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Dave Gorman vs. the Rest of the World: Whatever the Game — Dave Takes on All Comers!

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,105 ratings  ·  89 reviews
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 wha ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 2nd 2011 by Ebury Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's not often that I enjoy non-fiction. However, in this case, I did. I picked this off the shelf in my local library to read as a bedtime book (the only time when I really read non-fiction) something light, without a narrative, so that it doesn't matter if I fall asleep half way through a chapter. But what I found my self doing, was reading for chapters and chapters more than I meant to; getting much less sleep than intended. It carries all the wit of Dave Gorman, along with a genuinely intere ...more
David Baird
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book, not exactly what i expected. I assumed from the title it was Dave playing a bunch of random games.. well it is.. but it's so much more than that.. it's his journey and the people he meets.. his life etc. It was a good read but even now i can't decide if i liked the format or not. That being said it was well written and interesting and even i'm tempted to look into a few games he mentions.

I love Dave, this book just wasn't as lighthearted as i expected... this isn't necessarily
Mike Steven
I'd read and enjoyed a couple of other Dave Gorman books - Googlewhack Adventure and the search for other Dave Gormans - so had high hopes of this one.

The premise is that Gorman invited Twitter to a game and visited people to play various board and other games. On the plus side, his writing style is very much his own voice and that is therefore easy to read and engaging. On the downside, the book lacks the narrative thread of the other adventures so you end up with a book that is a series of ep
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been a fan of Dave Gorman's for a while now. He's equally funny telling stories of the strange adventures he's been on, as well as exploring everyday minutiae. This book is somewhere in the middle. It's the story of a strange adventure he went on, except... almost nothing of note happened to him on his adventures. He went and played some games with strangers around Britain. Cool. That's a cool thing to do. But it's not exactly book material. There's some interesting stories here and there ( ...more
Trashed Panda Brew Co
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm a massive Dave Gorman fan but had always stayed away from this book as I didn't think I liked the concept. I should've trusted Dave as it's as well written as the others and although this book guises itself as being about games it's a book about people.

Towards the end I felt myself drifting away from being as interested in the games and wanted more and the books climax certainly delivered in a shocking twist (I know this review reads like it's a crime book ... it's not and although a work of
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More Dave Gorman doing odd things in a funny way. Not as mad as Are you Dave Gorman? or GoogleWhack Adventure as he's just pottering round doing it for fun but still an enjoyable romp to see what games he plays and what he gets up to.

Khet sounds a fun game i might look up and Mrs Gorman (as he refers to her in Modern Life is Goodish) now has a name!

The incident with the IDVE is like something out of a Steven King novel but luckily he doesn't end up with broken legs just s lightly sore cheek.

Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my first audiobook so I was a bit worried about not listening properly and feeling like I hadn't actually properly read the book. While I blanked out a few times, I really enjoyed the experience, and the book!

I've read most of Dave Gorman's books (and seen him live a couple of times) and I enjoyed this as much as I expected. It wasn't quite as outrageous or structured as some of his other 'projects' but really enjoyable overall!
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is as much about travel around Britain as it is about challenging people to games. As such, it is full of bits of entertaining trivia, e.g. Westward Ho! is the only place in Britain to have an exclamation mark in its official name. Learning the backstory of the town Lewes was nice, which sounds picturesque, perhaps best known for its outlandish effigies on bonfire night. He also deftly drops his cycling feat, of a prior cycling tour of Britain. It is an interesting experiment, announce on t ...more
Lee Savery
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
In life, there's always one "Steve" who ruins the fun of others. I'm glad it didn't stop Dave playing games. I loved his enthusiasm for every one as it's something I share about all games as well.

So, do you fancy a game?
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a good read of an interesting project. I had been inspired by his 'are you Dave Gorman project and defiantly need to play more games.
Christopher Prew
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another very entertaining "travelogue" from Mr Gorman. You will always have a great time with anything that Dave writes.
JJ Bezant
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This may be my favourite one of his yet. So funny, great word play, and discovered loads of new games.
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This made me laugh so much. Deffo won't be playing IDVE any time soon!
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars*
Emma McArdle
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
A funny, easy read. Which is sometimes all you want out of a book.
Jo Everett
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As a fan of Dave Gorman’s work, including his stage shows, tv shows and the radio show he hosted on Absolute Radio, I am no stranger to Gorman’s style. I enjoy his witty observations and sarcastic humour, and I envy his lyrical prose style. This is the second of Gorman’s books I have read within a year having previously feasted on ‘American Unchained’, an experimental adventure and a comment on commercialism, testing whether it is possible to travel a set route across America solely using indepe ...more
Mar 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Entertaining enough. The last story is thrilling.
Jun 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much as I like Dave Gorman, this is his weakest book to date. Not that it isn't well-written, just that it's a bit disjointed and not as "madcap" as his earlier works.

There just doesn't seem to have the drive of Googlewhack of I'm Dave Gorman, probably as both of them had a deadline he was racing towards. This one is based around a series of meetings he had over some time which happen to have a common theme.

