Torn Trousers

  • by Gwynn White, Andrew St. Pierre White
  • Narrated by James Langton, Charlotte Anne Dore
  • 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Tired of mortgage and car payments, 30-somethings Andrew and Gwynn sold everything they owned and escaped their humdrum nine-to-five existence for life in paradise - a tiny island accessible only by boat or air in one of the remotest spots on Earth: the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Woefully inexperienced, they took control of a luxury game lodge where the rich and famous went to sip gin and tonics with lions and elephants.
Trouble soon followed. The couple's lives were threatened daily by snakes, elephants, baboons, and a hyena with a plastic fetish. Not to mention the endless - and often insurmountable - challenge of keeping their five-star guests fed in a world where the closest supermarket was an air flight away. Among others, their guests included a famous Hollywood director, some French aristocrats, a Mafia lawyer, world-famous singers, and the England cricket captain. Lighthearted and humorous, Torn Trousers will enthrall you with its unique look at life in wild Africa.


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Not what I was hoping for

The story of giving everything up to run a safari camp is something that (some) people dream of, and credit to both Andrew and Gwynn for trying it and sharing their tale.

From my own experiences as an expatriate living in South Africa and spending all my free time at game reserves and camps, I was looking forward to a book that would take me back.

Unfortunately, as other reviewers have stated, too much of the story is focused on staff interaction.

It is difficult to rate the performance element, as two narrators were used.

Whilst James Langtons narration was clear and helped move the story along, I felt that the clipped and somewhat stilted diction early in the story by Charlotte Anne Dore detracted from the enjoyment of the book.

Due to the performance aspect, it's one of the few audiobooks I returned after listening.
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- Mike D.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-11-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio