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.
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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.
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.
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.
I enjoyed DG's delivery of his own words. I think most books benefit by being read by their authors and this is no exception. The book describes some encounters DG has had after his twitter followers contacted him with the offer of playing games. There are a few passages in the first chapters that could have been shorter (or left out). A game of table tennis is described in rather too much detail to keep me interested. However, whatever DG's reasons for going ahead with the idea, it is an interesting social comment on some of the stranger members of society and also some who are lovely
I wasn't sure what to make of the book after the first 3 chapters but persevered and was glad I did. The meetings that DG describes range from funny to frightening and his love for his wife (then fiance) is obvious, The book hasn't convinced me to take to twitter rather to wonder at the wisdom of those that do.
Dave is a lovely character - part nurd, part wit, part everyman. Even if he does drink rum and coke. I've always enjoyed his work - which in the main in very original. There's nobody doing quite what Dave does. That he reads it very will also helps engage with the story. You genuinely feel like you are living a portion of his life with him - and it's a nice life to be living.
I'd compare it to his Googlewhack adventure - though that earlier book is far edgier - far more spiced with danger. This Dave is a happier and more grounded individual.
It's great - entertaining, funny and - yes - informative. Though be warned - nothing much actually happens until the final hour. He meets people. He plays games. They are normal people. He enjoys himself most of the time. There's very little tension. The final encounter breaks the mould and yet remains believeable. This is how real people behave in situations like this, especially when one of them is a little crazy - and it's not Dave.
As you would expect. Dave Gorman is a great orator, so his book is very listenable. The story very briefly is that he sets up to play as many different games as he can and the anecdotes that go along with his meetings are very funny and sometimes a bit perverse.
The subbuteo one still makes me smile, but I won't spoil it.
The only thing that riles me after a while is his description of the rules of every single game.
If you're reading the book you can happily skip through these but on an audiobook you can't.
It's definately worth a punt for some light-hearted listening.
As a fast reader, listening to audiobooks helps books last longer-woop!
Although 3 stars may seem low, this really is more about myself as a listener than the audiobook as a whole. David Gorman is a very funny man, and the story is actually quite entertaining-I just am less than enthusiastic about 1st person writing. So I wanted to let you know that there are mitigating circumstances that go with my rating!
Avid audiobook listener with varied book tastes.
I've always loved Dave Gorman's books and i'm pleased to say this doesn't disappoint what so ever. It was a fun listen right from the very start to the very end.
What ever Dave Gorman puts his time into seems both bizarre but hughly entertaining. Aural gold for those who like a good laugh and are not afraid to giggle insanely whilst listening.
I love Dave Gorman and this was really enjoyable. I liked the way he described different cities and people he met with honesty and warmth, even though some of the descriptions of card games and rules were a little over long. As a Sheffielder, I loved the way he discussed this fine city. This is also not just a humorous book- there is some real soul searching in this book and he sometimes goes to some dark places. The episodic nature of the book made it ideal for listening to in lots of small sections as I tend to do- a bit out running, a bit in the car, a bit doing housework etc.
"Yet another amazing witty book by Dave Gorman"
Hilarious, fascinating and frivolous
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.
Yes, it is as great as the rest.
Not really, but many moments had me moving with laughter ... if that counts.
Thank you for bringing to my attention the great game of Khet!
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