Don't Look Behind You! A Safari Guide's Encounters with Ravenous Lions, Stampeding Elephants, and Lovesick Rhinos

Don t Look Behind You A Safari Guide s Encounters with Ravenous Lions Stampeding Elephants and Lovesick Rhinos Join Peter Allison for a riveting rollicking behind the scenes dose of everyone s dream experience going on safari and coming through amazed but thankfully without a scratch In Don t Look Behind Y

  • Title: Don't Look Behind You! A Safari Guide's Encounters with Ravenous Lions, Stampeding Elephants, and Lovesick Rhinos
  • Author: Peter Allison
  • ISBN: 9781599214696
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Paperback
  • Join Peter Allison for a riveting, rollicking, behind the scenes dose of everyone s dream experience going on safari and coming through amazed but, thankfully, without a scratch In Don t Look Behind You, Allison recounts adventures few would live to tell.

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    • Jeanette"Astute Crabbist" says:

      I liked this author's first book a little better simply because there was a stronger focus on animals. This second book is very good, but there are a lot more stories about mechanical things (land mines, automobiles) and situations involving other humans (tourists, local authorities). There are also good animal stories, just not as many. Still an interesting and amusing book. You get to learn a little bit about a whole lot of different things in Africa: the culture, people, language, politics, a [...]

    • Rock Angel says:

      This feels like a bunch of essays that didn't make the cut for Allison's first book sorry, I'm just not that into it. Perhaps I didn't see how a difficult water pump, a shark dive on his off-duty days, or his being thrown in jail b/c he didn't get a license had anything to do with preparing me for a safari. Perhaps the author forgot what it is that draws people to pick up the memoir of a safari guide in the first place (more animals, more animals!!) IMHO these personal accounts are more appropr [...]

    • Brittany says:

      I got a little mixed up and read Don't Look Behind You!: A Safari Guide's Encounters with Ravenous Lions, Stampeding Elephants, and Lovesick Rhinos before Whatever You Do, Don't Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide. But I get the sense it didn't matter very much which order you read them in, in much the same way it doesn't matter which order you read Tim Cahill's books in.My first impression of this book was a bad one, due to someone monumentally clueless being in charge of designing the f [...]

    • Jesse Cozean says:

      Before I give my review of Don't Look Behind You!, I have to make two confessions that may color my response to Peter Allison's work. First, it was the first book I ever purchased, completely on accident, from Lyons Press. Secondly, I've been to Africa eight times and counting, and dreamed of dropping everything and moving there to watch animals and sunsets. So Peter, with his good taste in publishers and lifestyle choices, was a hero of mine before I even started reading.That being said, I abso [...]

    • Mitch says:

      Although this book did give me some insight into the life of a safari guide, as I'd hoped it would, the author's sense of humor took it somewhat outside the realms of reality at times. If he's to be believed literally, it's beyond possibility that he survived all the known and unsuspected risks he ran with his impressive list of physical limitations. (Fear of heights, natural born clumsiness, migraines, messed up joints and so forth.) Granted, this book covers only certain adrenline-producing ex [...]

    • Maddy Estherby says:

      My Rating: 3.5 starsThis book was a really funny insight into the life of a safari guide in Africa - spanning across multiple years, there are lots of great and interesting moments as well as a lot of snorts of laughter.My Thoughts:This book was a really good one for people interested in the tourist world of Africa. I really enjoyed getting in to the world of a safari guide and as I am visiting South Africa next year and doing a safari, it really helped give some background in what to (or not to [...]

    • Jolene says:

      I struggled with how to approach this review for the following reason. I think this is a very well thought out book and that it deserves some acknowledgement, but I honestly feel that I might have appreciated it more had I not enjoyed his first book so much, which is just frustrating. "Whatever You Do, Don't Run," gave this author a special place in my heart. When I read the first book, it was the perfect form of book therapy for what I was going through. He made me laugh at how ridiculous most [...]

    • Adite says:

      I have read both books in this series and enjoyed them immensely. Peter Allison writes about his adventures in a funny, interesting, self-effacing manner that puts the reader bang in the middle of all the action. He has an innate ability to laugh at himself and inject humour into the most deadly of situations. And of course, his love for the animals is paramount. I look forward to reading more from Peter Allison.

    • Terry Smith says:

      Peter's experiences in the bush are amazing. This volume has a few very sad stories and a lot of tense situations. Very glad he shared his life w/us.

    • Danielle says:

      Great second book for him. I found it just as funny as the first, just a little more heartwarming. Great read!

    • Bec says:

      I really liked this book, it was exactly what I needed to read. Every time I read about animals, it seems to be about their extinction, or habitat loss or cruel death at the hands of humans. So, this book about mostly positive wildlife encounters within a protected setting by a person who is not a moron was a breath of fresh air. I once read a book about a cat loving dude who moved to New Zealand & lived by the beach with 4 cats. New Zealand, land of the flightless bird. But I digress. Yes, [...]

    • Connie says:

      I seldom laugh out loud when I'm reading, but Peter Allison is hilarious when he's relating his adventures in the African wilds.I've never had a desire to go on a safari, and I still don't after reading this; but I loved reading about his life with his beloved animals.

    • theworldawaits says:

      Fun little read if you're heading out for an African safari.

    • Seth Nelson says:

      Some very good stories.

