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  • Whatever You Do, Don't Run

  • True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide
  • Written by: Peter Allison
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (103 ratings)

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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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Enjoyable light listening

Wonderful true adventures that were a delight to listen to. Excellent narration. Having been on safari recently it was really interesting to hear from the other side!

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better than expected!

It sounded interesting, so I bought it, but to be honest I didn't have high expectations. I was expecting something entertaining that would keep my morning commute from being too boring. but this was so well written, and so well narrated. I laughed so hard at times, I almost had to pull over and park. it made me want to be a safari guide, even though I know next to nothing about Africa or it's animals. Botswana is officially on my list of places to visit!

this absolutely went above and beyond what I thought I was in for. I have even recommended it to my parents, and a few friends already. I will definitely be giving this another listen in the future when I need a mood booster.

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Love Safari adventures

Fortunate to have experienced Akagera Park, Rwanda many times and loved to hear stories from the Park Guide point of view. Enjoyed it.

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Entertaining Anecdotes. Adequate Delivery.

Peter Allison gives us a behind-the-scenes look at tourists and animals in a Safari park in Botswana. The stories are cleverly compiled and genuinely humorous at times - and the subject matter is so uncommon the reader can't help but be fascinated (coming face-to-face with an angry Elephant is something virtually no-one ever experiences). Allison writes almost inconceivable events descriptively and with flair. The wordsmithing is quite good (if a little peurile)
..but there is something lacking here: cohesion. There doesn't appear to be a point to the stories except to say "Wildlife is Dangerous and People are Stupid."

Antony Ferguson's reading performance could best be described as "decent". His speaking voice is pleasant with a slight Aussie (Kiwi?) accent that is easy to follow (his Bio with Tantor Audio says he's English). He has good pronunciations, makes realistic birdcalls and animal sounds (he is clearly interested), and reads dialogue well.. but has an odd lilting timbre and a staccato cadence. The breakup of sentences into four and five word bursts ruins any flow to the text in this one.

This book was offered as a 'Daily Deal' and I don't regret spending the $3.75.. but I personally would be hesitant to spend a Credit on it. It's a moderately entertaining diversion that suffers from a lack of continuity (and unspectacular narration). You could legitimately enjoy this book if you're really into the topic, but can undoubtedly find better options than this 2.5 star offering.

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Fantastic book!

I loved this book! It was so funny and entertaining. I loved the descriptions of African wildlife and life as a safari guide. The author will keep you laughing all the way through. I highly recommend this audio book.

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dellightful

Peter Allison has just the right amount of self deprecating humor and wildlife Knowledge and experience highly recommend this book

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A good escape - Entertaining

Each chapter is an anecdote. Relaxing little escape.
No need to read it as a novel... just grab a nugget of a chapter or two and enjoy.

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The best thing next to a real safari

I have never enjoyed an audiobook as much as I did this one. I wish there was a way to give more stars because I would gladly do that. The narration is brilliant and the story is so engaging and humorous. I loved every minute and was sad when the book ended. I highly recommend this audiobook! Enjoy!

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fantastic

loved this the stories were fantastic and very well written. hilarious stories loved every minute.

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Don’t run!

This is a fun story to listen to especially if you have been to a similar place. The only suggestion I have is the narrator could pause longer between stories to give the listener time to switch gears.

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  • D. in Dallas
  • 2012-09-21

Drivers May Laugh Too Hard to Drive!

Where does Whatever You Do, Don't Run rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've listened to hundreds! This ranks as about an 8.5.

What other book might you compare Whatever You Do, Don't Run to and why?

I don't read non-fiction, but I'd rename this: Adventures of Han Solo on Safari

Which character – as performed by Antony Ferguson – was your favorite?

Peter Alison...I'd love to have him as a guide. He's funny!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The birth of the baby elephant actually brought tears to my eyes. He did such a good job describing the incredible beauty of that moment

Any additional comments?

I'm not a non-fiction reader, but this book kept me hooked. I played it in my car wherever I went, and I'd find myself sitting in parking lots just so I could hear what happened when Peter got charged by a lioness! This is a great listen for driving around doing errands. It's a series of short, self-contained tales, the verbal equivalent of a safari through Peter Alison's life as a guide. Very well done!

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  • colleen
  • 2012-06-04

Interesting and fun

Great stories about life as an African safari guide. Some are as funny as they are hair raising. Good narrator.

