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I am a big fan of the Danny Wallace and Dave Gorman books and this one by Danny is probably my favourite so far. This audio version is read by Danny himself which always makes it so much better to listen to.
Approaching 30, Danny decides to update his address book after receiving a parcel from his mum containing a few of his things from his childhood. The address book contained all his old school friends from various parts of the country (I assume his parents job involved various moves), and Danny sets about tracking them all down to catch up and update the address book.
I think the story is about 3.5 hours long but it is very, very, funny and something that really gets you thinking about your own school friends. There is a lot of emphasis on the fact that Danny and all his friends are turning 30, which made it more interesting and relevant to me as I listened to this about 2 weeks before my 30th!
I like listening to audio cd's on long car trips and this one really passed the time because it was so good. You will want to listen to it all in one go.
There is also a personal touch at the end with a couple of hidden tracks/dialogue.
If you like Danny Wallace or Dave Gorman or Tony Hawks style of writing then you will love this.
Danny Wallace is about to turn thirty. Recently married and living in a smart new area of town, he's swapped pints down the pub for lattes and brunch. For the first time in his life, he's feeling, well ...grown-up. But something's missing. Something he can't quite put his finger on. Until he finds an old address book, containing just twelve names. The names of his best mates as a kid. Where are they now? Who are they now? And how are they coping with being grown-up too? And so begins an epic journey - from Berlin to Tokyo, Los Angeles to Loughborough - as Danny sets out to find and meet the old gang. He meets Fijian chiefs. German rappers. And a carvery manager who's managed to solve time travel. But how will they react to a long-lost friend turning up out of the blue to see if they're coming out to play? Can you be friends forever? Danny thinks he knows ...because he's got Friends Like These ...