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Dave Gorman Vs the Rest of the World

Dave Gorman Vs the Rest of the World [Kindle Edition]

Dave Gorman
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"There's a warm humanity to the book, built on the camraderie of strangers united in gamesmanship" Chortle "Engaging" Shortlist "A hugely entertaining book ... I definitely recommend it"

Book Description

Bestselling author Dave Gorman is back and he wants to challenge you to a game

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 968 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital; Reprint edition (2 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091928486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091928483
  • ASIN: B0051UT6WC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,058 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dave Gorman is a Perrier Award-nominated comedian and writer. His TV work has earned him two BAFTAs for The Mrs Merton Show as well as his own two BBC2 series.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strangely flat 16 Sep 2011
I've enjoyed Dave Gorman's previous books but for some reason this one was a bit of a disappointment.

Dave likes playing games - not computer games, but "proper" games, maybe involving a board, maybe something you throw, possibly cards or other things you place on a table. One day he posted a message on Twitter asking if anyone fancied playing a game and he received numerous responses inviting him to play the likes of Cluedo, Monopoly, and some less familiar examples such as Khet, Kubb, and IDVE. The book then sees Dave travel around the country to meet these people and play a game. Some of these meetings are planned, some are not - such as when he is invited to play a card game with some elderly American tourists in a Lakeland hotel - and some are eventful whilst others aren't.

Despite the occasional laughs the book feels a little aimless, as though Dave doesn't really know what to do with it. Some of his other books have eventually had some kind of moment of epiphany, where he's had something of a moment of clarity and discovered something about life etc. but this time he just wanders from meeting to meeting and the book doesn't even have an ending - a fact he admits himself on the final page. I confess that at the end I did feel a little "oh - is that it?" despite having enjoyed most of my time with the book.

I did like the numerous footnotes, many of which include web links to YouTube clips etc. explaining passages from the text, and the cover is very nicely designed. The book itself though is amiable but a bit aimless, and therefore a little disappointing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Don't Need To Be A Fan To Enjoy This Book 25 Jun 2011
I'm a bit of a Dave Gorman fan. Not the creepy, stalky kind, but I narrowly missed his 'Are You Dave Gorman?' gig, caught and thoroughly enjoyed his 'Googlewhack' gig, read and liked both his earlier books, and am always happy to see him pop up on TV. So I was pleased when my partner bought this book to read on a recent holiday, and have just read it myself.

The thing is, though, I don't think it matters if you've never heard of Dave Gorman, because this is a really good book. It's well-written, funny, engaging and very readable. Dave Gorman manages to reflect on subjects including friendship, relationships, tribalism, gender and risk without ever getting heavy or didactic. The 'voice' of the book is consistent and assured, and the way Dave Gorman writes the surprising end section is beautifully judged. If you enjoy quirky, humorous memoir or travelogue, I'd recommend this book highly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gorman On Another "Unexpected" Journey 18 Jan 2012
Dave Gorman has effectively created the bloke-meets-challenge genre. Previous escapades have involved searching for namesakes (Are You Dave Gorman?, internet search anomalies Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventure, and brand-free roadtrips America Unchained.

Whereas the first of these starts out as a bet, and the third was born out of an idea for a film, the principle behind this book is more similar to "Googlewhack", i.e. Gorman has the spark of an idea and then runs with it, and out the other end comes a book.

But because this is now a tried and tested method, there is always the lingering doubt that it's never as spontaneous as it first appears. "If it's all done off-the-cuff, how does he remember so much about it?" is a question that springs to mind throughout (certainly the beginning of) this book. In fact, there is a whole chapter devoted to his agent and an agency discussing his latest "project" as Gorman looks innocently on, wondering what they could be talking about. I'm not convinced, but I can let that sort of thing slide if the "story" is worth reading.

