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Download Our Dumb World: The Onion's Atlas of the Planet Earth, 73rd Edition Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Our Dumb World: The Onions Atlas of the Planet Earth, 73rd Edition Audiobook, by The Onion
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,333 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: The Onion Narrator: Unspecified Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN:
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To understand the news, the context of world geography and history is essential. That is why The Onion is publishing an audio world atlas: to help us. News that now makes no sense will now make sense; thus a new age of enlightenment. Our Dumb World contains news and historic facts from other nations, historic timelines for countries, and the earth broken down and described (from its molten core to the outermost sphere and the location of heaven), as well as demographic, economic, and other data about each country's people, industries, and habits.

Every country is categorized in a number of ways, including ethnic cleanliness, level of Bono activity, prop comedians per 1,000 live birds, yearly income in wide-screen televisions, the monkeys they got, where it sees itself in five years, average skin color, benefits of invading said country, and most annoying handicrafts. Framed with informative essays and written by the full Onion staff, Our Dumb World is the first original Onion audiobook in eight years: a gut-busting send-up in which no nation escapes unscathed. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 2/18/2014

    " Easily the funniest book I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellie | 2/6/2014

    " This book is hillarious! If you like Jon Stewart's America, Stephen Colbert's book, and the like you will love the Onion's Atlas of the World. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Layne | 2/4/2014

    " Best. Encyclopedic Atlas. Ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert Molyneaux | 2/4/2014

    " Excellent Satire! Often hilarious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Pagan | 2/3/2014

    " First of all, a warning to the wise: if you don't believe that no-holds-barred, anything-goes humor is possible, don't read the book. I mean it...just don't even try. That said, if you're like me and you like to laugh even when you want to cry simultaneously, you'll love this book! The Onion is the "world's leading humor publication," and it upholds its reputation with this book, which is a mock atlas of every country of the world. The Onion's smart-ass assessment of each nation is brutal, crude, and merciless, while at the same time being hilarious, clever, and even (really?) poignant. My favorites? France, "One Nation Above God"; Saudi Arabia, "All Is Forbidden"; and Vatican City, "The Catholic Disneyland." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dru | 1/31/2014

    " I don't know if it's considered blasphemous to award five stars to a humor book, but in the world of humor books, the Onion people have put together a masterpiece. I read this book casually over a period of four months, and there was plenty of material to keep me occupied. Each country has enough sly comic whimsy to cover seven or eight issues of The Onion, and in many cases (like the U.S. entry) much, much more. And there are a lot of countries, it turns out. (I was never much for geography.) My favorite entry? Suriname. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 1/26/2014

    " I don't think it is possible to actually read this entire book. As always The Onion goes over the top in presentation with every little nook and cranny being filled up with hilarious stuff. This book is great as a coffee table book. I think I'd get overwhelmed if I sat down and tried to read it straight through. From wonderful comments about countries (Canada - See U.S. on pages 9-12, Ethiopia: Africa's Extended Belly) to spoofing on world politics (Now Bono Awareness Rated!) it is just a fun read especially if you have a great sense of humour. I'm moving into the read section just because I'm crazy about organization but I'll be flipping through and appreciating it for a long time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/23/2014

    " Funny in many places - and often hitting a little too close to home - this is definitely an Onion book. Read this one in little bites - too much of a good thing is overkill. I especially liked the look at the regions of the U.S. (very enlightening), but my favorite entry was the one on Tonga, which editors claim to have made up entirely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Duncan Whitehead | 1/17/2014

    " Simply brilliant, but I would say that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Creatingadream | 1/10/2014

    " LOL!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 BGP | 12/21/2013

    " In Our Dumb World, the humorists over at The Onion debase the respective fields of cartography and geography. Their work is, as always, uneven, but, at its best, this Atlas is hilarious. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Royce Aldridge | 12/17/2013

    " It was funny at the beginning but as it continued it got more and more lame. Although the section on Contra was hilarious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassandra | 11/25/2013

    " I love The Onion. Everything they come out with, I love. They're clever, and funny, and smart. Did I mention love? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 11/23/2013

    " Hahaha... I'm going to Hell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan Rostron | 11/19/2013

    " My favorite country subheading, on the Canada page: "for the United States, see page 21." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LiEng | 10/21/2013

    " Every page can make you laugh and learn something interesting. The writers are ingenious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fjorthur | 6/15/2013

    " When satire meets reality and continues towards its insanely logical conclusion is the mark of The Onion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 5/18/2013

    " Hilarious, witty and poignant. Sometimes goes too far, but I guess that is the point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Slavoj Zizek | 4/15/2013

    " This book is hilarious to me in the spot-on insight it gives with its offensiveness. It hurts to laugh at it not because it's awful or overly mean, but because you know that every joke holds an unspoken truth. It's funny because everybody really DOES suck in their own unique way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Moira | 4/6/2013

    " Laugh out loud funny at times, but as a whole stupid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia Franklyn | 3/8/2013

    " Very funny, especially on eAudio. I liked the Luxemborg section the best, but they were all good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christian Fredrickson | 2/27/2013

    " This is potentially the funniest book I have ever read. It's heavy on the rape jokes, though. The Onion writers are way, way too fond of rape jokes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 9/30/2012

    " Riotous. Explodes every extant stereotype about every extant nation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay Wilkins | 6/16/2012

    " This is the funniest damn thing I've ever read. If you're anal about political correctness, it will offend you and your self-righteous constitution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 2/25/2012

    " Roflcopter! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Me | 1/14/2012

    " Hilarious! I read it on CD which only added to this humorous and satiric book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Windy | 12/4/2011

    " Heh. This atlas makes me laugh almost as much as the Rand-McNally Road Atlas '05! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 11/26/2011

    " I bought this book as a gift and couldn't stop laughing as I flipped through it. Very, very funny if you like The Onion's humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 cindy downing | 3/31/2011

    " Gimicky as these type books are, they always make me laugh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stan | 2/9/2011

    " Sure, it doesn't carry the laser-beam focus and freshness of The Onion's "Our Dumb Century" before it, but "Our Dumb World" is just as packed with genuinely hilarious jokery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mythyagain | 1/26/2011

    " Hilarious! I read it on CD which only added to this humorous and satiric book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 BGP | 12/28/2010

    " In Our Dumb World, the humorists over at The Onion debase the respective fields of cartography and geography. Their work is, as always, uneven, but, at its best, this Atlas is hilarious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin | 12/17/2010

    " This book is just awesome. I listened to it on cd (cus, ya know, reading hurts my brain) and it's very funny in that format. Recommended to history and geography buffs, and anyone else who knows, deep-down, that America is the Best, Fattest, Dumbest, and most Funniest nation on Earth! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randy | 10/21/2010

    " A very funny book from some of my favorite people...Gotta love THE ONION! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rayna | 8/19/2010

    " Laugh at our ridiculous world and how truly small we all really are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Borax | 6/22/2010

    " This is a book that will grow on you. Warning...it is totally and completely offensive. If you're cool with that, you will like this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Florence | 4/12/2010

    " This book is a joke that gets old fast. Every country is insulted equally. It's a dumb book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peacegal | 3/31/2010

    " “The Onion” takes on the world, literally, in this twisted geography book. Incidentally, this volume contains my very favorite “Onion” photograph, ever: The Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro with two automatic weapons clutched in his hands, gangsta-style. Awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 2/23/2010

    " Hilarious. If you like the Onion, you'll like this book. And if you don't, what's wrong with you?? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nori | 1/21/2010

    " Irreverent and hilarious. And recommended by David Sedaris. I read bits when I need a good laugh. "

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