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It’s Africa! Immersed in West Africa is NOT one of those cookie-cutter guide books. This is the powerful on-the-ground diary of one man’s solo journey through West Africa. For roughly 60 days, Terry Lister traveled across Senegal, Mauritania, the Gambia, Guinea and Guinea Bissau. What he experienced touched both his spirit and his soul. The ups and downs of travel, the pe It’s Africa! Immersed in West Africa is NOT one of those cookie-cutter guide books. This is the powerful on-the-ground diary of one man’s solo journey through West Africa. For roughly 60 days, Terry Lister traveled across Senegal, Mauritania, the Gambia, Guinea and Guinea Bissau. What he experienced touched both his spirit and his soul. The ups and downs of travel, the people, the transport, the weather, the food, the haggling...he welcomed it all. From harrowing experiences with border police, to day-long travel on crowded mini-buses, Lister’s accounts of daily life shed light on the real side of Africa, and are sure to both entertain and educate you. Travel is the best educator and Lister shows us that while Africa is still the brunt of many jokes and misconceptions, it is more than worth the visit. If you are someone who’s been a bit afraid to travel into Africa beyond the big tours, this book will inspire you to step out with courage and faith. While your experience will be your own, it is one guaranteed to inspire and motivate you to be the best version of yourself. So let’s step into this adventure together!


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It’s Africa! Immersed in West Africa is NOT one of those cookie-cutter guide books. This is the powerful on-the-ground diary of one man’s solo journey through West Africa. For roughly 60 days, Terry Lister traveled across Senegal, Mauritania, the Gambia, Guinea and Guinea Bissau. What he experienced touched both his spirit and his soul. The ups and downs of travel, the pe It’s Africa! Immersed in West Africa is NOT one of those cookie-cutter guide books. This is the powerful on-the-ground diary of one man’s solo journey through West Africa. For roughly 60 days, Terry Lister traveled across Senegal, Mauritania, the Gambia, Guinea and Guinea Bissau. What he experienced touched both his spirit and his soul. The ups and downs of travel, the people, the transport, the weather, the food, the haggling...he welcomed it all. From harrowing experiences with border police, to day-long travel on crowded mini-buses, Lister’s accounts of daily life shed light on the real side of Africa, and are sure to both entertain and educate you. Travel is the best educator and Lister shows us that while Africa is still the brunt of many jokes and misconceptions, it is more than worth the visit. If you are someone who’s been a bit afraid to travel into Africa beyond the big tours, this book will inspire you to step out with courage and faith. While your experience will be your own, it is one guaranteed to inspire and motivate you to be the best version of yourself. So let’s step into this adventure together!

30 review for Immersed in West Africa: My Solo Journey Across Senegal, Mauritania, The Gambia, Guinea and Guinea Bissau (Kindle) (Travels With Terry Book 1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie DeMoss

    In “Immersed in West Africa,” the author tells of his adventures while exploring West Africa, specifically Senegal, Mauritania, The Gambia, Guineau-Bissau, Gineau-Conakry, and South Senegal. It is an interesting adventure, but I would have liked more pictures and more detail. For example, Tea-making in Mauritania and the accompanying pictures were interesting and enjoyable to read. However, when the author sat down to dinner, the family only ate with their right hand, with no explanation as to w In “Immersed in West Africa,” the author tells of his adventures while exploring West Africa, specifically Senegal, Mauritania, The Gambia, Guineau-Bissau, Gineau-Conakry, and South Senegal. It is an interesting adventure, but I would have liked more pictures and more detail. For example, Tea-making in Mauritania and the accompanying pictures were interesting and enjoyable to read. However, when the author sat down to dinner, the family only ate with their right hand, with no explanation as to why. This reader would like to know why, the history of this, and possibly other cultural practices of the different regions. This also happened in St Louis, Senegal. The author ate a dinner with a family, and they only ate with their right hand. Why? They killed a chicken for the dinner. Was this a usual or unusual meal for them? What are the typical foods and eating habits of these areas? In St. Louis, Senegal, the text mentions beautiful beaches, but the accompanying pictures are not really of the beauty of the beaches. The book should contain more photographs and they should really reflect the beauty the author is talking about. Also in St. Louis, the author speaks of the hustle of the market and how you can get almost anything there, but the only picture shows some women at the market and not the wide array of the goods available. There should be pictures of the interesting and varied goods and food that you can get there, with a little history about them. I very much enjoyed the features on Bijilo Monkey Park and the Kachikally Museum and Crocodile Pool. They were well described, and accompanied with a nice history and photos, although even more photos would be preferred. I would like to have seen this format carried throughout the book. I was interested in the problems and corruption at the border, but feel they could have been better explained. Overall, I would like to have seen more of the cultural history, arts, and people of each place the author visited. There is a lot of great potential here, but I think this book needs to be broken down and possibly turned into two books, with a lot more detail, photos, culture, and history of each area included. If you are a Kindle Unlimited member, you can get this book on Amazon at no additional charge, as I did.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rosie Amber

