Customer Reviews


103 Reviews
5 star:
 (82)
4 star:
 (11)
3 star:
 (6)
2 star:
 (4)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A grippingly funny story of an obsessive traveller
In a hotel room in Austin, Texas, Dave Gorman drops his razor into the sink. Despite his despair about what he has become he cannot bring himself to shave his beard off. This is the beard that was grown to prove he was a mature thirty one year old who had abandoned his foolish youth, the beard that was also a key element in securing him a commission for his first novel...
Published on 26 Mar 2006 by A. D. Bogle

versus
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bet you'll like it...
If you're one of those people who cannot turn down a challenge, then this latest addition to the canon of "I got drunk and agreed to..." books should provide a diverting few hour's read. You'll probably even like it. It's not better, and no worse, than anything Gorman or Tony Hawkes has written before, but the trouble is, it is now becoming very familiar. Gorman's...
Published on 2 Aug 2004 by B. J. Hallett


‹ Previous | 1 211 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A grippingly funny story of an obsessive traveller, 26 Mar 2006
By 
A. D. Bogle (Coventry) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
This review is from: Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventure (Paperback)
In a hotel room in Austin, Texas, Dave Gorman drops his razor into the sink. Despite his despair about what he has become he cannot bring himself to shave his beard off. This is the beard that was grown to prove he was a mature thirty one year old who had abandoned his foolish youth, the beard that was also a key element in securing him a commission for his first novel. However, after Dave's good intentions to sit down in front of his PC and become a novelist go astray, he considers shaving to reveal the young fool that he still is. He leaves Texas with facial hair and gets back on course to find ten Googlewhacks in a row.

In this book Dave tells the story of how an e-mail informing that he was a 'Googlewhack' led him to embark on a journey, zigzagging across the world, meeting authors of websites which confirmed the 'whack criteria. A journey that sees him: take an uncomfortable fast spin with a Welsh Mini enthusiast; meet a man who collects random photos of women and their dogs; and take a trip, with a cowboy, over the Mexican border in the search for Coca-Cola made to the original sugary recipe.

Gorman's lust for the mundane oddity that occupies the various characters he meets, together with the hilarious account of his own obsession driven behaviour, will draw you in to a comfortably insane world. This book shows everyone's need for purpose and the immense dread that the threat of failure brings.

