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Dave Gorman's Googlewhack! Adventure Paperback – Jan 1 2005

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury (Jan. 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091897424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091897420
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 12.6 x 19.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,166,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NorthVan Dave on Oct. 25 2005
Format: Paperback
I picked this book up because I was running for a plane and needed something to keep my occupied on my flight. Were it not for that fateful plane ride, I never would have picked this book up; and probably been better off for it.
The premise of the book is that Dave Gorman, the author, goes on a round the world mission to locate people who are responsible for googlewacks. And for those of you who don't know, a googlewack is when you type in a search term to Google and the search engine only returns one hit. Gorman made it his mission to travel about visiting the people who were responsible for generating these webpages.
From a pure travelogue stand-point, I found the book interesting. But from a humour standpoint, the market at which Gorman is targeting the book, I found it appalling. While Gorman might have a good career as a standup comedian, his literary humour leaves something to be desired.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A depature from the pressures of life! Jan. 20 2005
By Roger M. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
On a recent trip to Gran Canaria I planned to unwind, 7 days by the pool, beer in hand, three good books. I read all three but Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventure proved to be streets ahead, what a great read! The appeal for me - his adventure being so far removed from normal daily life. This resulted in my imagination being able to wander at great speed. All the 'real-life distractions we fall victim too we're there also. Delightful, entertaining, gripping, a 'can't put it down' book. I am in no way a professional reviewer, just an ordinary bloke who enjoys a good read. Believe me therefore when I say 'this one is a good read'.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The ultimate procrastinator Dec 25 2004
By Fuat C. Baran - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
What a fun and funny book. Dave Gorman sets out to write a novel, but one day receives an email out of the blue saying he is a "googlewhack" and so begins his ultimate procrastination in search of ten googlewhacks in a row, taking him across the Atlantic Ocean numerous times and to far off places like China and Australia as he travels some 80,000 miles in a race against time to meet a series of strangers around the world. And along the way he recounts in a very humourous fashion the strange people he meets and the freaky coincidences that occur.

This book had me laughing and reading passages out loud.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Giggling at Googling Sept. 8 2008
By Bron Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'll start with a confession: I suspect that I am exactly the kind of person to whom this sort of book would appeal.

While I don't believe I'd ever do anything quite so extreme to avoid the commitment of writing a novel, I am, nonetheless, a procrastinator at heart. And there is something about books of this genre that makes that little voice in my head pop up and exclaim, "What a cool idea!!" Trying to meet fifty-three other people with the same name as you? Count me in. Travelling around a small country with a large fridge appliance? I'm there. Playing tennis against every member of an obscure Eastern European nation's football team? Why not? Saying `yes' to everything for a year? What an interesting sociological experiment! These are all ridiculous adventures that have led to equally ridiculous but highly entertaining books.

So when I picked up 'Dave Gorman's Googlewhack! Adventure', I knew from the start that it was likely to be something I'd enjoy. I wasn't wrong. Yes, Dave seems to have taken procrastination to new heights, and if he hadn't got a publishing deal out of it all then I would be seriously worried about the likely fragile nature of both his mental health and his bank account. But what stops this from being a cringe-worthy and pity-inducing book is his ability to take us inside his head at each encounter with another Googlewhack, and to help us understand the occasionally bizarre thought processes which drive this obsessive quest.

Travelling all over the world, including numerous flights back and forth across the North Atlantic, Dave meets his Googlewhacks and has a brief insight into the different lives of ordinary (and in some cases not so ordinary) people. I could feel the fun and excitement when he played Yankee Grab at a family's Christmas party in Boston. I could feel his squirming sense of discomfort as he sat opposite an 81-year-old Creationist in San Diego. And I could feel his utmost despair in Austin, Texas when within minutes his chain of Googlewhacks disintegrates, prompting him to go out on the town and drink himself into a stupor - one which also involves waking up to discover a tattoo of a fake Texan drivers' license permanently imprinted on his left arm.

Dave might be a chronic procrastinator, but fortunately for us he is also a masterful storyteller. If you're looking for a fun, light-hearted read, enjoy vicarious travel, and aren't averse to a dose of silliness every now and then, give this book a go: it might be the most fun you can have without leaving your chair.
Funny read by a funny man Oct. 28 2013
By Jonny - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book is very funny and worth a read. His writing ability is not as fluid as Danny Wallace (cowriter of "Are You Dave Gorman?" - which is hilarious) but the situations and overall concept is good enough to make this book laugh out loud funny.
can't get into it March 29 2013
By Karen L. Mercer - Published on Amazon.com
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I heard the book is hilarious but it wasn't for me. Maybe I wasn't in the mood for it. I didn't get very far before I put it down but I'll try again later.

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