    Immersed In West Africa is a travelogue written by Bermudan solo traveller Terry Lister. Terry chose to visit some of the lesser known places and countries of Africa and he hopes that he might encourage some of the readers of his book to visit them too. This books covers Terry’s route during 2017 through Senegal, Mauritania, The Gambia, Guinea and Guinea Bissau. He chose to use local transportation as much as possible and these included mini vans, sept-place cars (7-seater cars)  and motorbikes. Immersed In West Africa is a travelogue written by Bermudan solo traveller Terry Lister. Terry chose to visit some of the lesser known places and countries of Africa and he hopes that he might encourage some of the readers of his book to visit them too. This books covers Terry’s route during 2017 through Senegal, Mauritania, The Gambia, Guinea and Guinea Bissau. He chose to use local transportation as much as possible and these included mini vans, sept-place cars (7-seater cars)  and motorbikes. As a seasoned traveller Terry had completed a lot of research before he went; he also understood the need to arrive at pick up points early to get the best seat. I was impressed with how calmly he dealt with the constant requests for bribes at border crossings and with all the different currencies, especially when exchange rates and cash-only payments meant that he had to carry large sums of local money; I was relieved that he was never robbed. Some of my favourite descriptions were when Terry went to see waterfalls and into the jungle or national parks. The book has lots of beautiful pictures from Terry’s travels, so this book would be an ideal read in paperback.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Yen Lyn

    A few weeks ago, I received this book from the author Terry Lister in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank him for reaching out to me via my blog to make this generous offer. While travelling abroad is not possible during this pandemic, it is thrilling to be on this journey to Senegal, Mauritania, the Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea Conakry in West Africa through the eyes of the author. West Africa, in general, is a fascinating region filled with diverse flora and fauna, architectu A few weeks ago, I received this book from the author Terry Lister in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank him for reaching out to me via my blog to make this generous offer. While travelling abroad is not possible during this pandemic, it is thrilling to be on this journey to Senegal, Mauritania, the Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea Conakry in West Africa through the eyes of the author. West Africa, in general, is a fascinating region filled with diverse flora and fauna, architectures heavily influenced by other cultures – specifically Muslim, French and Portuguese, and historical sites that tell thought-provoking stories. An experience I wish the author could have narrated more of is his emotional experience at the Door of No Return on Goree Island - a significant place where slaves were held before getting transported to various destinations around the world. It is said to be a place where visitors would leave with a heavy heart reflecting on the terror and misery that the slaves went through. I admire the author’s resilience throughout the entire journey despite having encountered multiple transport breakdowns, scheduling mishaps, unreasonable charges or bribes, delays at border customs, as well as experiences that didn’t go as planned. Hats off to the author for surviving those motorbike and sept-place car rides on bumpy roads as well. In addition, I enjoyed reading about how he overcame each obstacle with the help of a local. The author’s travel experiences in West Africa have opened my eyes to each country’s rich culture and history. I enjoy the writing style as the book reads like someone who is having a casual chat with you over coffee. The photos provided are all nice to see as well, which would be more so if we could see them in colour. "As we sit in our homes watching television, we form opinions that are directed by someone else. But when we get on the plane and go, we can form opinions based on criteria that matter to us." Indeed, while we may have some form of bias about certain countries based on what we have heard and seen from the news, they aren’t our opinions until we finally experience the locals’ culture first-hand and observe as much as we can along our journey. Although I still have reservations about traveling to Africa one day, having a trusted tour guide or a group of people I know on the trip may alleviate my fear for my own safety. Overall, I recommend this to travellers who are curious about different parts of the world. It would have gained a 4.5 or 5-star rating if the author had elaborated more on his experiences with local cuisines and interactions with his host families there. I would suggest a thorough editing process for a better flow by eliminating punctuation errors and typos. That said, it’s not a huge dealbreaker either. The author’s passion can be felt through every line, so I look forward to more travelogues like this from him.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Douglas

