of being a safari guide, with a good dose of self deprecation, amazing animal experiences and ridiculous tourists
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the narrator's voice, agree the pronunciations was not always spot on but it didn't distract anything. I'm in the safari industry and perhaps this added to my enjoyment. We listened to it in the car on a holiday journey and only here and there where a few swear words and references to sex were used did I wish my 3-year old son wasn't listening so attentively. I highly recommend this as a road trip companion as it keeps you alert behind the wheel but wherever and whenever you listen to it, laughing out loud is guaranteed!
I enjoyed this book. The humour was great and had me laughing throughout. As a local of Botswana though, there were a few pronunciations of local words & places that were wrong and took me a while to register what the narrator was refering to.
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