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Whatever You Do, Don't Run Audiobook

Whatever You Do, Don't Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Zack Whitehouse Station, NJ, USA 02-28-13
    Zack Whitehouse Station, NJ, USA 02-28-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Fun and Interesting Adventure"

    Whatever You Do, Don't Run is a great book if your looking for a little bit of humor and adventure. While Peter Allison is no Bill Bryson, his stories are still well written and pretty humerus. This book shows a very interesting perspective on Africa and paints a wonderful picture of a wild life preserve. The narrator was not my favorite but true to the Authors country of origin and his performance was smooth. Very good book overall, so definitely give it a shot!

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    Sarah 11-01-17
    Sarah 11-01-17
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    "Wonderful "

    It's a wonderful book for those who wish to take a safari some day, like myself. It makes me more excited for the adventure!

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    Jim Santa Barbara 10-18-17
    Jim Santa Barbara 10-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Classic!"

    Having enjoyed several safaris, including in Botswana, the account was authentic and for me nostalgic. If you too have enjoyed the African bush the book will make you want to return, and if you have never had the privilege, it should make you start booking! The accounts of close encounters (cheetah crawling & elephant Salvador) may or may not be entirely accurate, but they seem quite possible and certainly most entertaining!! And the self deprecatory humor adds a smile. Highly recommended!

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    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 08-01-17
    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 08-01-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting Journey"

    This was very interesting! I enjoyed listening to the adventures of a safari guide, including some of the unusual animals and guests. The author also provides details about the life of a tour guide, both positive and negative.

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    Ryan 06-14-17
    Ryan 06-14-17 Member Since 2012
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    "One of our favourites"
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    Difficult to beat the stories in this book - a classic on our audible shelf!

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    Kindle Customer 03-19-17
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    "Its African safari-light, three stars worth."
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    Though this book is somewhat entertaining, it is written without a lot of depth, and I didn't think it was really that funny. A bit more tongue in cheek. The writer didn't have an in depth, life long relationship with the bush, or with animals as in Cathedral of the Wild, or the amazing Elephant Whisperer's. But I did finish it, and enjoyed it enough. However, I am glad I read it before the Cathedral of the Wild, because this book would have seemed like rubbish after that book.

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    Lynn A. D. 12-23-16
    Lynn A. D. 12-23-16
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    "An exciting story"

    I chose this story because of the topic, which is always of interest to me. I was not disappointed in the story, although the narrating could have been better. Anthony Ferguson's accent and voice are lovely, but he paused in the wrong places many times, so occasionally changed the meaning of some sentences without realizing it. Even so, I would recommend Whatever You Do, Don't Run for its truth, humour, breath-holding scenes, and entertainment value.

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    peanuts123 Singapore 10-14-16
    peanuts123 Singapore 10-14-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Really fascinating !!"

    Insightful. Author is knowledgeable and able to laugh at himself. Hope to meet him personally.
    Must download. ..

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    Amazon Customer 10-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great stories and imagery"

    I read this book while traveling around Botswana and thought it was a lovely addition to my trip. After going on a few safaris it's easy to relate to his stories, descriptions of characters/tourists, and adrenaline involved in suddenly seeing animals in your path. The stories are light hearted and entertaining and they give insight to life and perspective as a guide.

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    Matt 08-20-16
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    "Lots of fun to listen to on Safari"

    I listened to this on my way to South Africa for a Safari. While it doesn't play out as one story, just a series of small experiences he author had, it was a lot of fun.

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  • michelle
    8/23/17
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    "Great book to listen to after safari"

    I went on safari in South Africa and enjoyed listening to this afterwards! Great book!

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  • Miss J Adderley
    6/28/17
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    "I really enjoyed it and was disappointed it ended."

    The stories we're funny and informative. would highly recommend this book to anyone thinking of going on safari.

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  • Rogayah
    Reading, United Kingdom
    2/15/17
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    "Great animal tales"

    A very good insight into the African bush safari business as well the animals who are the real stars of these stories which are informative, amusing and sometimes very scary. Charging elephants, huge pythons and everything between including human foolishness. Its nice to know we are all only human.

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  • Amazon Customer
    3/26/16
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    "Holiday memories"

    Great listen after being on my own safari holiday reminding me of all those great experiences.

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  • K. Waddicor
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    8/10/15
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    "Some great tales from a safari guide"

    My first audio book, and I nearly switched off after a few minutes as i thought the delivery was flat ... I was wrong and glad i continued listening. As a novice to audio books i was expecting a full blown performance, but that would have been so wrong. The narrator is just that, rather than being a storyteller (who takes ownership of the story and may become irritating with their acting performance). This brought back happy memories of our own time in RSA on safari a decade ago.

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  • Mrs. L. Stonehouse
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    6/28/15
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    "a straightforward recounting of tales in Africa"

    these are some great stories, competently told. good narration. no amazing lyrical writing, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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  • Deborah T
    London, UK
    3/9/14
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    "Captivating - well read and retold"
    What did you like best about this story?

    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


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  • Wilma
    Barberton, South Africa
    12/18/12
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    "Entertaining"

    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!

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  • Heather Muir
    Gaborone, Botswana
    10/4/12
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    "Hilarious listen"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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