The writing style is clever enough and funny enough to keep me interested. There is a mix of games that hark back to my childhood, combined with a few new games that I might now seek out and play myself. The book is a mixture of a story of a man trying to fill time while his loved one is away and a nostalgic look back at how people of a certain age used to play board games all the time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Audio book highly recommended 7 Nov 2011
I like Dave Gorman. I like his breezy, bloke about town style. I like his stand up and TV appearances but so far his books have been a bit ho hum to me. OK but not riveting. This one is though, and read by the man himself on audio is a true delight. There are quite a few diversions of a more personal nature interspersed between the game playing and some of those passages may come across as a bit self indulgent on the page but narrated here they put into perspective Dave's sometrimes quite barmy adventures and help ground them in reality. There are some genuinely laugh out load moments and his description of being driven over a rutted track in a minibus is pant-wetttingly funny.

Don't let me put you off the written work but if you get a chance to hear the audio version grab it with both hands
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best 29 Oct 2011
By NickP
This one was a little disappointing.

Don't get me wrong, I like Dave's books, standup, TV & radio shows, but this book just felt a bit flat.

It lacks the conceit that his earlier books do - there's no challenge to get across America / meet other Dave Gormans etc - it's just Dave travelling to a provincial town, chatting to a stranger, playing a board game at their kitchen table or throwing something wooden at something else wooden in a pub and then coming home again. Perhaps if he'd been challenged by an old schoolfriend who thought he was instictively good at games to get out there and win more than he loses, or if Dave had set out to infiltrate the world of bowls / live action role-play / pub dominoes leagues etc then it might have given us an insight into another walk of life that we the reader wouldn't otherwise have experienced, but it's just Dave writing about something he does to fill in off days. Whilst Dave keeps score of how many he wins and loses, which gives some sort of framework to the whole thing, he seems, unannounced, to stop bothering with this halfway through, which makes you question why you're still reading it.

There are some nice lines in there, some intriguing observations and the footnotes are always pleasing (and there's three or four _very_ good pages (you'll know which pages I mean if you've read the book), but this book just lacked 'it'. Shame. I'll buy Dave's next book though. Hope it's better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Getting Social outside Social Media through the power of Games
I had purchased the book ages ago and read recently whilst on holiday. I haven't read anything else by Dave Gorman but it was an entertaining experiment to tweet out to folks if... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Sorry. I love games, I love Dave Gorman (in a purely plutonic sense). I don't know where the mysterious zone in a Venn diagram is, that this book should live.
Published 6 months ago by daoldcoach
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as other Dave Gorman books but still brilliant
I love Dave Gorman's comedy. I devour his books, tv shows, and live shows. The best way I could describe his style is curious. He is curious about people most of all. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Neil D. Armour
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
I read this in the space of 24 hours while on holiday. A very good read but very light, so perfect for when you don't want to have to think too hard. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kosh42EFG
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously, only buy this if you want to laugh
I'm a fan of Dave Gorman, so I wasn't a tough audience, but that's cool in this instance coz in my biased opinion this is a great book, not just funny, but touching and incredibly... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Gorman is the Name of the Game
The way you react to a statement is all in the context. If Jigsaw asks, "Do you want to play a game?" The chances are you are about to embark on a rather painful experience. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sam Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read
have read his first two books and various tv shows he has been in so i know what to expect
now going to look up laser chess
Published 10 months ago by Simply Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent book from Dave Gorman
Dave Gorman has matured since writing his previous books when he was a single twenty/thirty-something. I really like his style of writing which is easy to read and genuinely funny.
Published 12 months ago by James Kerr
5.0 out of 5 stars Dave Gorman playing his ace card
If you've read DG's other books you'll be used to the set-up and the tone of the writing. Dave Gorman accepts challenge from others or himself to meet people in a very specific... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Stephen Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Always enjoy Dave's books
and this is no different. I found you get engaged in his trip around teh country and his competitive side quite easily and you always have this longing that you can do what he... Read more
Published 17 months ago by I 8 Binners
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