Incredible true tales from a world renowned safari guide and celebrated author Romantic notions aside, being a safari guide isn t always particularly enjoyable or glamorous Quite often it is beset with challenges, like having to spend a night in a thorn tree with marauding hyenas below But safari guide Peter Allison lives for such moments Here, the author of the widely praised Whatever You Do, Don t Run details his time spent in safari camps not only in Botswana but also in South Africa, Mozambique, and Namibia places he loves, despite how much it feels like they might just be trying to kill him In Don t Look Behind You, Allison recounts adventures few would live to tell Like the time he and a group of bored guides launched a makeshift raft into a foaming, flooded river teeming with hippos and crocodiles Or the afternoon he heard monkeys telling him that a leopard was walking around the camp, and then realized the leopard was in his tent, with him in it In addition to relating his encounters with animals, Allison shares the stories of those tourists who have long been pushing him toward early retirement Normally respectful of all his fellow creatures no matter how many feet they have, Allison fantasizes about leaving one in particular behind on the Skeleton Coast, a place that receives less than half an inch of rain a year, and is patrolled by lions and hyenas Join Peter Allison for another riveting, rollicking, behind the scenes dose of everyone s dream experience going on safari and come through amazed but, thankfully, without a scratch....
|Title||:||Don't Look Behind You!: A Safari Guide's Encounters With Ravenous Lions, Stampeding Elephants, And Lovesick Rhinos|
|Number of Pages||:||496 Pages|
|File Size||:||887 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Don't Look Behind You!: A Safari Guide's Encounters With Ravenous Lions, Stampeding Elephants, And Lovesick Rhinos Reviews
I enjoyed Peter Allison's first book, Whatever you do, Don't Run and since we were embarking on a trip to southern Africa, it made sense to read his second. Although there were some funny and entertaining episodes in Don't Look Behind, there was a repetition when compared to the first book - not the same stories but similar enough to make the book not as interesting as the first. Both books are quick reads and although I'm not a fast reader, I found I was reading through the paragraphs quickly to get the main points of the episode but not either challenged or excited about the actual writing. If you like misadventures and look at what really happens at safari camps, you'll enjoy these books but if you're looking for good writing, they may not be the best way to spend your time.
This book is kind of like the out takes version of his first book Whatever You Do, Don't Run - but that in no way diminishes the pleasure of this read. Peter Allison is funny, likeable and almost wincingly down to earth. If it can be broken, he'll break it (jeeps especially) if it's further than a few clicks out from camp, he'll get lost, if it's big, exotic, has an attitude and the ability to eat you... he'll be the first one dragging you along to get an up close look at it. Who wouldn't want this guy as a friend or a guide? He's certainly fun, entertaining and educational to read. He loves the animals and his self-deprecation doesn't get in the way of you sensing that there's probably no one else you'd rather have showing you the beauty of Africa than this guy - whether you're in the back of his jeep or lying comfortably in your bed thousands of miles from that elephant that he's hiding behind the tree from. I love that he shares his fascinating life with the rest of us.
A book that deserves the acronym "LOL"
I love Peters writin, I laugh out out, and I'm happy at home while I vicariously extract myself from all those pickles he gets himself into...I'm an armchair Safari guide, with all the perks of being at home while he is in the Rome.....hey it's way better than not adventuring at all! I'm a real fan by now and look forward to. His next books as much for the. fun and frolic as for the humor.
This was an engaging read and perfect for bedtime as it was easy to put down at the end of a chapter(the book is a compilation of individual tales). The true stories themselves were amazing and held my attention but I have to say the writing wasn't brilliant. In particular, it was difficult to get a feel for the landscape and the characters - especially the author. I don't think you even find out what country he came from until halfway thru! It just lacked that visual picture a good author can give you on the first page. I did, however, enjoy the book and have ordered another book of his later escapades.
One of my favorite things is to sit around with fellow travelers, swapping stories over dinner or a camp fire - preferably both. Peter Allison's books are the next best thing. His casual style, passion for animals and willingness to laugh at himself are simply engaging. Of his three books, "Don't Look Behind You" is my favorite. Many of the chapters focus on animal encounters and, with minor censorship, I read several to my kids, who were getting quite curious about all my chuckling. Like swapping stories with a friend, his books are perfect with a glass of wine - or maybe a Tusker - at the end of the day.
I have been on safari and stayed a locales somewhat similar to what Peter describes here. His book is a delight, and of course
Hilarious, engaging, and surprisingly, the author is pleasantly humble. A great read time and time again!