    If you are going to West Africa, you should take a copy of this book with you. Traveling author Terry Lister has been there recently (October-November 2017) and has visited Senegal, Mauritania, The Gambia, Guinea, and Guinea Bissau. I'm awarding this personal travelogue an excellent 4-star review because it gives the reader important and current information. Mr. Lister traveled as the locals travel, in minivans that could comfortably take seven passengers, but instead were crammed with as many as If you are going to West Africa, you should take a copy of this book with you. Traveling author Terry Lister has been there recently (October-November 2017) and has visited Senegal, Mauritania, The Gambia, Guinea, and Guinea Bissau. I'm awarding this personal travelogue an excellent 4-star review because it gives the reader important and current information. Mr. Lister traveled as the locals travel, in minivans that could comfortably take seven passengers, but instead were crammed with as many as fourteen people, to riding on the back of a motor scooter with other passengers. He said that in many places the poverty is heart-breaking, but the spirit of the people is great. He encourages would-be travelers to leave your inhibitions at home and open up to new experiences. My favorite part was about his visit to the library in Chinguetti, Mauritania with photos of manuscripts from the 13th century.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Grant

    Terry Lister takes us on a fun and interesting journey through Africa in Immersed in West Africa! This gravel guide walks us through the sights and interesting locales of five separate countries, all while being well organized and easy to read. I really thought it was cool how Lister blends the narrative of his personal journey and experiences into an informative piece about these countries and their people! The inclusion of pictures was a great addition as well. If you’re looking to see a bit o Terry Lister takes us on a fun and interesting journey through Africa in Immersed in West Africa! This gravel guide walks us through the sights and interesting locales of five separate countries, all while being well organized and easy to read. I really thought it was cool how Lister blends the narrative of his personal journey and experiences into an informative piece about these countries and their people! The inclusion of pictures was a great addition as well. If you’re looking to see a bit of the world and broaden your horizons, take a trip to West Africa with Terry Lister!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Terry Lister

