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Publisher's Summary

Ever since he can remember, Dom Joly has been fascinated by travel to odd places. In part, this stems from a childhood spent in war-torn Lebanon, where instead of swapping marbles in the schoolyard, he had a shrapnel collection - the schoolboy currency of Beirut. These early experiences left Dom with a profound loathing for the sanitized experiences of the modern-day travel industry and a taste for the darkest of places. And in this brilliantly odd and hilariously told travel memoir, Dom Joly sets out on a quest to visit those destinations from which the average tourist would, and should, run a mile.

Funny and frightening in equal measure, this is a uniquely bizarre and compelling travelogue from one of the most fearless and innovative comedians around.

©2010 Dom Joly (P)2011 Audible Ltd

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  • strangefella
  • 11-09-17

Utterly Captivating - so much better than expected

Like many I only knew Dom Joly from his television shows of practical jokes and hidden camera pranks but there is so much more to this gentleman; writer, journalist, politician (of sorts).
I had my reservations about purchasing this book but I liked the premise and listening to the audio sample persuaded me to give it a go. Give it a go I did and I never regretted a moment.

I cannot recommend this book enough.

The story of his hunt for dark tourism sends him to places that inspire curiosity. Dom Joly sets the scene beautifully with his use of language and comedy as he takes us on his journeys sprinkled with wonderful characters, moral ambiguity and thought provoking situations.
I finished this book faster than I hoped but enjoyed every moment. I was left hoping that he will be making a sequel of further Dark Tourist Locations (if you're listening Mr. Joly).

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  • stu
  • 09-19-17

Entertaining listen

Well worth a listen too. Good insight into dark countries around the world. Well done Dom

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  • MR C K GRAHAM
  • 08-25-17

very good Mr Dum Jilly

please write more.

I loved his dry wit, and use of language. at the same time his performance was highly enjoyable.

the only thing, and I apologise for this, was that apart from North Korea, his choices of destination were not all that exciting.

to summarise. I would definitely read future works by Dom jolly.

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  • Mabbers
  • 06-04-17

Really quirky travel tale

I enjoyed this although parts are overly descriptive and he has a habit of making obviously highly planned events appear accidental. On the whole though I really enjoyed this and it's really well read by Dom himself.

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  • ian
  • 05-24-17

Joly good

Wasn't sure what id find with this book but it turned out brilliantly.
Joly was really entertaining and his travels and insight to the country's he visited had me in fits of laughter.
I couldn't stop listening and finished in three sittings.
Definitely recommend this book and im now on the hunt for his next book and hope he can bring us more with his take on the world.
Bravo!

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  • Dave
  • 04-22-17

Interesting insights to places around the world

Don't expect much Trigger Happy buffoonery, but the basic premise is sufficiently trigger happy. Visit locations around the world affected by death, assassination and/or totalitarianism.

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  • Mr. M. Haywood
  • 04-11-17

loved it loved it !

great stories and we'll travelled...makes we wish to travel to all of these places and have my own expereince of these dark but uplifting countries. Well done Mr Jolly.

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  • Uldis
  • 02-28-17

Dom Joly knows how to write and get the listener indulged!

This book is for anyone who loves to listen to people's stories and tales. I for one could listen to anyone telling me about their past experiences and what they got up to.
Dom is one of those people and I have listened to this book now 3 times. The others are just a great, if you liked this ones then get listening to "Monsters and Super Creeps"......brilliant!!

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  • Kathryn
  • 11-29-16

my favourite book

can listen to it over and over. great writing about interesting places brilliantly read by the author.

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  • C. J. Lansdown
  • 11-15-16

Joly Good (sorry)

Thankfully not funny in the main. I found it amusing and well written in the main. Could do with some repeats editing. Overall as good a travel book as I have read.