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Dave Gorman Vs The Rest of the World Audiobook

Dave Gorman Vs The Rest of the World

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Remember when you were a kid, and you used to go round to a friend's house to see if they were playing? Well, as adults we're not supposed to do that. Which is a shame... because Dave Gorman likes playing. He REALLY likes games. So he knocked on the biggest door you could ever imagine - the internet - and asked 76,000 people if they fancied a game. This is the story of what happened next. Dave was up for anything and gamely played them at whatever they chose. He played some classics - Monopoly, Scrabble, dominoes and cribbage. He played many games he'd never heard of before - Khet, Kubb, Tikal or Smite anyone? He played board games and physical games. He's thrown sticks, balls, frisbees and darts.

He's rolled dice and he's drawn cards. From Liverpool to Hampstead and from Croydon to Nottingham, Dave travelled the length and breadth of Britain meeting strangers in strange places -- their homes, at work, in the back rooms of pubs -- and getting some hard-core game action. From casual players to serious game geeks, from the rank amateur to the world champion, he discovered a nation of gamers more than happy to welcome him into their midst. He's travelled all around the country and met all sorts of people - and it turns out us Brits are a competitive bunch! And it seems that playing games can teach you a lot about what makes the British tick. Of course, Dave hasn't been keeping score. Much.

©2011 Dave Gorman (P)2011 Random House Audio Go

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    Andrew 30/10/2012
    Andrew 30/10/2012 Member Since 2014
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    "funny words but flat narration"

    I'm a big fan of Dave Gorman and I really wanted to like this audio book. Dave's a good comic writer but he's no actor. Dave concentrates on reading, rather than delivery, which is a great shame. If you try to concentrate on the content then you can make out the really funny scripting, but the delivery is surprisingly flat. Quite unexpected from someone who is intimate with the subject matter and well versed in comic timing.

    I'll buy this book to read, but the audio book was a dissapointing package.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rowan Wales 25/07/2011
    Rowan Wales 25/07/2011
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    "Nice guy but dull"

    Dave seems a lovely guy and seems very happy go lucky just going with the flow of life. He seems a bloke you'd like to know. I think Dave's Twitter followers would quite possibly love this book as it would fill in many of the blanks of his tweets. For me who is the kind of guy that just doesn’t get twitter or the point of following strangers daily doings and finding them more interesting than their own. On that basis I struggled to find this book interesting.
    It’s quite uneventful til the last chapter and even then not a great deal happened. Like I say the guy seems lovely and he seems to be having fun but it’s about 8 hours of nothing. Long winded uninteresting conversations he had with equally uninteresting people albeit all but one seemed a pleasant person. I got to say the book was a struggle and I found it pretty pointless and dull.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Grant 06/10/2011
    Lee Grant 06/10/2011 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story with a revealing finish"

    I've been a fan of Dave Gorman for a long time and this is probably one of his more personal stories.

    The book works very well as audio and Dave's narration ebbs and flows with the narrative in a manner that only the author can achieve.

    As a trip through some of the lesser known games, it really does deliver - names of games you've never heard of but really want to try - Settlers of Catan, Kubb and, in my opinion the most exciting one, Khet.

    My wife and I listened to it on a long journey and it really was delightful.

    Prepare yourself for a very open and personal experience with Dave.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ben 22/06/2017
    Ben 22/06/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "great book and distraction from current events"

    A great book and fab distraction from current events. an engaging story and social experiment showing the goodness of People and the value of fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jack beddoe 24/05/2017
    jack beddoe 24/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Fun book "

    Enjoyable read, read well and fun story about an adventure. I'm going to buy another book

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    Amazon Customer 31/01/2017
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    "funny and unexpectedly emotive."

    for a documentary I was not expecting to be moved this way and that. it was funny, as expected, but also edge of my seat tense and sad as well.

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    Paul 18/03/2016
    Paul 18/03/2016
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    A average book with a story that probably won't be remembered. Not Dave Gorman's best work.

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    J. Sturgeon 29/02/2016
    J. Sturgeon 29/02/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "funny in parts but underwhelming."

    Dave has wacky idea, insists it's not just about writing another book..ends up writing a book about it. Feels like googlewhack 2: the quest for more sales..

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    Miss R. King 11/10/2015
    Miss R. King 11/10/2015
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    "its alright"

    It made me laugh, and explained the games but I found the performance rather flat, unlike his tv shows, where he has an interesting voice it is just lost here

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    P. Morriss Hampshire, UK 10/04/2015
    P. Morriss Hampshire, UK 10/04/2015 Member Since 2007
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    "fun"

    enjoyed listening to this book, not quite as good as some of his later ones, but definitely worth a go!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Robbie
    Denver, CO, United States
    03/02/17
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    "excellent. would love more from Dave Goman."

    I loved this audiobook...and the fact that Dave Gorman himself narrates is the icing on the cake. If you're a fan of Dave Gorman you will love this. I wish there were an unabridged version of The Googlewack as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pete Johns
    20/10/15
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    "Entertaining and beatifically written."

    If you know and love Dave Gorman, you'll love this book.

    If you don't know Dave Gorman, prepare to be impressed.

    A great storyteller takes you on a journey that will make you laugh at every turn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Craig
    Fort Worth, TX, United States
    03/05/12
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    "Yet another amazing witty book by Dave Gorman"
    If you could sum up Dave Gorman Vs The Rest of the World in three words, what would they be?

    Hilarious, fascinating and frivolous


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dave Gorman's story telling abilities are no secret, however if you are unfamiliar with them I suggest you go watch him live, or just grab googlewhack. This particular book is essentially a series of encounters with people, but it never feels disconnected. The journey flows with anticipation of who will he meet next and what will they play, as well as what odd situation will occur that will keep me wanting to listen to just a bit more.


    Have you listened to any of Dave Gorman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, it is as great as the rest.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really, but many moments had me moving with laughter ... if that counts.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for bringing to my attention the great game of Khet!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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