    Terry Lister’s Immersed in West Africa is a personal travelogue that details Terry’s travels through Senegal, Mauritania, and Gambia, traversing natural parks, heritage sites, cities, ports, and villages through various forms of transport. His adventures come from an innate wanderlust rather than a particular reason for travelling, and so he comments on several aspects of life and culture. Terry writes with carefree demeanor of his encounters, fully free of prejudices and reserves, which is of co Terry Lister’s Immersed in West Africa is a personal travelogue that details Terry’s travels through Senegal, Mauritania, and Gambia, traversing natural parks, heritage sites, cities, ports, and villages through various forms of transport. His adventures come from an innate wanderlust rather than a particular reason for travelling, and so he comments on several aspects of life and culture. Terry writes with carefree demeanor of his encounters, fully free of prejudices and reserves, which is of course the ideal state of mind for a traveler. In his introduction, Terry breezily shares his motivation for travel, which sets the tone for the rest of the book. This particular travelogue is different to many in the sense that Terry has a small list of small reasons for wanting to go to West Africa, but none of them are at the forefront of his decision-making. He provides a background of school, family, friends, and culture as to how the seed of wayfaring was planted and sown. He also claims that his aim is to disavow populist and media perceptions, with a strong commentary on global interconnectivity and its consequence of loss of regional culture to some extent. With this in mind, this journal is clearly written for a Western audience, as it includes many maps of West Africa and explanations of food habits (such as eating with only the right hand). This book is as much a personal travel journal as it is a Lonely Planet guide of sorts, as there are place, transport, and historical heritage site descriptions presented with data on tourism, opening schedules, and entry fees. What makes up the real content which provides body to the text are Terry’s reflections on history, culture, and personal involvement rather than this additional information. The text is sprinkled with brief historico-presentist accounts, which refer to the initial introductory comment on globalization and experiencing authentic culture before it’s too late (he makes reference to how Caribbean countries evolved from what it was to something akin to North America due to tourism in the 90s). The author sometimes compares some sites to famous tourist sites that the reader is more likely to have visited so a better grasp on the points that Terry is describing can be had, like for example comparing Wassu to Stonehenge in order to understand what he says about the amount of in-depth information that is given out by guides. The author’s own photographs of places and people accompany the narration. The experiences in this book are very entertaining. Delays, misunderstandings, complications, and encounters with corruption provide ongoing hitches to the continuous journey. The colorful tangles keep the narrative amusing and compel the reader to keep turning the virtual pages. This book is well-written and well-edited, although there is an occasional lack of commas and the ending is quite abrupt. The travelogue ends on the last day of the last city of the last country is visited, and although some reflection on the balance between poverty and privilege is given, it could have been given a smoother transition into a conclusion. Overall, Immersed in West Africa is an entertaining journey lived through a breezy and easygoing soul that is not easily affected by adverse circumstances or language barriers. Terry Lister has admittedly traveled a great deal and through several different continents, and any subsequent travelogue that is hatched is sure to be an entertaining and eye-opening read.  REVIEWED BY Reedsy Discovery Tip  Immersed in West Africa Written by Terry Lister Buy now Buy on Amazon Buy on Website Read preview 4 Comments   bakzim lait – Excellent read. I have been working in West Africa since 2014 and this book is a must read for anyone who simply wants to travel or work in the region. What's great about the book is it gives the reader the inside view, and cleverly avoids either the patronising comments about Africa is either drastically failing or indeed rapidly rising. This honest, apolitical appraisal is a passionate attempt to give anyone interested an informed view that you simply won't find in the mainstream press.  0 likes Reply Report 30 days ago  Terry Lister – Thank you very much for your comments. In writing the book l wanted to invite visitors to get off the beaten path but having done this it was necessary to be clear as to what they would experience...no sugar coating allowed!  0 likes Reply Edit Delete 30 days ago  Gloria Martin – Two Lives Are Yours Richard Armour  Books I think Are extra nice. Through books you live Not once but twice. You are yourself And you are the things With fur or fins Or shells or wings. As big as giants Small as gnats As far as stars As close as cats. You live today And long ago The future, too Is yours to know. You're multiplied expanded, freed. You're you and also What you read. This poem by Richard Armour expresses exactly what I believe this book does for me. It opens up another life... travelling through the lens of author, Terry Lister. I am teleported to the continent of Africa and experience West Africa through him. This book really makes we want to travel to the motherland and learn more about ME.  0 likes Reply Report 29 days ago  Lorna dixon-marable – I really enjoyed this book. It educates the reader about West Africa where we have misconceptions about its history, cultural, people and landscape. I also liked that it showed us some of the do's and don'ts of travelling through some African cities and how to plan such a trip. A perfect book to calm your fears about travelling to Africa.  0 likes Reply Report 15 days ago ABOUT THE AUTHOR   Terry Lister I am a solo traveller having retired in 2014. I have been traveling on 8 week cycles in Central America, South America and, now,Africa. This travel is the most exciting thing that l have done in my life! In real life l was a Deloitte partner(18 yrs) and a Bermuda Government Minister(10yrs). view profile Published on August 29, 2019 Published by Niyah press books 7000 words Genre: Travel REVIEWED BY Follow   Catalina Bonati Enjoyed this review? Tip  Review this book Share your thoughts with other readers now. Write a review Menu