If there's any build-up, it's to the game he plays with one individual towards the end of
Jun 28, 2012 rated it liked it
More of the same from Gorman. Which is a shame really, because I really wanted something good.

In this book, Dave Gorman travels around the UK meeting people and playing games. It's standard Gorman fare then, travel + people + some vague 'aim.' But it doesn't hold up to the others in my opinion, and generally feels like an all-round more muted experience.

For a start, there's no real challenge to speak of. The beauty of Googlewhack / AYDG? was that it was a race against time to find/do something.
Rachel Gilbey
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge fan of Dave Gorman and also would class myself as a bit of a gamer. I love playing all sorts of games, so this book appealed on many levels, and didn't disappoint.

When Dave sent out a tweet saying "Does anyone play any games? Real life, not computer games. Would You Like a Game?" to his 75,000 followers, he unsurprisingly got an overwhelming response. Dave Gorman likes playing games as a way to relax and pass the time. At the time he sent the tweet had a couple of months not touring w
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have read Dave Gorman's work before namely, 'Are you Dave Gorman' and 'Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventure', seen him live twice, with the aforementioned 'Googlewhack Adventure' and his return to stand up a little while later. Safe to say, therefore, that I am a fan.
I was pleased to find out that my loyalty and fan-dome was not misguided. This time, his weird and wonderful 'project' is to play ordinary folk at some ordinary and some extraordinary 'real' games. By 'real' he means anything, suc
Mar 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, humour
"Does anyone play any games? Real life, not computer games. Would you like a game?"

That was what Dave Gorman tweeted to the world and he wasn't short of replies. There's card games, board games, darts and more sport-like games. He meets an assortment of people, gets locked in an attic and plays with lasers.

I like the conversational writing style of Dave and I'm sure I'd enjoy his books on any topic. I did find myself losing a little interest on the poker game but there was plenty of interesting
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Dave Gorman is a master of this genre (whatever it is) and Vs the Rest of the World was thoroughly enjoyable. The card-carrying cardigan wearer finding himself with a temporary spot of free time without the company of his fiancé appeals to the Twitterati to offer him games - not computer games 'real' games, old and new. So he pootles round Britain meeting interesting and not-so-interesting-but-he-makes-them-interesting people and playing traditional board games, new board games, card games, quir ...more
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Andrew Mcq
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
I have been a big fan of Dave Gorman's books, but I found this to be the weakest by far. The premise seemed good - playing games with strangers wherever the whim took him. However, it had none of the bizarre twists of the previous books. At one point he chortles at having to double back along a route rather than taking stops in a logical sequence - forgetting that doing this on a global scale was part of the most engaging things in his first two, more substantial odysseys (Are you Dave Gorman an ...more
Chris Harvey
A good read with some funny bits and some very nostalgic feelings (I had the same thoughts about the new Cluedo!). It's the first Gorman book I've read but doesnt have the same level of hilarity and desperatness as the TV versions of Are You Dave Gorman? and Googlewack Adventure, I also saw him live in PowerPoint Presentation and listen to the Absolute Radio show which are both much better. I feel that it is simply the subject matter, there is no real room for twists and turns and no logical end ...more
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
The last time I read a Dave Gorman book (America Unchained) I was disappointed by the lack of funny, but fairly interested in the topic. It seems that this is just Dave Gorman’s style of writing now, more about topic than funny. In America Unchained it did at times feel a bit preachy, but it’s probably pretty difficult to be preachy about games. With Are You Dave Gorman? and Googlewhack it was really the humour I liked about Dave Gorman’s writing. With this one it was certainly finding out about ...more
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Dave like travelling. Dave likes meeting people. Dave likes travelling to meet strangers. This was the premise behind his first book - and this one as well - and I honestly think that the old Dave is back with this book. Its much more like his old journeys, and adventures, if somewhat cheaper for him. He seemed much less bitter in this one - which in a way spoilt his previous one, at least for me. Dave still remains the only standup I have ever been to watch live and after this - I might go and ...more
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Dave Gorman first came to my attention following his Googlewhack adventure. I liked him then and, as I dug into Are You Dave Gorman? and his BBC Radio series Genius , became a fan. When I heard the set up for this book, I couldn't wnat to read it more. I love board games and expected some wonderful gaming stories and travel/human stories that you find in his other books. While there is plenty of the things that make him good here, I felt let down by the overall experience. It just sort of end ...more
Oct 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: challenge-2015
Fairly enjoyable though it's clear that Dave didn't intend to make this a 'project' like he has before, or if he considered it he abandoned the idea. Not necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes I question his motives when he travels round getting into funny situations seemingly just to write about them, but maybe I'm just envious.

I suppose the main point of this book is that he goes around playing different games with strangers, but some games were more interesting than others, and I did find myself
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David James Gorman is an English author, stand-up comedian and presenter. He has performed comedy shows on stage in which he tells stories of extreme adventures and presents the evidence to the audience in order to prove to them that they are true stories. He was a stand-up comedian before he became famous for Are You Dave Gorman?, then took a break from normal stand-up. He returned to stand-up in ...more