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Tired of mortgage and car payments, 30-somethings Andrew and Gwynn sold everything they owned and escaped their humdrum nine-to-five existence for life in paradise - a tiny island accessible only by boat or air in one of the remotest spots on Earth: the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Woefully inexperienced, they took control of a luxury game lodge where the rich and famous went to sip gin and tonics with lions and elephants.

Trouble soon followed. The couple's lives were threatened daily by snakes, elephants, baboons, and a hyena with a plastic fetish. Not to mention the endless - and often insurmountable - challenge of keeping their five-star guests fed in a world where the closest supermarket was an air flight away. Among others, their guests included a famous Hollywood director, some French aristocrats, a Mafia lawyer, world-famous singers, and the England cricket captain. Lighthearted and humorous, Torn Trousers will enthrall you with its unique look at life in wild Africa.

©2015 Andrew St.Pierre and Gwynn E. White (P)2015 Tantor

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An adventure that relates

When you have a chance to live through someone else's eyes, it is a privilege . I feel like I know Gwyn and Andrew as people now, not just characters. While this is not meant to be an epic saga, I thoroughly enjoyed the glimpse into bush life, into an honest life choice and the rewards, and the challenges overcome that all adventurers and entrepreneurs share.
Enjoy this story as it takes you to Africa and a moment in time that I think we might all long for: a chance at a new life and an old one left behind. I thoroughly enjoyed the escape to the Okavango.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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amazing adventure!

loved every exciting moment of this book. the story had a flow that brought you from obstacle to the next. the relationships they had with the people in the camp were all at once endearing, lovable, frustrating, and humorous.

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  • Daryl
  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 06-26-17

Couldn't get Past Charlotte Doerr

I wanted to like this book... but I had a very hard time with the female narrator's pronunciations and over-the-top annunciations.
By all accounts this book itself is well done, but I think i'll need to read the ebook to get this same experience.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Really very entertaining.

I felt like I was with them on this great adventure. A magical time in their life. I wanted it to go on forever. I'm pleased at how it turned out.

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Great story

Enjoyed the story, getting lost in the characters and places! It made me long for travel and want to meet many of the characters myself. However, Charlotte's narration definitely made it challenging. She exaggerates the pronunciations of words to the extreme, making it sound forced vs natural. Every time it was her chapter I would picture her sitting in a booth recording the story instead of being transported into the story (fortunately she only read every other chapter). Despite that distraction, I would definitely recommend!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A modern day African adventure.

I really enjoyed this story of two young people grabbing a hold of their dream to spend time in the bush. The female narrator was a tad off at times and the accents were not truly South African but otherwise thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • Rosalind
  • North Sydney, Australia
  • 09-26-17

Magical Africa

Love Africa have always longed to go to the Okavango Delta, one day.
A delightful story, hope there is more.
Would have been richer if more description of local people. They are equally as interesting as the animals. Wonderful personalities.
Being narrated by the authors is always a risk.

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Fantastic!

For the adventurous at heart, this book is an absolute must! Not only does it focus on all the beauty and adventure that the Okavango has to offer, it also does a wonderful job emphasizing the importance of human interaction and friendship. Torn Trousers is absolutely a must read.

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Enjoyed the male's narration, but not the female's

What made the experience of listening to Torn Trousers the most enjoyable?

As a whole, I found the book delightful. It was great to hear the different perspectives of the two main characters.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

However, I almost quit listening when the female began narrating Gwynn's chapters. She is not a gifted voice actor, and I believe the chapters written from Gwynn's perspective should be re-mastered with a different female actor.

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4X Overland fans good book

if you watch Andrew Stpeire series on YouTube then this book will be a good companion.

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  • Mike D.
  • 09-05-16

Not what I was hoping for

The story of giving everything up to run a safari camp is something that (some) people dream of, and credit to both Andrew and Gwynn for trying it and sharing their tale.

From my own experiences as an expatriate living in South Africa and spending all my free time at game reserves and camps, I was looking forward to a book that would take me back.

Unfortunately, as other reviewers have stated, too much of the story is focused on staff interaction.

It is difficult to rate the performance element, as two narrators were used.

Whilst James Langtons narration was clear and helped move the story along, I felt that the clipped and somewhat stilted diction early in the story by Charlotte Anne Dore detracted from the enjoyment of the book.

Due to the performance aspect, it's one of the few audiobooks I returned after listening.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-05-17

A real, tough adventure

Epic adventure albeit told a little short. Narration a bit stilted but loved the story

1 of 1 people found this review helpful