  7. 4 out of 5

    B.W. Harold

    When Mr. Lister approached me to review his book, it intrigued me. Immersed in West Africa: My Solo Journey Across Senegal, Mauritania, The Gambia, Guinea, and Guinea Bissau is part travel journal, part tourism literature. In 154 pages, I was taken on a whirlwind introduction of a part of the world I would have never considered visiting. After finishing the book, I'm not compelled to visit West Africa, but I appreciate Mr. Lister's honest recording of the experience. Terry Lister is a retired acc When Mr. Lister approached me to review his book, it intrigued me. Immersed in West Africa: My Solo Journey Across Senegal, Mauritania, The Gambia, Guinea, and Guinea Bissau is part travel journal, part tourism literature. In 154 pages, I was taken on a whirlwind introduction of a part of the world I would have never considered visiting. After finishing the book, I'm not compelled to visit West Africa, but I appreciate Mr. Lister's honest recording of the experience. Terry Lister is a retired accountant, realtor, and politician from Bermuda. In 2014, Terry made travel a full-time job. He has been to almost every country in South and Central America, and he's been to eighteen African nations. When he introduces himself in the book, he is quick to explain that travel is a way of life in the islands. His father was an avid traveler and encouraged his son to be fearless in his exploration. That mindset is admirable and comes in handy during some sections of the adventure Terry recounted. The book is populated with colorful and immersing photos that really took me on the journey with him. The most beautiful photos were of the waterfalls he spent a better part of a week traveling to with a guide. He clearly enjoyed this section of the trip. The words practically bounced off the page! Terry is insistent that travelers to West Africa need to be patient. It is a slow-moving transportation system and there is definite corruption. He doesn't condemn or disparage these systems, but he does express his frustration with the constant “shake-downs” for money and the unprofessional-ism of the supposed tourist sites. His experience with the locals is always positive and shows his interest in both the culture and the atmosphere. It was nice to read an account that didn't shy away or gloss over the “backroom deals.” He wrote about this with frustration, but self-awareness that didn't stew in entitlement, and I admire him for that. It could have been tempting to rage on and on about it, but he didn't. My final thoughts on Immersed in West Africa: My Solo Journey Across Senegal, Mauritania, The Gambia, Guinea, and Guinea Bissau by Terry Lister are it is an immersive reading experience, just like the book suggests. Terry is very vocal about people being open to this type of travel and embracing the diversity of the world. I respect that message, and I give the book a 4 out of 5 stars, because it is a personal account, but if you are looking for travel tips, the narrative is light on that subject. When I mentioned my reasoning for this rating to Mr. Lister, he explained he doesn't share food or lodging recommendations because a traveler’s comfort is subjective. I understand that logic, I guess I just would have liked to have seen more of the process of international travel, you know, for those of us who will probably never leave our home borders.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jana Tenbrook (Reviews from the Stacks)

    Immersed in West Africa is the most enjoyable nonfiction book I have read so far in 2020. It’s not often that I read travelogues, though also not entirely unheard-of. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I decided to read Immersed in West Africa, and it far surpassed my (nonexistent) expectations! This is a quick book to read through. The stories are told with such a boisterous and pleasant tone that reading it is like listening to a friend talk about something they are excited about. Even though I Immersed in West Africa is the most enjoyable nonfiction book I have read so far in 2020. It’s not often that I read travelogues, though also not entirely unheard-of. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I decided to read Immersed in West Africa, and it far surpassed my (nonexistent) expectations! This is a quick book to read through. The stories are told with such a boisterous and pleasant tone that reading it is like listening to a friend talk about something they are excited about. Even though I had absolutely no reference point for anything about Africa, I was instantly pulled in and wanted to hear more. The author truly makes it enjoyable for the reader to learn both about his experiences and about the countries themselves, without falling back on a list of facts. The author’s enthusiasm is so contagious that I was sad to come to the end of the book! I highly recommend Immersed in West Africa to anyone who enjoys traveling, reading about places you have never been, or quick and easy-to-digest nonfiction. This book is a joy to read and teaches the reader quite a bit of African history without even seeming to try. I give it four out of five stars; a truly good book, just shy of the perfection that a five-star rating would necessitate. There were a few times where I felt that I might be missing something, as if there were a previous book of earlier travels that I should be able to reference in order to better understand some of the stories in this one, but I cannot find one online. My only other criticism is that the formatting could have been a little more user-friendly. On the whole, I am so glad that I read Immersed in West Africa and look forward to virtually traveling to more places I have never visited through similar books! This review and more bookish content originally posted on Reviews From the Stacks.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Pegboard