Maybe one of the funniest tales of international travel ever told, the Adventure is a must read for anyone who finds it hard to let go and accept defeat. So brew up or pour a shot of tequila and get Googlewhacking.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whack-tastic, 8 Jan 2004
By 
Mr. Craig E. Laycock (Guildford, Surrey) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
In his latest paper-based outing, Dave Gorman goes to the ends of the Earth on an insane, yet highly commendable challenge: To find a chain of ten "Googlewhacks" before his next birthday.
As you delve further into the initially whimsical appearance of this book, you begin to understand the importance of this challenge to Dave. It's all about the winning. Experience his highs and his lows as he meets people from incredibly diverse backgrounds - all held together by a fragile chain of 'whacks.
Dave genuinely amuses with his refined wit - springing inspired comical observations upon you at every turn. The characters Dave bumps into on his travels will have you in hysterics, and their generosity will restore your faith in human nature.
Thanks to Gorman's intuitive style of writing and sturucturing of 'Googlewhack Adventure', you're always kept on your toes, wondering what may lie around the corner for the author. Surprisingly, for such a light read, Gorman is even able to introduce complex concepts - informing his readers about subjects such as Creationist beliefs while still entertaining thoroughly.
The author never leaves the audience in doubt about his emotional state, and is remarkably honest about how he feels at all stages of this tale of woe, intrigue, competition and humour.
All in all, Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventure comes highly recommended, whatever your level of technological literacy. A fun excursion into the mind of a jetset without a cause.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bearded but brilliant!, 17 Dec 2003
By 
Mr. Christopher Lancaster "clanca1234" - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE)    (REAL NAME)   
The best thing I can say is that I toyed with giving this to my wife for Christmas - and then kept it for myself. Anybody who has already seen the stageshow will know that the book is about another seemingly impossible Dave Gorman quest - this time to make a chain of 10 Googlewhacks.
The funniest thing by far is that Dave really, really did not want to take this bet on. However, thanks to a bizarre series of co-incidences (not to mention a large amount of tequila), he found himself yet again travelling the world, foresaking both the novel he should have been writing and his vow to be sensible.
If you don't spend half of this book laughing out loud, there must be something wrong with you; and if you then don't find yourself thinking of strange bets you yourself could make with Dave, then you're a better man than me.
It's a shame this book isn't out for Christmas; I have been lucky to somehow get a copy delivered early. If you make only one New Year's resolution for 2004, it should be to buy this book before everybody else does. And, whilst you're at it, buy 'Are You Dave Gorman?' as well. And then, when Dave is as famous as God in six months time, sit round looking smug and making sure everyone knows that you were one of the first to buy it.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorman Whacked my Google, 14 Feb 2004
As quite a big fan of Google and of Dave Gorman, this book was a must have and it didn't disappoint. The humorous feel good quest genre that has grown out of the likes of Tony Hawks' "Round Ireland with a fridge" and Dave Gorman's earlier book "Are you Dave Gorman?" is becoming big business. To know that some people are prepared to drop everything and follow a whim to its illogical conclusion somehow makes life seem a great deal more worth living.
As you probably know, Dave Gorman fell under the spell of Googlewhacking and traversed the world several times searching for people who owned websites that included Googlewhacks; two words that together produce just one search result from Google.
While most of us would feel satisfied if we found a single googlewhack in itself, Dave Gorman takes the game to a much higher level. He attempts to find a chain of ten Googlewhacks, encouraging the owner of each whack included website to furnish him with two more whacks to further the quest.
The result is a roller coaster ride through the world wide web and across the world. It's no surprise that he spent much time in the US, given that so much of the internet is based there. However, due to the nature of the journey Gorman found himself inhabiting airspace far more often than most people would deem possible. The exercise in statistics and cumulative jet lag would be enough to floor many, but the energy that can only be produced by the ultimate displacement activity sees this adventure to its nail biting conclusion.
If your life seems dull and mundane, leaf through Dave Gorman's latest offerring. It'll show you that the alternative to the quiet life, while entertaining, is not for the faint hearted.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventure, 3 Feb 2004
I have just finished Dave Gorman's Googlewhack adventures and true to form he did not disappoint.
The book is a funny, if yet a little strange at times, description of Dave's journey to get 10 googlewhacks in a row. A challenge given to him by another Dave Gorman (have to read Are you Dave Gorman)
Dave is an obsessive person to say the least, not many people would travel the world to complete a challenge like this but I think this is one of the most adhering qualities he has, because although you may think he is weird for putting himself through this you just can't put the book down, it really made me smile.
If you have read Are you Dave Gorman or seen any of his shows (TV or theatre) you must know that he has a wicked sense of humor and in this book you see him at his best and worse (texas comes to mind!) but he always manages to make you smile.
Definately a good read.
Also he has added some extra dates to his Googlewhack adevntures show for May, so if you missed him first time round make sure you get a ticket now.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very funny, 18 Jan 2005
This is a very funny book - filled with laugh out loud moments.
It follows the journey of Dave Gorman as he attempts to get a sequence of ten googlewhacks (two real words that get one and only one hit from the search engine Google). For each Googlewhack he attempts to find and meet the author of the web-site and then persuade the author to find him two more Googlewhacks.
What could have been a rather dull story is brought to life by Gorman's wit, sense of humour and evident good nature and the respect with which he treats everybody he meets (even when they do not really deserve it). In his travels he meets a slightly off-centre cast of characters starting with a man who runs the Women & Dogs web site (surprisingly not pornographic) and ending with a man who wants to be a Minogue.
Very, very funny
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Googlewhackingly fantastic, 31 May 2004
By A Customer
Despite having seen the live show version, knowing how it ended, and when all the twists and turns in this unbelievable true story were coming up, I still laughed the whole way through this!
It's torture to try to put it down, and had me laughing out loud, achieving some very strange looks on public transport!
BUY BUY BUY!!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dave Gorman is infectious ..., 26 Jun 2006
By 
Somnambulist (Manchester, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventure (Paperback)
Having read and seen Are You Dave Gorman, I was well accustomed to DG's inane ramblings. He is both mad and highly engaging. This book starts off with a basic precept of trying to write a novel, and getting nowhere (although I liked the sound of the concept) and like everybody, resorting to work-avoidance tactics - however DG takes this, as is his style, a stage further than we might!

The tone of the book is impersonal and entertaining, and fully vindicates the view that the digital age has not (fully) removed the souls of those who see the internet as a way of communicating with people. It mixes humour with sadness (his final contact in Australia) and by the end you are willing him on to the finish line.

DG takes a small idea, which isn't even his, and largesses it to the nth degree!

A great, quick read.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A light hearted read, 31 May 2004
By 
Granddadscott "Nosquirrels" (North Yorkshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
My son gave me this book to take on a cruise ship to New York.
I had a smile on my face most of the time I was reading it.
The story of a mans ambition to win a bet by following a trail of ten Google Whacks.
If you use the internet you will get more out of this tale as you will try like me to find a Google Whack.
Definition of a Google Whack
"1 page in 3 Billion pages searched by the Google search engine"
Buy the book for a enjoyable way to pass time.
very very good
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Brilliance, 11 Oct 2005
This review is from: Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventure (Paperback)
This is one of the those few books that actually induces the kind of raucous laughter that causes a whole train carriage to look at you. Aside from the rather amusing incidents, it is phrased in a manor that is typical Gorman. His self knocking and interesting take on events make this a cracking read.
The book centres around his failed efforts to write a novel, something many can sympathise with, and his descent into the world of the Googlewhack as a distraction. As with his last book on name chasing, it becomes an obsession after he makes a bet and he starts to lead the life a lot of us dream of, flying to all corners of the globe just to meet people who own the websites.
While it is an amusing novel it also teaches us something of the places he has visited and unlike most humour books, it weaves a gripping tale. As you near the conclusion of the book you will find yourself fighting with your inner devil not to turn to the back to see if he completed his task.
I read this book on holiday and was finished in two days. A must buy!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


‹ Previous | 1 211 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventure
Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventure by Dave Gorman (Paperback - 6 Jan 2005)
6.39
In stock
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews