Nowadays, the world is full of people trying to tell us things. So much so that we have taught our brains not to pay much attention. After all, click the mouse, tap the screen, flick the channel and it's on to the next thing. But Dave Gorman thinks it's time to have a closer look, to find out how much nonsense we tacitly accept.
Suspicious adverts, baffling newspaper headlines, fake twitter, endless cat videos, insane TV shows where the presenters ask the same questions over and over....
Can we even hear ourselves think over the rising din? Or is there just too much information?
Read by Dave Gorman himself.
©2014 Dave Gorman (P)2014 Random House Audiobooks
Thankfully Dave Gorman reads his own book. His delivery and personal approach to his quirky view of life made this a gem for gorman fans
His usual eye for detail and the game of playing who puts the next customer bar on the conveyor belt...changed my life all be it in a very small way!
His energy and enthusiasm for the minutia that make up life. Mind boggling that he has the attention span to develop his ideas
Dave Gormans' appreciation of the little things always leaves me wondering if I've missed the point and always makes me smile
Even though i'm a fan, as an audio book it did feel a little ranty at times, best in small doses
Dave calls out the bs that has crept into modern life. Not in a snarky way but through real research and analysis. Then articulating his findings with real humor.
He gives a voice to things that you feel aren't quite right or manipulative but haven't had to time to work out why. After listening to this I immediately noticed a revlon advert "79% of 173 women agree".
You intuitively know this is strange and Dave tells you why.
He's a seasoned comedian and that comes through in his performance.
Looked like an mad man with my headphones in, laughing on the tube to this book.
Entertaining, factual, thought-provoking
Gorman's storytelling style of stand-up comedy translates well into audiobooks. He makes lots of thought-provoking points about the sheer scale of data we are fed, how it is manipulated and how we are manipulated by it, and how little quality information it contains.
I have always found the author's easy-going style enjoyable, and this is no exception. Thoroughly enjoyed this title.
Dave Gorman has confirmed my worst fears. Ha ha! Only joking. Strangely this book has made me feel happier than a book about being happy. 15 Stars and 1 glove puppet badger.
Given Gormans' evident eagle-eyed monitoring of all things written, I worry about criticising his work, but here goes. The book left me feeling that a good writer had spent too much time on the internet compiling figures and tracing less desirable elements occupying that space. There are some engaging moments, but by the end, these get lost in the one track monotony of the book and perhaps the suspicion that the Gorman doth complain too much in places. Perhaps it was my mistargeted expectations but I was left cold. Not wrong with her performance though.
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This book is actually just a recording of the TV series. Worthwhile if you like Dave Gorman on stage - which I do - but really a companion to the series rather than a book. Or maybe it is the other way round and the book came first
I had already heard most of the material so more a chuckle than a laugh
This book is a TV series and I have seen it
This is absolutely fantastic. Equal parts of cynicism and wet. Eloquently written and read by Dave this kept me thoroughly engaged throughout. At times hilarious and thought provoking at other I've emerged wiser and more skeptical of the digital world around me.
At first it seemed very promising and quite exciting, but towards the end I couldn't relate to the 'problems' or as one could say the 'small print' the author keeps reading. It was funny at times and did make me spur laughter. However, somehow it didn't convince me or perhaps since I don't live in the UK anymore it is not exactly relevant to me anymore. The reading itself was very engaging though, very heartfelt.
The performance of this book is great, exactly what you would expect from Gorman. If you have never seen his TV show, Modern Life is Goodish, then there is a lot here that you will find fresh and funny.
Unfortunately, as a fan of Dave Gorman and his TV show, I have heard many of these stories before, with accompanying PowerPoint displays.
That is not to say that this is not a great book, it's just that I'd heard a lot of it already.
Great book, well read, and super interesting. Not only funny but contains some real mind changers and ideas about how information on tap is really changing our lives.
"Another fantastic Dave Gorman book"
I've already listened to it twice! And it's the sort of thing you could dip into, even selecting a chapter at random, for a bit of fun.
Yes I got "Dave Gorman Verses the World". This one is a little angrier and less sentimental, but always great to hear Dave's delivery of his own material.
Much genuine laughing out loud.
A really fun book. More a set of observations than an on-going story, and some re-use from the "Modern Life is Goodish" TV show, but such an enjoyable listen.
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