    Most people will never travel to West Africa, so Terry Lister brings this country to you in Immersed in West Africa. The author visits five of territories and gives the reader a rundown of what to expect. The rich history of West Africa is fascinating. Slavery played a major part in its dark past as many places were used to funnel the slaves that were sold and shipped to the Western world. The beautiful wildlife and nature sites inspired Terry to experience their exceptional splendor, though pet Most people will never travel to West Africa, so Terry Lister brings this country to you in Immersed in West Africa. The author visits five of territories and gives the reader a rundown of what to expect. The rich history of West Africa is fascinating. Slavery played a major part in its dark past as many places were used to funnel the slaves that were sold and shipped to the Western world. The beautiful wildlife and nature sites inspired Terry to experience their exceptional splendor, though petting crocodiles wasn’t as appealing. The people live in a slower timeline and accept change as a way of life. Their drive and work ethic are inspiring as many live in extreme poverty.   I found Immersed in West Africa fascinating. Terry Lister brings the Dark Continent to life with his vivid description and wonderful photographs. I loved how Terry described the people and tidbits about this country. The author keeps his experiences real as he tells about his traveling events, the cost of crossing borders, and the language barrier he faced. I researched more about this country as Terry shed light on the places that interested him. Overall, it took me much longer to read this travel guide than I had expected. I hung on every word, studied the maps, and poured over the photos. I mourned over the crumbling architect, walking through the markets, and gliding across the rivers. Since the author has become a world traveler, I am looking forward to discovering new worlds and enticing places with him.          Review written by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mardene Carr

    Immersed in West Africa is a first account of Terry Lister’s solo journey across several West African cities. If you are ever planning to visit West Africa, you might want to read Immersed In West Africa. Terry Lister’s account of West Africa is not all “touristy” but a personal account of places worth visiting with the good and bad about these places. The author writes from the heart and that is what makes this book worth the read. Do not leave home before reading this book if you want the truth Immersed in West Africa is a first account of Terry Lister’s solo journey across several West African cities. If you are ever planning to visit West Africa, you might want to read Immersed In West Africa. Terry Lister’s account of West Africa is not all “touristy” but a personal account of places worth visiting with the good and bad about these places. The author writes from the heart and that is what makes this book worth the read. Do not leave home before reading this book if you want the truth about travelling to West Africa. I love the little titbits that the author provides throughout the book. Simple things like being aware that your drive might not know the direction to famous spots will better prepare you. Hearing about these small, but important details, can prepare the traveler for the unexpected. Terry clearly did a lot of research before travelling and that is why he knew the importance of carrying cash over credit cards in certain places. Travel is an excellent way to understand the culture of other counties. In this remarkable and personal diary, Terry Lister shows what is awesome, and what is not, about West Africa. The author shares his travels through Senegal, Mauritania, Gambia, Guinea – Bissau, and Guinea. From Les Mamelles Lighthouse in Senegal to the Saala Waterfall in Guinea Conakry, Terry Lister keeps the reader entertained and informed from beginning to end.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Pallavi Sareen

    Terry Lister’s Immersed in West Africa is a travelogue which is as descriptive as it is a commentary on the life and culture of West Africa. Reading through the book, one does not feel like reading a go-to guide but a piece of the author’s mind as he experiences new adventures through Senegal, Mauritania, and Gambia. Since it is written in first person narrative which suits most travelogues, it gives carefree and wanderlust vibes to the reader. Robben Island of South Africa, the oval island where Terry Lister’s Immersed in West Africa is a travelogue which is as descriptive as it is a commentary on the life and culture of West Africa. Reading through the book, one does not feel like reading a go-to guide but a piece of the author’s mind as he experiences new adventures through Senegal, Mauritania, and Gambia. Since it is written in first person narrative which suits most travelogues, it gives carefree and wanderlust vibes to the reader. Robben Island of South Africa, the oval island where Nelson Mandela spent years in isolation as a prisoner, I had to take a boat to reach Gorée. While reading his travels through natural parks, heritage sites, cities, ports, and villages, one feels as if one is travelling with a local friend who explains both the history and significance of the place while making sure you are having a lot of fun. The book is informative enough for a non-native to get a fair idea about West Africa, whether it is the food habits or the culture. The author’s own photographs of places and people accompany and strengthen his voice since what is travel without visuals? What I liked most about the book was the fact that it never got boring or seemed to drag on. Even the ending was quite abrupt and I wanted more from it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Hubbard

