The Elfish Gene: Dungeons, Dragons and Growing Up Strange

  • by Mark Barrowcliffe
  • Narrated by Mark Barrowcliffe
  • 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Coventry, 1976. For a brief, blazing summer, a young Mark Barrowcliffe had the chance to be normal. He blew it...
While other teenagers concentrated on being coolly rebellious, Mark – like millions of other boys in the ’70s and ’80s – chose to spend his entire adolescence pretending to be a wizard or a warrior, an evil priest or a dwarf. Armed only with pen, paper and some funny-shaped dice, this lost generation gave themselves up to the craze of fantasy role-playing games, stopped chatting up girls and started killing dragons.
Extremely funny, not a little sad and really quite strange, The Elfish Gene is an attempt to understand the true inner nerd of the adolescent male.


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Mostly good but a disappointing end

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While I liked the majority of this book, I felt let down at the end by the apparent geek/nerd shaming. Not all geeks/nerds/gamers partake in constant one-upmanship at the expense of those around them.

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- Una Alexia Karlsen

The story of a twat

Fabulous. Great story telling. At first I thought he resented his RPG early days, but in the end... well, just listen to the book.

Thoroughly recommend to anyone who role played as a kid, or whose childhood had such an alternative view that you thought you were cool, but in reality you were just an eccentric twat.
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- Rob

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-13-2010
  • Publisher: AudioGO Ltd.