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  • C Brose
  • 2012-07-12

A Worthy Read

Where does Whatever You Do, Don't Run rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the best I've rented to date.

What did you like best about this story?

I love true adventure and this was the genre at its best--excitement and humor with some touching moments thrown in. You can't beat it.

What about Antony Ferguson’s performance did you like?

The reader was excellent and had a charming Aussie accent.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

In one vignette the author relates an experience where he chanced getting closer to an elephant herd than he should have. Later he relates watching the birth in the wild of an elephant out of this same herd. These interactions were exciting and moving.

Any additional comments?

Well done and bravo.

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  • Leonora
  • 2012-04-02

Glorious, funny

If you could sum up Whatever You Do, Don't Run in three words, what would they be?

Hilarious poignant engaging

What was one of the most memorable moments of Whatever You Do, Don't Run?

One of the most memorable moments of the book is when Peter forgets a cardinal rule: don't drive into water without first checking how deep it is. Forced to abandon his clients perched on the only part of the jeep not immersed in the deep channel inhabited by crocodiles to seek help, he ran back to camp, running into a herd of water buffalo, one of Africa's most dangerous animals, on the way. Peter returns to the scene with his unhappy boss, who wraps him in the steel tow chain to

Have you listened to any of Antony Ferguson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first time listening to Antony Ferguson.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed so hard it ached!

Any additional comments?

I have lived and worked in Africa, and have enjoyed several safaris. Those who have never had the experience find it hard to believe that you can pass within feet of a huge bull elephant without seeing him in the bush, but Peter brings this home with poignancy and high good humour. He is my kind of wildlife guide.

Anyone who loves nature and wildlife will enjoy this delectable account of life as a young wildlife guide in Botswana.

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  • Laura
  • 2012-04-02

Disappointing

I thought there would be more entertaining stories about his safaris. More of an acolade to self.

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  • kelly
  • 2012-09-17

I loved the book and the audio is great too!

What made the experience of listening to Whatever You Do, Don't Run the most enjoyable?

This was a most enjoyable and engaging story. How this gentleman survived and thrived in Africa is told from in a humorous first person narrative that kept me engaged and laughing out loud. He brings Africa to life and tells some amazingly tall tales that made me want to run to the airport and fly there to see it all for myself.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Whatever you do, don't run is the title, but also perfect for this story.

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  • Cindy
  • 2012-07-12

A lot of vicarious fun

Try it. You'll like it. A whole lot of vicarious thrills. If you love the bush and animals, you will enjoy this book. There is no way I will ever get to even visit Africa let alone go on a safari. Still, if you ever thought you might want to see animals in the wild, or even be one of the lucky ones and lead a trip of tourists, you will enjoy this book. I learned about wild animals, relived Peter's adventures, and was safely entertained. You can't ask for much more than that!

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  • matthew
  • 2012-11-29

I am inspired to go on safari

The author was just an average guy with a love for animals that moved from Australia to Africa for a backpacking trip and ended up staying for seven years.The stories of his encounters with lions,elephants,leopards,and birds were captivating.He spoke in a very relaxed cadence,which made it easy to follow.The stories about Rolls Royce the funny guide from Botswana,as well as the stories about the drowning and the vehicle breakdown on the way to South Africa were equally fascinating. The story about the lazy worker who discovered a snake that was longer than at first thought was another great story.You could at times feel the author's fear,stupidity and wonder.You could feel his pain,elation and basically take a very educational armchair safari.This has to be one of the best audiobooks I have heard recently.It was entertaining and educational.My only regret was it was too short.

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  • Patrick
  • 2012-05-15

short good home spun stories

Would you listen to Whatever You Do, Don't Run again? Why?

yes - interesting enough

Any additional comments?

at times it nice to have a series of short stories that are interesting and sometimes humorous. when the long epic fantasies and other novels start to bog you down this is a great book to turn to. I enjoy reading about wildlife and animals.

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  • Timothy
  • 2013-08-06

Great Book, Bad Narration

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Peter Allison did a great job with this book. Great stories, and very humorous. The narrator, on the other hand, has made the book very painful to listen to. He stops mid-sentence and pauses as if there were a coma or a period where this is none. I listen to a lot of audio books as I spend a lot of time in my car. This is the first narrator I have truely disliked. I will not buy another book that has been narrated by this man.

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