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The Hezbollah Hiking Club

By: Dom Joly
Narrated by: Dom Joly
Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Dom Joly was born in Beirut and lived there until he was 18. He lived through the civil war, went to school with Osama Bin Laden, and learned to ski and speak French and Arabic. At the age of seven he was sent to an English boarding school, where he would spend term times before returning to his war-torn home. It was a schizophrenic existence. Dom's parents divorced when he was 18, and he moved permanently to the UK, becoming a diplomat, a political journalist and then famous as a man who dressed as a giant squirrel. He has been back to Lebanon only twice since.

Then he read about an attempt to encourage tourism in this long-suffering country. The Lebanon Mountain Trail. This is a hiking trail that runs from the Syrian border in the north of Lebanon, along the spine of the country's mountain range all the way to the Israeli border in the south. The trail takes 30 days to complete.

Dom immediately decided that he must hike the trail in 2018, the year of his 50th birthday, and invited two friends along. Essentially this is a bonding adventure that just so happens to take place right in the middle of the most important geopolitical region of our times. 

The Hezbollah Hiking Club is a funny, heartwarming travel book full of insight into the Middle East, religion, friendship and growing old disgracefully.... 

It's three men on a camel...without the camel.

©2019 Dom Joly (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

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  • David St.Hubbins
  • 06-17-19

Outstanding

Outstanding. Utterly outstanding. Joly shows an extraordinary ability to seamlessly blend a writing style that is touching, warm and laugh out loud funny, whilst simultaneously being able to combine it with fascinating insights about Lebanon as a country and a sprinkling of revealing (though never self-indulgent) moments of introspection.

For my money a masterclass in travel writing that anybody with an interest in reaching middle age, treasuring friendships or hiking downhill could do worse than buy. Highly recommended and a great listen.

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  • Andy Higgins
  • 06-16-19

Wonderfully entertaining!

Loved it, a very entertaining, informative and in some ways educational account of Don and his dear friends undertaking more than they can chew!! I had always dismissed the Middle East as a travel destination, particularly this part of the world. I now want to go to Lebanon and walk on the LMT! Another cracker by Dom, keep them coming!

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  • Andy lane
  • 06-13-19

Better than I could do but not Dark Tourist or Scary Monsters.

Not a bad listen but maybe Dom should avoid writing about Lebanon or himself, Not sure why these subjects don’t bring out his best work maybe he struggles to find comedy in subjects so close to heart. Dark Tourist and Scary Monsters and Supercreaps are IMHO incredibly humorous writing but Look at me and this book just seem to lack real substance. I truly wanted to love this book given how many times I have listened to Scary Monsters and Dark Tourist (probably 20 each) I was hopeful, while this is nowhere near as bad as Look at me or the American one with the weird female voiceover it left me feeling like I probably wouldn’t listen again. A little like the chapter of Dark Tourist set in Lebanon, I usually skip.

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  • David Howard
  • 06-19-19

A must read

Hezbollah hiking Club - This is an excellent book, Dom Joly makes you feel you are on the walk with himself, Chris & Harry. Joly’s passion for the Country of Lebanon comes through and his description of the sites, political history and the food is outstanding. I particularly enjoyed Joly’s take on the thoughts of the local wild life he encounters on the LMT. The Trio make reference to “A walk in the woods” by Bill Byson. Hezbollah hiking Club is a far more enjoyable read and would make a better film. (Ideas for the cast Dom – Tom Hanks in the voice of Woody from Toy story – Harry must be Jimmy Nail, Oz from Auf Wiedersehen pet, and Chris - Hugh Grant). The book is a must read 5 stars.

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  • Andy
  • 06-17-19

Inspirational & wonderfully entertaining

A really fantastically well written and narrated book that makes you feel you are on the hike with them. Truly inspirational with the perfect balance of every narrative form to ensure there is never a dull moment. There are two editing slips that mean you hear a couple of sentences repeated but this does not distract for long from this engaging, inspirational and entertaining travel book that I highly recommend to any fan of Bill Bryson (peace be upon him / blessed be his name 😉).

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  • Ryan
  • 06-16-19

Always entertaining!

Yet another interesting and informative adventure, dom seems to get into all sorts of trouble. At time of wrighting I haven't finished the book yet but so far it's one of my favourites. Well worth a read/listen

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  • mr
  • 06-13-19

Book of the year

Dom is really getting into this audible lark, interesting, amusing and without doubt book of the year