• Scary Monsters and Supercreeps

  • By: Dom Joly
  • Narrated by: Dom Joly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 25-10-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (383 ratings)

Summary

Dom Joly sets off round the world again, but this time he's not looking to holiday in a danger zone - he's monster hunting. Ever since he was given a copy of Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World for his ninth birthday Dom has been obsessed with the world of cryptozoology (monster hunting), and in Scary Monsters and Super Creeps he heads to six completely different destinations to investigate local monster sightings.
He explores the Redwood Curtain in northern California in search of Sasquatch; in Canada he visits Lake Okanagan hoping to catch a glimpse of a thirty-foot snake-like creature called Ogopogo; and near Lake Tele in Congo he risks his life tracking the vegetarian sauropod Mokele-mbembe. Naturally he heads to Loch Ness - but for this hunt he has his family in tow; he treks across the Khumbu Valley in Nepal looking for Yeti; and in the hills above Hiroshima in Japan he enlists the help of a local man to find the Hibagon, a terribly smelly 'caveman ape'.
In typically hilarious and irreverent fashion, Dom explores the cultures that gave rise to these monster myths and ends up in some pretty hairy situations with people even stranger than the monsters they are hunting.
©2012 Dom Joly (P)2012 Audible Ltd
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Customer Reviews

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1 out of 5 stars
By Matthew on 25-01-15

Dull, pompous and repetitive

Would you try another book written by Dom Joly or narrated by Dom Joly?

No. This was the second book I'd purchase from Jolly. Benefit of the doubt and all that....

What three words best describe Dom Joly’s voice?

Clear; pompous; dismissive

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment and boredom

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 22-11-12

A great book that is a superb listen

Yep. Dom Joly. A travel writer who goes to odd places for odder reasons. His previous travel book, The Dark Tourist, is one of my favourite listens and I have to confess I bought it knowing nothing about it other that some people gave it a good review so I hope that others will discover him through these words. Dom is a man who likes to do his own thing and likes to travel alone. This allows a very clear view of his travel and you hear about the places and people he meets rather than the antics of people he has travelled with. He is always entertaining, informative and often very surprising in his honesty about how he feels and what he discovers. I am sure some will only be aware of Dom Joly through his TV work but he is a very accomplished journalist. Many may have wondered what on earth that bloke Michael Palin from Monty Python was doing as a travel journalist. Not now. Dom Joly has the talent to match the great Mr Palin because of his desire to put himself through discomfort and sometimes danger in order to make a trip he decides will be interesting. Fortunately he takes us along too. Funny, informative and surprisingly heartwarming I recommend this book (and The Dark Tourist) to anyone with even a slight interest in the world around them. I look forward to his next travels.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Christopher on 11-12-12

Just Enjoyable

What did you love best about Scary Monsters and Supercreeps?

Dom Jolly tells a funny story but with context and details that draw you in. I don't agree with him politically or in matters of religion but he doesn't bring those viewpoints in often enough to make the book difficult to listen to. He does a great job reading the book, making you feel as though he is telling you a story instead of reading it. This is the second book I read by him (dark tourist being the first - another great read) and I hope he puts out more.

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