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Summary

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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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.

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    4 out of 5 stars

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

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  • Mell
  • COWBRIDGE, S Glam, United Kingdom
  • 24-02-18

I live this book 5*

I'd you like Dave Gorman, you'll love this book.
I never knew there were so many different games to be enjoyed, and u think what Dave.g did is very commendable
thus us just as good as his too much information book

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Dave gorman master class

If your a fan of dave's work and style of story telling this is a no brainer.

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Life is the name of the game...

What did you like most about Dave Gorman Vs The Rest of the World?

A great idea for a book, read in a funny and engaging way. My hometown of Stockport getting a mention was a bonus.

What did you like best about this story?

Ticked three boxes for me, a travelogue, a history and overview of popular games and a bloody funny listen!

What about Dave Gorman’s performance did you like?

Just a great narration. He lived through it the experience, so he gets across the enjoyment, contentment of enjoying the execution of a great idea, and in one chapter his fear and confusion really well.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Lots of smile and wry chuckles.

Any additional comments?

I think Dave Gorman should have a go at writing a thriller or even a horror book.There is a disturbing chapter in the book that really had the heart going....

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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.

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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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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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Average

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

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  • Robbie
  • 03-02-17

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.

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  • Pete Johns
  • 20-10-15

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.

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  • Craig
  • 03-05-12

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!