    • Peggy Hess Greenawalt says:

      Another fun book by Peter Allison about the wilds of Africa. Although I enjoyed his first book more, this was good as well. His crazy antics are a mother's nightmare, but somehow he is a cat with 9 lives. Africa lovers, pick this up too.

    • Kathy Govreau says:

      Truly a delightful read! So descriptive that I felt like I was right there with him throughout the whole book!

    • Darla Ebert says:

      What a story-teller! I admired Peter Allison's courage as well as his vulnerability. He really has had some adventures and I enjoyed every single one. As would anyone who can check out or buy this extraordinary book.

    • Liralen says:

      I loved Whatever You Do, Don't Run, and I loved this as well—but I think the best story comes in the introduction, when Allison's describing going to the bank to deposit a check from the publisher for Don't Run. Suffice it to say that Don't Run is probably not the best thing ever to have printed on something you're handing over to a bank teller.At any rate, mostly Allison's tales work so well because, while he'll grumble about other people every now and then, he mostly pokes fun at himself. It [...]

    • Anny says:

      I actually found this book less funny compared to Whatever You Do, Don't Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide. The first book focused more on funny stories about animals, while this one focused more on turning points in the author's life. The book started with Peter's arrival in Africa, and the chapters progressed chronologically as we followed Peter's adventure across Africa. Not all the stories were humorous, some were sad or scary (Stompie, Kinky Tail, Twelve paces), but I love the last [...]

    • Denise says:

      Peter Allison's second collection of stories about his time in Africa as a safari guide is a rare look at this intriguing lifestyle. What most people dream of doing for a week or two on vacation, Peter Allison lives. As you might expect, living with lions, leopards, elephants, and hippos, in addition to tourists, Allison has more than his share of adventures to relate. He does so with humor and love for his adopted country, always able to poke fun of himself and his rookie mistakes as a safari g [...]

    • Stacey says:

      This is Peter's second (or maybe third) book.Yet again we join Peter on his travels as a safari / tour / camp guide in Africa.Similar to his previous book in some ways it documents his work, however this book focuses less on short little stories about the animals and is actually a bit more travel, taken from several camps in Africa.Peter is Australian by birth and through his formative years. Much of the humour is Australian and follows in the footsteps of Peter Moore and Brian Thacker

    • Kathy says:

      This is the second book I've read by Peter Allison about his adventures as a safari guideis time in Botswana and in South Africa. It's laugh-out-loud funny and an excellent look behind the scenes at what goes on in the expensive safari camps where people pay the big bucks and absolutely expect to see certain animals in return. Mr. Allison's love for all creatures great and small is evident and his descriptions of many hair-raising, surprising and humorous incidents kept me turning the pages quic [...]

    • Wendy says:

      Great book to read in preparation for going on an african safari. You get to see what life is like from a safari guide's point of view. I really liked learning that the guides can recognize different animals by their packs, personalities, and/or deformities (eg: kinked tail). I look forward to reading his first book now, same subject, different stories. Many of these stories made me laugh out loud; great, quick, informative, entertaining read.

    • Jennifer says:

      The author tells more stories of his adventures working at various safari camps in Africa. Most of them revolve around the animals he encounters including elephants, lions, cheetahs, snakes, and monkeys. Some are about his travels which are quite challenging since there are practically no marked trails once you leave the city. Maps are worthless and directions are vague, at best. I thought the tales in the book were entertaining.

    • Kelli says:

      Didn't want this recollection to end! Really felt like I was back on safari with him what a character. (Although, I'm glad he was never MY guide with the scrapes he got himself into!!!) Really great storyteller and is able to convey a) what it's like getting up close and personal with animals much bigger and stronger and cleverer than humans and b) his love for said animals. Enjoyed it so much I bought the sequel and read it on the same holiday!

    • Lynne says:

      I loved this author's previous book, Whatever You Do, Don't Run, and I found this one pleasant but without the drive of the first one. More doings in Africa--snakes, elephants, other animals, other disasters, etc. I did find, since I'm researching Africa in general, that the camp he worked at most of the time was one of the most expensive. This is kind of unsettling, as he reveals dangers that the unsuspecting tourists are totally oblivious to.

    • Nicole says:

      I would say it's an interesting read if you want to learn more about safaris (what to expect to see, how to live etc). I haven't read anything so far on this topic and thought that aspect was interesting. The book does seem to drag on a bit (telling story after story of encounters with animals, crazy/funny tidbits from the writer's tour guiding and management experience) and I found myself skimming the last third of the book.

    • Nicole says:

      Another fun outing by Peter Allison on his many adventures as a safari guide in Africa. This is a sequel of sorts to his first foray into authorship ("Don't Run") but pretty much stands alone and individual chapters are largely autonomous. This is a quick read and if you cant afford a real safari, an enjoyable introduction to life in the bush.

    • Catherine says:

      Another great collection of stories from Allison’s adventures as a guide in Africa. He’s a very good storyteller.I enjoyed his first book, “Whatever You Do, Don’t Run” just a bit more, perhaps because some of these stories, while new, had some similarities. Definitely worth reading if you enjoyed his first book.

    • Mike Buyske says:

      Allison puts together a collection of stories about his time as an African safari guide, some pretty hair raising to read about but mostly entertaining. If you've read one book by an author with this type of experience, this one probably won't seem that different, but I thought it was a good way to spend a couple afternoons.

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