    I received a copy of Immersed in West Africa: My Solo Journey Across Senegal, Mauritania, The Gambia, Guinea and Guinea Bissau in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are, of course, my own.  **3.5 stars** This was a quick and easy read and a great glimpse of West Africa. As a traveler, I was definitely intrigued.  Lister is very straight forward and informal in the book and it reads more like a blog post. I would have loved to have more description in the stories.  As someone already interes I received a copy of Immersed in West Africa: My Solo Journey Across Senegal, Mauritania, The Gambia, Guinea and Guinea Bissau in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are, of course, my own.  **3.5 stars** This was a quick and easy read and a great glimpse of West Africa. As a traveler, I was definitely intrigued.  Lister is very straight forward and informal in the book and it reads more like a blog post. I would have loved to have more description in the stories.  As someone already interested in the region, I still was fascinated, but for those that are not interested or have never heard of these countries, I would want them to be drawn in as well.  I love Lister's intrepid spirit, his disagreement with using animals or people as photo props or feeding wildlife, and overall love of travel and culture.  He is honest about his experiences, gives brief facts and history about each place, provides beautiful photos (although bigger would be better) and showcases his off the beaten path spirit. 

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Schadt-Kelly

    Immersed in West Africa is good in its concept and the idea of traveling in less touristy areas. However, the poor editing and grammar hamper the book's flow. Several times I had to stop and reread the run-on or incomplete sentences as they did not make sense. A couple of typos did not help. Using more commas and a more thorough editing process would help. Aside from that, Terry shows the reader that despite its corruption, West Africa is a varied area in landscape and people. I have never trave Immersed in West Africa is good in its concept and the idea of traveling in less touristy areas. However, the poor editing and grammar hamper the book's flow. Several times I had to stop and reread the run-on or incomplete sentences as they did not make sense. A couple of typos did not help. Using more commas and a more thorough editing process would help. Aside from that, Terry shows the reader that despite its corruption, West Africa is a varied area in landscape and people. I have never traveled to Africa and would have liked to read more description on the foods, marketplaces, and types of vegetation. Given my limited knowledge of West Africa, I found the information in this book useful. From the uncertainty of transportation, dealing with border agents, and not knowing if places would be open, the author uses savvy and extreme patience in dealing with his situations. I will look forward to another travel book by this author if he uses more editing and description next time.

  14. 5 out of 5

    BookswithElena

    What an educational journey!! This dream of traveling is always common between all people. We all love to travel and we all love seeing new places and learning about new cultures while having the chance to live the story ourselves. Through the authors eyes i was able to see the mesmerizing image of Africa. This world is full of places that we could never even imagine exist. The fact that we are fortunate enough to have the possibility of seeing and living the experience is a gift. In this hectic si What an educational journey!! This dream of traveling is always common between all people. We all love to travel and we all love seeing new places and learning about new cultures while having the chance to live the story ourselves. Through the authors eyes i was able to see the mesmerizing image of Africa. This world is full of places that we could never even imagine exist. The fact that we are fortunate enough to have the possibility of seeing and living the experience is a gift. In this hectic situation that we are living in today it is always good to know that there are places like this that we can go to even in the pages of books. A great travelogue that describes the amazing experience the author had. Highly recommend it!! NOTE: The ARC was provided by the author.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Francis Tapon

