Dave Gorman Vs The Rest of the World

  • by Dave Gorman
  • Narrated by Dave Gorman
  • 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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.

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Customer Reviews

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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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- Andrew

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.
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- Lee Grant

Book Details

  • Release Date: 17-06-2011
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks