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
"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.
"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.
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!
"A Must Listen"
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.
"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.
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.
"Nice guy, let down"
Don't get me wrong, I wasn't let down. Dave was, by one of the people he writes about.
I have read other books by Dave and thoroughly enjoyed them. This was no different. I have never found Dave as a challenging read, and I don't think he intends to be. He is funny and easy going, both as a person and as a writer. This is a really good book to listen to when out walking (when I listen to most of my books) and he lets you eat up the miles (or K's) without being aware.
If you want a book to enjoy without having to think, and also learn about new games (and new hotels in Sheffield) then this is the book for you. Don't expect too much though. The book doesn't promise it, but it does deliver enjoyment.
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