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on November 21, 2013
I've never been on a Safari, might never be on one, but that's what's great about books and in this case Audio Books too. In the theater of the mind you can go anywhere! I got this book while on a 'daily deal' because of the subject and it had available the Audio Book format and 'Whispersync' functionality between both the Kindle Book and the Audio Book.
I enjoyed the authors reminiscing and stories of his adventures in his live as a guide. I found it interesting to see behind the curtain of a job that I'm sure like many others, the public doesn't get to envision. The Australian sounding reader of the Audio Book was very good and translated the stories from page to voice well. A good memoir.
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on January 23, 2008
Peter Allison was 19 when he left his suburban home in Australia to follow his dream and backpack around Africa. He soon ran out of money and found himself bar tending in a South African safari resort. He moved up the ranks to a safari guide in Botswana where he stayed for the next seven years running a camp and taking daily jeep rides with tourists from around the world out into the bush.

Allison knew nothing about animals of Africa when he started. Much of the charm of the book is Allison's self-deprecating English humor as he makes mistake after mistake. His amateurism is a parody of the serious African adventurer; yet paradoxically his amateurism gives his account a sense of authority, we are able to see his wayward mistakes as a sign of his own expertise. Amateurism also provides Allison with a form of self-protection from the dangers of the bush; like a Mr Magoo stumbling into bad situations, it is his recognition of bad decisions that enable him to escape (unlike a "professional" who might not be as flexible in admitting a mistake).

_Whatever You Do, Don't Run_ is written in the travel literature tradition of the wayward English gentleman bumbling through situations with campy humor, similar to A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush. The idea is to de-throne the serious, to present a comic vision of the safari world that promotes harmless entertainment; but this also has the effect of disengagement and detachment - the safari guests from Germany, Japan and elsewhere become props to hang global stereotypes or moral outrages. It also serves as cover for Allison - behind the facade of wry humor and aestheticism is a sense of moral and cultural superiority; the self parody hides his own role and responsibility.
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I loved this book. Having been on a photo safari years ago in Kenya and Tanzania, it was fascinating to see what safari life is like on the other side of the camp where people like Peter Allinson made things run. The narrative is simple and direct, without a lot of extra pages as filler. The author has a pretty good writing style, and he does a great job of describing both the joys of guiding safaris as well as the occasional terrifying moments, sometimes on the same page.

Highly recommended if you're going on safari or if you've been on one, or if you're just curious about what a safari is like.
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on April 13, 2017
Having just been to Botswana and South Africa on four different safaris, this book was recommended to us by our travel company. I needed some reading on the plane so we bought it. Oh my God, if you have been on a safari you can relate to everything in this book. Very well written and very, very funny. I have recommended this to friends and they all concur it is great reading. Highly recommended.
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on December 10, 2016
This book was hilarious. I got it to prepare for a trip to Kruger park later this year, and thought it was simply going to be cautionary tales. This book was such a treat, and I couldn't wait for the next epically-told story. Recommended to all wildlife lovers.
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on September 17, 2013
Just finished and this is a book that will appeal to virtually everyone! Written in a humorous manner, it tells the story of the author's time spent as an African safari guide. Speaks of encountered danger, of the beauty of African wildlife and above all his passion for preserving that life.

Very easy read and a great book for readers of all ages!
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on April 26, 2017
Author tries to walk too fine a line. Either tell the true story, unfiltered or don't bother calling it true tales. Too whitewashed for me. Was looking for the raw and gritty reality of a 'true tales' memoir...this one isn't it.
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on November 18, 2013
This book would have been better had the author taken a course in descriptive writing. The stories were fascinating and enjoyable but they never really came alive to me. I felt like I was reading a term paper from a ten year old.
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on March 17, 2017
Beautifully and humorous,y told stories with real appreciation for natural wildlife, the people he worked with and the animals encountered. This book was recommended by a friend. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did.
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on April 24, 2017
Great book, easy read most stories are only a few pages so easy to pick up and put down. But the stories are highly entertaining and well told
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