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The Dark Tourist Audiobook

The Dark Tourist: Sightseeing in the World's Most Unlikely Holiday Destinations

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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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  • Arthur
    Gympie, Australia
    2/21/15
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    "Take a Journey.....Somewhere you thought ..."

    Excellent, excellent story, real life telling. I personally have been to one or two of these places. But I NEVER would go to them all !!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    1/12/15
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    "Amazing listen to time and time again"

    I love this book so much Dom is a great travel writer and tourist I wish he did more of these books funny and insightful and a great way to explore things you might only ever hear about great counties and great stories thanks Dom 😄😄😄

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • V. Stephenson
    Izmir, Turkey
    1/4/15
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    "Compassion and humour abound."

    Loved it. Having travelled a bit myself I found myself wishing I had struck out to some of the more unusual areas on my journeys after listening to this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liam
    Dudley, United Kingdom
    3/12/14
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    "Excellent"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, very funny account of what is a great idea for the alternative traveller. Very good storytelling.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Joly's humour. His take on his trips and the problems he encounters.


    What does Dom Joly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Humour. The way he tells the story has his take on it which you'd never get by just reading.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    If you're after a quiet peaceful holiday, don't take joly!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Summerdayz
    UK
    11/2/13
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    "Really good! a fab listen!"
    Would you listen to The Dark Tourist again? Why?

    yes....so much info to listen to and not at all boring....i may even go skiing in the desert!


    Any additional comments?

    superb! get writing another :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bridget Nodder
    NI
    8/6/13
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    "laugh out loud funny!"
    Would you listen to The Dark Tourist again? Why?

    always sceptical of reviews that state 'laugh out loud funny' but Dom JOly's 'Dark Tourist' is sometimes that! still only half way through it - its fascinating, funny, educational! and just a darn good read. if the book were read by anybody else but him it probably wouldnt have quite the same impact - but he brings it alive and is great at all 'the voices' of the characters. highly highly recommended


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jacky
    Brighton, United Kingdom
    7/25/13
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    "Laugh out loud at times"

    I am ashamed to admit I have not heard of Dom Jolly but I will certainly now read and watch his books and films. I loved this book. The perfect companion to boring housework as it made me laugh so often as I was listening to it. I love the concept of Dark Tourism, though not for me I found his approach to this so amusing. I so agreed with him about the dumb stupidity one finds in rural America and his honest way of saying it - no political correctness here! His descriptions of the places he has visited are excellent and say in a few words enough to make the imagination fire up.

    The book is well read, with sincerity and humour. His acting skills are not in doubt. I would not recommend you listen to this in a public place as you might embarrass yourself laughing out loud.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to laugh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • h
    Lydney, United Kingdom
    7/9/13
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    "Wasn't expecting this to be good, but it truly was"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this audiobook because it takes a fresh look at what you thought you knew only to discover you didn't.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Looking at things from a different perspective.


    What does Dom Joly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I always feel a connection to an author when they read their work, it is as though they are telling you the story directly.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Is skiing in a burka possible?
    or
    Call of duty, home and away!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Onursan
    6/30/13
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    "I've already listened to this twice"
    If you could sum up The Dark Tourist in three words, what would they be?

    Funny Insightful intelligent


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dom Joly himself of course


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    His trouble getting into USA


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could have.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall a very enjoyable experience. There is much more to Mr Joly than shouting into a big phone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    St albans, United Kingdom
    6/11/13
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    "Unexpecedly entertaining"

    Wasn't quite sure what to expect. Have enjoyed most of Dom Jolly's TV programmes but knew little about him as a person or his life outside of TV. Was pleasantly surprised to find that his off screen life is just as hilarious as his on screen antics, he really does have balls of steel. Not only funny and laugh out loud in places it is also informative and thought provoking. His stories of the JFK book repository museum being chased by security after standing up for his rights in the land of the free is as funny as it is ironic. From skiing in Iran to trying to escape the guides in North Korea, the book is a World wide eye opener. Here's hoping that Dom travells even more and writes a follow up. I wonder how many more enquiries the Iranian tourist board have received lately? Download the book you wont be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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