• A Year in the Wild

  • By: James Hendry
  • Narrated by: James Hendry
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (148 ratings)

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A Year in the Wild

By: James Hendry
Narrated by: James Hendry
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Angus and Hugh MacNaughton are brothers. They dislike each other...a lot.

They have loathed each other since Hugh bit Angus at a family picnic many years ago. In a last-ditch attempt to forge a brotherly bond between the two, Mr. and Mrs. MacNaughton secure them jobs at an exclusive five-star game lodge. They manage to convince (bribe in the case of Angus) the siblings to work at Sasekile Private Game Lodge for a year.

A Year in the Wild tells the uproarious, cringeworthy, and hilarious tales of Angus and Hugh in the form of weekly emails to their sister Julia. Their experiences include encounters with guests, animals, female staff, and often a mixture of these.

Combine an eclectic mix of rich, overdemanding and adulterous guests and a dash of crazy bush lodge staff including two jealous brothers (one a bitterly sarcastic game ranger and the other an overeager lodge manager), and throw in the beauty of the African bushveld. Shake well. Conflict and disaster are inevitable.

©2011 James Hendry (P)2016 Audioshelf (Pty) Ltd.

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Wonderful Book

The tag line, "A Riotous Novel" does not do this book justice. It is so much more than that!
Yes, I laughed out loud, but I also cried! I cared for the characters and wished the book did not end.
Well worth the "read"....which I feel is even better because the James Hendry is both the author and narrator!

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Fun read!

What a delightful and funny story! I could visual all the characters and wanted it to continue. Fantastic book!

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A Year in the Wild

Outstanding book getting to know James Hendry watching Safari Live made the book even better, and listening to it narrated by James brought the book to life

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Omg!! What a wonderful book!!!

I laughed all the way thru this book... James Hendry’s writing is just a hoot!! Just like he is. I can’t wait to read his other two books!!! On to the next.

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Excellent adventure!

Having been a Wildearth/Safari Live viewer for 10 years now, I've developed a keen appreciatuon for James Hendry - his knowledge, experience, and humor. This book does not disappoint. It brings Africa and lodge life home for those of us who can only dream of visiting the African bush, and is told with an honesty and clarity that can only come from one with first-hand knowledge of the subject. As an added bonus, Mr. Hendry himself reads the Audible version. I highly recommend this book.

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Didn't want to put down

Absolutely loved this book, hilarious but heartbreaking at points. Wouldn't be the same without James' narrating.

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Very Entertaining Novel

I almost changed my mind about listening to this book when I found out that the entire thing consisted of email communications between siblings. I'm very glad I stuck with it. I loved it.

Two quarrelsome brothers in their early to mid 20's are sent to work in a wildlife reserve in South Africa by their well intending parents in hopes of strengthening their relationship with each other. The brothers send emails to their sister/parents roughly once a week telling of their adventures and day-to-day working at the reserve. Hugh is the younger brother, and he trains to be an assistant manager at one of the camps. Angus is the elder and is training to be a game ranger. I enjoyed hearing the two perspectives of each brothers' account of various situations. For the most part, this book was hilarious (in a dry humor sort of way). I was really taken aback when I hit a chapter in the book that brought me to tears. Having spent ten years of his own life working at game reserves in South Africa, James Hendry was clearly writing what he knew, and those are always the best works. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend. It was especially nice having the author narrate his work. I would love to hear more narrations by him.

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Hilarious fun

All the more effective read by James Hendry.
An authentic take on life in the bush and all the adventures and chaos that go along with it. I laughed from start to finish but was caught out by some touching, tearful moments too. Highly recommend