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Publisher's Summary

Dom Joly sets off round the world again, but this time he's not looking to holiday in a danger zone - he's monster hunting. Ever since he was given a copy of Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World for his ninth birthday Dom has been obsessed with the world of cryptozoology (monster hunting), and in Scary Monsters and Super Creeps he heads to six completely different destinations to investigate local monster sightings.

He explores the Redwood Curtain in northern California in search of Sasquatch; in Canada he visits Lake Okanagan hoping to catch a glimpse of a thirty-foot snake-like creature called Ogopogo; and near Lake Tele in Congo he risks his life tracking the vegetarian sauropod Mokele-mbembe. Naturally he heads to Loch Ness - but for this hunt he has his family in tow; he treks across the Khumbu Valley in Nepal looking for Yeti; and in the hills above Hiroshima in Japan he enlists the help of a local man to find the Hibagon, a terribly smelly 'caveman ape'.

In typically hilarious and irreverent fashion, Dom explores the cultures that gave rise to these monster myths and ends up in some pretty hairy situations with people even stranger than the monsters they are hunting.

©2012 Dom Joly (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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What did you love best about Scary Monsters and Supercreeps?

Dom Jolly tells a funny story but with context and details that draw you in. I don't agree with him politically or in matters of religion but he doesn't bring those viewpoints in often enough to make the book difficult to listen to. He does a great job reading the book, making you feel as though he is telling you a story instead of reading it. This is the second book I read by him (dark tourist being the first - another great read) and I hope he puts out more.

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  • Matthew
  • 01-25-15

Dull, pompous and repetitive

Would you try another book written by Dom Joly or narrated by Dom Joly?

No. This was the second book I'd purchase from Jolly. Benefit of the doubt and all that....

What three words best describe Dom Joly’s voice?

Clear; pompous; dismissive

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment and boredom

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • 11-22-12

A great book that is a superb listen

Yep. Dom Joly. A travel writer who goes to odd places for odder reasons. His previous travel book, The Dark Tourist, is one of my favourite listens and I have to confess I bought it knowing nothing about it other that some people gave it a good review so I hope that others will discover him through these words. Dom is a man who likes to do his own thing and likes to travel alone. This allows a very clear view of his travel and you hear about the places and people he meets rather than the antics of people he has travelled with. He is always entertaining, informative and often very surprising in his honesty about how he feels and what he discovers. I am sure some will only be aware of Dom Joly through his TV work but he is a very accomplished journalist. Many may have wondered what on earth that bloke Michael Palin from Monty Python was doing as a travel journalist. Not now. Dom Joly has the talent to match the great Mr Palin because of his desire to put himself through discomfort and sometimes danger in order to make a trip he decides will be interesting. Fortunately he takes us along too. Funny, informative and surprisingly heartwarming I recommend this book (and The Dark Tourist) to anyone with even a slight interest in the world around them. I look forward to his next travels.

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  • A Customer
  • 01-10-17

Could have been so much more...

Would you try another book written by Dom Joly or narrated by Dom Joly?

Yes, I have and I will but I'm hoping it doesn't leave me as ambivalent as I was after finishing SMaS because I won't chance a third book if it does.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Dom can be a great story teller (the first afternoon in the hotel in Scotland being a good example), painting a funny and relatable situation; however, he can equally drift off and seems to loose both focus and motivation to tell an interesting story. In these moments, he feels like he is going through the motions and is tired of trying to make the story interesting. He comments about not wanting to engage with certain people he comes into contact with during the book and I, as a reader, was given the distinct impression that at moments he felt the same way about his willingness to engage with the process of writing and therefore, the audience.

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

The narration was fine.

Do you think Scary Monsters and Supercreeps needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No - if anything, the book would (could?) have benefitted from Dom investigating the more niche, and comical, Japanese monsters he mentioned (I am sure other cultures have them, albeit to a lesser degree) but another book on the well known ones would be repetitive.

Any additional comments?

Dom's charm stems from his observational approach to travel and relaying (embellishing?) of events and situations. The Japanese segment is a particular success because of this ability, as are parts of the Congo. He looses both momentum and focus when situations become more mundane and seems to struggle to make them of interest to the audience. To my mind, this is the true weakness of the book.

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  • bearwoodbear
  • 05-17-18

Not really about monsters at all

Right from the outset Dom Joly says that this book is not really about monsters... and he's right. He talks about hotel rooms and coffee and elbow-room on airplanes but he doesn't get into the mythology or history of these legends. Considering how fascinated he apparently is by monsters etc none of that enthusiasm really comes across. The performance is good though - he's a generally engaging reader of his own work. It's a light travel book about him rather than a book about monsters and the history and culture surrounding them.

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  • richard williams
  • 05-14-18

dont

terrible cringworthy rubbish with no point, smug awful and full of crap dont bother honestly.

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  • Narny
  • 04-08-13

An alternative to the usual travel journals

I was a fan of the previous book by Dom Joly 'The Dark Tourist' so I had high expectations of this one too. He didn't disappoint. His tales of travelling mishaps and misadventures are very funny, particularly when he was in the Congo. Well worth a listen.



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  • eddycurrent
  • 12-23-12

Another Cracking Listen

I very much enjoyed Dom's latest jaunt around the world. Following on from his trips to unusual places that started in his book of Dark Tourism, here he visits some of the places most of us would never even think of to go to. Very funny and always entertaining only the last chapter is a bit of a let down when his visit to see Nessie (in my home country of Scotland) amounts to a damp squib.

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  • Rick
  • 02-26-13

A Great Listen

Often great books are let down by poor narration, surprisingly even when the author reads their own book they can often ruin it.



This is NOT the case with Dom Joly. His writing is only bettered by his excellent reading of his work.



I'd highly recommend this book and his other book 'The Dark Tourist' . His third book on Audible is on my wishlist for next months credit. Top stuff!





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  • andrew
  • 08-19-13

The Worlds Least Successful Monster Hunter?

I really enjoyed Dom's other books, and while I did enjoyed his writing and his narration, I felt he didn't spend long enough actually looking for the monsters (Although he did find plenty of Super Creeps).

He was probably never going to find the monsters he was looking for, but in my view he was far too rushed, with his schedule, when he got to the places the monsters were meant to be. If he was going to go looking for monsters then he should have realised that giving himself a couple of days in the place wasn't going to give him any results.

In the end I couldn't work out whether I had missed the point of the book. Was it the act of travelling to the places, or was it the meeting of the 'Super Creeps' that motivated him? It certainly didn't seem like the search for the monsters that I thought it might be from the title of the book.

Overall a funny, informative travelogue, about various countries that happen to have some mythical monsters in them.

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  • Steve S
  • 07-25-18

Always a good laugh!

I have now listened to most of his audiobooks and they all make me laugh out loud, which is a good sign as there is not much that makes me laugh.

Okay, I don’t believe in the monsters but it’s still a bit of fun and should be treated as such.