    Terry Lister is from the Bahamas. He is a retired accountant, realtor, and politician. His 156-page book is broken up into 8 chapters. Each chapter focuses on a country/region. It contains plenty of photos. The book's tone is upbeat and hopeful, although he does reflect on the common shakedowns at the border. If you're planning to go to West Africa or you wish to compare it to your experience, his account is worthwhile. I wish there were a bit more meta-analysis and reflection about West Africa as a Terry Lister is from the Bahamas. He is a retired accountant, realtor, and politician. His 156-page book is broken up into 8 chapters. Each chapter focuses on a country/region. It contains plenty of photos. The book's tone is upbeat and hopeful, although he does reflect on the common shakedowns at the border. If you're planning to go to West Africa or you wish to compare it to your experience, his account is worthwhile. I wish there were a bit more meta-analysis and reflection about West Africa as a whole. Instead, he focuses on the minutia and the day-to-day activities he did. That's fine, but having a broad analysis would have been helpful. Still, for less than $5, you'll get many photos and several good stories.

  16. 5 out of 5

    C.E. Flores

    The author traveled across several countries in West Africa fearlessly! The pictures that the author included were amazing! I have to say that there is nothing quite like the raw nature of those countries he visited. My favorite section was the description of the elaborate tea preparation in Chinguetti, Mauritania, and the Terjit Oasis. I also marveled at the villages that were only accessible by ladder in Djiakan. I could just picture women with babies tied to their backs ascending and descendi The author traveled across several countries in West Africa fearlessly! The pictures that the author included were amazing! I have to say that there is nothing quite like the raw nature of those countries he visited. My favorite section was the description of the elaborate tea preparation in Chinguetti, Mauritania, and the Terjit Oasis. I also marveled at the villages that were only accessible by ladder in Djiakan. I could just picture women with babies tied to their backs ascending and descending those ladders. What an adventure!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ursula Shelton

    I enjoyed this book on African travel. I long to visit the continent, I will get there one day. There's not eought books out there about Africa. The hisory is rich and the people are beautiful. In this book we can view the people as people in their natuural environment. I really enjoyed the chapters that contained the falls and the dessert. Who knew that there were so many in the area? Any way, I would recommnd it to travelers and basic readers. I enjoyed this book on African travel. I long to visit the continent, I will get there one day. There's not eought books out there about Africa. The hisory is rich and the people are beautiful. In this book we can view the people as people in their natuural environment. I really enjoyed the chapters that contained the falls and the dessert. Who knew that there were so many in the area? Any way, I would recommnd it to travelers and basic readers.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anu

    Adventurous The author's dreams for traveling to places turning to reality for maximum enjoyment and experience. You can get the taste of the culture and history of the different places in West Africa through his eyes. He gives honest opinions and insights on the brief facts, captivating photos, discoveries, challenges, communication with local people, and terrible experiences of each place visited. Full of adventure and informative. Fast-paced read. Adventurous The author's dreams for traveling to places turning to reality for maximum enjoyment and experience. You can get the taste of the culture and history of the different places in West Africa through his eyes. He gives honest opinions and insights on the brief facts, captivating photos, discoveries, challenges, communication with local people, and terrible experiences of each place visited. Full of adventure and informative. Fast-paced read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Viola

    Intriguing Very lovely summation of the author's travels through this area of West Africa. Very rarely described places with relevant information for one desiring to go to these locations. Intriguing Very lovely summation of the author's travels through this area of West Africa. Very rarely described places with relevant information for one desiring to go to these locations.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Erskine Phillips

    A fine read that will transport you to a new adventure, robust new world.

  21. 4 out of 5

    K.C. Finn

    An informative and heartfelt work. Truly engrossing from start to finish, would highly recommend.

  22. 4 out of 5

    MARGARET

    It’s the perfect “escape” book for these times especially! It’s truly an educational journey that has you smiling at some of the experiences & some that make you feel how fortunate we are in the western world.

  23. 5 out of 5

    phyllis tilden

  24. 5 out of 5

    Vincenza perriano

  25. 5 out of 5

    Annie

  26. 5 out of 5

    carolyn sigler

  27. 5 out of 5

    jh van heerden

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jill Stahl Tyler

  29. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne Blackwell

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bill

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