Audible’s Autumn offering of new releases includes a a variety of author read novels. From comedy musings to autobiographies, it seems everyone is trying to get in on the gig of being a voice artist. Among them was comedian Dave Gorman who reads his latest book Too Much Information or: Can Everyone Just Shut up for a Moment, Some of Us are Trying to Think.
Dave Gorman is one hard working comedian and manages to produce six one hour stand up shows a year for his series Modern Life is Goodish which is televised on Dave. How does he do all that and still have time to write a book? Well it seems he doesn’t. Too Much Information is a collection of essays and rants and goes in depth into a lot of the topics he covers on Modern Life is Goodish, just without the visual and multimedia gags.
The various chapters look at the absurdity of modern media including some of the darker corners of the internet; black hat SEO and the Daily Mail. From strange adverts to twitter fakery, the red tape of artists’ rights to a poor actor who was hired to be the face of Cillit Bang, nothing is safe from the Gorman magnifying glass and soap box.
Although a lot of the material is familiar from the TV show, it is presented in a format that works without the multimedia aspect. It’s not as effective, but it still works in the same way a sketchbook would be interesting to someone who enjoyed a painting.
The chapters are self contained and in bite sized pieces so perfect for dull commutes. If you’ve ever wanted to know anything about the world of badger based glove puppetry, this is the book for you.
“Nowadays, the world is full of people trying to tell us things. So much so that we have taught our brains not to pay much attention. But Dave Gorman thinks it’s time to have a closer look, to find out how much nonsense we tacitly accept. Suspicious adverts, baffling newspaper headlines, fake twitter, endless cat videos, insane TV shows where the presenters ask the same questions over and over. Can we even hear ourselves think over the rising din? Or is there just too much information?”
TOO MUCH INFORMATION OR: CAN EVERYONE JUST SHUT UP FOR A MOMENT, SOME OF US ARE TRYING TO THINK by Dave Gorman is available in audiobook format from Audible from £19.99, 1 credit or for FREE if you’re a new customer.