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Product Details

  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Canada; First Vintage Books Edition edition (July 6 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679313494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679313496
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.3 x 20.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,098,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"You will end up googlewhacking. It will be addictive. And, once you begin googlewhacking, you will not get any work done all morning, or perhaps for the rest of your life."
National Post

“Utterly joyful and wholeheartedly rewarding.”
The Scotsman

"a gripping, funny round the world trip"
Zoo Weekly

"A rollicking, funny, high stakes journey with the pace of a thriller...Brilliant."
The Melbourne Age

"fresh, funny and very entertaining"
Daily Mail

"totally stupid, incredibly pointless and absolutely hilarious"
Scottish Daily Record

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"You will end up googlewhacking. It will be addictive. And, once you begin googlewhacking, you will not get any work done all morning, or perhaps for the rest of your life."
National Post

“Utterly joyful and wholeheartedly rewarding.”
The Scotsman

"a gripping, funny round the world trip"
Zoo Weekly

"A rollicking, funny, high stakes journey with the pace of a thriller...Brilliant."
The Melbourne Age

"fresh, funny and very entertaining"
Daily Mail

"totally stupid, incredibly pointless and absolutely hilarious"
Scottish Daily Record

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars I found his Googlewhack Adventure wonderfully funny, and even found myself laughing out loud Aug. 1 2014
By Donna L - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I've read Dave Gorman's "America Unchained" which is how I came to read this book. I found his Googlewhack Adventure wonderfully funny, and even found myself laughing out loud. I would highly recommend either title. They certainly did not disappoint!
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Recommend it but did not love it Oct. 24 2005
By Gigilicious - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I loved the premise of this novel from its description. It seemed an interesting way to connect with people from different walks of life and to show how easy it can be to create a great adventure.

The book was interesting and due to the book I have even tried to "googlewhack". It was also interesting that so many people were open to meeting the author in his googlewhack search.

However, the book was not quite as humorous as I would have expected. There were some great lines, but not enought to hold my interest.

Worth a read nonetheless.
5.0 out of 5 stars Knows How to Recount a Tale! July 13 2007
By James N Simpson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This isn't my first Dave Gorman adventure I have previously read the sensational book Are You Dave Gorman? which he cowrote with fellow British author of many books in this genre Danny Wallace. If you haven't read any of these guys' work before its pretty hard to describe the type of book you're going to be reading. Lets just say you know those moments when someone recounts something which happened them to a crowd of friends or people at a party that has those listening imagining they were in that situation and everyone breaking into uncontrollable laughter. Well these boys have the talent to do this in the written form and they do it extremely well!

This book takes place a few years after his world wide adventure of trying to find and meet 54 people with the same name as him. Dave has just signed a contract to write a fiction novel on a man who discovers a new colour (something he made up on the spot in the publishers office) only he has no idea how to do this. While trying to push himself to write the novel he is constantly distracted by his email and the Internet. When he gets an email from an Australian asking him if he knows he's a Googlewhack Dave wonders what sort of insult or compliment this random stranger has given him. Dave e-mails the guy back asking him to explain. Dave finds out his website is the only one in the world with a page where two different words (in his case Francophile Namesakes) appear randomly somewhere on the page. Googlewhacking is a word game that nerds or bored office workers around the world play. Of course Dave has to have a go himself and after a while has a Googlewhack and e-mails the owner of that site to tell him all about it. When the owner of that site has a go he finds another Dave Gorman (a man Dave came across in Are You Dave Gorman?) so Dave rings the other Dave to tell him. It is not long before Dave has been bet he can't find a chain of ten Googlewhacks in a row before he turns 32. Reluctant at first Dave's new adventure is soon underway.

Granted the book is a little bit slow before it gets to this stage but once Dave gets on a plane to Washington the humour comes thick and fast. His recounts of Washington DC and the mugger who wants him to attack him as the mugger has learnt self defence, the ghoulish mother tourist at the war memorial, and the comments at the Lincoln Memorial, you'll never laugh so hard. His Googlewhack quest takes him all over the US, Britain and to other countries. The recount of the conversation with a Texan on route to Mexico is another classic I won't forget for a long time. Funny is an understatement for this book, just read it!

If you haven't already done so also grab a copy of Are You Dave Gorman? Also read Danny Wallace's books Join Me (the story of how he started a cult by accident) and Yes Man (Danny can only say Yes to any question) they're hilarious as well. Can't wait for the next adventures from either of these sensational authors. Dave Gorman's next is America Unchained, Danny Wallace's is Friends Like These.

You can also get a shorter recount of this tale as a one man Dave Gorman show performance on DVD but it does not go into the depth of each Googlewhack that this book does. At the time of this review the DVD was not listed on Amazon. But now it is! Click here!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Giggling at Googling Sept. 8 2008
By Bron Mitchell - Published on
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A depature from the pressures of life! Jan. 20 2005
By Roger M. Smith - Published on
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'.