LEGO

  • by Jonathan Bender
  • Narrated by Jeremy Gage
  • 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An adult LEGO fan's dual quest: to build with bricks and build a family.
There are 62 LEGO bricks for every person in the world, and at age 30, Jonathan Bender realized that he didn't have a single one of them. While reconsidering his childhood dream of becoming a master model builder for The LEGO Group, he discovers the men and women who are skewing the averages with collections of hundreds of thousands of LEGO bricks. What is it about the ubiquitous, brightly colored toys that makes them so hard for everyone to put down?
In search of answers and adventure, Jonathan Bender sets out to explore the quirky world of adult fans of LEGO (AFOLs) while becoming a builder himself. As he participates in challenges at fan conventions, searches for the largest private collection in the United States, and visits LEGO headquarters (where he was allowed into the top secret set vault), he finds his LEGO journey twinned with a second creative endeavor: to have a child. His two worlds intertwine as he awaits the outcome: Will he win a build competition or bring a new fan of LEGO into the world? Like every really good love story, this one has surprises and a happy ending. The book:

Explores the world of adult fans of LEGO, from rediscovering the childhood joys of building with LEGO to evaluating LEGO's place in culture and art
Takes an inside look at LEGO conventions, community taboos, and build challenges, and goes behind-the-scenes at LEGO headquarters and LEGOLAND
Tells a warm and personal story about the attempt to build with LEGO and build a family
Whether you're an avid LEGO freak or a onetime fan who now shares LEGO bricks with your children, this book will appeal to the inner builder in you and reignite a love for all things LEGO.

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What the Critics Say

"Ah, the tender story of a man and his plastic bricks.... Bender explores not just the AFOL subculture, with its superstars and wannabes and rivalries, but also describes his own rediscovery of a childhood toy and the impact it has had on his life.... If you wanted to call the book a paean to LEGO, you wouldn't be far wrong, but don't think the audience for this utterly delightful work is limited to, well, LEGO freaks." (Booklist)

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If you liked Lego you'll LOVE this

I'm about an hour yet to go on the Lego Love Story so not technically finished. But wanted to write my review now, seeing as this book's the current listen of the week and what better way to get folks to see it and hopefully download as I've been telling all of my friends about it!. Plus, I'm not expecting some major plot twist before the end when the space monkeys come down and kill them all. It's only a Lego love story....

With the narration, for me Lego is very much a UK/European product and to me doesn't quite fit with the US narrator. I did think if it had been a Danish or UK voice, then would have given it a nice Louis Theroux type docu-commentary tone...especially when talking about the somewhat obsessed world of adult lego fans. But that said, there's nothing wrong with the actual narrator, he does bring it to life well. Plus its the story of one man rediscovering his love of Lego, and he is American after all.

I guess you need to have been a Lego fan to enjoy this fully. For me, a child of the 80's, I had those Lego sets, some of which are rather fascinatingly changing hands for thousands now.

Loving learning about the world of the AFOL (adult fan of Lego) and to be honest, its making me want to explore in my parents' attic and see what Lego treasures are up there.

Which to meet summarises the appeal of this download, a warm, familiar trip back to happy childhood memories...sitting on the living room carpet, bricks scattered everywhere, and an idea for a spaceship/castle/car slowly coming forming into reality.

And even if you'd never been a Lego fan when a child, download this and maybe you could be one now...
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- CA Weir

A fantastic insight into the life of an AFOL

Only 3/4 through this book but I am loving it. Brilliantly narrated with fun insightful stories from someone who loves Lego. Can't recommend it high enough for anyone with a brick fix.
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- Mr

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-01-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios