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Dom Joly's Big American Vacation

Written by: Dom Joly
Length: 3 hrs

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Publisher's Summary

Be warned - this raw, unpolished adventure across the States contains alligator wrestling, leather chaps and Vegas weddings. As a multi-award winning comedian and travel journalist, Dom Joly's take on any destination is always witty, sharp, hilarious and irreverent - even more so when that destination is the backwaters of the USA. 

Join Dom on a three-week odyssey across the USA as he explores the weird and wonderful oddities of American culture with his trusty sidekick (and complete stranger) Fiona. With the same level of widescreen storytelling you'd expect from a television documentary, Big American Vacation sees Joly rove across the continent in his Chrysler 'Enormoburger', investigating coffin races at the 'Cryonics Mardi Gras', drive-through weddings and late-night emergency Elvises, competitive turkey bowling, marijuana sommeliers and dude ranches.

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Critic Reviews

"Hilarious." (Buzzfeed)

"A bi-coastal adventure across America, exploring the weird and wonderful oddities of life in the USA." (Daily Mirror)

"You won't find these tips in the guidebooks." (Comedy Central)

"An audio podcast odyssey that sees the Trigger Happy funny man embark on a road trip across the continent." (Loaded)

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  • Suzanne Hegarty
  • 17-09-19

I couldn't listen to the end of it.

I struggled to listen to it. it just wasn't funny. I also thought that they could have found more items of interest . I was a bit bored.

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  • RN
  • 23-10-18

Very enjoyable

Not always a fan of Doms work, but this is hilarious.
Well worth a listen, I was laughing out loud. Add to that, the odd places they visit wouldn’t be found in any normal package holiday.

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  • Paul
  • 27-05-20

I'm not sure I ever found the point

Perhaps if you like Dom then you'll get more out of this. I kept with it until the last two chapters, but I'm not sure why now, it didn't grab me and although I'm very reluctant to give up on a book (or audio book) I just wasn't that interested.

It's a snapshot of the strangeness of the US, sometimes it's funny, sometimes Dom is laughing at himself, other times it just falls flat.

It felt more like Dom convinced Amazon to fund his trip around the US and this was the product. Nice work if you can get it, but I'd spend your time on something else.

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  • mr P R Boardman
  • 08-05-20

What a stonking free audio book!

1st of all I was never a Dom Joly fan But I have seen the light! Must have been the border control (one of the exploits Dom goes on) Searching for illegals trying to cross the USA border, this is one of his exploits that he is taking on. It was recommended to me but I remember Dom from the Trigger Happy days, now he's more sedate than his earlier years and I really enjoyed listening to his adventures and I look forward to listening to some more of his work. Enjoy

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  • ilseerasmus
  • 10-04-20

Jolly is obnoxious

We gave up after trying a few episodes. Jolly is just too obnoxious and self-absorbed to be funny.

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  • Customer
  • 02-03-20

Completely pile of true junk stories!

what a waste of time, 7yrs old can write better stories than this. Don't waste your time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-01-20

proper crap not even slightly funny at all would n

absolute rubbish listen 2 two chapters and turned it off 40 minutes of my life i wont get back

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  • Rachel
  • 01-10-19

American voice over grates like hell

I don't know why Dom okayed the American voice over on this. It made me want to scream

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-08-19

Couldn't get past episode 1

The unnecessary American narrator piping up every 5 seconds, in what one can only presume is some producer's intervention in making it 'more accessible' to an American audience, is just awful. Alike being at a dinner party with an old friend you can't wait to hear from but who is constantly interrupted by a loud, crass friend of a friend who wants to explain every punchline before it's even been delivered.

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  • Benjamin de Glanville
  • 18-08-19

8 episodes of giggles

Beware when listening to this in public as people will be looking at you with bemusement as you burst out laughing every 30 seconds as I found in the gym and supermarket yesterday. Great listen!